The Pool and the Soul (Poem by Victor Hugo)

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The Pool and the Soul
By Victor Hugo


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.

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