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SONNETS

UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH

IN SERIES, 1839

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          OUR bodily life, some plead, that life the shrine
          Of an immortal spirit, is a gift
          So sacred, so informed with light divine,
          That no tribunal, though most wise to sift
          Deed and intent, should turn the Being adrift
          Into that world where penitential tear
          May not avail, nor prayer have for God's ear
          A voice--that world whose veil no hand can lift
          For earthly sight. "Eternity and Time,"
          'They' urge, "have interwoven claims and rights             10
          Not to be jeopardised through foulest crime:
          The sentence rule by mercy's heaven-born lights."
          Even so; but measuring not by finite sense
          Infinite Power, perfect Intelligence.


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