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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. A Vision of Old Babylon
By Edmund Ollier (1827–1886)
 
OUTLEAPING from the Present’s narrow cage,
I floated on the backward waves of Time,
Until I landed in that antique age
When the now hoary world was in its prime.
How young, and fresh, and green, all things did look!        5
I stood upon a broad and grassy plain,
Shrouded with leaves, between which, like a brook
Dashed on the turf in showers of golden rain,
The broken sunlight mottled all the land;
And soon, between the trees, I was aware        10
Of a vast city, girt with stony band,
That hung upon the burning blue-bright air,
  Like snowy clouds which that strange architect,
  The Wind, has with his wayward fancies decked.
 
 
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