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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. Art
By Sir John Hanmer (1809–1881)
AS o’er the sea’s deep world-sustaining breast,
Climbing the steep horizon, onward bear
The thought-winged ships, and each his track more fair
Believes, for ’t is his own, than all the rest;
Which not the less doth fade, as ’t is imprest;        5
And the great waters, and cloud-traversed air,
With their enduring might, are only there,
And space of days unmeasured, east and west:
Dread realms of Art, illimitable as ocean,
So fares man’s spirit o’er your region waves,        10
Proudly and lonely, with a choral motion;
Sunshine he courts, but tempests too he braves;
Seeking the port, where, for their heart’s devotion,
Fame lights her star over such seamen’s graves.

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