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See thine self through its misty cover
and thou wilt see naught within it.
See the floor through what it has uncovered
and thy will see it naught it all.

It's ate 'twixt the bookends of wire and lover
though not 'twixt those of ire and love.
Work fast, work hard--it is thy reward.
Though thine self is naught but it.

What is it?

Hints:

'Twixt means between
All mentions of 'it' are referring to the object you are trying to guess
The number seven.
There is a grammatical error that is made on purpose. Knowing this might help you.

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  • $\begingroup$ Title, error or clue? $\endgroup$ – warspyking Dec 16 '14 at 3:51
  • $\begingroup$ Should be "thou will" (or "thou wilt"), not "thy will", but I don't see how that might help as a clue...? $\endgroup$ – Hellion Dec 16 '14 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Hellion Oh XD I didn't intend that mistake. Good eye! The mistake is on line 5. $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Dec 16 '14 at 17:16
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Is it

Water?

See thine self through its misty cover
and thy will see naught within it.

If you see your reflection on the surface of the water (also mist is water vapour), then the water is clear and has nothing in it.

See the floor through what it has uncovered
and thy will see it naught it all.

When the bottom of a (former) body of water has been uncovered, the water has been drained away?

It's ate 'twixt the bookends of wire and lover
though not 'twixt those of ire and love.

It is "ate" between "w" and "r".

Work fast, work hard--it is thy reward.
Though thine self is naught but it.

You sweat when you work fast and hard, and your body is mostly water.

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  • $\begingroup$ C'est parfait! (that is, perfect!) $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Dec 16 '14 at 4:46
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    $\begingroup$ What does seven have to do with it? $\endgroup$ – McMagister Dec 16 '14 at 4:46
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    $\begingroup$ Water has a PH of 7. $\endgroup$ – Conor O'Brien Dec 16 '14 at 4:52

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