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MISCELLANEOUS SONNETS, 1842

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          THE most alluring clouds that mount the sky
          Owe to a troubled element their forms,
          Their hues to sunset. If with raptured eye
          We watch their splendour, shall we covet storms,
          And wish the Lord of day his slow decline
          Would hasten, that such pomp may float on high?
          Behold, already they forget to shine,
          Dissolve--and leave, to him who gazed, a sigh.
          Not loth to thank each moment for its boon
          Of pure delight, come whencesoe'er it may,                  10
          Peace let us seek,--to stedfast things attune
          Calm expectations--leaving to the gay
          And volatile their love of transient bowers,
          The house that cannot pass away be ours.


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