66. Superstition

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    O LORD and Christ, Thy Children of the South
          So shudder, when they see
The two-edged sword sharp-issuing from Thy
    mouth,
          As to fall back from Thee,
    And cling to charms of man, or heathen rite
To aid them against Thee, Thou Fount of love and
          light!

    But I before Thine awful eyes will go
          And firmly fix me there,
In my fall shame; not bent my doom to know,
          Not fainting with despair;
    Not fearing less than they, but deeming sure,
If e'en Thy Name shall fail, nought my base heart
          can cure.

Lazaret, Malta
.
January 21, 1833.

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