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James and Mary Ford, eds.  Every Day in the Year.  1902.
February 4
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
(Died Feb. 4, 1881)

O GRANITE nature; like a mountain height
Which pierces heaven! yet with foundations deep,
Rooted where earth’s majestic forces sleep,
In quiet breathing on the breast of night:—
Proud thoughts were his that scaled the infinite        5
Of loftiest grasp, and calm Elysian sweep;
Fierce thoughts were his that burnt the donjon keep
Of ancient wrong, to flood its crypts with light;
Yet o’er his genius, firm as Ailsa’s rock,
Large, Atlantaen, with grim grandeur dowered,—        10
Love bloomed, and buds of tender beauty flowered:—
Yet down his rugged massiveness of will
Unscarred by alien passion’s fiery shock,
Mercy flowed melting like an Alpine rill!

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