Lines on "The Muse Finding the Head of Orpheus"

Lines on "The Muse Finding the Head of Orpheus"  (1915)  by John Ellingwood Donnell Trask
Director of the Department of Fine Arts, Panama-Pacific International Exposition.

As rendered in Palace of Fine Arts and Lagoon: Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915.

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A little time, a little space away
Noise and tumultuous color and the world at play!


Here 'neath the drooping branch, the low-bent marble Muse;
On either hand the master-builder's columns tall;
The little lake caressed by cloud and sky;
The quiet of the dying daylight over all!


Man praises man's accomplishment with brazen throat;
Beauty alone can charm with one low note.

John E. D. Trask

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