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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. “Beloved! in the noisy city here”
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
BELOVED! in the noisy city here
The thought of thee can make all turmoil cease;
Around my spirit, folds thy spirit clear
Its still, soft arms, and circles it with peace:
There is no room for any doubt or fear        5
In souls so overfilled with love’s increase;
There is no memory of the by-gone year,
But growth in heart’s and spirit’s perfect ease.
How hath our love—half nebulous at first—
Rounded itself into a full-orbed sun!        10
How have our lives and wills (as haply erst
They were, ere this forgetfulness begun)
Through all their earthly distantness outburst,
And melted, like two rays of light, in one!

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