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First Line: Look not in my eyes, for fear
Last Line: A jonquil, not a grecian lad.
Alternate Author Name(s): Housman, A. E.
Subject(s): Gays & Lesbians; Homoeroticism; Lesbians; Gay Women; Gay Men

Look not in my eyes, for fear
They mirror true the sight I see,
And there you find your face too clear
And love it and be lost like me.
One the long nights through must lie
Spent in star-defeated sighs,
But why should you as well as I
Perish? gaze not in my eyes.

A Grecian lad, as I hear tell,
One that many loved in vain,
Looked into a forest well
And never looked away again.
There, when the turf in springtime flowers,
With downward eye and gazes sad,
Stands amid the glancing showers
A jonquil, not a Grecian lad.

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