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Higginson and Bigelow, comps.  American Sonnets.  1891.
 
Hughenden
By Elizabeth Ann (Chase) (Akers) Allen (1832–1911)
 
THE LOVELIEST day of lovely English June,
  Bright with rare sunshine, crisp and fresh with dew;
  The whole fair landscape seems created new,
And just to live is a delightful boon.
A crystal streamlet pours its tinkling tune        5
  Gurgling and murmuring its cresses through—
  The velvet greensward wears its tenderest hue,
Dotted with daisies thick as raindrops strewn,—
And on a sudden from a listening ground
  There springs a living joy, a voice with wings,        10
  Trailing behind it, as it soars and sings,
A shower of effervescent silver sound—
  A fountain-fall of music clear and strong—
  The bubbling bounty of the sky-lark’s song!
 
 
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