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George Parsons Lathrop

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The sunshine of thine eyes,
(O still celestial beam!)
Whatever it touches it fills
With the life of its lambent gleam.

The sunshine of thine eyes,
Oh, let it fall on me!
Though I be but a mote of the air,
I could turn to gold for thee.
--
"The Sunshine of thine Eyes" in Dreams and Days (1892).

 
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And I will pledge with mine;
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I would not change for thine.
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When Thou didst regard me,
Thine eyes imprinted in me Thy grace:
For this didst Thou love me again,
And thereby mine eyes did merit
To adore what in Thee they saw. ~ 32

 
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Deign on the passing world to turn thine eyes,
And pause a while from learning to be wise.
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Take thy self-denials gaily and cheerfully, and let the sunshine of thy gladness fall on dark things and bright alike, like the sunshine of the Almighty.

 
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