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The Village Blacksmith

by  Henry W. Longfellow


Under a spreading chestnut tree

 The village smith stands;

The smith, a mighty man is he,

 With large and sinewy hands;

And the muscles of his brawny arms

 Are strong as iron bands


His hair is crisp, and black, and long,

 This face is like the tan;

His brow is wet with honest sweat,

 He earns whate'er he can,

And look the whole world in the face,

 For he owes not any man.


Week in, week out, from morn till night,

 You can hear his bellows blow;

You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,

 With measured bat and slow

Like a sexton ringing the village bell,

 When the evening sun is low.


And children coming home from school

 Look in at the open door;

They love to see the flaming forge,

 And hear the bellows roar,

And catch the burning sparks that fly

 Like chaff from a threshing floor.


He goes on Sunday to the church,

 And sits among his boys;

He hears the parson pray and preach,

 He hears his daughter's voice,

Singing in the village choir,

 And it makes his heart rejoice.


It sound to him like her mother's voice,

 Singing in Paradise!

He needs must think of her once more

 How in the grave she lies;

And with his hard, rough hand he wipes

 A tear out of his eyes.



 Onward through life he goes;

Each morning sees some task begin,

 Each evening sees it close;

Something attempted, something done,

 Has earned a night's repose.

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Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,

 For the lesson thou hast taught!

Thus at the flaming forge of life

 Our fortunes must be wrougth;

Thus on its sounding anvil shaped

 Each burning deed and thought!


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