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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
IV. Evening at Sea
By David Lester Richardson (1801–1865)
 
HOW calm and beautiful! The broad sun now
  Behind its rosy curtain lingering stays;
  Yet, downward and above, the glorious rays
  Pierce the blue flood, and in the warm air glow,
While clouds from either side, like pillars, throw        5
  Their long gigantic shadows o’er the main;—
  Between their dusky bounds, like golden rain,
  Though still the sunbeams on the waves below
A shower of radiance shed, the misty veil
  Of twilight spreads around; the orient sky        10
  Is mingling with the sea; the distant sail
Hangs like a dim-discovered cloud on high,
  And faintly bears the cold, unearthly ray,
  Of yon pale moon, that seems the ghost of day.

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