Verse > William Wordsworth > Complete Poetical Works
  PREVIOUS NEXT  
CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XX. BAPTISM

          DEAR be the Church, that, watching o'er the needs
          Of Infancy, provides a timely shower
          Whose virtue changes to a christian Flower
          A Growth from sinful Nature's bed of weeds!--
          Fitliest beneath the sacred roof proceeds
          The ministration; while parental Love
          Looks on, and Grace descendeth from above
          As the high service pledges now, now pleads.
          There, should vain thoughts outspread their wings and fly
          To meet the coming hours of festal mirth,                   10
          The tombs--which hear and answer that brief cry,
          The Infant's notice of his second birth--
          Recall the wandering Soul to sympathy
          With what man hopes from Heaven, yet fears from Earth.


CONTENTS      BIBLIOGRAPHIC RECORD


  PREVIOUS NEXT  
 
Loading
Click here to shop the Bartleby Bookstore.

Shakespeare · Bible · Strunk · Anatomy · Nonfiction · Quotations · Reference · Fiction · Poetry
© 1993–2014 Bartleby.com · [Top 150] · Subjects · Titles · Authors