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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
II. The Awakening
By Epes Sargent (1813–1880)
 
HOW changed the scene! our parting gaze, last night,
Was on the three-hilled city’s swelling dome,—
The dome, o’erlooking from its stately height
Full many a sacred spire and happy home.
Rose over all, clouding the azure air,        5
A canopy of smoke, swart Labor’s sign;
While, like a forest Winter has stripped bare,
Bristled the masts along the water’s line.
But now, the unbroken ocean and the sky
Seem to enclose us in a crystal sphere;        10
A new creation fills the straining eye;
No bark save ours,—no human trace is here!
But in the brightening east, a crimson haze
Floats up before the sun, his incense fresh of praise!
 
 
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