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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
I. To Estelle
By Mrs. Elizabeth F. Swift
COME 1 out upon the dewy hills, sweet friend,
  And let us study Nature’s changeful face.
Look how the sun’s last rays harmonious blend,
  Folding the woodlands in a warm embrace;
Each glowing leaf, stirred by the evening breeze,        5
  Gleams with prismatic hues; crimson and gold,
Purple and azure seem the waving trees;
  The mists their silvery vapors have unrolled,
And hover o’er the river’s troubled breast,—
  River, that ’midst such deep and calm repose        10
Forever murmurs with a sad unrest,
  Like human hearts o’erburdened with life’s woes.
But see—bright messenger of Heaven, queen of the summer skies,
Filling the earth with loveliness—the Harvest-Moon arise.
Note 1. Mrs. Swift, formerly Miss Lorrain, is a Philadelphian by birth, and first-cousin of Leigh Hunt, the poet. She is the wife of Dr. Joseph T. Swift of Easton, Pa. [back]

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