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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Milton
By George Lunt (1803–1885)
 
WIDEST, to him whose noblest life has sought
Life’s noblest aim, long ere its shadows close,
Unfolds the golden gate; the stream outflows
Whence the free spirit drinks divinest thought.
Then, visions from the Empyrean caught        5
Imbue the waiting soul; the bridal rose
Of Sharon blended with the lily glows,
For him in one immortal chaplet wrought;
Deeper and holier than the hope of youth
The heart’s high trust, as mortal ties decay;        10
Too oft, our broken manhood tears of ruth
Demands; at morn, we know not of the day;
Fair holds its promise, when, redeemed like truth,
Clear evening melts in depths of heaven away.
 
 
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