Mary Elizabeth McGrath Blake

(September 1, 1840 – February 26, 1907 / Dungarvan, Ireland)

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Mary Elizabeth McGrath Blake (September 1, 1840 – February 26, 1907) was an American poet.

She was born in Dungarvan, Ireland, the oldest daughter of Patrick McGrath, a marble worker, and Mary Murphy McGrath. In 1849, her family emigrated to the United States and settled in Quincy, Massachusetts. Her father was well-read and opened a successful marble works, thus, following her ... more »

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The Master's Hand

THE scroll was old and gray;
The dust of time had gathered white and chill
Above the touches of the worker's skill,
And hid their charm away.

The many passed it by;
For no sweet curve of dainty face or form,
No gleam of light, or flash of color warm,
Held back the careless eye.

But when the artist came,
With eye that saw beyond the charm of sense,
He seemed to catch a sense of power intense
That filled the dusky frame.

And when with jealous ...

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