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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
III. The Star
By Mrs. Elizabeth Jesup Eames (1813–1856)

THERE is a star—Eve’s fairest and her first—
  That with unaltered beauty ever shineth:
What visions of the heart its light once nursed!
  Ah! Hope’s fair hand no more her rose-wreath twineth!
  Beneath thy silvery rays, O peerless Star,        5
  The beautiful floats dimly and afar.
The fair ideal wrought of the poet’s dreaming
  Hath left me with an ever-pining heart:
No more my fancy, with bright visions teeming,
  Brings to these idle lines the inspiréd art,        10
O Angel of my youth! return once more,
  And ’neath this star, which is to me a shrine,
The enchanted lamp of poesy restore,
  And fill my lone heart with its light divine!

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