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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. Love Sonnets
1. “O for a castle on a woodland height!”
By Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813–1871)
O FOR a castle on a woodland height!
  High mountains round, and a pure stream below,
Within all charms that tasteful hours invite,
  Wise books of poesy and music’s flow;—
A grassy lawn through which to course our steeds,        5
  A gothic chapel in seclusion reared,
Where we could solace find for holiest needs,
  And grow by mutual rites the more endeared:
How such captivity alone with thee
  Would lift to Paradise each passing day!        10
Then all revealed my patient love would be,
  And thou couldst not a full response delay;
For Truth makes holy Love’s illusive dreams,
And their best promise constantly redeems.

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