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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART II.

IX

          AS faith thus sanctified the warrior's crest
          While from the Papal Unity there came,
          What feebler means had failed to give, one aim
          Diffused thro' all the regions of the West;
          So does her Unity its power attest
          By works of Art, that shed, on the outward frame
          Of worship, glory and grace, which who shall blame
          That ever looked to heaven for final rest?
          Hail countless Temples! that so well befit
          Your ministry; that, as ye rise and take                    10
          Form spirit and character from holy writ,
          Give to devotion, wheresoe'er awake,
          Pinions of high and higher sweep, and make
          The unconverted soul with awe submit.


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