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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XLII. CATHEDRALS, ETC.

          OPEN your gates, ye everlasting Piles!
          Types of the spiritual Church which God hath reared;
          Not loth we quit the newly-hallowed sward
          And humble altar, 'mid your sumptuous aisles
          To kneel, or thrid your intricate defiles,
          Or down the nave to pace in motion slow;
          Watching, with upward eye, the tall tower grow
          And mount, at every step, with living wiles
          Instinct--to rouse the heart and lead the will
          By a bright ladder to the world above.
          Open your gates, ye Monuments of love
          Divine! thou Lincoln, on thy sovereign hill!
          Thou, stately York! and Ye, whose splendours cheer
          Isis and Cam, to patient Science dear!


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