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Lowell, James Russell - There is a light within her eyes



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The Poems of James Russell Lowell

There is a light within her eyes
Like gleams of wandering fire flies
From light to shade it leaps and moves
Whenever in her soul arise
The holy shape of things she loves


But while I watch the stars arise
In the evening of her eyes
I love it, yet I almost dread
To think what it foreshadoweth
And when I muse how I have read
That such strange light betokened death –
Instead of fire fly gleams I see
Wild corpse lights gliding waveringly

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Lowell, James Russell

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