Beatrice Warde: This is a Printing-Office

This is a Printing-office

Crossroads of civilization
Refuge of all the arts
Against the ravages of time
Armory of the fearless truth
Against whispering rumor
Incessant trumpet of trade

From this place words may fly abroad
Not to perish on waves of sound
Not to vary with the writer’s hand
But fixed in time having been verified in proof

Friend you stand on the sacred ground:
This is a Printing-office

Originally printed in 1932

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