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Poem by Walter Alexander Raleigh

The Artist

The Artist and his Luckless Wife
They lead a horrid haunted life,
Surrounded by the things heТs made
That are not wanted by the trade.

The world is very fair to see;
The Artist will not let it be;
He fiddles with the works of God,
And makes them look uncommon odd.

The Artist is an awful man,
He does not do the things he can;
He does the things he cannot do,
And we attend the private view.

The Artist uses honest paint
To represent things as they ainТt,
He then asks money for the time
It took to perpetrate the crime.

Walter Alexander Raleigh

Walter Alexander Raleigh's other poems:
  1. To a Lady with an Unruly and Ill-Mannered Dog Who Bit Several Persons of Importance
  2. Song of Myself
  3. My Last Will
  4. Wishes of an Elderly Man Wished at a Garden Party, June 1914

Poems of the other poets with the same name:

  • Arthur Doyle The Artist ("The little elves upon the walls")
  • Robert Service The Artist ("All day with brow of anxious thought")
  • Madison Cawein The Artist ("In story books, when I was very young")

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