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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXVIII. VISITATION OF THE SICK

          THE Sabbath bells renew the inviting peal;
          Glad music! yet there be that, worn with pain
          And sickness, listen where they long have lain,
          In sadness listen. With maternal zeal
          Inspired, the Church sends ministers to kneel
          Beside the afflicted; to sustain with prayer,
          And soothe the heart confession hath laid bare--
          That pardon, from God's throne, may set its seal
          On a true Penitent. When breath departs
          From one disburthened so, so comforted,                     10
          His Spirit Angels greet; and ours be hope
          That, if the Sufferer rise from his sick-bed,
          Hence he will gain a firmer mind, to cope
          With a bad world, and foil the Tempter's arts.


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