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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XVI

          BISHOPS and Priests, blessed are ye, if deep
          (As yours above all offices is high)
          Deep in your hearts the sense of duty lie;
          Charged as ye are by Christ to feed and keep
          From wolves your portion of his chosen sheep:
          Labouring as ever in your Master's sight,
          Making your hardest task your best delight,
          What perfect glory ye in Heaven shall reap!--
          But, in the solemn Office which ye sought
          And undertook premonished, if unsound                       10
          Your practice prove, faithless though but in thought,
          Bishops and Priests, think what a gulf profound
          Awaits yon then, if they were rightly taught
          Who framed the Ordinance by your lives disowned!


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