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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. Love Sonnets
2. “The rain-drops patter on the casement still”
By Henry Theodore Tuckerman (1813–1871)
THE RAIN-DROPS patter on the casement still,
  So hushed the room, each faint watch-tick I hear,
The crackling of the embers seems to fill
  This brooding quiet with an accent clear:
I ’ve looked awhile upon the gifted page,        5
  Glanced at the dingy roofs and leaden sky,
Or paced the floor my mind to disengage,
  Chiding the languid hours as they fly;
In vain! the thought of thee o’ermasters all,
  Now waking joy, and now a dark surmise,        10
As Memory spreads her banquet or her pall,
  And bids me hopeless sink or gladsome rise:
On what bright wings these lonely hours would flee,
Dared I but feel that thou hast thought of me!

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