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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. The Statue of Albert Dürer at Nürnberg
By John Stuart Blackie (1809–1895)
SOLID and square doth master Albert stand,
An air of hardy well-proved thought he wears,
As one that never flinched; and in his hand
The cunning tools of his high art he bears.
From thy grave face severe instructions come;        5
The peace that ’s born of well-fought fights is thine
Before thy look frivolity is dumb,
And each true workman feels his craft divine.
First-born of Jove, immortal Toil! by thee
This city rose, by thee, so quaintly fair,        10
It stands, with well-hewn stone in each degree,
Turret, and spire, and carvéd gable rare.
Toil shaped the worlds; and on Earth’s fruitful sod
Man works, a fellow-laborer with God.

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