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SONGS OF THE WIVES OF SOLOMON: THE SWORD, by            
First Line: The great sword is broken, beloved
Last Line: And walk with me in the way that the sword could not close?
Alternate Author Name(s): Dewing, Elizabeth Bartol; Dewing, E. B.
Subject(s): Pain; Swords; Suffering; Misery


The great sword is broken, beloved,
The shining sword you held across my path
And made a wall to guard me from the mire.
And I have walked in the way that was closed,
And my garments are spattered,
And I look down at the broken pieces of the sword.
But I am not fit, even for that,
Even to look on it, broken as it is,
For I have walked in the mire
And it is only mire that I am fit to see.

Will you pick up the pieces of the sword, beloved,
And weld them together in the flame of your love
And wash me clean in the tears of your forgiveness
And walk with me in the way that the sword could not close?





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