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ARippleSong

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A Ripple Song

Once a ripple came to land

     In the golden sunset burning--

Lapped against a maiden’s hand,

     By the ford returning.

Dainty foot and gentle breast--

     Here, across, be glad and rest.

“Maiden, wait,” the ripple saith.

     “Wait awhile, for I am Death!”

“Where my lover calls I go--

     Shame it were to treat him coldly--

’Twas a fish that circled so,

     Turning over boldly.”

Dainty foot and tender heart,

     Wait the loaded ferry-cart.

“Wait, ah, wait!” the ripple saith;

     “Maiden, wait, for I am Death!”

“When my lover calls I haste--

     Dame Disdain was never wedded!”

Ripple-ripple round her waist,

     Clear the current eddied.

Foolish heart and faithful hand,

     Little feet that touched no land.

Far away the ripple sped,

     Ripple--ripple--running red!

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