Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Hammer And The Anvil

by : John Clifford


"Last eve I passed beside a blacksmith's door
And heard the anvil ring the vesper chime;
When looking in, I saw upon the floor,
Old hammers worn with beating years of time.

" 'How many anvils have you had,' said I,
To wear and batter all these hammers so?'
'Just one,' said he; then said with twinkling eye,
The anvil wears the hammer out, you know.'

"And so, I thought, the anvil of God's word
For ages skeptic's blows have beat upon;
Yet, though the noise of falling blows was heard,
The anvil is unharmed-the hammers gone!"

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