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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. VI–VIII: Literature of the Republic, Part III., 1835–1860
 
Lines to a Lady
By George Denison Prentice (1802–1870)
 
[Born in Preston, Conn., 1802. Died at Louisville, Ky., 1870. From Poems. Edited by John James Piatt. 1876.]

    LADY, I’ve gazed on thee,
And thou art now a vision of the Past,
A spirit-star, whose holy light is cast
    On memory’s voiceless sea.
 
    That star—it lingers there        5
As beautiful as ’twere a dewy flower,
Soft-wafted down from Eden’s glorious bower,
    And floating in mid-air.
 
    It is, that blessed one,
The day-star of my destiny—the first        10
I e’er could worship as the Persian erst
    Worshipped his own loved sun.
 
    On all my years may lie
The shadow of the tempest, their dark flow
Be wild and drear, but that dear star will glow        15
    Still beautiful on high.
 
 
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