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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
A Lover’s Sonnet
By C. E. Da Ponte
HASTEN, soft wind, and when amid the gay
  She moves with eyes of calm and tender light,
  And forehead pale as foam-lit waves at night,
And voice harmonious as the warbling lay
Of birds that usher in the fragrant May,        5
  Whisper, soft wind, that she remains the bright
  Pure empress of this heart, whose sole delight
Is thus to muse on moments past away;
  O, whisper this and tell how little I
Have known of joy since last I saw her face,        10
  How the bright stars, lamps of yon changing sky,
Woods, streams, and every secret place,
  Bear witness to my truth; yes, murmur this, then die
On those fair lips, bright opening buds of grace.

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