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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
A Summer Tempest
By James Ernest Nesmith (1856–1898)
 
ALONG the hills the breathless forests dream,
Unvisited, and in the yellow light
The grass grows golden, and the birches white
Print their pale shadows in the darken’d stream,
Each twig distinct imprest; no warblers seem        5
To stir the stagnant air, no wing takes flight;
Athwart the west, in sombre purple dight,
The silver, silent lightnings sharply gleam.
Anon a spreading gloom creeps up the sky,
The Tempest drapes the azure dome in black,        10
Rolls up the rain, the whirlwind, and the rack,
And thunders in the roaring torrent by;
And every jewelled spray, afar and nigh,
Sparkles and glitters in its dewy track.
 
 
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