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SKETCIIES

THE WALDENSES.

SKETCHES

OF

THE WALDENSES.

Those who gave early notice, as the lark

Springs from the ground the morn to gratulate;
Who rather chose the day to antedate
By striking out a solitary spark,
When all the world with midnight gloom was dark;
These harbingers of good, whom bitter hate
In vain endeavour'd to exterminate,
Fell obloquy pursues with hideous bark;
But they desist not; -and the sacred fire,
Rekindled thus, from dens and savage woods
Moves, handed on with never-ceasing care,
Through courts, through camps, o'er limitary foods;
Nor lacks this sea-girt isle a timely share
Of the new flame, not suffer'd to expire.”

WORDSWORTH.

LONDON:

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,

Instituted 1799.

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