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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. A Wish for the Unfadingness of the Loving Eye
By Laman Blanchard (1803–1845)
 
GAYLY and greenly let my seasons run;
  And should the war-winds of the world uproot
  The sanctities of life, and its sweet fruit
  Cast forth as fuel for the fiery sun,
The dews be turned to ice, fair days begun        5
  In peace wear out in pain, and sounds that suit
  Despair and discord keep Hope’s harp-strings mute,
  Still let me live as love and life were one:
Still let me turn on earth a childlike gaze,
  And trust the whispered charities that bring        10
  Tidings of human truth; with inward praise
Watch the weak motion of each common thing,
  And find it glorious:—still let me raise
  On wintry wrecks an altar to the spring.
 
 
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