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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

Their sapphire necks glazed with gold;

At dawn the teal is seen bathing,

And when twilight reigns,

It settles between two rushes and sleeps.