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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. Domestic
By Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber (1814–1890)
 
IT smiles! Around its dimpling mouth see play
  The first glad token of a dawning love,
Like the bright glow of newly-wakening day,
  Or some new glory breaking from above.
It smiles! O rapture! and the mother’s heart        5
  Beats with quick pleasure its bright gleam to see,
Springing from dawning consciousness, whose part
  In after years her crowning joy may be.
There ’s not a bright creation under heaven,
  There ’s not a pure in heaven or in earth,        10
There ’s not an ecstasy to mortals given,
  There ’s not a thing of most exalted worth,
Can, in a mother’s plenitude of joy,
Excel that first smile of her darling boy!
 
 
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