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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. One’s Own Mood Reflected in a Day-dream
By William Allingham (1824–1889)
(“On the Sunny Shore”)

CHECKERED 1 with woven shadows as I lay
  Among the grass, blinking the watery gleam,
  I saw an Echo-Spirit in his bay
  Most idly floating in the noontide beam.
Slow heaved his filmy skiff, and fell, with sway        5
  Of ocean’s giant pulsing; and the Dream,
  Buoyed like the young moon on a level stream
  Of greenish vapor at decline of day,
Swam airily, watching the distant flocks
  Of sea-gulls, whilst a foot, in careless sweep,        10
  Touched the clear-trembling cool with tiny shocks
Faint-circling; till at last he dropped asleep,
  Lulled by the hush-song of the glittering deep,
  Lap-lapping drowsily the heated rocks.
Note 1. “The Music-Master, a Love Story; and Two Series of Day and Night Songs. 1855.” [back]

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