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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

IX. WILLIAM THE THIRD

          CALM as an under-current, strong to draw
          Millions of waves into itself, and run,
          From sea to sea, impervious to the sun
          And ploughing storm, the spirit of Nassau
          Swerves not, (how blest if by religious awe
          Swayed, and thereby enabled to contend
          With the wide world's commotions) from its end
          Swerves not--diverted by a casual law.
          Had mortal action e'er a nobler scope?
          The Hero comes to liberate, not defy;                       10
          And, while he marches on with stedfast hope,
          Conqueror beloved! expected anxiously!
          The vacillating Bondman of the Pope
          Shrinks from the verdict of his stedfast eye.


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