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To Minnie [A picture-frame for you to fill,]

by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1885

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)
'T will wish you well, the looking-glass,
  And look you in the face to-night.

Published in A Child's Garden of Verses

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