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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. The Lilies of the Field
By Mrs. Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793–1835)
FLOWERS!—when the Saviour’s calm, benignant eye
Fell on your gentle beauty,—when from you
That heavenly lesson for all hearts he drew,
Eternal, universal, as the sky,—
Then, in the bosom of your purity,        5
A voice he set, as in a temple-shrine,
That life’s quick travellers ne’er might pass you by
Unwarned of that sweet oracle divine.
And though too oft its low, celestial sound,
By the harsh notes of work-day Care is drowned,        10
And the loud steps of vain unlistening Haste,
Yet the great ocean hath no tone of power
Mightier to reach the soul, in thought’s hushed hour,
Than yours, ye Lilies! chosen thus and graced!

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