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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

VIII. CRUSADERS

          FURL we the sails, and pass with tardy oars
          Through these bright regions, casting many a glance
          Upon the dream-like issues--the romance
          Of many-coloured life that Fortune pours
          Round the Crusaders, till on distant shores
          Their labours end; or they return to lie,
          The vow performed, in cross-legged effigy,
          Devoutly stretched upon their chancel floors.
          Am I deceived? Or is their requiem chanted
          By voices never mute when Heaven unties                     10
          Her inmost, softest, tenderest harmonies;
          Requiem which Earth takes up with voice undaunted,
          When she would tell how Brave, and Good, and Wise,
          For their high guerdon not in vain have panted!


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