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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. (1878–1962).  Anthology of Magazine Verse for 1920.  1920.
 
Invocation
 
Marya Alexandrovna Zaturensky
 
 
MAKE of my voice a blue-edged Sword, Oh, Lord!
Strengthen my soul to deliver your war-cry,
Make of my voice a blue-edged sword, Oh, Lord!
 
Out of my frailness fashion a piercing reed,
Out of my pity a great battle ax,        5
Out of my frailness fashion a piercing reed!
 
I have had a vision and I cannot sleep,
A vision consumes me and tears me apart,
I have had a vision and I cannot sleep.
 
Oh body of mine, make of yourself a stronghold,        10
Gird yourself in the steel of your vision,
Oh body of mine, make of yourself a stronghold!
 
Make of my breath an infinite prophecy, Oh, Lord!
Make of my song a summons to prayer,
Make of my breath an infinite prophecy, Oh, Lord!        15
 
A vision consumes me and I am its slave and its lover,
Make of my spirit a song so that I may announce it!
A vision consumes me and I am its slave and its lover.

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