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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. Night
By James Gates Percival (1795–1856)
 
AM I not all alone?—The world is still
  In passionless slumber,—not a tree but feels
  The far-pervading hush, and softer steals
The misty river by. Yon broad bare hill
  Looks coldly up to heaven, and all the stars        5
Seem eyes deep fixed in silence, as if bound
By some unearthly spell,—no other sound
  But the owl’s unfrequent moan.—Their airy cars
The winds have stationed on the mountain peaks.
Am I not all alone?—A spirit speaks        10
  From the abyss of night, “Not all alone:
Nature is round thee with her banded powers,
And ancient genius haunts thee in these hours;
  Mind and its kingdom now are all thine own.”
 
 
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