gaze / gāz
1. a steady, intent look
Often there is eloquence in a silent gaze.
2. to stare or look at steadily and intently especially in admiration, awe or thought
No one regards what is before his feet; we all gaze on the stars.
Quintus Ennius, 239 BC – 169 BC
From the Middle English verb gasen/gazen (stare at, look steadily at), probably derived from the same Old Norse root as the Norwegian/Swedish dialect verb gasa (stare).
Thank you to Allen Ward for providing this etymology.