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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXVIII. INFLUENCE ABUSED

          URGED by Ambition, who with subtlest skill
          Changes her means, the Enthusiast as a dupe
          Shall soar, and as a hypocrite can stoop,
          And turn the instruments of good to ill,
          Moulding the credulous people to his will.
          Such DUNSTAN:--from its Benedictine coop
          Issues the master Mind, at whose fell swoop
          The chaste affections tremble to fulfil
          Their purposes. Behold, pre-signified,
          The Might of spiritual sway! his thoughts, his dreams,      10
          Do in the supernatural world abide:
          So vaunt a throng of Followers, filled with pride
          In what they see of virtues pushed to extremes,
          And sorceries of talent misapplied.


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