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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
III. The Sister
By Mrs. Sarah Josepha Hale (1788–1879)
 
The Empire of Woman—A Series of Sonnets

  WILD as a colt, o’er prairies bounding free,
The wakening spirit of the boy doth spring,
Spurning the rein Authority would fling,
  And striving with his peers for mastery:
  But in the household gathering let him see        5
His sister’s gentle smile, and it will bring
  A change o’er all his nature; patiently,
As cagéd bird that never used its wing,
  He turns him to the tasks that she doth share;
His better passions kindle by her side;        10
  Visions of angel beauty haunt the air:
May she not summon such to be his guide?
  Our Saviour listened to a sister’s prayer,
When “Lazarus, from the tomb come forth!” he cried.
 
 
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