"There is a mine for silver and a place where gold is refined.1
Iron is taken from the earth, and copper is smelted from ore.2
Man puts an end to the darkness;3 he searches the farthest recesses for ore in the blackest darkness.4
Far from where people dwell he cuts a shaft,5 in places forgotten by the foot of man; far from men he dangles and sways.
The earth, from which food comes,6 is transformed below as by fire;
sapphires7 come from its rocks, and its dust contains nuggets of gold.8
No bird of prey knows that hidden path, no falcon's eye has seen it.9
Proud beasts10 do not set foot on it, and no lion prowls there.11
Man's hand assaults the flinty rock12 and lays bare the roots of the mountains.13
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