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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXII. CATECHISING

          FROM Little down to Least, in due degree,
          Around the Pastor, each in new-wrought vest,
          Each with a vernal posy at his breast,
          We stood, a trembling, earnest Company!
          With low soft murmur, like a distant bee,
          Some spake, by thought-perplexing fears betrayed;
          And some a bold unerring answer made:
          How fluttered then thy anxious heart for me,
          Beloved Mother! Thou whose happy hand
          Had bound the flowers I wore, with faithful tie:            10
          Sweet flowers! at whose inaudible command
          Her countenance, phantom-like, doth reappear:
          O lost too early for the frequent tear,
          And ill requited by this heartfelt sigh!


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