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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Haunts of the Halcyon
By Charles Henry Lüders (1858–1891)
TO stand within a gently gliding boat,
  Urged by a noiseless paddle at the stern,
  Whipping the crystal mirror of the fern
In fairy bays where water-lilies float;
To hear your reel’s whirr echoed by the throat        5
  Of a wild mocking-bird, or round some turn
  To chance upon a wood-duck’s brood that churn
Swift passage toward their mother’s warning note:—
This is to rule a realm that nevermore
  May aught but restful weariness invade;        10
This is to live again the old days o’er,
  When nymph and dryad haunted stream and glade;
To dream sweet, idle dreams of having strayed
  To Arcady, with all its golden lore.

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