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[Typescript Poem] “The Vision”

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Mary Webb. “The Vision.” Typescript poem, one leaf, 5″ x 4¼″, white wove paper. Twelve lines, one ink correction (crossing out and rewriting all of line ten). Cut from a larger sheet, and with the penciled number “73” in upper-right corner. This early poem reflects Webb’s spiritual nature and her early belief in Christian teachings. Webb’s early friend Flora McLeod reminisced in a talk, “Mary Webb as I Knew Her,” given to the Shropshire Women’s Institute (from and undated transcript in the Shrewsbury Public Library): “Her Bible, indeed, she knew from cover to cover.” Yet Mary also discussed with her friend “the spiritual significance of her communion with earth rather than church, . . . that nature, for her, was not ‘enthroned as God’ but revealed God” (Coles, The Flower of Light, 1978, p. 79).