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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. The Lake in Calm
By Professor John Wilson (1785–1854)
IS this the lake, the cradle of the storms,
  Where silence never tames the mountain-roar,
Where poets fear their self-created forms,
  Or, sunk in trance severe, their God adore?
Is this the lake, forever dark and loud        5
  With wave and tempest, cataract and cloud?
Wondrous, O Nature! is thy sovereign power,
  That gives to horror hours of peaceful mirth;
For here might beauty build her summer-bower!
  Lo! where yon rainbow spans the smiling earth,        10
And, clothed in glory, through a silent shower
  The mighty sun comes forth, a godlike birth;
While, ’neath his loving eye, the gentle Lake
Lies like a sleeping child too blest to wake!

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