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MEMORIALS OF A TOUR IN ITALY, 1837

XVI. CONTINUED

          THE world forsaken, all its busy cares
          And stirring interests shunned with desperate flight,
          All trust abandoned in the healing might
          Of virtuous action; all that courage dares,
          Labour accomplishes, or patience bears--
          Those helps rejected, they, whose minds perceive
          How subtly works man's weakness, sighs may heave
          For such a One beset with cloistral snares.
          Father of Mercy! rectify his view,
          If with his vows this object ill agree;                     10
          Shed over it thy grace, and thus subdue
          Imperious passion in a heart set free:--
          That earthly love may to herself be true,
          Give him a soul that cleaveth unto thee.


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