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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Zeal without Knowledge
By Edmund Peel
TO save the soul, to purchase Paradise,
  By voluntary woe and wilful pain,
  Tried in all ages, still is tried in vain.
  The wheels of Juggernaut crush out the cries
Of hideous unavailing sacrifice,        5
  As when to Moloch reeked the bloody plain!
  As when the fire-devoted shrieked amain!
  As when lean agony, in lowly guise,
Groaned on the lofty pillar!—Better pray
  For light, than hold a taper unapproved,—        10
  Than give a wrong direction to the blind!
Elijah laughed to scorn the frantic bray
  And the red gashes, which to frenzy moved
  Zeal without knowledge, plaguing human kind.

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