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D 18 MAR1954

HOLY AND HEAVENLY SPIRITS AS THEY ARE,

SPOTLESS IN LIFE, AND ELOQUENT AS WISE,
WITH WHAT ENTIRE AFFECTION DO THEY PRIZE
THEIR NEW-BORN CHURCH! LABOURING WITH EARNEST CARE

TO BAFFLE ALL THAT MAY HER STRENGTH IMPAIR ;
THAT CHURCH, THE UNPERVERTED GOSPEL'S SEAT ;
IN THEIR AFFLICTIONS A DIVINE RETREAT ;
SOURCE OF THEIR LIVELIEST HOPE, AND TENDEREST PRAYER !--
THE TRUTH EXPLORING WITH AN EQUAL MIND,

IN DOCTRINE AND COMMUNION THEY HAVE SOUGHT

FIRMLY BETWEEN THE TWO EXTREMES TO STEER ;
BUT THEIR'S The WISE MAN'S ORDINARY LOT,
TO TRACE RIGHT COURSES FOR THE STUBBORN BLIND,
AND PROPHESY TO EARS THAT WILL NOT HEAR.

Wordsworth’s Ecclesiastical Sonnets.-The REFORMERS.

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