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Augustin S. Macdonald, comp.  A Collection of Verse by California Poets.  1914.
A Dream of Beauty
By Clark Ashton Smith
I DREAMED that each most lovely, perfect thing
  That Nature hath, of sound, and form, and hue—
  The winds, the grass, the light-concentering dew,
The gleam and swiftness of the sea-bird’s wing;
Blueness of sea and sky, and gold of storm        5
    Transmuted by the sunset, and the flame
  Of autumn-colored leaves, before me came,
And, meeting, merged to one diviner form.
Incarnate Beauty ’twas, whose spirit thrills
Through glaucous ocean and the greener hills,        10
  And in the cloud-bewildered peaks is pent.
    Like some descended star she hovered o’er,
  But as I gazed, in doubt and wonderment,
    Mine eyes were dazzled, and I saw no more.

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