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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXI. SPONSORS

          FATHER!--to God himself we cannot give
          A holier name! then lightly do not bear
          Both names conjoined, but of thy spiritual care
          Be duly mindful: still more sensitive
          Do Thou, in truth a second Mother, strive
          Against disheartening custom, that by Thee
          Watched, and with love and pious industry
          Tended at need, the adopted Plant may thrive
          For everlasting bloom. Benign and pure
          This Ordinance, whether, loss it would supply,              10
          Prevent omission, help deficiency,
          Or seek to make assurance doubly sure.
          Shame if the consecrated Vow be found
          An idle form, the Word an empty sound!


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