Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Advice from the Emperor of Steel (1908)

Dawn Potter

Nothing will bring promotion,
One to heaven and ten to hell
And better still, usefulness and happiness,
It does offend my heart
Than culture lending you general knowledge
Manners are not idle, but the fruit
Beyond the depths of those with whom
The last—the worst—if torture were not worse
You may shortly have to deal.
This portentous Bridge the dark Abyss
Such knowledge of the poets
The mind is lord and master
Finds a ready and profitable market
Brave men who work while others sleep
In the broad and gleaming halls of industry.
The ominous paralysis continues

[from Chestnut Ridge, a verse-history of southwestern Pennsylvania]


The italicized lines quote from some of Andrew Carnegie's favorite authors. The lines in Roman type rework sentences from Carnegie's own writings. The clashes and discomforts are all mine.

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