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Quote #1

And spirited from sleep the astounded soul (2)

The soul is already amazed. We don't know about what yet, but immediately Wilbur introduces us to a feeling of awe. And if you can impress a soul, which is pretty impressive in and of itself, you must be pretty amazing.

Quote #2

Some are in smocks: but truly there they are. (8)

Wilbur conveys the feeling of awe in restating that they are present. He already described what they looked like, but felt the need to drive it home, as if it's not quite believable to begin with.

Quote #3

They swoon down into so rapt a quiet (15)

Here Wilbur uses "rapt" as synonymous with awe and fascination.

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