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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. To Silvio Pellico
By Richard Chenevix Trench (1807–1886)
 
(On Reading the Account of His Imprisonment)

AH! who may guess, who yet was never tried,
  How fearful the temptation to reply
  With wrong for wrong; yea, fiercely to defy
  In spirit, even where action is denied?
Therefore praise waits on thee, not drawn aside        5
  By this strong lure of hell; on thee, whose eye,
  Being formed by love, could everywhere descry
  Love, or some workings unto love allied;
And benediction on the grace that dealt
  So with thy soul; and prayer, more earnest prayer,        10
  Intenser longing than before we felt,
For all that in dark places lying are;
  For captives in strange lands; for them who pine
  In depth of dungeon, or in sunless mine.
 
 
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