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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. Ad Poetas
By Hugh Peters (1807–1831)
 
  Quod si me lyricis vatibus inseres,
Sublimi feriam sidera vertice.

YE 1 are a wise and goodly company;
  A very worthy noble brotherhood;
  Nectar your drink, ambrosia your food;
Ye cannot fail of immortality!
When ye would sleep, sweet will your slumbering be;        5
  For Musa ’neath you spreads a couch of down,
  Or airy gossamer with rose-leaves strewn,
Fit hovering place for dreams of phantasy;
And when ye wake, if ye would music have,
  For you Apollo wakes his echoing strings;        10
  Or would ye ride, Pegasus spreads his wings,
And off ye fly through air, o’er earth and wave!
O happy band! I ’ll “give you honor due,”
If ye will deign admit me of your crew!
 
Note 1. Born 1807; died 1831. [back]
 
 
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