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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882).  The Complete Works.  1904.
Vol. IX. Poems
 
I. Poems
To Eva
 
O FAIR 1 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.
 
Note 1. This poem, also to Ellen, was printed by Mr. Emerson in the Dial, July, 1843. [back]
 
 
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