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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. A Replication of Rhymes
By John Hunter
 
(To James Dodds)

THINE 1 own life too hath reached a Harmony
Of rounder, nobler swell than mine, my friend!
HE is the Hero, whose strong soul can bend
A turbulent nature, panting in the glee
Of young ambition to ascend the hill        5
Where Worldly Greatness, crowned with power, is seen;
And, conqueror of himself, can seek the green
Low vale where true Peace dwells, and list the trill
Of home-bred joys that sanctify the spot.
Earth’s dazzling meteors for the Torch of Truth        10
Thou hast exchanged; and for wild dreams of youth
More glorious aims and nobler gifts are given,—
A Soul of power, a well of lofty Thought,
A chastened Hope that ever points to Heaven.
 
Note 1. This is one of the very few English sonnets written on the Italian principle mentioned in the Introductory Essay. [back]
 
 
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