Verse > Anthologies > The World’s Best Poetry > Vol. II. Love
Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
I. Admiration
Blue Eyes
John Keats (1795–1821)
Answer to a Sonnet Ending Thus—
            “Dark eyes are dearer far
Than those that made the hyacinthine bell.”
By T. H. Reynolds.    

BLUE! ’T is the life of heaven,—the domain
  Of Cynthia,—the wide palace of the sun,—
The tent of Hesperus, and all his train,—
  The bosom of clouds, gold, gray, and dun.
Blue! ’T is the life of waters—ocean        5
  And all its vassal streams: pools numberless
May rage, and foam, and fret, but never can
  Subside, if not to dark-blue nativeness.
Blue! Gentle cousin of the forest-green,
  Married to green in all the sweetest flowers—        10
Forget-me-not,—the blue-bell,—and, that queen
  Of secrecy, the violet: what strange powers
Hast thou, as a mere shadow! But how great,
  When in an Eye thou art alive with fate!

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