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"'TIS HE WHOSE YESTER-EVENING'S HIGH DISDAIN"

          'TIS He whose yester-evening's high disdain
          Beat back the roaring storm--but how subdued
          His day-break note, a sad vicissitude!
          Does the hour's drowsy weight his glee restrain?
          Or, like the nightingale, her joyous vein
          Pleased to renounce, does this dear Thrush attune
          His voice to suit the temper of yon Moon
          Doubly depressed, setting, and in her wane?
          Rise, tardy Sun! and let the Songster prove
          (The balance trembling between night and morn               10
          No longer) with what ecstasy upborne
          He can pour forth his spirit. In heaven above,
          And earth below, they best can serve true gladness
          Who meet most feelingly the calls of sadness.
                                                              1838.


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