First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Some Eyes Condemn

SOME EYES CONDEMN [SONNET 4] by EDWARD THOMAS

Some eyes condemn the earth they gaze upon: Some wait patiently till they know far more Than earth can tell them: some laugh at the whole As folly of another's making: one I knew that laughed because he saw, from core To rind, not one thing worth the laugh his soul Had ready at waking: some eyes have begun With laughing; some stand startled at the door.

Others, too, I have seen rest, question, roll, Dance, shoot. And many I have loved watching. Some I could not take my eyes from till they turned And loving died. I had not found my goal. But thinking of your eyes, dear, I become Dumb: for they flamed and it was me they burned.

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