Blacksmiths

I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool.

Blacksmiths are people who create objects from wrought iron or steel by forging the metal; that is, by using tools to hammer, bend, and cut. Blacksmiths produce objects such as gates, grilles, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, agricultural implements, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils, and weapons.

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  • The smith and his penny both are black.
  • In other part stood one who, at the forge
    Labouring, two massy clods of iron and brass
    Had melted.
  • I saw a smith stand with his hammer, thus,
    The whilst his iron did on the anvil cool.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 71.
  • Curs'd be that wretch (Death's factor sure) who brought
    Dire swords into the peaceful world, and taught
    Smiths (who before could only make
    The spade, the plough-share, and the rake)
    Arts, in most cruel wise
    Man's left to epitomize!
    • Abraham Cowley, In Commendation of the Time we live under, the Reign of our gracious King, Charles II.
  • Come, see the Dolphin's anchor forged; 'tis at a white heat now:
    The billows ceased, the flames decreased; though on the forge's brow
    The little flames still fitfully play through the sable mound;
    And fitfully you still may see the grim smiths ranking round,
    All clad in leathern panoply, their broad hands only bare;
    Some rest upon their sledges here, some work the windlass there.
  • And the smith his iron measures hammered to the anvil's chime;
    Thanking God, whose boundless wisdom makes the flowers of poesy bloom
    In the forge's dust and cinders, in the tissues of the loom.
  • Under a spreading chestnut tree
    The village smithy 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.
  • As great Pythagoras of yore,
    Standing beside the blacksmith's door,
    And hearing the hammers, as they smote
    The anvils with a different note,
    Stole from the varying tones, that hung
    Vibrant on every iron tongue,
    The secret of the sounding wire,
    And formed the seven-chorded lyre.
  • And he sang: "Hurra for my handiwork!"
    And the red sparks lit the air;
    Not alone for the blade was the bright steel made;
    And he fashioned the first ploughshare.
  • The paynefull smith, with force of fervent heat,
    The hardest yron soone doth mollify,
    That with his heavy sledge he can it beat,
    And fashion it to what he it list apply.

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