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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. To M. W., on Her Birthday
By James Russell Lowell (1819–1891)
 
MAIDEN! when such a soul as thine is born,
The morning stars their ancient music make,
And, joyful, once again their song awake,
Long silent now with melancholy scorn;
And thou, not mindless of so blest a morn,        5
By no least deed its harmony shalt break,
But shalt to that high chime thy footsteps take,
Through life’s most darksome passes unforlorn:
Therefore from thy pure faith thou shalt not fall,
Therefore shalt thou be ever fair and free,        10
And in thine every motion musical
As summer-air, majestic as the sea,
A mystery to those who creep and crawl
Through Time, and part it from Eternity!
 
 
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