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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXXVIII. NEW CHURCHES

          BUT liberty, and triumphs on the Main,
          And laurelled armies, not to be withstood--
          What serve they? if, on transitory good
          Intent, and sedulous of abject gain,
          The State (ah, surely not preserved in vain!)
          Forbear to shape due channels which the Flood
          Of sacred truth may enter--till it brood
          O'er the wide realm, as o'er the Egyptian plain
          The all-sustaining Nile. No more--the time
          Is conscious of her want; through England's bounds,         10
          In rival haste, the wished-for Temples rise!
          I hear their sabbath bells' harmonious chime
          Float on the breeze--the heavenliest of all sounds
          That vale or hill prolongs or multiplies!


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