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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
Sonnets to Winter
II. Old Wood to Burn
By John Esten Cooke (1830–1886)
OLD wood to burn!—hew down the highest trunk
  On Alleghanian ridges, seen afar—
  A monarch crowned with his imperial star—
Against the crimson where the sun has sunk.
The sharp axe glittering in his kingly heart        5
  Sends echo ringing through the golden woods,—
  And then a crashing fall!—like bursting floods
When roar the surges, and great mountains part!
The dim year wanes; I see an in-door sight,—
  Bright faces gathered round a blazing fire        10
  At Yule or Pentecost when, rising higher,
The frolic-mirth draws gladness from the light
  Of that old oak that towering once so vast
  Laughed at the storm, and whistled at the blast!

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