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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXIII. CONFIRMATION

          THE Young-ones gathered in from hill and dale,
          With holiday delight on every brow:
          'Tis passed away; far other thoughts prevail;
          For they are taking the baptismal Vow
          Upon their conscious selves; their own lips speak
          The solemn promise. Strongest sinews fail,
          And many a blooming, many a lovely, cheek
          Under the holy fear of God turns pale;
          While on each head his lawn-robed Servant lays
          An apostolic hand, and with prayer seals                    10
          The Covenant. The Omnipotent will raise
          Their feeble Souls; and bear with 'his' regrets,
          Who, looking round the fair assemblage, feels
          That ere the Sun goes down their childhood sets.


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