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A. E. Housman (1859–1936).  A Shropshire Lad.  1896.
 
XV. Look not in my eyes, for fear
 
 
LOOK not in my eyes, for fear
  Thy mirror true the sight I see,
And there you find your face too clear
  And love it and be lost like me.
One the long nights through must lie        5
  Spent in star-defeated sighs,
But why should you as well as I
  Perish? gaze not in my eyes.
 
A Grecian lad, as I hear tell,
  One that many loved in vain,        10
Looked into a forest well
  And never looked away again.
There, when the turf in springtime flowers,
  With downward eye and gazes sad,
Stands amid the glancing showers        15
  A jonquil, not a Grecian lad.
 

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