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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
A Day and a Friend
By Obadiah Cyrus Auringer (1849–1937)
WE sat upon the shore, my friend and I;
  The lake lay rocking in the morning shine,
  Odors of gum were round us, and a pine
Played music while the waves danced, ceaselessly.
Joy of wild woods and waters and blue sky        5
  Flowed through our spirits like celestial wine;
  We talked of poets’ hopes and thoughts divine,
And he was generous and I was shy.
O golden heart of all that golden day,
  Wise friend! so kind to my reluctant thought;        10
So gentle with the grace that went astray
  Through stammering speech and woodland ways untaught!
He read me by the things I dared not say,
  And loved me for the trust that doubted naught.

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