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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Daybreak
By Mrs. Alice Bradley Neal (1828–1863)
ONCE more I sought the casement. Lo! a ray,
  Faint and uncertain, struggled through the gloom,
  And shed a misty twilight on the room,—
Long-watched-for herald of the coming day!
It brought a thrill of gladness to my breast.        5
  With claspéd hands, and streaming eyes, I prayed,
  Thanking my God for light, though long delayed;
And gentle calm stole o’er my wild unrest.
“O soul!” said I, “thy boding murmurs cease.
  Though sorrow bind thee as a funeral pall,        10
  Thy Father’s hand is guiding thee through all;
His love will bring a true and perfect peace.
  Look upward once again, though drear the night:
  Earth may be darkness; Heaven will give thee light.”

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