'The Blacksmith'

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Published in All The Year Round (30 April 1859).

Creator

Dickens, Charles

Source

Dickens Journals Online

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Dickens Journals Online (https://www.djo.org.uk/all-the-year-round/volume-i/page-20.html); attr. Shepherd, Plays and Poems (1885), p.232.

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Bibliographic Citation

Dickens, Charles. 'The Blacksmith.' All the Year Round (30 April 1859): p. 20. Dickens Search. Eds. Emily Bell and Lydia Craig. Accessed [date]. https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1859-04-30_All_The_Year_Round_The_Blacksmith.

Transcription

OLD England, she has great warriors,

Great princes, and poets great;

But the Blacksmith is not to be quite forgot,

In the history of the State.

 

He is rich in the best of all metals,

Yet silver he lacks and gold;

And he payeth his due, and his heart is true,

Though he bloweth both hot and cold.

 

The boldest is he of incendiaries

That ever the wide world saw,

And a forger as rank as e’er robbed the Bank,

Though he never doth break the law.

 

He hath shoes that are worn by strangers,

Yet he laugheth and maketh more;

And a share (concealed) in the poor man’s field,

Yet it adds to the poor man’s store.

 

Then, hurrah for the iron Blacksmith!

And hurrah for his iron crew!

And whenever we go where his forges glow,

We’ll sing what A MAN can do.

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Dickens, Charles, “'The Blacksmith',” Dickens Search, accessed June 25, 2022, https://dickenssearch.com/verse/1859-04-30_All_The_Year_Round_The_Blacksmith.

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