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Hamilton Fish Armstrong, ed.  The Book of New York Verse.  1917.
Digging Foundations at Night
By Harvey Maitland Watts
Cortland Street

HERE, where the forges sound their giant scale
  Of thud and groan, and braziers belch their smoke;
In depths, unseen, backs bent, nor fear, nor quail
  The myriads toil; bearing in cheer the yoke,
Knowing full well that soon, aloft, will rise        5
Some new Aladdin’s dream, scraping the very skies.

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