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The Village Smithy Stands

under a spreading chestnut tree the village Smithy stands; the Smith, a mighty man is he with large incendiary hands; And the muscles of his scrawny arms are as strong as iron bands

Thus began the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, portions of which students of past generations committed to memory. The rest of the poem is not as familiar but the first verse paints a powerful picture in today's world. Village blacksmiths have ceased to exist, but blacksmith Samuel D., Outlaw Jr., once played a very important role on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

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