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. 1873 Excerpt: ... Leonce Miranda knew as much. Therefore in Art he nowise cared to be Creative; but creation, that had birth In storminess long years before ...Read MoreThis 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. 1873 Excerpt: ... Leonce Miranda knew as much. Therefore in Art he nowise cared to be Creative; but creation, that had birth In storminess long years before was born Monsieur Le'once Miranda, --Art, enjoyed Like fleshly objects of the chace that tempt In cookery, not capture--these might feast The dilettante, furnish tavern-fare Open to all with purses open too. To sit free and take tribute seigneur-like--Now, not too lavish of acknowledgment, Now, self-indulgently profuse of pay, Always Art's seigneur, not Art's serving-man, Whate'er the style and title and degree, --That is the quiet life and easy death Monsieur Le'once Miranda would approve Wholly--provided (back I go again To the first simile) that while glasses clink, And viands steam, and banqueting laughs high, All that's outside the temporary tent, The dim grim outline of the circuit-wall, Forgets to menace "Soon or late will drop Pavilion, soon or late you needs must march, And laggards will be sorry they were slack! Always--unless excuse sound plausible!" Monsieur Leonce Miranda knew as much: Whence his determination just to paint So creditably as might help the eye To comprehend how painter's eye grew dim Ere it produced L'Ingegno's piece of work--. So to become musician that his ear Should judge, by its own tickling and turmoil, Who made the Solemn Mass might well die deaf--So cultivate a literary knack That, by experience how it wiles the time, He might imagine how a poet, rapt In rhyming wholly, grew so poor at last By carelessness about his banker's-book, That the Sieur Boileau (to provoke our smile) Began abruptly, --when he paid devoir To Louis Quatorze as he dined in state, --"Sire, send a drop of broth to Pierre Corneille Now dying and in want of sustenance!"--I say, these half-hour playin...Read Less
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