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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. “I have been mounted on life’s topmost wave”
By George Henry Boker (1823–1890)
I HAVE been mounted on life’s topmost wave,
  Until my forehead kissed the dazzling cloud;
  I have been dashed beneath the murky shroud
  That yawns between the watery crests. I rave,
Sometimes, like cursed Orestes; sometimes lave        5
  My limbs in dews of asphodel; or, bowed
  With torrid heat, I moan to Heaven aloud,
  Or shrink with Winter in his icy cave.
Now peace broods over me; now savage rage
  Spurns me across the world. Nor am I free        10
  From nightly visions, when the pictured page
Of sleep unfolds its varied leaves to me,
  Changing as often as the mimic stage;—
  And all this, lady, through my love for thee!

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