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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IX. “Between the sunken sun, and the new moon”
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
BETWEEN the sunken sun, and the new moon,
  I stood in fields through which a clear brook ran
  With scarce perceptible motion, not a span
  Of its smooth surface trembling to the tune
Of sunset breezes! “O delicious boon,”        5
  I cried, “of quiet!—wise is Nature’s plan,
  Who, in her realm as in the soul of man,
  Alternates storm with calm, and the loud noon
With dewy evening’s soft and sacred lull:—
  Happy the heart that keeps its twilight hour,        10
  And, in the depths of heavenly peace reclined,
Loves to commune with thoughts of tender power,—
  Thoughts that ascend, like angels beautiful,
  A shining Jacob’s-ladder of the mind!”

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