No longer dumb.—they viewed with eager eyes:
A consultation instantly was had,
When ’twas agreed to honour well the lad,
And try to make him secrecy observe;
But if dismissed, from silence he might swerve.
The active youth, well fed, well paid, thus blessed,
Did all he could,—and others did the rest.
He for the nuns procured a little lot,
That afterward two little friars got,
And in the sequel fathers soon became;
The sisters mothers too, in spite of shame;
But never name more justly was applied:
In vain their mysteries they strove to hide.
* The parlour in a convent
is the room where the nuns are
permitted to speak to their friends through a lattice.
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