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ROY CROFT TO A FRIEND You entered my life in a casual way, And saw at a glance what I needed; There were others who passed me or met me each day, But never a one of them heeded. Perhaps you were thinking of other folks more, Or chance simply seemed to decree it; I know there were many such chances before, But the others—well, they didn’t see it. You said just the thing that I wished you would say, And you made me believe that you meant it; I held up my head in the old gallant way, And resolved you should never repent it.
For that eye is so modestly beaming, You ne’er think of mischief she’s dreaming: Yet, oh! I can tell, how fatal’s the spell, That lurks in the eye of Kate Kearney. O should you e’er meet this Kate Kearney, Who lives on the banks of Killarney, Beware of her smile, for many a wile Lies hid in the smile of Kate Kearney. Though she looks so bewitchingly simple, Yet there’s mischief in every dimple, And who dares inhale her sigh’s spicy gale, Must die by the breath of Kate Kearney. LADY MORGAN LOVE IS ENOUGH Love is enough: though the world be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the sky be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder.
GEORGE MACDONALD I LOVE MY LOVE What is the meaning of the song That rings so clear and loud, Thou nightingale amid the copse, Thou lark above the cloud? What says thy song, thou joyous thrush, Up in the walnut tree? ” What is the meaning of thy thought, O maiden fair and young? There is such pleasure in thine eyes, Such music on thy tongue; There is such glory on thy face, What can the meaning be? ” Oh happy words! ” CHARLES MACKAY FAUSTUS TO HELEN Was this the face that launched a thousand ships, And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?