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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
On the Sonnet
By Edith Matilda Thomas (1854–1925)
GRANT me twice seven splendid words, O Muse
(Like jewel pauses on a rosary chain,
To tell us where the aves start again);
Of these, in each verse, one I mean to use—
Like Theseus in the labyrinth—for clues        5
To help lost Fancy striving in the brain;
And, Muse, if thou wilt still so kindly deign,
Make my rhymes move by courtly twos and twos!
Oh, pardon, shades of Avon and Vaucluse,
This rush-light burning where your lamps yet shine!        10
A sonnet should be like the cygnet’s cruise
On polished waters; or like smooth old wine,
Or earliest honey garnered in May dews!
And all be laid before some fair love’s shrine!

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