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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXVII. THANKSGIVING AFTER CHILDBIRTH

          WOMAN! the Power who left his throne on high,
          And deigned to wear the robe of flesh we wear,
          The Power that thro' the straits of Infancy
          Did pass dependent on maternal care,
          His own humanity with Thee will share,
          Pleased with the thanks that in his People's eye
          Thou offerest up for safe Delivery
          From Childbirth's perilous throes. And should the Heir
          Of thy fond hopes hereafter walk inclined
          To courses fit to make a mother rue                         10
          That ever he was born, a glance of mind
          Cast upon this observance may renew
          A better will; and, in the imagined view
          Of thee thus kneeling, safety he may find.


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