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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VIII. Flush or Faunus
By Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
YOU see this dog. It was but yesterday
I mused, forgetful of his presence here,
Till thoughts on thoughts drew downward tear on tear;
When from the pillow, where wet-cheeked I lay,
A head, as hairy as Faunus, thrust his way        5
Right sudden against my face; two golden-clear
Large eyes astonished mine; a drooping ear
Did flap me on either cheek, to dry the spray!
I started first, as some Arcadian,
Amazed by goatly god in twilight grove.        10
But as my bearded vision closelier ran
My tears off, I knew Flush, and rose above
Surprise and sadness; thanking the true Pan,
Who, by low creatures, leads to heights of love.

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