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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXXIX. CHURCH TO BE ERECTED

          BE this the chosen site; the virgin sod,
          Moistened from age to age by dewy eve,
          Shall disappear, and grateful earth receive
          The corner-stone from hands that build to God.
          Yon reverend hawthorns, hardened to the rod
          Of winter storms, yet budding cheerfully;
          Those forest oaks of Druid memory,
          Shall long survive, to shelter the Abode
          Of genuine Faith. Where, haply, 'mid this band
          Of daisies, shepherds sate of yore and wove                 10
          May-garlands, there let the holy altar stand
          For kneeling adoration;--while--above,
          Broods, visibly portrayed, the mystic Dove,
          That shall protect from blasphemy the Land.


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