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MISCELLANEOUS SONNETS, 1842

V. CONTINUED

          WHO ponders National events shall find
          An awful balancing of loss and gain,
          Joy based on sorrow, good with ill combined,
          And proud deliverance issuing out of pain
          And direful throes; as if the All-ruling Mind,
          With whose perfection it consists to ordain
          Volcanic burst, earthquake, and hurricane,
          Dealt in like sort with feeble human kind
          By laws immutable. But woe for him
          Who thus deceived shall lend an eager hand                  10
          To social havoc. Is not Conscience ours,
          And Truth, whose eye guilt only can make dim;
          And Will, whose office, by divine command,
          Is to control and check disordered Powers?


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