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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By Frank Dempster Sherman (1860–1916)
WITHIN a spot where slept the silent dead,
  I wandered once when spring had kissed the earth,
  And set around its breast an emerald girth
Of grass, entangling roses white and red;
Among the leafy branches overhead        5
  The mating robins twittered in their mirth,—
  All nature seemed rejoicing in new birth
Beneath the canopy the blue skies spread:
And as I sat beside one mossy stone
  Kissed by a hundred suns of summer skies,        10
A sudden joy came to my heart, alone
  Among those graves, to think the dead shall rise
In God’s eternal spring when sounds are blown
  On angels’ instruments in Paradise!

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