Under a spreading chestnut-tree
The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
With large and sinewy hands;
And the muscles of his brawny arms
Are strong as iron bands.
A very kind English teacher once gave me a volume of the poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and I still have it after all these years. (Hattie Russell, I'll never forget you and how you tried to bring letters and learning to a barren place.) "The Village Smithy" was a favorite from that book, and it inspired todays series, a mix of Muybridge and newer material. We start with two familiar men.