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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

XLIV. THE SAME

          WHAT awful perspective! while from our sight
          With gradual stealth the lateral windows hide
          Their Portraitures, their stone-work glimmers, dyed
          In the soft chequerings of a sleepy light.
          Martyr, or King, or sainted Eremite,
          Whoe'er ye be, that thus, yourselves unseen,
          Imbue your prison-bars with solemn sheen,
          Shine on, until ye fade with coming Night!--
          But, from the arms of silence--list! O list!
          The music bursteth into second life;                        10
          The notes luxuriate, every stone is kissed
          By sound, or ghost of sound, in mazy strife;
          Heart-thrilling strains, that cast, before the eye
          Of the devout, a veil of ecstasy!


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