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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
Echo and Silence
By Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges (1762–1837)
IN 1 eddying course when leaves began to fly,
  And Autumn in her lap the store to strew,
  As ’mid wild scenes I chanced the Muse to woo
  Through glens untrod, and woods that frowned on high,
Two sleeping Nymphs with wonder mute I spy!        5
  And lo, she ’s gone! In robe of dark green hue,
  ’T was Echo from her sister Silence flew;
  For quick the hunter’s horn resounded to the sky!
In shade affrighted Silence melts away;
  Not so her sister:—hark! for onward still        10
  With far heard step she takes her listening way,
Bounding from rock to rock, and hill to hill!
  Ah, mark the merry maid in mockful play
  With thousand mimic tones the laughing forest fill.
Note 1. From his “Recollections of Foreign Travel.” It is also in his “Autobiography.” [back]

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