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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
Objects Which Influence the Ambitious Nature
IV. Glory and Enduring Fame
By William Gilmore Simms (1806–1870)
 
THUS Glory hath her being! thus she stands
Star-crowned,—a high divinity of woe;
Her temples fill, her columns crown all lands
Where lofty attribute is known below.
For her the smokes ascend, the waters flow,        5
The grave foregoes his prey, the soul goes free;
The gray rock gives out music; hearthstones grow
To temples at her word; her footprints see
On ruins, that are thus made holiest shrines,
Where Love may win devotion, and the heart        10
That with the fire of genius inly pines
May find the guidance of a kindred art,
And from the branch of that eternal tree
Pluck fruits at once of death and immortality!
 
 
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