First Sight

By Anna Hempstead Branch

I was born again to-day!
I was fashioned new!
Now my heart is fresh with May
Virginal as dew!
What it was I cannot tell.
Something on my eyes
Exquisitely breathed and fell
And I grew more wise.
Goldenly it breathed and kissed.
Now the world is plain —
All the glories I had missed
In shine and air and rain.
Just a little while before
It was all disguised.
Now the earth seems so much more
That I am surprised.
I could touch and hold and kiss
Everything I see!
Say then, was it always this,
Waiting just for me?
Oh, to think that yesterday
It was shining so!
Yet my poor heart could delay
And my eyes said no!

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