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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895.  1895.
 
Love’s Blindness
 
William James Linton (1812–97)
 
 
THEY call her fair. I do not know:
    I never thought to look.
Who heeds the binder’s costliest show
    When he may read the book?
 
What need a list of parts to me        5
    When I possess the whole?
Who only watch her eyes to see
    The color of her soul.
 
I may not praise her mouth, her chin,
    Her feet, her hands, her arms:        10
My love lacks leisure to begin
    The schedule of her charms.
 
To praise is only to compare:
    And therefore Love is blind.
I lov’d before I was aware        15
    Her beauty was of kind.
 

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