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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

II. CONJECTURES

          IF there be prophets on whose spirits rest
          Past things, revealed like future, they can tell
          What Powers, presiding o'er the sacred well
          Of Christian Faith, this savage Island blessed
          With its first bounty. Wandering through the west,
          Did holy Paul a while in Britain dwell,
          And call the Fountain forth by miracle,
          And with dread signs the nascent Stream invest?
          Or He, whose bonds dropped off, whose prison doors
          Flew open, by an Angel's voice unbarred?                    10
          Or some of humbler name, to these wild shores
          Storm-driven; who, having seen the cup of woe
          Pass from their Master, sojourned here to guard
          The precious Current they had taught to flow?


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