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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
II. The Moon
By Mrs. Elizabeth Jesup Eames (1813–1856)

IN her serene and solemn loveliness
  She looketh down, and meets a human gaze:
  Her fair familiar face, through the thin haze
Of dewy night, revealeth not the less
Her pure and perfect beauty. Fairy Moon,        5
  Thy pearly finger silvereth the paper
  Whereon I write: small need of lamp, or taper,
In this starred midnight’s haunted hour of noon.
And O, the heaven-touched radiance of thy brow
  Is like a dream of poetry, enchanting        10
  All the dark depths of my lone heart, beating
With one bright vision of the past, that now
  Shines seraph-like, all sanctified and sainted.
  But for that spiritual presence, O how oft my heart had fainted!

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