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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22.

XXXIV. CRUSADES

          THE turbaned Race are poured in thickening swarms
          Along the west; though driven from Aquitaine,
          The Crescent glitters on the towers of Spain;
          And soft Italia feels renewed alarms;
          The scimitar, that yields not to the charms
          Of ease, the narrow Bosphorus will disdain;
          Nor long (that crossed) would Grecian hills detain
          Their tents, and check the current of their arms.
          Then blame not those who, by the mightiest lever
          Known to the moral world, Imagination,                      10
          Upheave, so seems it, from her natural station
          All Christendom:--they sweep along (was never
          So huge a host!)--to tear from the Unbeliever
          The precious Tomb, their haven of salvation.


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