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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Sidney Lanier. (1842–1881)
 
 
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            Virginal shy lights,
Wrought of the leaves to allure to the whisper of vows,
When lovers pace timidly down through the green colonnades
Of the dim sweet woods, of the dear dark woods,
      Of the heavenly woods and glades,
That run to the radiant marginal sand-beach within
  The wide sea-marshes of Glynn.
          The Marshes of Glynn.
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    The sun is a-wait at the ponderous gate of the West.
          The Marshes of Glynn.
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    Ye marshes, how candid and simple and nothing-withholding and free
Ye publish yourselves to the sky and offer yourselves to the sea!
Tolerant plains, that suffer the sea and the rains and the sun,
Ye spread and span like the catholic man who hath mightily won
God out of knowledge and good out of infinite pain
And sight out of blindness and purity out of a stain.
          The Marshes of Glynn.
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    The incalculable Up-and-Down of Time.
          Clover.
 

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