This romantic poem is a bit out of the ordinary for me, but while looking up an older poem that was recently reset to new music, I came across this poem and was reminded of a conversation that my husband just had with his cousin. About the same hour that my father-in-law passed away four days ago, my husband’s cousin became the grandfather of a new baby girl. I was encouraged by God’s blessing of new life. When those that we love leave us for Heaven, God brings new loved-ones into our lives. These babies grow into adults, marry, and have children of their own. Some day, should God so bless this baby girl, a fine young man will woo her, win her heart , and the cycle of life will continue.
Oh, My Love Has An Eye Of The Softest Blue
by Rev. Charles Wolfeby
Oh, my love has an eye of the softest blue,
Yet it was not that that won me;
But a little bright drop from her soul was there,
‘Tis that that has undone me.
I might have pass’d that lovely cheek,
Nor perchance my heart have left me;
But the sensitive blush that came trembling there,
Of my heart if forever bereft me.
I might have forgotten that red, red lip,
Yet how from that thought to sever?
But there was a smile from the sunshine within,
And that smile I’ll remember forever.
Think not ’tis nothing but lifeless clay,
The elegant form that haunts me;
‘Tis the gracefully elegant mind that moves
In every step, that enchants me.
Let me not hear the nightgale sing,
Though I once in its notes delighted;
The feeling and mind that comes whispering forth
Has left me no music beside it.
Who could blame had I loved that face,
Ere my eye could twice explore her;
Yet it is for the fairy intelligence there,
And her warm, warm heart, I adore her.
“Behold, you are fair, my love! Behold you are fair! You have dove’s eyes.” Song of Solomon 1:15 (NKJV)
[The older poem to which I refer is “Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weap” (Mary Elizabeth Frye–1932) recently set to a new melody by Leah McHenry Smith. Here is the link. It is an incredibly beautiful song: http://www.reverbnation.com/leahmchenry]
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