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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXIII. CONTINUED

          YET many a Novice of the cloistral shade,
          And many chained by vows, with eager glee
          The warrant hail, exulting to be free;
          Like ships before whose keels, full long embayed
          In polar ice, propitious winds have made
          Unlooked-for outlet to an open sea,
          Their liquid world, for bold discovery,
          In all her quarters temptingly displayed!
          Hope guides the young; but when the old must pass
          The threshold, whither shall they turn to find              10
          The hospitality--the alms (alas!
          Alms may be needed) which that House bestowed?
          Can they, in faith and worship, train the mind
          To keep this new and questionable road?


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