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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. “I ask not for those thoughts, that sudden leap”
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
I ASK not for those thoughts, that sudden leap
From being’s sea, like the isle-seeming kraken,
With whose great rise the ocean all is shaken,
And a heart-tremble quivers through the deep;
Give me that growth, which some perchance deem sleep,        5
Wherewith the steadfast coral-stems uprise,
Which, by the toil of gathering energies,
Their upward way into clear sunshine keep,
Until, by Heaven’s sweetest influences,
Slowly and slowly spreads a speck of green        10
Into a pleasant island in the seas,
Where, ’mid tall palms, the cane-roofed home is seen,
And wearied men shall sit at sunset’s hour,
Hearing the leaves, and loving God’s dear power.

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