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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XIII

          PRAISED be the Rivers, from their mountain springs
          Shouting to Freedom, "Plant thy banners here!"
          To harassed Piety, "Dismiss thy fear,
          And in our caverns smooth thy ruffled wings!"
          Nor be unthanked their final lingerings--
          Silent, but not to high-souled Passion's ear--
          'Mid reedy fens wide-spread and marshes drear,
          Their own creation. Such glad welcomings
          As Po was heard to give where Venice rose
          Hailed from aloft those Heirs of truth divine               10
          Who near his fountains sought obscure repose,
          Yet came prepared as glorious lights to shine,
          Should that be needed for their sacred Charge;
          Blest Prisoners They, whose spirits were at large!


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