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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. The Frozen Stream
By Mrs. Mary Noel McDonald
CHAINED with strong fetters, fair and restless stream,
  Thine onward course, thou rover, harshly stayed,
  No more by mossy bank or sylvan glade
Goest thou rejoicing; and the solar beam
That erst threw glittering gems upon thy breast,        5
  No longer owns a power to set thee free.
Fain would the golden rays disturb thy rest,
  But, faint and trembling, fail to succor thee.
A mighty arm forbids thy further flow,
  And seals with icy band each sparkling wave,        10
  Lays bare the verdant bank thou lov’st to lave
And stills thy babbling tongue; nor shalt thou know,
  Sweet captive, aught of liberty again,
  Till Spring with gentle hand unbinds the chilling chain.

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