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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
I. Poems
Thine Eyes Still Shined
THINE 1 eyes still shined for me, though far
  I lonely roved the land or sea:
As I behold yon evening star,
  Which yet beholds not me. 2
This morn I climbed the misty hill        5
  And roamed the pastures through;
How danced thy form before my path
  Amidst the deep-eyed dew!
When the redbird spread his sable wing,
  And showed his side of flame;        10
When the rosebud ripened to the rose,
  In both I read thy name. 3
Note 1. This poem also was probably written during Mrs. Emerson’s absence in the South, either in the Spring before or following her marriage. [back]
Note 2. Two pleasing verses follow here which Mr. Emerson did not print:—
  With thy high form my sleep is filled,
Thy blazing eye greets me at morn,
Thou dost these days with beauty gild,
Which else were trivial and forlorn.
What arts are thine, dear maiden,
O tell me what arts are thine,
To teach thy name to the rippling wave
And to the singing pine?
Note 3. The poem in the manuscript has this ending:—
  Why should I sing of thee?
The morning sings of thee;
Why should I go to seek thy face?
No face but thine I see.

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