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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
The Poet’s Praise
By Henry Hamilton (1840–1916)
WHO feels knows deeper truth than he who sees,
And lives with God in greater harmony;
With Nature rests in closer sympathy,
And draws her honey like the tireless bees.
He holds the beauty which forever flees        5
Near to his soul; he hears the melody
Which rings through time and through eternity;
He knows the hopes and loves which always please.
Therefore, O poet, will I speak thy praise
And listen to the music of thy song,        10
Or reverent twine about thy brow the bays,
And to thy faithful worshipers belong;
For purest truth finds voice in thy sweet lays,
And perfect love which makes hearts glad and strong.

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