The Language of the Eyes.

Silence is golden—speech is silvery !1
Silence is steadfast—speech is ever flying !2
Speech is a sea of murmurous silver, lying3
’Mid the gold silence of eternity.4
Spirit to spirit speaks not as do we :5
Words are but echoes on earth’s air soon dying !6
The moaning of the billows, and the sighing7
Of lonely winds across Time’s restless sea !8
The heavens are higher than these sounds can soar !9
An infinite of silence round us lies,10
In which all voices die for evermore !11
Yet will a mute expression reach the skies12
Heav’n’s gift to earth !— untaught of human lore13
The golden silent language of the eyes !14