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“ Hold there, I say! Thou canst not sue
Upon this Bond by law !
A sorry legalist were he
Detect its fatal flaw.
“ The Deed is null, for it was framed
"With fraudulent intent;
A wicked instrument,
Sir Fiend, thy cause is shent !
“ This were enough ; but, more than this,
A maxim, as thou knowest, it is
Whereof all Laws partake,
His own advantage make.
“ The man, thou sayest, thy Bondsman is ;
Mark now, how stands the fact!
As a Freedman to contract
And by a public act.
« That act being publicly perform'd
With thy full cognizance,
Canst never more advance.
“ For when they solemnly were then
The matrimonial band
And we on this might stand.
the man was by
May not by thee be shaken ;
So Basil said, and paused awhile ;
But he heaved in vexation
And thus to himself he thought;
“ The Law thy calling ought to have been, With thy wit so ready, and tongue so free!
To prove by reason in reason's despite, That right is wrong, and wrong is right, And white is black, and black is white, ..
What a loss have I had in thee!"
“ I rest not here,” the Saint pursued ;
66 Tho' thou in this mayest see, That in the meshes of thine own net
I could entangle thee!
“Fiend, thou thyself didst bring about
The spousal celebration,
For both their souls' salvation.
“ Thou sufferedst them before high Heaven
With solemn rights espoused to be,
And for eternity.
“ That tie holds good ; those rites
Thyself the instrument.
“And now, methinks, thou seest in this
A higher power than thine ;
To work the will divine!”
With rising energy he spake,
And more majestic look ;
Then with a voice of power he said,
« The Bond is null and void !
Can never be destroy'd !
6 The Covenant of grace, That greatest work of Heaven, Which whoso claims in perfect faith,
His sins shall be forgiven.
“ Were they as scarlet red They should be white as wool; This is the All-mighty's Covenant,
Who is All-merciful !
“ His Minister am I!
“In token that against his soul
The sin shall no longer stand, The writing is effaced, which there
Thou holdest in thy hand !
Angels that are in bliss above
Will witness, and rejoice;
shall now in thunder hear Heaven's ratifying voice!”
A peal of thunder shook the pile ;
The Church was fill’d with light, And when the flash was past, the Fiend
Had vanish'd from their sight.