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First Line: What grim adventures has this dagger known!
Last Line: In pittsburgh, pennsylvania, u.S.A.
Subject(s): Tyranny & Tyrants; Dictators

What grim adventures has this dagger known!
How much of blood and terror has it drunk,
Into how many bosoms has it sunk
Bringing swift peace with scarce a sigh or moan.
Tyrants, perchance, this blade has overthrown
Amid their sins, unshriven by the monk.
Under its touch vast projects may have shrunk
Into a bleeding body, lying prone.

How many murderous hands have gripped this haft,
How many lovers as they kissed and laughed,
Have perished as this weapon came in play?
Not many—for this ancient-looking blade
Was manufactured for the antique trade
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

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