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The Pool And The Soul
by [?]

(“Comme dans les etangs.”)

[X., May, 1839.]

As in some stagnant pool by forest-side,
In human souls two things are oft descried;
The sky,–which tints the surface of the pool
With all its rays, and all its shadows cool;
The basin next,–where gloomy, dark and deep,
Through slime and mud black reptiles vaguely creep.

Translated by R.F. HODGSON