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    When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted

    by Rudyard Kipling
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    When Earth's last picture is painted
    And the tubes are twisted and dried
    When the oldest colors have faded
    And the youngest critic has died
    We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it
    Lie down for an aeon or two
    'Till the Master of all good workmen
    Shall put us to work anew
    And those that were good shall be happy
    They'll sit in a golden chair
    They'll splash at a ten league canvas
    With brushes of comet's hair
    They'll find real saints to draw from
    Magdalene, Peter, and Paul
    They'll work for an age at a sitting
    And never be tired at all.
    And only the Master shall praise us.
    And only the Master shall blame.
    And no one will work for the money.
    No one will work for the fame.
    But each for the joy of the working,
    And each, in his separate star,
    Will draw the thing as he sees it.
    For the God of things as they are!
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