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TO O——, OF HER DARK EYES

ACROSS what calm of tropic seas,
 'Neath alien clusters of the nights,
Looked, in the past, such eyes as these?
 Long-quenched, relumed, ancestral lights!


The generations fostered them;
 And steadfast Nature, secretwise—
Thou seedling child of that old stem—
 Kindled anew thy dark-bright eyes.


Was it a century or two
 This lovely darkness rose and set,
Occluded by grey eyes and blue,
 And Nature feigning to forget?


Some grandam gave a hint of it—
 So cherished was it in thy race,
So fine a treasure to transmit
 In its perfection to thy face.


Some father to some mother's breast
 Entrusted it, unknowing. Time
Implied, or made it manifest,
 Bequest of a forgotten clime.


Hereditary eyes! But this
 Is single, singular, apart:—
New-made thy love, new-made thy kiss,
 New-made thy errand to my heart.

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