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 Babes (Deities of),Babel. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Babies in the Eyes.
That is, love in the expression of the eyes. Love is the little babe Cupid, and hence the conceit, originating from the reflection of the onlooker in the pupil of another’s eyes.   1
“In each of her two crystal eyes
Smileth a naked boy [Cupid].”
Lord Surrey.
“She clung about his neck, gave him ten kisses,
Toyed with his locks, looked babies in his eyes.“
Heywood: Love’s Mistress.

 Babes (Deities of),Babel. 


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