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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
 
The Rainbow
By Lord Byron (1788–1824)
 
NOW overhead a rainbow, bursting through
  The scattering clouds, shone, spanning the dark sea,
Resting its bright base on the quivering blue;
  And all within its arch appeared to be
Clearer than that without; and its wide hue        5
  Waxed broad and waving, like a banner free,
Then changed like to a bow that’s bent, and then
Forsook the dim eyes of those shipwrecked men.
 
It changed, of course; a heavenly chameleon,
  The airy child of vapor and the sun,        10
Brought forth in purple, cradled in vermilion,
  Baptized in molten gold, and swathed in dun,
Glittering like crescents o’er a Turk’s pavilion,
  And blending every color into one.
 
 
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