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From the Boston Daily Evening Transcript (7 August 1850).


LINES ON A DAGUERREOTYPE.

Delicate pencillings of imprisoned light!
Tracings imprinted with the finest care,
Revealing to the eye an image bright
Of that which seems to it most pure and fair.
   The softened graces of the lines that speak
   The gentle beauty of the rounded cheek;
   The faithful transcript of the thoughts that rise
   From the life's motion of deep-shaded eyes;
   A copy taken with a hand as slight
   As the smooth coloring of a floweret's light;—
   Yet true and real, as when the flowerets look
   Down the smooth margin to the crystal brook.
That this should be, and no trained flexile finger
Guide the soft lines where Beauty's grace is placed;
And the fair traits where mind and soul do linger
Shine pencilled not by genius or by taste:—
'Tis strange, indeed, that human art and skill
Can bind the sunbeam to perform their will!    P.

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