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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. Elia
By John Hunter
A GENTLE spirit, sweet and pure and kind,
Though strangely witted,—“high fantastical,”—
Who mantles his deep feelings in a pall
Of motley hues, by contrast more combined,
That seems to hide, yet heightens what ’s enshrined        5
Beneath;—who, by a power unknown to all,
Save him alone, can summon at a call
A host of jarring elements, entwined
In wondrous brotherhood,—humor, wild wit,
Quips, cranks, puns, sneers,—with clear sweet thought profound;—        10
And stinging jests, with honey for the wound;—
The subtlest lines of all fine powers, split
To their last films, then marvellously spun
In magic web, whose million hues are one!
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