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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
Selected Sonnets.
I. The Day’s Eye
By Henry Ellison (1811–1880)
(From “Mad Moments”)

SWEET flower! thou art a link of memory,
  An emblem to the heart of bright days flown;
  And in thy silence, too, there is a tone
That stirs the inmost soul, more potently
Than if a trumpet’s voice had rent the sky!        5
  I love thee much, for when I stray alone,
  Stealing from Nature her calm thoughts, which own
No self-disturbance, and my curious eye
Catches thy magic glance, methinks a spell
  Has touched my soul; once more I grow a boy;        10
Once more my thoughts, that as a passing-bell,
  Seemed to toll o’er departed shapes of joy,
Change to old chimes, and in my bosom swell
  Fresh pulses of a bliss without alloy.

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