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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXIX. DANISH CONQUESTS

          WOE to the Crown that doth the Cowl obey!
          Dissension, checking arms that would restrain
          The incessant Rovers of the northern main,
          Helps to restore and spread a Pagan sway:
          But Gospel-truth is potent to allay
          Fierceness and rage; and soon the cruel Dane
          Feels, through the influence of her gentle reign,
          His native superstitions melt away.
          Thus, often, when thick gloom the east o'ershrouds,
          The full-orbed Moon, slow-climbing, doth appear             10
          Silently to consume the heavy clouds;
          'How' no one can resolve; but every eye
          Around her sees, while air is hushed, a clear
          And widening circuit of ethereal sky.


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