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SONNETS

UPON THE PUNISHMENT OF DEATH

IN SERIES, 1839

XII

          SEE the Condemned alone within his cell
          And prostrate at some moment when remorse
          Stings to the quick, and, with resistless force,
          Assaults the pride she strove in vain to quell.
          Then mark him, him who could so long rebel,
          The crime confessed, a kneeling Penitent
          Before the Altar, where the Sacrament
          Softens his heart, till from his eyes outwell
          Tears of salvation. Welcome death! while Heaven
          Does in this change exceedingly rejoice;                    10
          While yet the solemn heed the State hath given
          Helps him to meet the last Tribunal's voice
          In faith, which fresh offences, were he cast
          On old temptations, might for ever blast.


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