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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XXXII. RURAL CEREMONY

          CLOSING the sacred Book which long has fed
          Our meditations, give we to a day
          Of annual joy one tributary lay;
          This day, when, forth by rustic music led,
          The village Children, while the sky is red
          With evening lights, advance in long array
          Through the still churchyard, each with garland gay,
          That, carried sceptre-like, o'ertops the head
          Of the proud Bearer. To the wide church-door,
          Charged with these offerings which their fathers bore       10
          For decoration in the Papal time,
          The innocent procession softly moves:--
          The spirit of Laud is pleased in heaven's pure clime,
          And Hooker's voice the spectacle approves!


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