The village blacksmith.Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man Mighty Man refers to any one of several fictional, super-powered individuals in literature:
With large and sinewy sin·ew·y
a. Consisting of or resembling sinews.
b. Having many sinews; stringy and tough: a sinewy cut of beef.
2. Lean and muscular. See Synonyms at muscular. hands;
And the muscles of his brawny brawn·y
1. Strong and muscular.
2. Hardened; calloused. arms
Are strong as iron bands.
His hair is crisp, and black, and long
His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
For he owes not any man.
Week in, week out, from morn till night,
You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge sledge: see sled. ,
With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
When the evening sun is low.
And children coming home from school
Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
Like chaff chaff
1. chaffed hay; called also chop.
2. the winnowings from a threshing, consisting of awns, husks, glumes and other relatively indigestible materials. from a threshing-floor.
And goes on Sunday to the church,
And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson PARSON, eccl. law. One who has full possession of all the rights of a parochial church.
2. He is so called because by his person the church, which is an invisible body, is represented: in England he is himself a body corporate it order to protect and defend the pray and preach,
He hears his daughter's voice
Singing in the village choir,
And it makes his heart rejoice.
It sounds to him like her mother's voice
Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
A tear our of his eyes.
Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
Has earned a night's repose.
Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
Our fortunes must be wrought
Thus on it sounding anvil anvil
Iron block on which metal is placed for shaping, originally by hand with a hammer. The blacksmith's anvil is usually of wrought iron (sometimes of cast iron), with a smooth working surface of hardened steel. shaped
Each burning deed and thought.