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SONNETS

UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH

IN SERIES, 1839

XIV. APOLOGY

          THE formal World relaxes her cold chain
          For One who speaks in numbers; ampler scope
          His utterance finds; and, conscious of the gain,
          Imagination works with bolder hope
          The cause of grateful reason to sustain;
          And, serving Truth, the heart more strongly beats
          Against all barriers which his labour meets
          In lofty place, or humble Life's domain.
          Enough;--before us lay a painful road,
          And guidance have I sought in duteous love                  10
          From Wisdom's heavenly Father. Hence hath flowed
          Patience, with trust that, whatsoe'er the way
          Each takes in this high matter, all may move
          Cheered with the prospect of a brighter day.


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