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The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems

Priestly Bigotry. an epigram

“Philosophy of Love”: Page 189.

Priestly Bigotry. an epigram

Where man his standard of perfection rears,
The Divel there asserts his right to reign!
Thus, Religion; Liberty; CustomPriestly Bigots with truth in arrears,
Themselves exert, contracting the domain
Of heavenly freedom: while their victims gain’d
Are soul degraded, full of creature-fears:
Yes, round their souls vile superstition’s mesh
Is wove, as spiders would their prey secure!
Then, over such, the iron rod appears,
As weilded by a Demon; where maintain’d
The galling rule is;—nothing to refresh
The weary soul that’s doom’d such things t’ endure!