Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, REVENGE, by CHARLES HENRY WEBB

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REVENGE, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Revenge is a naked sword
Last Line: Thou may'st find it sheathed in thine own.
Alternate Author Name(s): Paul, John
Subject(s): Blood; Pain; Revenge; Suffering; Misery

REVENGE is a naked sword;
It has neither hilt nor guard;
Wouldst thou wield this brand of the Lord?
Is thy grasp, then, firm and hard?

But the closer thy clutch of the blade,
The deadlier blow thou wouldst deal,
Deeper wound in thy hand is made —
It is thy blood reddens the steel.

And when thou hast dealt the blow —
When the blade from thy hand has flown —
Instead of the heart of the foe,
Thou may'st find it sheathed in thine own.

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