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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
From ‘The Marsh’
By Théophile Gautier (1811–1872)
 
Translation of Robert Louis Sanderson

IT is a pond, whose sleepy water
Lies stagnant, covered with a mantle
Of lily pads and rushes….
Under the creeping duck-weed
The wild ducks dip        5
Their sapphire necks glazed with gold;
At dawn the teal is seen bathing,
And when twilight reigns,
It settles between two rushes and sleeps.
 
 
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