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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. Beatrice
By Thomas Buchanan Read (1822–1872)
THOUGH others know thee by a fonder name,
I, in my heart, have christened thee anew;
And though thy beauty in its native hue,
Shedding the radiance of whence it came,
May not bequeath to language its high claim,        5
Thy smiling presence, like an angel’s wing,
Fans all my soul of poesy to flame,
Till even in remembering I must sing.
Such led the grand old Tuscan’s longing eyes
Through all the crystal rounds of Paradise;        10
And, in my spirit’s farthest journeying,
Thy smile of courage leads me up the skies,
Through realms of song, of beauty, and of bliss;
And therefore have I named thee Beatrice!

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