Fonderie 47

Writing Instruments

“True, This! —
Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanters wand! — itself is nothing!

But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyse the Cæsars, and to strike

The loud earth breathless! —
Take away the sword —

States can be saved without it!"

– Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1836