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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VII. “O Faithful heart! on balmy nights like this”
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
O FAITHFUL heart! on balmy nights like this,
  I long to tell thee all the love I bear,—
  My sacred love! that knows not doubt, or fear,
  Fixéd in golden round of married bliss;
The rapture of our first betrothal kiss        5
  Thrills through me now, as warmly fond and dear
  As when with eager soul I bent to hear
  Thou didst not deem my tremulous vows amiss.
TIME cannot chill a love so true as ours,
  But rather, like a spiritual SUN, matures        10
  Affection’s bloom, and brightens all its flowers;
Thus, that which charmed in youth our manhood lures,
  For passion wins from age its noblest powers,
  And love ’s evolved from love, whilst love endures.

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