I know her story-telling eye
Has more expression than her tongue;
And from that heart-extorted sigh,
At once the peal of love is rung.
When that soft eye lets fall a tear
Of doating fondness as we part,
The stream is from a cause sincere,
And issues from a melting heart.
What shall her fluttering pulse restrain,
The life-watch beating from her soul,
When all the power of hate is slain,
And love permits it no control.
When said her tongue, I wish thee well,
Her eye declared it must be true;
And every sentence seem’d to tell
The tale of sorrow told by few.
When low she bow’d and wheel’d aside,
I saw her blushing temples fade;
Her smiles were sunk in sorrow’s tide,
But love was in her eye betray’d.