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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXX. FORMS OF PRAYER AT SEA

          TO kneeling Worshippers no earthly floor
          Gives holier invitation than the deck
          Of a storm-shattered Vessel saved from Wreck
          (When all that Man could do availed no more)
          By him who raised the Tempest and restrains:
          Happy the crew who this have felt, and pour
          Forth for his mercy, as the Church ordains,
          Solemn thanksgiving. Nor will 'they' implore
          In vain who, for a rightful cause, give breath
          To words the Church prescribes aiding the lip               10
          For the heart's sake, ere ship with hostile ship
          Encounters, armed for work of pain and death.
          Suppliants! the God to whom your cause ye trust
          Will listen, and ye know that He is just.


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