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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Acrostic: Emilie Marshall
By Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806–1867)
 
ELEGANCE floats about thee like a dress,
  Melting the airy motion of thy form
Into one swaying grace; and loveliness,
  Like a rich tint that makes a picture warm,
Is lurking in the chestnut of thy tress,        5
  Enriching it, as moonlight after storm
Mingles dark shadows into gentleness.
  A beauty that bewilders like a spell
Reigns in thine eye’s clear hazel; and thy brow
  So pure in vein’d transparency doth tell        10
How spiritually beautiful art thou—
  A temple where angelic love might dwell.
Life in thy presence were a thing to keep,
Like a gay dreamer clinging to his sleep.
 
 
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