The Dilettante: A Modern Type


He scribbles some in prose and verse,
  And now and then he prints it;
He paints a little,—gathers some
  Of Nature's gold and mints it.

He plays a little, sings a song,
  Acts tragic roles, or funny;
He does, because his love is strong,
  But not, oh, not for money!

He studies almost everything
  From social art to science;
A thirsty mind, a flowing spring,
  Demand and swift compliance.

He looms above the sordid crowd—
  At least through friendly lenses;
While his mamma looks pleased and proud,
  And kindly pays expenses.

This work was published before January 1, 1925, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.