Flaxman By Margaret Fuller

We deemed the secret lost, the spirit gone,   
Which spake in Greek simplicity of thought,   
And in the forms of gods and heroes wrought   
Eternal beauty from the sculptured stone,—
A higher charm than modern culture won   
With all the wealth of metaphysic lore,   
Gifted to analyze, dissect, explore.
A many-colored light flows from one sun;
Art, ’neath its beams, a motley thread has spun;   
The prism modifies the perfect day;
But thou hast known such mediums to shun,   
And cast once more on life a pure, white ray.   
Absorbed in the creations of thy mind,   
Forgetting daily self, my truest self I find.
Source: American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century (1993)

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