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“ On one fore-doom'd to misery; for so doom'd “ Is that deluded one, who, of the mass
Unheeding, and the Churches saving power, “ Deems nature sinless. Therefore, mark me well, “ Brethren, I would propose this woman try « The holy ordeal. Let her, bound and stript, “ Lest haply in her clothes should be conceald “Some holy relic so profand, be cast “ In the deep pond ; there if she float, no doubt “Some fiend upholds, but if she instant sink, “ Sure sign is that that Providence displays
“ Her free from witchcraft. This done, let her walk
“ Blinded and bare o'er ploughshares heated red,
If from these she pass “ Unhurt, to holy father of the church “ Most blessed Pope, we then refer the cause “For judgement: and this Chief, the Son of Orleans, “ Who comes to vouch the royal person known “ By her miraculous power, shall pass with her
“The sacred trial."
“ Grace of God !" exclaim'd The astonish'd Bastard ; " plunge me in the pool, “ O'er red-hot ploughshares make me dance to please " Your dotard fancies ! Fathers of the church, “ Where is your gravity? what I elder-like " This fairer than Susannah would you eye? « Ye call for ordeals; and I too demand “ The noblest ordeal, on the English host “ In victory to prove the mission sent " From favouring Heaven. To the Pope refer “ For judgement! Know ye not that France even now “ Stands tottering on destruction !"
Starting wild, With a strange look, the mission'd Maid exclaim'd, “ The sword of God is here! the grave shall speak " To manifest me l”.
Even as she spake,
Dwelt awful : sudden from that house of death
The clash of arms was heard, as tho' within
“ Hear ye?" the Damsel cried ; " these are the arms « That shall flash terror o'er the hostile host. “ These, in the presence of our Lord the King, “ And the assembled people, I shall take “ From this the sepulchre, where many an age “ Incorruptible they have lain conceald, " Destin'd for me, the Delegate of Heaven."
Recovering from amaze, the Priest replied: “ Thou art indeed the Delegate of Heaven ! • What thou hast said surely thou shalt perform ! “ We ratify thy mission. Go in peace.