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Bliss Carman, et al., eds.  The World’s Best Poetry.
Volume II. Love.  1904.
 
I. Admiration
Black and Blue Eyes
Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
 
    THE BRILLIANT black eye
    May in triumph let fly
All its darts without caring who feels ’em;
    But the soft eye of blue,
    Though it scatter wounds too,        5
Is much better pleased when it heals ’em!
      Dear Fanny!
 
    The black eye may say,
    “Come and worship my ray;
By adoring, perhaps you may move me!”        10
    But the blue eye, half hid,
    Says, from under its lid,
“I love, and am yours, if you love me!”
      Dear Fanny!
 
    Then tell me, O why,        15
    In that lovely blue eye,
Not a charm of its tint I discover;
    Or why should you wear
    The only blue pair
That ever said “No” to a lover?        20
      Dear Fanny!
 
 
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