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UNDERWOODS: BOOK 1: 8. TO MINNIE (WITH A HAND-GLASS), by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A picture-frame for you to fill
Last Line: And look you in the face to-night.
Alternate Author Name(s): Stevenson, Robert Lewis Balfour
Variant Title(s): With A Hand-glass
Subject(s): Love


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
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)
'Twill wish you well, the looking-glass,
And look you in the face to-night.





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