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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XVII. PLACES OF WORSHIP

          AS star that shines dependent upon star
          Is to the sky while we look up and love;
          As to the deep fair ships which though they move
          Seem fixed, to eyes that watch them from afar;
          As to the sandy desert fountains are,
          With palm-groves shaded at wide intervals,
          Whose fruit around the sun-burnt Native falls
          Of roving tired or desultory war--
          Such to this British Isle her christian Fanes,
          Each linked to each for kindred services;                   10
          Her Spires, her Steeple-towers with glittering vanes
          Far-kenned, her Chapels lurking among trees,
          Where a few villagers on bended knees
          Find solace which a busy world disdains.


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