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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. On a Lock of Milton’s Hair
By James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784–1859)
IT lies before me there, and my own breath
  Stirs its thin outer threads, as though beside
  The living head I stood in honored pride,
  Talking of lovely things that conquer death.
Perhaps he pressed it once, or underneath        5
  Ran his fine fingers, when he leant, blank-eyed,
  And saw, in fancy, Adam and his bride
  With their rich locks, or his own Delphic wreath.
There seems a love in hair, though it be dead.
  It is the gentlest, yet the strongest thread        10
Of our frail plant,—a blossom from the tree
Surviving the proud trunk;—as though it said,
  Patience and Gentleness is Power. In me
  Behold affectionate eternity.

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