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[Manuscript Poem] “Freedom”

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Mary Webb. “Freedom.” Manuscript poem, one leaf, 4⅝″ x 8″, on off-white laid ruled paper, ten lines, black ink. Neatly torn from a larger sheet. Written in pencil on verso: “Praise / Snowdrops / Foxgloves / The Yellow hammer / The Wood / The Beautiful House / Fairy led / The White Moth / Green Rain.” A countrywoman, Mary Webb found towns depressing. Although she loved her native Shrewsbury, and took her garden produce to town to sell at the market stalls during wartime, Mary was always relieved to leave the grubby streets behind and walk home across the fields and woods.