91. Samaria

O RAIL not at our kindred in the North,
    Albeit Samaria finds her likeness there;
A self-form'd Priesthood, and the Church cast forth
        To the chill mountain air.

What, though their fathers sinned, and lost the grace
    Which seals the Holy Apostolic Line?
Christ's love o'erflows the bounds his Prophets trace
        In His reveal'd design.

Israel had Seers; to them the Word is nigh;
    Shall not that Word run forth, and gladness give
To many a Shunammite, till in His eye
        The full Seven-thousand live?

Off Sardinia
June 17, 1833.


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