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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XLIII. INSIDE OF KING'S COLLEGE CHAPEL, CAMBRIDGE

          TAX not the royal Saint with vain expense,
          With ill-matched aims the Architect who planned--
          Albeit labouring for a scanty band
          Of white robed Scholars only--this immense
          And glorious Work of fine intelligence!
          Give all thou canst; high Heaven rejects the lore
          Of nicely-calculated less or more;
          So deemed the man who fashioned for the sense
          These lofty pillars, spread that branching roof
          Self-poised, and scooped into ten thousand cells,           10
          Where light and shade repose, where music dwells
          Lingering--and wandering on as loth to die;
          Like thoughts whose very sweetness yieldeth proof
          That they were born for immortality.


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