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Alfred H. Miles, ed. The Sacred Poets of the Nineteenth Century. 1907.

By Time Flies. VIII. “Innocent eyes not ours”

Christina G. Rossetti (1830–1894)

July 5

INNOCENT eyes not ours,

Are made to look on flowers,

Eyes of small birds and insects small:

Morn after summer morn,

The sweet rose on her thorn

Opens her bosom to them all.

The least and last of things

That soar on quivering wings,

Or crawl among the grass-blades out of sight,

Have just as clear a right

To their appointed portion of delight,

As Queens or Kings.