Artist and Man

“Make thy life better than thy work.  Too oft our artists spend their skill in rounding soft, fair curves upon their statues, while the rough and ragged edges of the unhewn stuff in their own natures startle and offend the eye of the critic and the heart of a friend.   If in thy too brief day thou must neglect thy labour or thy life, let men detect flaws in thy work! While their most searching gaze call fall on nothing which they may not praise In thy well-chiselled character. The Man Should not be shadowed by the Artisan!”   Poem by Ella W. Wilcox

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