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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. “O friend! whose genial spirit”
By George Lunt (1803–1885)
 
O FRIEND! whose genial spirit, by the gift
Of a most bounteous nature, flings a shower
Of magic light along life’s shadowed hour;
As when day’s sovereign lord, behind the rift
Of summer’s brooding cloud, but looks, to lift        5
Incumbent heaviness from earth and sky,
With the bright beam of his exulting eye;
Think not the spirit’s course, whose silent drift
Flows on more calmly than the sparkling stream,
Is sad though thoughtful, or must therefore seem        10
From secret care, to need some healing shrift;
Thine be, forever fresh and never coy,
The soul’s bright mood;—yet not less cheerful deem
The steadfast lustre of a sober joy!
 
 
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