“Watch an old building with care; guard it as best you may,
and at any cost, from any influence of dilapidation.
Count its stones as you would jewels of a crown;
set watches about it as if at the gates of a besieged city;
bind it together with irons when it loosens;
stay it with timbers when it declines.
Do this tenderly, and reverently, and continually,
and many a generation will still be born and pass away beneath its shadow.”