"Cherish your work; take profit in the task:
Doing's the one reward a Man dare ask.
The Wood confides its secrets to the plane;
The dovetail fits, and reconfirms the grain.
The white-hot writhing Steel is tonged and plunged,
A-sizzle, into Form, all flecks expunged.
The Linotyper leans above his keys,
And feathers down a ton of journalese;
Engraver and Apprentice, in their room
Of acid baths and pyhotophobic gloom,
Transform to metal dots ten shades of gray,
And herald Everyman's beginning day".

--from Midpoint, John Updike


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