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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. “O God! what glorious seasons bless thy world!”
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
O GOD! what glorious seasons bless thy world!
  See! the tranced Winds are nestling on the deep;
  The guardian Heavens unclouded vigil keep
  O’er the mute Earth; the beach-birds’ wings are furled
Ghost-like and gray, where the dim billows, curled        5
  Lazily up the sea-strand, sink in sleep,
  Save when the random fish with lightning-leap
  Flashes above them; the far sky ’s impearled,
Inland, with lines of silvery smoke that gleam
  Upward from quiet homesteads, thin, and slow:        10
  The sunset girds me like a gorgeous dream,
Pregnant with splendors, by whose marvellous spell
  Senses and soul are flushed to one deep glow;
  A purple-vestured Mood more grand than words may tell.

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