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FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF CHRISTIANITY INTO BRITAIN, TO THE CONSUMMMATION OF THE
“ A verse may catch a wandering Soul, that flies
Profounder Tracts, and by a blest surprise
I, who accompanied with faithful pace
Now seek upon the heights of Time the source
If there be prophets on whose spirits rest
of Pass from their Master, sojourned here to guard The precious Current they had taught to flow?
* See Note.
TREPIDATION OF THE DRUIDS.
SCREAMS round the Arch-druid's brow the seamew,
white As Menai’s foam ; and toward the mystic ring Where Augurs stand, the Future questioning, Slowly the cormorant aims her heavy flight, Portending ruin to each baleful rite, That, in the lapse of ages, hath crept o'er Diluvian truths, and patriarchal lore. Haughty the Bard: can these meek doctrines blight His transports ? wither his heroic strains ? But all shall be fulfilled ;
the Julian spear A way first opened ; and, with Roman chains, The tidings come of Jesus crucified ; They come, - they spread,- the weak, the suffer
ing, hear; Receive the faith, and in the hope abide.
MERCY and Love have met thee on thy road,
* This water-fowl was, mong the Druids, an emblem of those traditions connected with the deluge that made an important part of their mysteries. The Cormorant was a bird of bad omen.
And food cut off by sacerdotal ire,
DARKNESS surrounds us ; seeking, we are lost
LAMENT! for Diocletian's fiery sword
linked, Which God's ethereal store-houses afford : Against the Followers of the incarnate Lord
some are smitten in the field, Some pierced to the heart through the ineffectual
shield Of sacred home; — with pomp are others gored, And dreadful respite. Thus was Alban tried, England's first Martyr, whom no threats could
shake; Self-offered victim, for his friend he died, And for the faith ; nor shall his name forsake That Hill, whose flowery platform seems to rise By Nature decked for holiest sacrifice.*
As, when a storm hath ceased, the birds regain
* See Note.