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First Line: Those eyes, those eyes, how full of heaven they are
Last Line: Feelings are words for eyes!
Alternate Author Name(s): Bulwer, Edward; Lytton Of Knebworth, 1st Baron; Lytton, Edward George Earle Bulwer, Lord
Subject(s): Eyes


THOSE eyes, those eyes, how full of heaven they are, When the calm twilight
leaves the heaven most holy,
Tell me, sweet eyes, from what divinest star
Did ye drink in your liquid melancholy?
Tell me, beloved eyes!

Was it from yon lone orb, that ever by
The quiet moon, like Hope on Patience, hovers,
The star to which hath sped so many a sigh,
Since lutes in Lesbos hallowed it to lovers?
Was that your fount, sweet eyes?

Ye sibyl books, in which the truths foretold,
Inspire the heart, your dreaming priest, with gladness,
Bright alchemists that turn to thoughts of gold
The leaden cares ye steal away from sadness,
Teach only me, sweet eyes!

Hush! when I ask ye how at length to gain
The cell where love the sleeper yet lies hidden
Loose not those arch lips from their rosy chain;
Be every answer, save your own, forbidden --
Feelings are words for eyes!





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