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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XI. TRANSUBSTANTIATION

          ENOUGH! for see, with dim association
          The tapers burn; the odorous incense feeds
          A greedy flame; the pompous mass proceeds;
          The Priest bestows the appointed consecration;
          And, while the HOST is raised, its elevation
          An awe and supernatural horror breeds;
          And all the people bow their heads, like reeds
          To a soft breeze, in lowly adoration.
          This Valdo brooks not. On the banks of Rhone
          He taught, till persecution chased him thence,              10
          To adore the Invisible, and Him alone.
          Nor are his Followers loth to seek defence,
          'Mid woods and wilds, on Nature's craggy throne,
          From rites that trample upon soul and sense.


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