Landon in The New Monthly 1836/Subjects for Pictures
The New Monthly Magazine, Volume 47, Pages 175 to 179
SUBJECTS FOR PICTURES.
BY L. E. L.
What seek I here to gather into words?
The scenes that rise before me as I turn
The pages of old times. A word—a name—
Conjures the past before me, till it grows
More actual than the present: that—I see
But with the common eyes of daily life,
Imperfect and impatient; but the past
Out of imagination works its truth,
And grows distinct with poetry.