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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXVI. ALFRED

          BEHOLD a pupil of the monkish gown,
          The pious ALFRED, King to Justice dear!
          Lord of the harp and liberating spear;
          Mirror of Princes! Indigent Renown
          Might range the starry ether for a crown
          Equal to 'his' deserts, who, like the year,
          Pours forth his bounty, like the day doth cheer,
          And awes like night with mercy-tempered frown.
          Ease from this noble miser of his time
          No moment steals; pain narrows not his cares.               10
          Though small his kingdom as a spark or gem,
          Of Alfred boasts remote Jerusalem,
          And Christian India, through her widespread clime,
          In sacred converse gifts with Alfred shares.


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