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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
The Protestation
 
Selwyn Image (b. c.1850)
 
 
DEAR Eyes, set deep within the shade
  Of Love’s pale alabaster brow;
Of what strange substance are ye made,
  That such enchantments on me now,
Resistless, by your grace are laid?        5
 
Ye are the stars, that do control
  The tides of my obedient mind:
Ye are the founts whereat my soul
  In thirst may cool assuagement find:
The soothing balm to make me whole.        10
 
Ye are the deeps, in whose retreat
  Refuge I find from bounding sin:
Ye are the paths, by which my feet
  Move onward to God’s peace within:
The abode where all pure memories meet.        15
 
Dear Eyes, dear Eyes, my health ye bring
  ’Mid every circumstance of fate!
In what true numbers shall I sing
  The glory and virtues of your state,
Whence for my soul all grace doth spring?        20
 

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