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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
By David Atwood Wasson (1823–1887)
COULD one ascend with an unheard-of flight,
  And skyward, skyward without limit soar,
  As if the pinion of a god he wore,
Till earth were left a dwindling star, whose light
Flew faint upon his track,—at last his height        5
  All height would vanquish; there in deeps of space
  Were neither upper nor inferior place:
Distinction’s little zone below him quite.
  Oh! happy dreams of such a soul have I,
And softly to my heart of him I sing,        10
Whose seraph pride all pride doth overwing,
  Soars unto meekness, reaches low by high,
  And, as in grand equalities of the sky,
Stands level with the beggar and the king.

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