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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XIX. THE LITURGY

          YES, if the intensities of hope and fear
          Attract us still, and passionate exercise
          Of lofty thoughts, the way before us lies
          Distinct with signs, through which in set career,
          As through a zodiac, moves the ritual year
          Of England's Church; stupendous mysteries!
          Which whoso travels in her bosom eyes,
          As he approaches them, with solemn cheer.
          Upon that circle traced from sacred story
          We only dare to cast a transient glance,                    10
          Trusting in hope that Others may advance
          With mind intent upon the King of Glory,
          From his mild advent till his countenance
          Shall dissipate the seas and mountains hoary.


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