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

Selwyn Image b. c.1850

The Protestation

DEAR Eyes, set deep within the shade

Of Love’s pale alabaster brow;

Of what strange substance are ye made,

That such enchantments on me now,

Resistless, by your grace are laid?

Ye are the stars, that do control

The tides of my obedient mind:

Ye are the founts whereat my soul

In thirst may cool assuagement find:

The soothing balm to make me whole.

Ye are the deeps, in whose retreat

Refuge I find from bounding sin:

Ye are the paths, by which my feet

Move onward to God’s peace within:

The abode where all pure memories meet.

Dear Eyes, dear Eyes, my health ye bring

’Mid every circumstance of fate!

In what true numbers shall I sing

The glory and virtues of your state,

Whence for my soul all grace doth spring?