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Thomas R. Lounsbury, ed. (1838–1915). Yale Book of American Verse.  1912.
 
Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803–1882
 
41. To Eva
 
O FAIR and stately maid, whose eyes 
Were kindled in the upper skies 
  At the same torch that lighted mine; 
For so I must interpret still 
Thy sweet dominion o'er my will,         5
  A sympathy divine. 
  
Ah! let me blameless gaze upon 
Features that seem at heart my own; 
  Nor fear those watchful sentinels, 
Who charm the more their glance forbids,  10
Chaste-glowing, underneath their lids, 
  With fire that draws while it repels. 
 
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