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First Line: I thought you happy, yet when once you turned
Last Line: Live as a flame for beauty-craving eyes?
Alternate Author Name(s): Gilkyson, Walter, Mrs.


I THOUGHT you happy, yet when once you turned
Your eyes upon me, something prisoned there
Shone for a moment, as if half aware
That I might know for what your spirit yearned.
You were as fair as summer hours, I learned,
And like a butterfly that drifts on air;
But they who told me never saw the flare
Of your desire, that clear and sudden burned.
Oh tell me what becomes of lovely things
Prisoned behind the beauty they possess?
Do they escape at last, and shed their dress
Of splendid color, and their wondrous wings?
Or die of longing, letting their disguise
Live as a flame for beauty-craving eyes?





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