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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. On a Picture of Lillie
By Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber (1814–1890)
A TRUTHFUL page is childhood’s lovely face,
  Whereon sweet Innocence has record made,—
An outward semblance of the young heart’s grace,
  Where truth, and love, and trust are all portrayed.
O blessed childhood! Like the wakening day,        5
  The auroral flash bespeaks thy rising sun,
And spreads a roseate tint about thy way,
  And Hope’s gay blossoms open one by one.
Sweet Lillie! As I gaze upon thy brow,
  I feel my heart expanding into prayer,        10
That happiness may e’er maintain as now
  The truthful seeming it exhibits there;
May after life no bitterness impart,
But lie, as now, like sunshine round thy heart!

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