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Edmund Clarence Stedman, ed. (1833–1908).  An American Anthology, 1787–1900.  1900.
 
765. Medusa
 
By Robert Kelley Weeks
 
 
ONE calm and cloudless winter night,
  Under a moonless sky,
Whence I had seen the gracious light
  Of sunset fade and die,
 
I stood alone a little space,        5
  Where tree nor building bars
Its outlook, in a desert place,
The best to see the stars.
 
No sound was in the frosty air,
  No light below the skies;        10
I looked above, and unaware
  Looked in Medusa’s eyes:—
 
The eyes that neither laugh nor weep,
  That neither hope nor fear,
That neither watch nor dream nor sleep        15
  Nor sympathize nor sneer;
 
The eyes that neither spurn nor choose
  Nor question nor reply,
That neither pardon nor accuse,
  That yield not nor defy;        20
 
The eyes that hide not nor reveal,
  That trust not nor betray,
That acquiesce not nor appeal,—
  The eyes that never pray.
 
O love that will not be forgot!        25
  O love that leaves alone!
O love that blinds and blesses not!
  O love that turns to stone!
 

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