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Samuel Kettell, ed.  Specimens of American Poetry.  1829.
The Nun
By G. Wallingford Clarke
HER eye is raised to heaven:—no ray is there
  Of earthly pride, or passion. O’er her brow
  Angelic, as she breathes the solemn vow,
A bright expression spreads. Her rich, soft hair,
In radiant ringlets, down her bosom fair        5
  Falls—like the beams of morning on the prow
  Of the light heaving bark. ’T is past, and now
A pale and pensive hue her features wear.
So young—so beautiful, to turn aside
  From life’s fresh opening scenes, and sunny hours,        10
  Seems like religion’s triumph—but the heart
Strives from itself in vain the truth to hide:
  The sigh will rise, the tender tear will start:
  Ah! love yet lingers o’er his faded flowers!

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