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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. Poets
By John R. Tait (1834–1909)
O, THERE are gentle souls on earth imbued
  With love of man and nature’s loveliness,
Who, like fair trees uprising ’mid a wood,
  Grow toward heaven, the while they ever bless
  With pleasing shade and liberal fruitfulness        5
The seeker at their feet. Warm gratitude
  Be theirs, and theirs the soft caress
Of gentlest zephyrs; be their solitude
Made populous with angels, all sublime
  Their history, and when the woodmen come,        10
Transplanting them to that far sunnier clime
  Where Eden’s bays will rustle welcomes home,
  Then may their lives, as some grand epic tome,
Close with a lofty hope, like an immortal rhyme.

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