Author: Hamlet (---.dsl.ksc2mo.swbell.net)
Date: 08-16-05 03:29
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- EmersonBeauty deprived of its proper foils an adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of
all shadow ceases to be enjoyed as light.
-John Ruskin, Modern Painters (1843-60)
O truant Muse what shall be thy amends
For thy neglect of truth in beauty dy'd?
Both truth and beauty on my love depends;
So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
Make answer Muse: wilt thou not haply say,
'Truth needs no colour, with his colour fix'd;
Beauty no pencil, beauty's truth to lay;
But best is best, if never intermix'd'?
Because he needs no praise, wilt thou be dumb?
Excuse not silence so, for't lies in thee
To make him much outlive a gilded tomb
And to be prais'd of ages yet to be.
Then do thy office, Muse; I teach thee how
To make him seem long hence as he shows now.