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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. “Storm had been on the hills”
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
STORM had been on the hills: the day had worn
  As if a sleep upon the hours had crept;
And the dark clouds that gathered at the morn
  In dull, impenetrable masses slept,
And the wet leaves hung droopingly, and all        5
Was like the mournful aspect of a pall.
  Suddenly, on the horizon’s edge, a blue
And delicate line, as of a pencil, lay,
  And, as it wider and intenser grew,
The darkness removed silently away;        10
  And, with the splendor of a god, broke through
The perfect glory of departing day:
  So, when his stormy pilgrimage is o’er,
  Will light upon the dying Christian pour.
 
 
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