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William Wordsworth
Complete Poetical Works

ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

XXXIII

THE COUNCIL OF CLERMONT

"AND shall," the Pontiff asks, "profaneness flow
"From Nazareth--source of Christian piety,
"From Bethlehem, from the Mounts of Agony
"And glorified Ascension? Warriors, go,
"With prayers and blessings we your path will sow;
"Like Moses hold our hands erect, till ye
"Have chased far off by righteous victory
"These sons of Amalek, or laid them low!"--
"GOD WILLETH IT," the whole assembly cry;
Shout which the enraptured multitude astounds!
The Council-roof and Clermont's towers reply;--
"God willeth it," from hill to hill rebounds,
And, in awe-stricken Countries far and nigh,
Through "Nature's hollow arch" that voice resounds.

NOTE

14 The decision of this council was believed to be instantly known in
remote parts of Europe.