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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. To Poesy
WONDERFUL Spirit!—whose eternal shrine
  Is in great poets’ souls, whose voice doth send
  High truths and dreams prophetic without end
Into the blind world from those founts divine,—
Deep adoration from such souls is thine;        5
  But I have loved thee, spirit, as a friend,
  Wooed thee, in pensive leisure, but to lend
Thy sweetness to this wayward heart of mine,
And charm my lone thoughts into joyousness.
  And I have found that thou canst lay aside        10
  Thy terrors and thy glory and thy pride;
Quit thy proud temples for a calm recess
  In lowly hearts, and dream sweet hours away,
  Winning from sterner thoughts a frequent holiday.

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