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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. Happiness
By Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton (1809–1885)
A SPLENDOR amid glooms, a sunny thread
  Woven into a tapestry of cloud,
  A merry child a-playing with the shroud
  That lies upon a breathless mother’s bed,
A garland on the front of one new-wed,        5
  Trembling and weeping while her troth is vowed,
  A school-boy’s laugh that rises light and loud
  In licensed freedom from ungentle dread;—
These are ensamples of the Happiness
  For which our nature fits us. More and less        10
  Are parts of all things to the mortal given,
Of Love, Joy, Truth, and Beauty. Perfect light
  Would dazzle, not illuminate, our sight;
  From Earth it is enough to glimpse at Heaven.

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