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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Restoration Verse.  1910.
 
When on Mine Eyes Her Eyes First Shone
By John Wilson (1595–1674)
 
  WHEN 1 on mine eyes her eyes first shone,
          I all amazèd
          Steadily gazèd,
  And she to make me more amazèd,
  So caught, so wove, four eyes in one        5
  As who had with advisement seen us
Would have admired love’s equal force between us.
 
  But treason in those friend-like eyes,
          My heart first charming
          And then disarming,        10
  So maimed it, e’er it dreamed of harming,
  As at her mercy now it lies,
  And shews me, to my endless smart,
She loved but with her eyes, I with my heart.
 
Note 1. From Wilson’s Cheerful Ayres or Ballads, 1660. [back]
 
 
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