66. Superstition

    O LORD and Christ, Thy Children of the South
          So shudder, when they see
The two-edged sword sharp-issuing from Thy
          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

    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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