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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
36. Looking-glass River

SMOOTH it slides upon its travel, 
  Here a wimple, there a gleam— 
      O the clean gravel! 
      O the smooth stream! 
  
Sailing blossoms, silver fishes,         5
  Paven pools as clear as air— 
      How a child wishes 
      To live down there! 
  
We can see our coloured faces 
  Floating on the shaken pool  10
      Down in cool places, 
      Dim and very cool; 
  
Till a wind or water wrinkle, 
  Dipping marten, plumping trout, 
      Spreads in a twinkle  15
      And blots all out. 
  
See the rings pursue each other; 
  All below grows black as night, 
      Just as if mother 
      Had blown out the light!  20
  
Patience, children, just a minute— 
  See the spreading circles die; 
      The stream and all in it 
      Will clear by-and-by. 

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