Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire
(Down the River
While we dream and drift on the magic river the busy little men with their gargantuan appliances are hard at work, day and night, racing against the time when the people of America might possibly awake to discover something precious and irreplaceable about to be destroyed.
There's man in every secret corner of her
Doing damned, wicked deeds.
The verse quotation is from Thomas Lovell Beddoes, Death's Jest-Book, or the Fool's Tragedy
, Act II, Scene III.