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INSCRIPTION FOR A MONUMENT OPPOSITE BALLIOL GATEWAY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Here latimer and ridley in the flames
Last Line: And let the future expiate the past.
Subject(s): Innocence; Latimer, Hugh (1485-1555); Oxford University; Ridley, Nicholas (1503-1555); Truth


HERE Latimer and Ridley in the flames
Bore witness to the truth. If thou hast walk'd
Uprightly through the world, proud thoughts of joy
Will fill thy breast in contemplating here
Congenial virtue. But if thou hast swerved
From the right path, if thou hast sold thy soul
And served, a hireling, with apostate zeal,
The cause thy heart disowns, oh! cherish well
The honourable shame that sure this place
Will wake within thee, timely penitent,
And let the future expiate the past.





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