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Poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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 critic and the heart of 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
Can fall on nothing which they may not praise
In thy well-chiselled character. The Man
Should not be shadowed by the Artisan! 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Ella Wheeler Wilcox's other poems:
  1. Art and Heart
  2. East and West
  3. Awakened!
  4. The Barbarous Chief
  5. Blasé

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