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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. “Moonlight upon the hills!”
By Mrs. Elizabeth F. Swift
 
MOONLIGHT upon the hills! there is a spell
  Like witchery o’er us: as we gaze around,
A tender light illumines hill and dell,
  Falling in golden checkers on the ground.
Now perfume steals from out the forest shades;        5
  All fragrant things and fair their incense bring;
And hark! amid the dim wood’s tangled glades,
  I hear the gushing waters laugh and sing.
Among the clustering leaves of yonder oak
  A ring-dove’s nest is hid,—list her soft moan:        10
Love never to Night’s ear in language spoke,
  Calling with deeper fondness on its own.
World! if to thee, sin-stained, such lavish charms are given,
How can a human thought conceive the spirit joys of heaven!
 
 
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