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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. An Autumnal Day in Carolina
By William H. Timrod (1792–1838)
SLEEPS the soft South, nursing its delicate breath
To fan the first buds of the early spring;
And Summer, sighing, mourns his faded wreath,
Its many-colored glories withering
Beneath the kisses of the new-waked North,—        5
Who yet in storms approaches not, but smiles
On the departing season, and breathes forth
A fragrance as of summer,—till at whiles
All that is sweetest in the varying year
Seems softly blent in one delicious hour;        10
Waking dim visions of some former sphere
Where sorrows, such as earth owns, had no power
To veil the changeless lustre of the skies,
And mind and matter formed one Paradise.

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