The Classic and the Beautiful from the Literature of Three Thousand Years Volume 2

The Classic and the Beautiful from the Literature of Three Thousand Years Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1893 edition. Excerpt: ...be revealed; In dusty piles his pictures lay, For no one sent the second pay. Two bustos fraught with every grace, A Venus' and Apollo's face, He placed in view; resolved to please, Whoever sat, he drew from these; From these corrected every feature, And spirited each awkward creature. All things were set; the hour was come, His pallet ready o'er his thumb. My Lord appeared; and, seated right In proper attitude and light, The painter looked. He sketched the piece, Then dipped his pencil, talked of Greece, Of Titian's tints, of Guido's air: "Those eyes, My Lord, the spirit there, Might well a Raphael's hand require To give them all the native fire; The features, fraught with sense and wit, You'll grant are very hard to hit; But yet with patience you shall view As much as paint and art can do. Observe the work." My lord replied: "Till now I thought my mouth was wide; Besides, my nose is somewhat long; Dear sir, for me, 'tis far too young." "Oh, pardon me," the artist cried; "In this the painters must decide. The piece even common eyes must strike: I warrant it extremely like." My lord examined it anew; No looking-glass seemed half so true. A lady came with borrowed grace: He from his Venus formed her face. Her lover praised the painter's art, So like the picture in his heart. To every age some charm he lent; Even beauties were almost content. Through all the town his art they praised; His custom grew: his price was raised. Had he the real likeness shown, Would any man the picture own? But when thus happily he wrought, Each found the likeness in his thought. John Gay. OLD AGE AND DEATH. THE seas are quiet when the winds give o'er; So calm are we when passions are no more, For then we know how vain it was to...show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548485
  • 9781236548481