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BENJAMIN PARK
American (British Guianan-born) journalist and poet
(1809 - 1864)

Look, on this edifice of marble made--
  How fair it swells, too beautiful to fade.
    See what fine people in its portals crowd,
      Smiling and greeting, talking, laughings loud!
        What is it? Surely not a gay exchange,
          Where wit and beauty social joys arrange;
            Not a grand shop, where late Parisian styles
              Attract rich buyers from a thousand miles?
                But step within; no need of further search.
                  Behold, admire a fashionable church!
                    Look how its oriel window glints and gleams,
                      What tinted light magnificently streams
                        On the proud pulpit, carved with quaint device,
                          Where velvet cushions, exquisitely nice,
                            Press'd by the polish'd, preacher's dainty hands,
                              Hold a large volume clasp'd by golden bands.
      - [Churches]


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