Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNETS: 2, by LOUISE ABNEY

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SONNETS: 2, by            
First Line: Hold fast, o heart, remembered loveliness!
Last Line: O heart. Remembrance is your sure defense!
Subject(s): Desire; Love; Memory

Hold fast, O heart, remembered loveliness!
Against the drabness that the days may bring
Rekindle inner fires -- remembering
A spirit-calmness in the hour of stress.
Hold fast, O eyes, the beauty you have seen:
The twilight-shower of sifted sunset gold
Too bountiful for valley-laps to hold,
And far-flung ranges with their snows serene.
Against increasing clamor, listening ear,
Hold fast the vesper-bells across the air
That summon men to silence, or to prayer;
The quiet voice of beauty ever hear.
Recalling these and other things, go hence,
O heart. Remembrance is your sure defense!

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