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MINE EYES WERE SWIFT TO KNOW THEE, AND MY HEART, by             Poet's Biography
Last Line: Read kindness in our eyes and closed the match
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Subject(s): Eyes; Love Beginnings; Kindness


Mine eyes were swift to know thee, and my heart
As swift to love. I did become at once
Thine wholly, thine unalterably, thine
In honourable service, pure intent,
Steadfast excess of love and laughing care:
And as she was, so am, and so shall be.
I knew thee helpful, knew thee true, knew thee
And Pity bedfellows: I heard thy talk
With answerable throbbings. On the stream,
Deep, swift, and clear, the lilies floated; fish
Through the shadows ran. There, thou and I
Read Kindness in our eyes and closed the match.





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