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THOSE had given earliest notice, as the lark Springs from the ground the morn to gratulate; Or rather rose the day to antedate,
By striking out a solitary spark,
When all the world with midnight gloom was
Then followed the Waldensian bands, whom Hate
Whom Obloquy pursues with hideous bark : *
ARCHBISHOP CHICHELY TO HENRY V.
"WHAT beast in wilderness or cultured field
The lively beauty of the leopard shows?
* See Note.
Go forth, great King! claim what thy birth bestows;
Dare to usurp ;
Thus spake, and lo! a Fleet, for Gaul addrest, Ploughs her bold course across the wondering seas; For, sooth to say, ambition, in the breast
Of youthful heroes, is no sullen fire,
But one that leaps to meet the fanning breeze.
WARS OF YORK AND LANCASTER.
THUS is the storm abated by the craft
Of a shrewd Counsellor, eager to protect
The Church, whose power hath recently been
Whose monstrous riches threatened.
So the shaft
Of victory mounts high, and blood is quaffed
Gathers unblighted strength from hour to hour.
ONCE more the Church is seized with sudden fear,
Yea, his dry bones to ashes are consumed
Thus speaks (that Voice which walks upon the wind,
Of Severn, Severn to the narrow seas,
CORRUPTIONS OF THE HIGHER CLERGY.
"WOE to you, Prelates! rioting in ease
And cumbrous wealth,
the shame of your estate;
Pastors who neither take nor point the way
To Heaven; for, either lost in vanities
Ye have no skill to teach, or if
Alas! of fearful things
"T is the most fearful when the people's eye
ABUSE OF MONASTIC POWER.
AND what is Penance with her knotted thong;
Wan cheek, and knees indúrated with prayer,
If cloistered Avarice scruple not to wrong
The pious, humble, useful Secular,
And rob the people of his daily care,
Scorning that world whose blindness makes her strong?
Inversion strange! that, unto One who lives
round many a Convent's blazing fire
Unhallowed threads of revelry are spun ;
While Bacchus, clothed in semblance of a Friar,
To stay the precious waste. Through every brain
Of its grave echoes, swells a choral strain,
DISSOLUTION OF THE MONASTERIES.
THREATS come which no submission may assuage,
The tapers shall be quenched, the belfries mute,