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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. A Dream
By Edmund Ollier (1827–1886)
A MAN stood on a barren mountain-peak
  In the night, and cried, “O world of heavy gloom!
  O sunless world! O universal tomb!
  Blind, cold, mechanic sphere, wherein I seek
In vain for Life and Love, till Hope grows weak,        5
  And falters towards Chaos! Vast, blank doom!
  Huge darkness in a narrow prison-room!
  Thou art dead,—dead!” Yet, ere he ceased to speak,
Across the level ocean, in the East,
  The moon-dawn grew; and all that mountain’s side        10
  Rose, newly-born from empty dusk. Fields, trees,
And deep glen-hollows, as the light increased,
  Seemed vital; and from heaven, bare and wide,
  The moon’s white soul looked over lands and seas.

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