Infant Eyes

Original Text: 
Ernest Myers, Gathered Poems (London: Macmillan, 1904): 117-18 ("Love's Common Kingdom," no. V).
1Blood of my blood, bone of my bone,
2Heart of my being's heart,
3Strange visitant, yet very son;
4All this, and more, thou art.
5In thy soft lineaments I trace,
6More winning daily grown,
7The sweetness of thy mother's face
8Transfiguring my own.
9That grave but all untroubled gaze,
10So rapt yet never dim,
11Seems following o'er their starry ways
12The wings of cherubim.
13Two worlds man hardly may descry,
14(For manhood clouds them o'er),
15Commingled to mine inward eye
16Are shadowed forth once more:
17That lost world, whither man's regret
18With fictive fancy turns;
19That world to come, where brighter yet
20The star of promise burns.
21Time and his weary offspring Care
22Fade in that gaze away;
23One moment mystically fair
24Lives on, one timeless day.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001