The constant stream of pages
Like a spring of truth in flow
Shed light on the dark ages
All could drink now from it and know
It is only a press, but a press from which will flow a constant stream… Through it, God will spread His Word. A spring of truth will flow from it. Like a new star it will scatter the darkness of ignorance and cause an unknown light to shine for all.
Gutenberg would not financially benefit from his work, however. His financier, Johann Fust, foreclosed on Gutenberg and seized all of his assets and equipment. Fust then hired one of Gutenberg's trained assistants and went on to be one of the most successful printers of the era. Gutenberg died forgotten and alone in a debtor’s prison.