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A Ripple Song

 Once red 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 ripplee 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-raft.
"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 faithfut hand, Little feet that touched no land.
Far away the ripple sped, Ripple-ripple runnin red!

Poem by Rudyard Kipling
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