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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XVIII. APOLOGY

          NOR scorn the aid which Fancy oft doth lend
          The Soul's eternal interests to promote:
          Death, darkness, danger, are our natural lot;
          And evil Spirits 'may' our walk attend
          For aught the wisest know or comprehend;
          Then be 'good' Spirits free to breathe a note
          Of elevation; let their odours float
          Around these Converts; and their glories blend,
          The midnight stars outshining, or the blaze
          Of the noon-day. Nor doubt that golden cords                10
          Of good works, mingling with the visions, raise
          The Soul to purer worlds: and 'who' the line
          Shall draw, the limits of the power define,
          That even imperfect faith to man affords?


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