Novelty and Savagery

Daily they would vainly storm, Pick and shovel, stroke for stroke; Where the flames would nightly swarm Was a dam when we awoke. Human sacrifices bled, Tortured screams would pierce the night, And where blazes seaward spread A canal would greet the light. – Goethe, Faust, 11123-30, (from Berman, p.64) ¹ Marshall Berman, who published … More Novelty and Savagery