When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted

When Earth's Last Picture is Painted 

" The True Spirit of Work"

 Rudyard Kipling 1865 - 1936

 British author and poet, born in India. In 1907, at the age of 42, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, making him the youngest ever recipient. 

He was also the first English language writer to receive the prize.

When Earth's last picture is painted
And the tubes are twisted and dried
When the oldest colours 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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