Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE LIGHT THAT LIES, by THOMAS MOORE



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First Line: The time I've lost in wooing
Last Line: Is now as weak as ever.
Alternate Author Name(s): Little, Thomas
Subject(s): Courtship; Women


THE time I've lost in wooing,
In watching and pursuing
The light that lies
In woman's eyes,
Has been my heart's undoing.
Though Wisdom oft has sought me,
I scorned the lore she brought me,
My only books
Were woman's looks,
And folly 's all they taught me.
Her smile when Beauty granted,
I hung with gaze enchanted,
Like him the sprite
Whom maids by night
Oft met in glen that's haunted.
But while her eyes were on me,
Like him, too, Beauty won me,
If once their ray
Was turned away,
O! winds could not outrun me.

And are those follies going?
And is my proud heart growing
Too cold or wise
For brilliant eyes
Again to set it glowing?
No, vain, alas! the endeavour
From bonds so sweet to sever;
Poor Wisdom's chance
Against a glance
Is now as weak as ever.





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