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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. June
2. “I would be with thee on the sunny hills”
By Mrs. Mary Noel McDonald
Succession of Sonnets

I WOULD be with thee on the sunny hills,
  And by the streams would linger, as they flow
  With their perpetual music sweet and low;
And where, in light, leap out the shining rills,
Like chains of liquid diamonds, I would be:        5
Methinks ’t were sweet to wander far and free,
  Tempting each craggy height or sylvan shade,—
  A loiterer where the mossy banks, inlaid
With nature’s flowery gems, invite repose;
  And, stealing o’er my brow, thy breath of balm        10
Might lull each care my beating bosom knows,
  And bid the tossing waves of thought be calm;
And I might half forget life’s boding ills,
Roaming with thee out on the sunny hills.

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