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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

XXXIV. LATIMER AND RIDLEY

          HOW fast the Marian death-list is unrolled!
          See Latimer and Ridley in the might
          Of Faith stand coupled for a common flight!
          One (like those prophets whom God sent of old)
          Transfigured, from this kindling hath foretold
          A torch of inextinguishable light;
          The Other gains a confidence as bold;
          And thus they foil their enemy's despite.
          The penal instruments, the shows of crime,
          Are glorified while this once-mitred pair                   10
          Of saintly Friends the "murtherer's chain partake,
          Corded, and burning at the social stake:"
          Earth never witnessed object more sublime
          In constancy, in fellowship more fair!


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