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Arthur Quiller-Couch, comp.  The Oxford Book of Victorian Verse.  1922.
 
A Song of Handicrafts
By Annie Matheson (1853–1924)
 
The Weaver
SUNLIGHT from the sky’s own heart,
  Flax unfolded to receive:
Out of sky and flax and art,
  Lovely raiment I achieve—
Earth a part and heaven a part,        5
  God in all, for Whom I weave!
 
The Carpenter
Deep into the wood I hew,
  A message fell from the sun’s lip;
Fire and strength it downward drew
  For the faggot and the ship:        10
God’s own, in the forest, grew
  Timber that I hew and chip.
 
The Mason
Out of clay or living rock
  I will make my brick or stone:
At the door of God I knock,        15
  Builder whose command I own,
Who can birth and death unlock,
  And in dust can find a throne.
 
Chorus
Mighty Craftsman! craftsmen, we,
  Feel Thy spirit in our hands:        20
All the worlds are full of Thee—
  Wake our eyes and break our bands—
Servants, and for ever free,
  Sons, and heirs of all thy lands!
 
 
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