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Nicholson & Lee, eds.  The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse. 1917.
  
124. The Blade of Grass
By Dora Greenwell  (1821–1882)
  
‘A sword shall go through thine own heart.’—Prophecy of Simeon


OH! little blade of grass,
    A little sword thou art,
That in thy haste to pass
  Hast pierced thy mother’s heart!
 
Oh! little blade of grass,        5
  A little tongue thou art
Of cleaving flame,—alas!
  Thou hast cleft thy mother’s heart.
 
Oh! little blade, upcurled
  Leaf, sword, or fiery dart,       10
To win thy Father’s world
  Thou must break thy mother’s heart!

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