Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, SONNET: 2, 13, by FREDERICK GODDARD TUCKERMAN

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First Line: Even as a lover, dreaming, unaware
Last Line: Green diamond, or gem of girasol!

Even as a lover, dreaming, unaware,
Calls o'er his mistress' features hour by hour,
Nor thinks of simple dress and humble dower
But pictures to himself her graces rare,--
Dark eyes, dark lashes, and harmonious hair
Caught lightly up with amaryllis flower,
Haemanthus, eardrop, or auricula,
And deems within wide Nature's bound and law
All to beseem her beauty but designed,
Of pure or proud, nor counts himself too bold
To fit her forehead with the perfect gold
Or round her girlish temples belt and bind
Some lamp of jewels, lovelier than the whole,
Green diamond, or gem of girasol!

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