Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, MEDUSA, by ROBERT KELLEY WEEKS

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MEDUSA, by            
First Line: One calm and cloudless winter night
Last Line: O love that turns to stone!

ONE calm and cloudless winter night,
Under a moonless sky,
Whence I had seen the gracious light
Of sunset fade and die,

I stood alone a little space,
Where tree nor building bars
Its outlook, in a desert place,
The best to see the stars.

No sound was in the frosty air,
No light below the skies;
I looked above, and unaware
Looked in Medusa's eyes: --

The eyes that neither laugh nor weep,
That neither hope nor fear,
That neither watch nor dream nor sleep,
Nor sympathize nor sneer;

The eyes that neither spurn nor choose,
Nor question nor reply,
That neither pardon nor accuse,
That yield not nor defy;

The eyes that hide not nor reveal,
That trust not nor betray,
That acquiesce not nor appeal, --
The eyes that never pray.

O love that will not be forgot!
O love that leaves alone!
O love that blinds and blesses not!
O love that turns to stone!

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