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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. To the Mavis
By David Gray (1838–1861)
SWEET Mavis! at this cool delicious hour
  Of gloaming, when a pensive quietness
Hushes the odorous air,—with what a power
  Of impulse unsubdued, thou dost express
Thyself a spirit! While the silver dew        5
  Holy as manna on the meadow falls,
Thy song’s impassioned clarity, trembling through
  This omnipresent stillness, disenthralls
The soul to adoration. First I heard
  A low, thick, lubric gurgle, soft as love,        10
Yet sad as memory, through the silence poured
Like starlight. But the mood intenser grows,
  Precipitate rapture quickens, move on move
Lucidly linked together, till the close.

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