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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Fine Weather at Sea
By David Lester Richardson (1801–1865)
THE PLAIN of ocean ’neath the crystal air
  Its azure bound extends; the circle wide
  Is sharply clear; contrasted hues divide
  The sky and water. Clouds, like hills that wear
The winter’s snow-wrought mantle, brightly fair,        5
  Rest on the main’s blue marge. As shadows glide
  O’er dew-decked fields, the calm ship seems to slide
  O’er glassy paths that catch the noontide glare,
As if bestrewn with diamonds. Quickly play
  The small crisp waves, that musically break        10
  Their shining peaks. And now, if aught can make
Celestial spirits wing their downward way,
  Methinks they glitter in the proud sun’s wake,
  And breathe a glorious beauty on the day.

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