1 These things help us in our work.
2 We preferred some work and some lessons to the others.
3 The Old Ones do not work, for the State takes care of them.
4 Nothing matters save the work, our secret, our evil, our precious work.
5 Then we go to work in the streets of the City, with our brooms and our rakes.
6 There is so much work ahead for all of us, for all the Scholars of the world.
7 But we gathered all the things we found and we brought them to our work place.
8 Dare not choose in your minds the work you would like to do when you leave the Home of the Students.
9 The women who have been assigned to work the soil live in the Homes of the Peasants beyond the City.
10 So the women of the field were weary, and they tarried over their work, and they were far from the road when we came.
11 Now if the Council has said "Carpenter" or "Cook," the Students so assigned go to work and they do not study any further.
12 Women work in the fields, and their white tunics in the wind are like the wings of sea-gulls beating over the black soil.
13 It matters only that the light is precious and we should not waste it to write when we need it for that work which is our crime.
14 We alone, of the thousands who walk this earth, we alone in this hour are doing a work which has no purpose save that we wish to do it.
15 We need all our time, we need the work rooms of the Home of the Scholars, we want the help of our brother Scholars and their wisdom joined to ours.
16 We would accept our Life Mandate, and we would work for our brothers, gladly and willingly, and we would erase our sin against them, which they did not know, but we knew.
17 And we were punished when the Council of Vocations came to give us our life Mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days.
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