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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. The Water-Mill
By George James De Wilde
THERE;—it may serve perhaps some future day,
  Dull though the pencil be, and duller he
  Who guides it, to recall to memory
  The exquisite beauties of this rural way,
Tempting the hurried traveller to delay:—        5
  The mill down in the dell; the huge beech-tree
  Flinging its great black arms protectingly
  Over the useful stream, with one hot ray
From Autumn’s cloudless sky touched, like a star;
  The feathery greenery sheltering everywhere;        10
  The one bright strip of greensward seen afar
Between the mossy trunks.—May never care
  Come to the Mill, its clattering glee to mar,
  Making all foul within, while all around is fair.

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