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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Consolatory Power of a Love of Nature
By Anna Seward (1747–1809)
THE EVENING shines in May’s luxuriant pride,
  And all the sunny hills at distance glow,
  And all the brooks, that through the valley flow,
  Seem liquid gold. O, had my fate denied
Leisure, and power to taste the sweets that glide        5
  Through wakened minds, as the blest seasons go
  On their still varying progress, for the woe
  My heart has felt what balm had been supplied?
But where great Nature smiles, as here she smiles,
  ’Mid verdant vales, and gently swelling hills,        10
  And glassy lakes, and mazy murmuring rills,
And narrow wood-wild lanes, her spell beguiles
  Th’ impatient sighs of grief, and reconciles
  Poetic minds to life, with all her ills.

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