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A flawless pearl, snatched from an ocean cave,
Remote from light or air,
And by the mad caress of stormy wave
Made but more pure and fair;

A diamond, wrested from earth's hidden zone,
To whose recesses deep
It clung, and bravely flashed a light that shone
Where dusky shadows creep;

A sapphire, in whose heart the tender rays
Of summer skies had met;
A ruby, glowing with the ardent blaze
Of suns that never set,--

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