| In her eyes a thought|
Grew sweeter and sweeter, deepening like the dawn,
A mystical forewarning.
T. B. AldrichPythagoras.
|A gray eye is a sly eye,|
And roguish is a brown one;
Turn full upon me thy eye,
Ah, how its wavelets drown one!
A blue eye is a true eye;
Mysterious is a dark one,
Which flashes like a spark-sun!
A black eye is the best one.
W. R. AlgerOriental Poetry. Mirtsa Schaffy on Eyes.
|There are whole veins of diamonds in thine eyes,|
Might furnish crowns for all the Queens of earth.
BaileyFestus. Sc. A Drawing Room.
|Look babies in your eyes, my pretty sweet one.|
Beaumont and FletcherThe Loyal Subject.
|The mind has a thousand eyes,|
And the heart but one;
Yet the light of a whole life dies
When love is done.
F. W. BourdillonLight.
|Eyes of gentianellas azure,|
Staring, winking at the skies.
E. B. BrowningHector in the Garden.
|Thine eyes are springs in whose serene|
And silent waters heaven is seen.
Their lashes are the herbs that look
On their young figures in the brook.
BryantOh, Fairest of the Rural Maids.
| The learned compute that seven hundred and seven millions of millions of vibrations have penetrated the eye before the eye can distinguish the tints of a violet.|
Bulwer-LyttonWhat Will He Do With It? Bk. VIII. Ch. II.
| The Chinese say that we Europeans have one eye, they themselves two, all the world else is blinde.|
BurtonAnat. of Melancholy. Ed. 6. P. 40.
|Her eye (Im very fond of handsome eyes)|
Was large and dark, suppressing half its fire
Until she spoke, then through its soft disguise
Flashd an expression more of pride than ire,
And love than either; and there would arise,
A something in them which was not desire,
But would have been, perhaps, but for the soul,
Which struggled through and chastend down the whole.
ByronDon Juan. Canto I. St. 60.
|With eyes that lookd into the very soul|
* * * * * *
Brightand as black and burning as a coal.
ByronDon Juan. Canto IV. St. 94.
| In every object there is inexhaustible meaning; the eye sees in it what the eye brings means of seeing.|
CarlyleHist. of the French Revolution. Vol. I. P. 5. Peoples ed. Heroes and Hero-Worship, The Hero as Poet; Miscellaneous Essays, Vol. VI; Review of Vernhagen von Enses Memoirs, P. 241. Same idea in Goethes Zahme Xeniem. III.
|There are eyes half defiant,|
Half meek and compliant;
Black eyes, with a wondrous, witching charm
To bring us good or to work us harm.
Phebe CaryDoves Eyes.
| Oculi, tanquam, speculatores, altissimum locum obtinent.|
The eyes, like sentinels, hold the highest place in the body.
CiceroDe Nat. Deorum. Bk. II. 56.
|The love light in her eye.|
Hartley Coleridge. No. CCXVIII, in Golden Treasury of Songs and Lyrics.
|My eyes make pictures, when they are shut.|
|In the twinkling of an eye.|
I Corinthians. XV. 52. Merchant of Venice. Act II. Sc. 2.
|Eyes, that displaces|
The neighbor diamond, and out-faces
That sun-shine by their own sweet graces.
Richard ChashawWishes. To his (Supposed) Mistress.
|Not in mine eyes alone is Paradise.|
DanteParadise. XVIII. 21.
|Parean locchiaje anella senza gemme.|
Their eyes seemd rings from whence the gems were gone.
DantePurgatorio. XXIII. 31.
|He kept him as the apple of his eye.|
Deuteronomy. XXXII. 10.
| With affection beaming in one eye and calculation shining out of the other.|
DickensMartin Chuzzlewit. Ch. VIII.
|And pictures in our eyes to get|
Was all our propagation.
|My life lies in those eyes which have me slain.|
DrummondSonnet XXIX. L. 14.
|These lovely lamps, these windows of the soul.|
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. First Week. Sixth Day.
|The love light in your eye.|
Lady DufferinIrish Emigrant.
| A suppressed resolve will betray itself in the eyes.|
George EliotThe Mill on the Floss. Bk. V. Ch. XIV.
| An eye can threaten like a loaded and levelled gun, or can insult like hissing or kicking; or, in its altered mood, by beams of kindness, it can make the heart dance with joy.|
EmersonConduct of Life. Behavior.
| Eyes are bold as lions,roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages. They wait for no introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them!|
EmersonConduct of Life. Behavior.
|Scitum est inter cæcos luscum requare posse.|
Among the blind the one-eyed man is king.
ErasmusAdagia, Dignitas et Excellentia et Inequalitas, sub-division, Excel. et Ineq. (about 1500). Proverbs collected by Michael Apostolios, Cent. VII. 31. Latin given as: Cæcorum in patria luscus rex imperat omnis. Taken from the Greek. See ChiliadesAdagiorum, fifth centuria, third Chilias No. 96. Earliest use probably in G. FulleniusComedye of Acolastus, trans. by John Palsgrave from the Latin. (1540). Quoted by Edmund CampionRationes Decom. (1581). CarlyleFrederick the Great. Bk. 4. Ch. II. Quoted as: Beati monoculi in regione cæcorum. Blessed are the one-eyed in the country of the blind. HerbertJacula Prudentum. Also in Miscellanæ. Pt. II. Fourth Ed. P. 342. JuvenalSatire X. 227, gives it as: Ambes Perdidit ille oculus et luscis invidet.
|To sun myself in Huncamuncas eyes.|
Henry FieldingThe Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great. Act I. Sc. 3.
|Ils sont si transparents quils laissent voir votre ame.|
Eyes so transparent,
That through them one sees the soul.
Theophile GautierThe Two Beautiful Eyes.
|Tell me, eyes, what tis yere seeking;|
For yere saying something sweet,
Fit the ravishd ear to greet.
Eloquently, softly speaking.
|On woman Nature did bestow two eyes,|
Like Hemians bright lamps, in matchless beauty shining,
Whose beams do soonest captivate the wise
And wary heads, made rare by arts refining.
Robert GreenePhilomela. Sonnet.
|Wenn ich in deine Augen seh|
So schwindet all mein Leid und Weh.
Wheneer into thine eyes I see,
All pain and sorrow fly from me.
HeineLyrisches Intermezzo. IV.
|Die blauen Veilchen der Aeugelein.|
Those blue violets, her eyes.
HeineLyrisches Intermezzo. XXXI.
|I everywhere am thinking|
Of thy blue eyes sweet smile;
A sea of blue thoughts is spreading
Over my heart the while.
HeineNew Spring. Pt. XVIII. St. 2.
|The eyes have one language everywhere.|
|The ear is a less trustworthy witness than the eye.|
Herodotus. 1. 8.
|Her eyes the glow-worme lend thee,|
The shooting starres attend thee;
And the elves also,
Whose little eyes glow
Like the sparks of fire, befriend thee.
HerrickThe Night Piece to Julia.
|We credit most our sight; one eye doth please|
Our trust farre more than ten eare-witnesses.
HerrickHesperides. The Eyes Before the Ears.
|It is an active flame that flies|
First to the babies in the eyes.
|Thine eye was on the censer,|
And not the hand that bore it.
HolmesLines by a Clerk.
|Dark eyeseternal soul of pride!|
Deep life in all thats true!
* * * *
Away, away to other skies!
Away oer seas and sands!
Such eyes as those were never made
To shine in other lands.
| I have neither eyes to see nor tongue to speak but as the constitution is pleased to direct me, whose servant I am.|
Speaker Lenthal to Charles I. As quoted by Wendell PhillipsUnder the Flag. Boston, April 21, 1861.
| Der Blick des Forschers fand|
Nicht selten mehr, als er zu finden wünschte.
The eye of Paul Pry often finds more than he wished to find.
LessingNathan der Weise. II. 8.
| As President, I have no eyes but constitutional eyes; I cannot see you.|
Lincoln to the South Carolina Commissioners.
|And thy deep eyes, amid the gloom,|
Shine like jewels in a shroud.
LongfellowChristus. Golden Legend. Pt. IV.
|The flash of his keen, black eyes|
Forerunning the thunder.
LongfellowChristus. Golden Legend. Pt. IV.
| I dislike an eye that twinkles like a star. Those only are beautiful which, like the planets, have a steady, lambent light,are luminous, but not sparkling.|
LongfellowHyperion. Bk. III. Ch. IV.
|O lovely eyes of azure,|
Clear as the waters of a brook that run
Limpid and laughing in the summer sun!
LongfellowMasque of Pandora. Pt. I.
| Within her tender eye|
The heaven of April, with its changing light.
LongfellowSpirit of Poetry. L. 45.
| Since your eyes are so sharpe, that you cannot onely looke through a milstone, but cleane through the minde.|
LylyEuphues and his England. P. 289.
|The light of the body is the eye.|
Matthew. VI. 22.
|Where did you get your eyes so blue?|
Out of the sky as I came through.
Geo. MacDonaldSong in At the Back of the North Wind. Ch. XXXIII.
| Those true eyes|
Too pure and too honest in aught to disguise
The sweet soul shining through them.
Owen Meredith (Lord Lytton)Lucile. Pt. II. Canto II. St. 3.
|Among the blind the one-eyed blinkard reigns.|
Andrew MarvelDescription of Holland.
|And looks commercing with the skies,|
Thy rapt soul sitting in thine eyes.
MiltonIl Penseroso. L. 39.
| Ladies, whose bright eyes|
MiltonLAllegro. L. 121.
|Si vous les voulez aimer, ce sera, ma foi, pour leurs beaux yeux.|
If you wish to love, it shall be, by my faith, for their beautiful eyes.
MolièreLes Précieuses Ridicules. XVI.
|And violets, transformd to eyes,|
Inshrined a soul within their blue.
MooreEvenings in Greece. Second Evening.
|Eyes of most unholy blue!|
MooreIrish Melodies. By that Lake whose Gloomy Shore.
|Those eyes, whose light seemd rather given|
To be adord than to adore
Such eyes as may have looked from heaven,
But neer were raised to it before!
MooreLoves of the Angels. Third Angels Story. St. 7.
|And the worlds so rich in resplendent eyes,|
Twere a pity to limit ones love to a pair.
MooreTis Sweet to Think.
| All German cities are blind, Nurnberg alone sees with one eye.|
Frederich NüchterAlbrecht Dürer. P. 8. English Trans. by Lucy D. Williams. (Given as a saying in Venice.)
|Thou my star at the stars are gazing|
Would I were heaven that I might behold thee with many eyes.
Plato. From Greek Anthology.
|Pluris est oculatus testis unus, quam auriti decem.|
Qui audiunt, audita dicunt; qui vident, plane sciunt.
One eye-witness is of more weight than ten hearsays. Those who hear, speak of what they have heard; those who see, know beyond mistake.
PlautusTruculentus. II. 6. 8.
|Why has not man a microscopic eye?|
For this plain reason, Man is not a Fly.
Say, what the use, were finer optics givn,
T inspect a mite, not comprehend the heavn?
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 193.
|Bright as the sun her eyes the gazers strike,|
And, like the sun, they shine on all alike.
PopeRape of the Lock. Canto II. L. 13.
|The eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.|
Proverbs. XVII. 24.
| Dark eyes are dearer far|
Than those that mock the hyacinthine bell.
J. H. ReynoldsSonnet.
|Thou tellst me there is murder in mine eye;|
Tis pretty, sure, and very probable,
That eyes, that are the frailst and softest things,
Who shut their coward gates on atomies,
Should be calld tyrants, butchers, murderers!
As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 10.
| Faster than his tongue|
Did make offence his eye did heal it up.
As You Like It. Act III. Sc. 5. L. 116.
|An eye like Mars, to threaten and command.|
Hamlet. Act III. Sc. 4. L. 57.
|The image of a wicked heinous fault|
Lives in his eye: that close aspect of his
Does show the mood of a much troubled breast.
King John. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 71.
| You have seen|
Sunshine and rain at once. * * * those happy smilets,
That playd on her ripe lip, seemd not to know
What guests were in her eyes; which parted thence,
As pearls from diamonds droppd.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 19.
|For where is any author in the world|
Teaches such beauty as a womans eye?
Loves Labours Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 312.
|A lovers eyes will gaze an eagle blind.|
Loves Labours Lost. Act IV. Sc. 3. L. 334.
| Sometimes from her eyes|
I did receive fair speechless messages.
Merchant of Venice. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 163.
| I see how thine eye would emulate the diamond: thou hast the right archèd beauty of the brow.|
Merry Wives of Windsor. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 58.
| I have a good eye, uncle; I can see a church by daylight.|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 85.
|Disdain and scorn ride sparkling in her eyes.|
Much Ado About Nothing. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 51.
|Her eyes, like marigolds, had sheathd their light;|
And, canopied in darkness, sweetly lay,
Till they might open to adorn the day.
Rape of Lucrece. L. 397.
| Her eyes in heaven|
Would through the airy region stream so bright,
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 20.
|Alack, there lies more peril in thine eye|
Than twenty of their swords.
Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 71.
|If I could write the beauty of your eyes,|
And in fresh numbers number all your graces,
The age to come would say, This poet lies;
Such heavenly touches neer touchd earthly faces.
|The fringed curtains of thine eye advance,|
And say what thou seest yond.
Tempest. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 407.
|Her two blue windows faintly she up-heaveth,|
Like the fair sun, when in his fresh array
He cheers the morn, and all the earth relieveth;
And as the bright sun glorifies the sky,
So is her face illumind with her eye.
Venus and Adonis. L. 482.
|But hers, which through the crystal tears gave light,|
Shone like the moon in water seen by night.
Venus and Adonis. L. 491.
| Black brows they say|
Become some women best, so that there be not
Too much hair there, but in a semicircle
Or a half-moon made with a pen.
Winters Tale. Act II. Sc. 1. L. 8.
|Thine eyes are like the deep, blue, boundless heaven|
Contracted to two circles underneath
Their long, fine lashes; dark, far, measureless,
Orb within orb, and line through line inwoven.
ShelleyPrometheus Unbound. Act II. Sc. 1.
|Think ye by gazing on each others eyes|
To multiply your lovely selves?
ShelleyPrometheus Unbound. Act VI. Sc. 4.
|So when thou sawst in natures cabinet|
Stella thou straightst lookst babies in her eyes.
Sir Philip SidneyAstrophel and Stella.
|But have ye not heard this,|
How an one-eyed man is
Well sighted when
He is among blind men?
John SkeltonWhy come ye not to Courte? (writing against Wolsey).
|The sight of you is good for sore eyes.|
SwiftPolite Conversation. Dialog. I.
|Were you the earth dear love, and I the skies|
My love would shine on you like to the sun
And look upon you with ten thousand eyes
Till heaven waxed blind and till the world were done.
J. SylvesterLoves Omnipotence.
|Her eyes are homes of silent prayer.|
TennysonIn Memoriam. XXXII.
|The Father of Heaven.|
Scoop, young Jesus, for her eyes,
Wood-browned pools of Paradise
Young Jesus, for the eyes,
For the eyes of Viola.
Tint, Prince Jesus, a
Duskèd eye for Viola!
Francis ThompsonThe Making of Viola. St. 2.
|But optics sharp it needs, I ween,|
To see what is not to be seen.
John TrumbullMcFingal. Canto I. L. 67.
|How blue were Ariadnes eyes|
When, from the seas horizon line,
At eve, she raised them on the skies!
My Psyche, bluer far are thine.
Aubrey De VerePsyche.
|Blue eyes shimmer with angel glances.|
Like spring violets over the lea.
Constance F. WoolsonOctobers Song.
|The harvest of a quiet eye,|
That broods and sleeps on his own heart.
WordsworthA Poets Epitaph. St. 13.