Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 / Edinburgh / Scotland)

Mine Eyes Were Swift To Know Thee - Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson

MINE eyes were swift to know thee, and my heart
As swift to love. I did become at once
Thine wholly, thine unalterably, thine
In honourable service, pure intent,
Steadfast excess of love and laughing care:
And as she was, so am, and so shall be.
I knew thee helpful, knew thee true, knew thee
And Pity bedfellows: I heard thy talk
With answerable throbbings. On the stream,
Deep, swift, and clear, the lilies floated; fish
Through the shadows ran. There, thou and I
Read Kindness in our eyes and closed the match.


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 31, 2002



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