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ECCLESIASTICAL SONNETS

IN SERIES, 1821-22. PART III.

FROM THE RESTORATION TO THE PRESENT TIMES

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          I SAW the figure of a lovely Maid
          Seated alone beneath a darksome tree,
          Whose fondly-overhanging canopy
          Set off her brightness with a pleasing shade.
          No Spirit was she; 'that' my heart betrayed,
          For she was one I loved exceedingly;
          But while I gazed in tender reverie
          (Or was it sleep that with my Fancy played?)
          The bright corporeal presence--form and face--
          Remaining still distinct grew thin and rare,                10
          Like sunny mist;--at length the golden hair,
          Shape, limbs, and heavenly features, keeping pace
          Each with the other in a lingering race
          Of dissolution, melted into air.


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