Beaten Gold

They did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.—Exod. 39:33And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work. (Exodus 39:3)
HE who the High Priest's garment scanned with care,
Perchance might note, bright-glinting here and there,
A tiny golden gleam.
That shining thread, wrought deep in fabrics rare
Of scarlet, blue and purple, by compare
A trifling thing might seem.
But ah! if he the secret had but known
What patient toil, what anxious skill were shown
To spin that thread of gold―
With wondering admiration he would own
One such in woven gleaming line alone
A marvel to behold.
So have I sometimes turned me to admire
The holy vestments and the rich attire
That noble spirits wear;
Yet have forgot the anvil and the fire,
Where they have hammered out the golden wire
That shires half-hidden there.