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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXII. THE SAME SUBJECT

          THE lovely Nun (submissive, but more meek
          Through saintly habit than from effort due
          To unrelenting mandates that pursue
          With equal wrath the steps of strong and weak)
          Goes forth--unveiling timidly a cheek
          Suffused with blushes of celestial hue,
          While through the Convent's gate to open view
          Softly she glides, another home to seek.
          Not Iris, issuing from her cloudy shrine,
          An Apparition more divinely bright!                         10
          Not more attractive to the dazzled sight
          Those watery glories, on the stormy brine
          Poured forth, while summer suns at distance shine,
          And the green vales lie hushed in sober light!


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