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[Typescript Poem] Untitled. First line reads “Ill praise him with the clover flower,”

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Mary Webb. Untitled (the first line reads: “Ill praise Him with the clover flower,”). Typescript poem, one leaf, 3¾″ x 4¾″, white wove paper mounted on white ruled paper. Eight lines in two stanzas. Cut from a larger sheet. Lightly wrinkled, and with a faint mark from a paper clip. The trimming of the bottom margin has removed virtually all of an ink notation. First published in Fifty-One Poems (London: Jonathan Cape, 1946, p. 65) as “Praise,” this poem shows Mary Webbs pantheistic vision of “a shrineless God.” Young Mary Meredith had told her future mother-in-law in a letter of July 9 [1911] that “although I feel near to the unseen world and to Eternal Love in churches, I feel ten times nearer to them out of doors.”