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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882).  Complete Poetical Works.  1893.
 
A Book of Sonnets
Shakespeare
 
A VISION as of crowded city streets,
  With human life in endless overflow;
  Thunder of thoroughfares; trumpets that blow
  To battle; clamor, in obscure retreats,
Of sailors landed from their anchored fleets;        5
  Tolling of bells in turrets, and below
  Voices of children, and bright flowers that throw
  O’er garden-walls their intermingled sweets!
This vision comes to me when I unfold
  The volume of the Poet paramount,        10
  Whom all the Muses loved, not one alone;—
Into his hands they put the lyre of gold,
  And, crowned with sacred laurel at their fount,
  Placed him as Musagetes on their throne.
 
 
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