I watched the glory of her childhood change,
Half-sorrowful to find the child I knew,
   (Loved long ago in lily-time)
Become a maid, mysterious and strange,
With fair, pure eyes—dear eyes, but not the eyes I knew
      Of old, in the olden time!
Till on my doubting soul the ancient good
Of her dear childhood in the new disguise
   Dawned, and I hastened to adore
The glory of her waking maidenhood,
And found the old tenderness within her deepening eyes,
      But kinder than before.

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Created November 12, 2002; not revised.