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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Freshness of Poetic Perception
By Paul Hamilton Hayne (1830–1886)
 
DAY follows day; years perish; still mine eyes
Are opened on the self-same round of space;
Yon fadeless forests in their Titan grace,
And the large splendors of those opulent skies.
I watch, unwearied, the miraculous dyes        5
Of dawn or sunset; the soft boughs which lace
Round some coy dryad in a lonely place,
Thrilled with low whispering and strange sylvan sighs:
Weary? The poet’s mind is fresh as dew,
And oft refilled as fountains of the light.        10
His clear child’s soul finds something sweet and new
Even in a weed’s heart, the carved leaves of corn,
The spear-like grass, the silvery rim of morn,
A cloud rose-edged, and fleeting stars at night!
 
 
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