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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By William Gibson (1826–1887)
GENTLY, as roses die, the day declines;
  On the charmed air there is a hush the while;
  And delicate are the twilight tints that smile
Upon the summits of the Apennines.
The moon is up; and o’er the warm wave shines        5
  A fairy bridge of light, whose beams beguile
  The fancy to some secret summer isle
Where Love may dwell, which only Love divines.
The blue light of Italian summer falls
  Around us; over the crystalline swell        10
I see the lamps lit in her tier of halls
  And bid to Genoa the Superb farewell.
Home of Columbus! having dwelt in thee,
I dream of undiscovered lands at sea!

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