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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. On Wilson’s Picture of Solitude
By Edmund Ollier (1827–1886)
A FITTING 1 nook for meditative men!—
  A region of neglect and glimmering gloom,
  Yet secretly unfolding many a bloom
  Worthy of gardens,—to be denizen.
A pillared grotto once was in this glen,        5
  And sculptured shapes; but see how hungry doom
  Has gnawn them half away, while o’er them loom
  Black branches, arching like a dusky den;
Between whose trunks you see, quite overbrowed
  With intertwisted foliage, dark and drear,        10
  White convent walls gleam like a parting ray
Under the forehead of a thunder-cloud;
  And silently and sad, from year to year,
  The cowled monk stagnates, withering away.
Note 1. From Ainsworth’s Magazine. [back]

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