Across the Channel; (Life and Art in London) from the French of Gabriel Mourey

Across the Channel; (Life and Art in London) from the French of Gabriel Mourey

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...the words it contained were written to her and for her, and she must take them with her, for they could not remain when she had gone. Then he put the volume into the coffin between her cheek and beautiful hair, and it was that day buried with her in Highgate Cemetery." But life, relentless life, which counsels us to compromise and forget, which kills the most heartfelt sorrows and the keenest joys, took its revenge on a sacrifice too exceptional and 'too heroic. Seven years after he followed his friends' advice, and allowed the coffin to be reopened. The literary man's vanity was stronger than his love. Thus they took from Elizabeth's dead body the dearest and most precious ornament she had possessed, even the heart of him she had so loved. The poems were afterwards published. How dear they should ever be to us, these love-songs which slept so long beside the adored form they protected and preserved like some magic balm. Indeed, so powerful had been their spell, that the young wife's face was almost untouched by the ravages of death. From that time he lived alone his life of toil and dreaming. With unwearied effort he gave himself up to that blessed work of love and beauty, which was to him as some heaven-sent mission. "It matters little to me," cries Wagner, "if the curtain rise during life or only after death, for I know that it will rise." And this is the cry that comes from the hearts of all men of genius, who, conscious of their high destiny, know that nothing can stop them on their march to victory, and that for them, humanly speaking, the conventional realities of time and life exist not., It was now the epoch of his greatest and deepest work, when it was given him to lift...
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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236815068
  • 9781236815064