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First Line: What lovely dark blue flames, o spade
Last Line: Shall cover thee with glory.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Tools

What lovely dark, blue flames, O Spade,
Shine in thy steel so bright:
See how the shadows smoke and play;
How thou hast laboured, year by year,
To reach this silver day.

But thou, poor shining Sword, must wait
Till sloth and idleness
Can tell the world that splendid story:
Nothing but rust, a bloodless rust,
Shall cover thee with glory.

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