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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS: PART 1: 16. PERSUASION, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Man's life is like a sparrow, mighty king
Last Line: "his be a welcome cordially bestowed!"
Subject(s): Birds


"MAN'S life is like a Sparrow, mighty King!
"That -- while at banquet with your Chiefs you sit
"Housed near a blazing fire -- is seen to flit
"Safe from the wintry tempest. Fluttering,
"Here did it enter; there, on hasty wing,
"Flies out, and passes on from cold to cold;
"But whence it came we know not, nor behold
"Whither it goes. Even such, that transient Thing,
"The human Soul; not utterly unknown
"While in the Body lodged, her warm abode;
"But from what world She came, what woe or weal
"On her departure waits, no tongue hath shown;
"This mystery if the Stranger can reveal,
"His be a welcome cordially bestowed!"






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