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Watchmaker's Lament

From The American Horologist and Jeweler magazine, October, 1946

By Vermont Spencer
Sears School of Watchmaking 

A good watchmaker always succeeds, 
Although he has not all the tools he needs. 
From experience then, I always will say,
What was good in the past, is still good today.

But one afternoon, when my work had begun.
I was handed a watch that just wouldn't run.
A customer stood and just stared at me
As I wondered just what the trouble could be.

Just then it slipped and fell on the floor;
Nothing was broken - but it ran once more!
A clumsy watchmaker I turned out to be, 
And a satisfied man gave his thanks to me.

Watches are pretty delicate things. 
All full of tiny screws and springs. 
But dropping a watch should never be done -
You make no money by making them run! 

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