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Stevenson, Robert Louis (1850–1894).  A Child’s Garden of Verses and Underwoods.  1913.
  
VIII. To Minnie (With a hand-glass)

A PICTURE-FRAME for you to fill, 
  A paltry setting for your face, 
A thing that has no worth until 
  You lend it something of your grace, 
  
I send (unhappy I that sing         5
  Laid by awhile upon the shelf) 
Because I would not send a thing 
  Less charming than you are yourself. 
  
And happier than I, alas! 
  (Dumb thing, I envy its delight)  10
’T will wish you well, the looking-glass, 
  And look you in the face to-night. 

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