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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. Summer
By Edward Hovell-Thurlow, Lord Thurlow (1781–1829)
 
THE SUMMER, the divinest Summer burns;
  The skies are bright with azure and with gold;
The mavis and the nightingale, by turns,
  Amid the woods a soft enchantment hold;
The flowering woods, with glory and delight,        5
  Their tender leaves unto the air have spread;
The wanton air, amid their valleys bright,
  Doth softly fly, and a light fragrance shed;
The nymphs within the silver fountains play,
  And angels on the golden banks recline        10
Wherein great Flora, in her bright array,
  Hath sprinkled her ambrosial sweets divine:
Or, else, I gaze upon that beauteous face,
O Amoret! and think these sweets have place.
 
 
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