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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. Second Nuptials
By Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)
THERE is no jealousy in realms above:
  The spirit, purified from earthly stain,
  And knowing that its earthly loss was gain,
  Transfers its property in earthly love
(Though love it was she does not yet reprove)        5
  To her by Heaven appointed to sustain
  The honored matron’s part; to bear the pain,
  The joy, the duty, all things that behoove
A Christian wedded. She that dwells on high
  May be a guardian angel to the wife        10
  That her good husband chooses to supply
Her place, vacated in the noon of life;
  With holy gladness may support the bride
  Through happy cares, to her by death denied.

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