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Age after age to the arch of Christendom
Like saintly Fisher, and unbending More.
Lightly for both the bosom's lord did sit
Upon his throne"; unsoftened, undismayed
DEEP is the lamentation! Not alone
Hangs o'er the Arabian Prophet's native Waste,
Where once his airy helpers schemed and planned 'Mid spectral lakes bemocking thirsty men, And stalking pillars built of fiery sand.
GRANT, that by this unsparing hurricane
And airy bounds are hardest to disown;
Hence, with the spiritual sovereignty transferred
TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE.
BUT, to outweigh all harm, the sacred Book,
And he who guides the plough, or wields the crook, With understanding spirit now may look
Upon her records, listen to her song,
And sift her laws, - much wondering that the
Which Faith has suffered, Heaven could calmly brook.
Transcendent Boon! noblest that earthly king
Under the weight of mortal wretchedness!
THE POINT AT ISSUE.
FOR what contend the wise? - for nothing less
Of things not seen, drawn forth from their recess,
Was needful round men thirsting to transgress;
Of Christian aspiration, deigned to fill
The temples of their hearts who, with his word
Informed, were resolute to do his will,
And worship him in spirit and in truth.
"SWEET is the holiness of Youth";
so felt Time-honored Chaucer, speaking through that Lay By which the Prioress beguiled the way, And many a Pilgrim's rugged heart did melt. Hadst thou, loved Bard! whose spirit often dwelt In the clear land of vision, but foreseen King, child, and seraph blended in the mien Of pious Edward kneeling as he knelt In meek and simple infancy, what joy
For universal Christendom had thrilled
Thy heart! what hopes inspired thy genius, skilled
EDWARD SIGNING THE WARRANT FOR THE EXECUTION OF JOAN OF KENT.
THE tears of man in various measures gush
From various sources; gently overflow
From blissful transport some,- from clefts of woe
Some with ungovernable impulse rush;
And some, coeval with the earliest blush
And some break forth when others' sorrows crush The sympathizing heart. Nor these, nor yet The noblest drops to admiration known,
To gratitude, to injuries forgiven,
Claim Heaven's regard like waters that have wet The innocent eyes of youthful Monarchs, driven pen the mandates nature doth disown.
REVIVAL OF POPERY.
THE saintly Youth has ceased to rule, discrowned
For change, to whom the new looks always green!
Runs through blind channels of an unknown tongue.