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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. The Steamboat
By Sir John Hanmer (1809–1881)
WHITE wings, that o’er the hyacinthine sea
With joy or hope or sorrow long have sped;
Since first he voyaged whom the Colchian wed,
Bearing lone ships o’er many a salt degree;
A voice came thence, where ye were wont to be,        5
A strange and serpent utterance; high o’erhead
Trailed its dark breath; and with Ixion’s tread
A keel passed by, mocking the stormy lee.
Into the rack, far lessening, on it went,
As once that antique lover of the cloud;        10
While ye to veering winds were bowed and bent;
And Ocean roared with his great voice aloud,
Lashing his waves ’gainst isle and continent,
Vexed with the wake that wheel-borne ship had ploughed.

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