- Year Published: 1913
- Language: English
- Country of Origin: United States of America
- Source: Dunbar, P.L. (1913). The Complete Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar. New York: Dodd, Mead, and Company.
- Flesch–Kincaid Level: 6.5
- Word Count: 124
Dunbar, P. (1913). Her Thoughts and His. Lyrics of the Hearthside (Lit2Go Edition). Retrieved January 17, 2022, from
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The gray of the sea, and the gray of the sky,
A glimpse of the moon like a half–closed eye.
The gleam on the waves and the light on the land,
A thrill in my heart,—and—my sweetheart’s hand.
She turned from the sea with a woman’s grace,
And the light fell soft on her upturned face,
And I thought of the flood–tide of infinite bliss
That would flow to my heart from a single kiss.
But my sweetheart was shy, so I dared not ask
For the boon, so bravely I wore the mask.
But into her face there came a flame:—
I wonder could she have been thinking the same?