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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. Hugh Stuart Boyd: Legacies
By Mrs. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806–1861)
THREE gifts the dying left me: Æschylus,
And Gregory Nazianzen, and a clock
Chiming the gradual hours out like a flock
Of stars, whose motion is melodious.
The books were those I used to read from, thus        5
Assisting my dear teacher’s soul to unlock
The darkness of his eyes; now, mine they mock,
Blinded in turn, by tears: now, murmurous
Sad echoes of my young voice, years agone,
Intoning, from these leaves, the Grecian phrase,        10
Return and choke my utterance. Books, lie down
In silence on the shelf within my gaze!
And thou, clock, striking the hour’s pulses on,
Chime in the day which ends these parting days!

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