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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. The Subject of Babylon Continued (II.)
By Edmund Ollier (1827–1886)
AND on the top of all the wind-blown towers,
The thronging terraces, and ramparts fair,
And the flat house-roof scorching in the air,
Elysian gardens bloomed with breadths of flowers,
And clouds of moist green leaves, that tenderly        5
Cooled the fierce radiance sight could scarcely bear;
Or over grassy lawns hung fluttering high,
Like birds upon the wing, half pausing there;
Shadows, where winds drooped lingering with a sigh.
And there were fountains all of beaten gold,        10
That seemed alive with staring imagery,
Fantastical as death; from which forth rolled,
  Like spirits out of Sleep’s enchanted ground,
  Far-flashing streams, that flung a light all round.

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