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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XLV. CONTINUED

          THEY dreamt not of a perishable home
          Who thus could build. Be mine, in hours of fear
          Or grovelling thought, to seek a refuge here;
          Or through the aisles of Westminster to roam:
          Where bubbles burst, and folly's dancing foam
          Melts, if it cross the threshold; where the wreath
          Of awe-struck wisdom droops: or let my path
          Lead to that younger Pile, whose sky-like dome
          Hath typified by reach of daring art
          Infinity's embrace; whose guardian crest,                   10
          The silent Cross, among the stars shall spread
          As now, when She hath also seen her breast
          Filled with mementos, satiate with its part
          Of grateful England's overflowing Dead.


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