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Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919)

The Witch in the Glass

              1"My mother says I must not pass
              2    Too near that glass;
              3She is afraid that I will see
              4A little witch that looks like me,
              5With a red, red mouth, to whisper low
              6The very thing I should not know!"

              7Alack for all your mother's care!
              8    A bird of the air,
              9A wistful wind, or (I suppose
            10Sent by some hapless boy) a rose,
            11With breath too sweet, will whisper low,
            12The very thing you should not know!

Online text copyright © 2004, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Scribners Monthly 21.5 (March 1881): 744.
First publication date: March 1881
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2004
Recent editing: 1:2004/4/15

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