I know two eyes, two soft brown eyes, Two eyes as sweet and dear, As ever dance with gay surprise Or glistened in a tear, In whose fair rays a heart may bask, Their shadowed rays serene. But, little maid, you must not ask Whose gentle eyes I mean. I knew a voice of fairy tone Like brooklet in the June, That sings to please itself alone A little old world tune, Whose music haunts the listener's ear And will not leave it free But, I shall never tell you, dear, Whose accents they may be. I know a golden-hearted maid For whom I built a shrine, A leafy nook of murmurous shade Deep in this heart of mine, And in that calm and cool recess To make her home she came. But, oh! you'd never, never guess That little maiden's name.
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- by George Whitefield Chadwick (1854 - 1931), "Ballad, "I know two eyes"", op. 14 (Six songs) no. 4 (1885), published 1885, rev. 1914. [soprano or tenor and piano] [ sung text verified 1 time]
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