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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908). A Victorian Anthology, 1837–1895. 1895.

William James Linton 1812–97

Love’s Blindness


THEY call her fair. I do not know:

I never thought to look.

Who heeds the binder’s costliest show

When he may read the book?

What need a list of parts to me

When I possess the whole?

Who only watch her eyes to see

The color of her soul.

I may not praise her mouth, her chin,

Her feet, her hands, her arms:

My love lacks leisure to begin

The schedule of her charms.

To praise is only to compare:

And therefore Love is blind.

I lov’d before I was aware

Her beauty was of kind.