And they banked Him in their heads,
and would have him sit in state,
and they hung cathedrals on him
great in mass and great in weight –
to prevent his flight to heaven.
And he should from that time hence
wag the finger, keep the books,
counting, counting infinite pence,
and efficient like a clock
fix their tasks and set their times.
When he came he came like thunder.
At his voice they cowered under,
heard the engine of his chimes
and fled his dial face in shock.