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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXIII. REPROOF

          BUT what if One, through grove or flowery mead,
          Indulging thus at will the creeping feet
          Of a voluptuous indolence, should meet
          Thy hovering Shade, O venerable Bede!
          The saint, the scholar, from a circle freed
          Of toil stupendous, in a hallowed seat
          Of learning, where thou heard'st the billows beat
          On a wild coast, rough monitors to feed
          Perpetual industry. Sublime Recluse!
          The recreant soul, that dares to shun the debt              10
          Imposed on human kind, must first forget
          Thy diligence, thy unrelaxing use
          Of a long life; and, in the hour of death,
          The last dear service of thy passing breath!


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