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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. A Soldier-Priest
By Alfred Tennyson (1809–1892)
To J. M. K.

MY hope and heart is with thee,—thou wilt be
  A latter Luther and a soldier-priest
  To scare church-harpies from the Master’s feast;
  Our dusted velvets have much need of thee:
Thou art no sabbath-drawler of old saws        5
  Distilled from some worm-cankered homily;
  But spurred at heart with fieriest energy
  To embattail and to wall about thy cause
With iron-worded proof, hating to hark
  The humming of the drowsy pulpit-drone        10
  Half God’s good sabbath, while the worn-out clerk
Browbeats his desk below. Thou, from a throne
  Mounted in heaven, wilt shoot into the dark
  Arrows of lightnings. I will stand and mark.

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