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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
IV. The Spirit-land
By Jones Very (1813–1880)
FATHER! thy wonders do not singly stand,
Nor far removed where feet have seldom strayed;
Around us ever lies the enchanted land,
In marvels rich to thine own sons displayed;
In finding thee are all things round us found;        5
In losing thee are all things lost beside:
Ears have we, but in vain strange voices sound,
And to our eyes the vision is denied;
We wander in the country far remote,
’Mid tombs and ruined piles in death to dwell;        10
Or on the records of past greatness dote,
And for a buried soul the living sell;
While on our path bewildered falls the night;
That ne’er returns us to the fields of light.

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