This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...twelve centuries since, 570 "Such was its virtue!"--twangs the Sacristan, Holding the shrine-box up, with hands like feet Because of gout in ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 Excerpt: ...twelve centuries since, 570 "Such was its virtue!"--twangs the Sacristan, Holding the shrine-box up, with hands like feet Because of gout in every finger-joint: Does he bethink him to reduce one knob, Allay one twinge by touching what he vaunts? 575 I think he half uncrooks fist to catch fee, But, for the grace, the quality of cure, --Cophetua was the man put that to proof! Not otherwise, your faith is shrined and shown And shamed at once: you banter while you bow! 580 Do you dispute this? Come, a monster-laugh, A madman's laugh, allowed his Carnival Later ten days than when all Rome, but he, Laughed at the candle-contest: mine's alight, 'T is just it sputter till the puff o' the Pope 585 End it to-morrow and the world turn Ash. Come, thus I wave a wand and bring to pass In a moment, in the twinkle of an eye, What but that--feigning everywhere grows fact, Professors turn possessors, realize 590 The faith they play with as a fancy now, And bid it operate, have full effect On every circumstance of life, to-day, In Rome, --faith's flow set free at fountain-head! Now, you 'll own, at this present when I speak, 595 Before I work the wonder, there's no man Woman or child in Rome, faith's fountain-head, But might, if each were minded, realize Conversely unbelief, faith's opposite--Set it to work on life unflinchingly, 600 Yet give no symptom of an outward change: Why should things change because men disbelieve? What's incompatible, in the whited tomb, With bones and rottenness one inch below? What saintly act is done in Rome to-day 605 But might be prompted by the devil, --" is" I say not, --" has been, and again may be,"--I do say, full i' the face o' the crucifix You try to stop my mouth with! Off with it! Look in your own heart, if you...Read Less
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