Thomas Moore

May 28, 1780 - Feb 26, 1852


They Know Not My Heart

by Thomas Moore

They know not my heart, who believe there can be
One stain of this earth in its feelings for thee;
Who think, while I see thee in beauty's young hour,
As pure as the morning's first dew on the flower,
I could harm what I love -- as the sun's wanton ray
But smiles on the dewdrop to waste it away!

No -- beaming with light as those young features are,
There's a light round thy heart which is lovelier far:
It is not that cheek -- 'tis the soul dawning clear
Through its innocent blush makes thy beauty so dear --
As the sky we look up to, though glorious and fair,
Is looked up to the more, because Heaven is there!


The Poetical Works of Thomas Moore.
Copyright undated, very old
The Walter Scott Publishing Co. Ltd.