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Short poem

Walter Alexander Raleigh (1861-1922)

The Artist

              1The Artist and his Luckless Wife
              2They lead a horrid haunted life,
              3Surrounded by the things he's made
              4That are not wanted by the trade.

              5The world is very fair to see;
              6The Artist will not let it be;
              7He fiddles with the works of God,
              8And makes them look uncommon odd.

              9The Artist is an awful man,
            10He does not do the things he can;
            11He does the things he cannot do,
            12And we attend the private view.

            13The Artist uses honest paint
            14To represent things as they ain't,
            15He then asks money for the time
            16It took to perpetrate the crime.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Laughter from a Cloud, foreword by Hilary Raleigh (London: Constable, 1923): 210. British Library 012273.bbb.7
First publication date: 1923
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2001
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/13

Composition date: 1917
Rhyme: aabb

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