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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. “Mary! I dare not call thy charms divine”
By Henry Timrod (1828–1867)
MARY! I dare not call thy charms divine,
But all the sweetest qualities of earth,
Which constitute an humbler, holier worth,
Grace, gayety, and gentleness are thine.
A grace more glorious than the grace of form,        5
And moulding less thy motions than thy mind;
A gayety not thoughtless or unkind,—
Wild, and yet winning, womanly and warm;
A gentleness of heart that is not weakness,
Persuasive, potent, beautiful in meekness:        10
Only at times, in some excited hour,
A flash that lights the darkness of thine eyes,
Reveals a secret and a deeper power,—
A spirit he has hardiness who tries.

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