WHAT is the secret of her eyes,
Whereat my spirit helpless bends,
Where burns my heart in sacrifice
But for the pain hath sweet amends?
What is the secret of her face
That lends the day a softer light?
When fate doth rob me of its grace
I wander in a starless night.
What is the secret of her song,
In whose enchantment linger I
With trembling heart that hath no tongue
To speak its sense of melody?
What is the secret of her soul
That mine forever at her feet
Can never fly the silken thrall
That life or death, for her, makes sweet?
__A. A. B. Cavaness.
Poems by Two Brothers
A. A. B. Cavaness & J. M. Cavaness
(Chetopa: J. M. Cavaness and Son Co. 1896)
October 20, 2002 /
John & Susan Howell /
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