Lay for the Day 22nd
1457: in Mainz, Germany, Johan Gutenberg produces his first Bible and
the Print Age begins.
Though this date is much reproduced on the internet, I havent found
any other substantiation for it. In other words, it’s a not untypical
creature of the Digital Age.
This perplexing sheaf,
On which are built the longing naves,
Empires dome and seamark steeple
Out of the woods unbreaking waves,
Engraves fat tombs, and stones that speak
Lowly of ones who sleep; a book
Whose leaves are turned to flint, and saint-
Strewn glass, to marble, ragged oak
And gold, to plaster, cloth and paint,
Which vows all craft shall be shaken
To dust when these dead awaken.
It is a reed sharp and unpliant
As iron; stark peak fertile as our graves;
A word sprung green among the thorns of print.
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