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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Acrostic Sonnet
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
ELEGANCE floats about thee like a dress,
  Melting the airy motion of thy form
Into one swaying grace; and loveliness,
  Like a rich tint that makes a picture warm,
Is lurking in the chestnut of thy tress,        5
  Enriching it, as moonlight after storm
Mingles dark shadows into gentleness.
  A beauty that bewilders like a spell
Reigns in thy eye’s clear hazel, and thy brow,
  So pure in veined transparency, doth tell        10
How spiritually beautiful art thou,—
  A temple where angelic love might dwell.
Life in thy presence were a thing to keep,
Like a gay dreamer clinging to his sleep.

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