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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Sun
By Melville Madison Bigelow (1846–1921)
HEART of the worlds! thy mighty pulses beat
  Upon the furthest planet’s untrod shore;
  They gild the surges of old seas that roar
Beyond man’s power to pierce their safe retreat.
Great Heart! and yet thy morning pulse-beams greet        5
  The little rose a-tint with blushes o’er.
  See! spreads his wings the youngling lark, to soar
Amid thy quickening radiance, vast but sweet.
Beat on, O Heart! on planet and on sea;
  Beat on, though tuneless Silence fill thy course,—        10
E’en Silence fain would raise a note to thee,—
  But paint the smiling flowers, and fill, O Source
Of gladsome life, the answering birds with glee,
While joy-bells in my soul ring merrily.

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