Organizational Artistry LO12293
Fri, 31 Jan 1997 02:00:23 -0500 (EST)

Replying to LO12259 --

The poem I mentioned last night. . .and another poem I read this morning
before work, which I think is pertinent to LOs.

George Washington Doane

Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy
WIth his marble block before him,
And his eyes lit up with a smile of joy,
As an angel-dream passed o'er him.

He carved the dream on that shapeless stone,
With many a sharp incision;
With heaven's own light the sculpture shone,--
He's caught that angel vision.

Children of life are we, as we stand
With our lives uncarved before us,
Waiting the hour when, at God's command,
Our life-dream shall pass o'er us.

If we carve it then on the yielding stone,
With many a sharp incision,
Its heavenly beauty shall be our own,--
Our lives, that angel-vision.

A LITTLE LEARNING (from The Essay on Criticism)
Alexander Pope

A little learning is a dang'rous thing;
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian springs;
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again.
Fir'd at first sight with what the Muse imparts,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of Arts,
While from the bounded level of our mind,
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind;
But more advanc'd, behold with strange surprise
New distant scenes of endless science rise!

So pleas'd at first the tow'ring Alps we try,
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky,
Th' eternal snows appear already past,
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last:
But, those attain'd, we tremble to survey
The growing labors of the lengthen'd way,
Th' increasing prospect tires our wand'ring eyes.
Hills peep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise!

A perfect Judge will read each work of Wit
With the same spirit that its author writ:
Survey the Whole, nor seek slight faults to find
Where nature moves, and rapture warms the mind;
Nor lose, for the malignant dull delight,
The gen'rous pleasure to be charm'd with with.
But in such lays neither ebb nor flow,
Correctly cold, and regularly low,
That shunning faults, one quiet tenour keep;
We cannot blame indeed--but we may sleep.
In Wit, as Nature, what affects our hearts
Is not th' exactness of peculair parts;
'Tis not a lip, or eye, we beauty call,
But the joint force and full result of all.
Thus when we view some well-proportion'd dome
(The world's just wonder, and ev'n thin, O Rome!)
No single parts unequally surprise,
All comes united to th' admiring eyes;
No monstrous heigh, or breadth, or length appear;
The Whole at once is bold, and regular.


Benjamin B. Compton

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