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instances, is the open sesame to the hidden treasures of meaning in an artist's special achievement.
At the end of our delightful tour of inspection, we find perfect repose in the contemplation of "Human Understanding,” so exquisitely typified in the dome of the rotunda. Ethereal whites and blues, tenderly blending with faintest greens and violets, bring to us far-off, touching echoes of the grand symphony of color to which we have just been listening; while the sublime, sentient beauty of the painting itself suggests words for this distant, heavenly music, ---Above--Beyond!
How clearly, then, in responsive reverberation, we hear the kindred thought-echo,
Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.
The Quotations and Inscriptions have been collected in the form of a convenient book of reference, as they constitute one of the most unique ana attractive features of the Library.
For the sake of perspicuity, occasional mention has been made of the subject of a painting or poem, or the location of a set of inscriptions.
E. L. W.
SUNBEAMS OF THOUGHT
UNDER THE MARBLE MOSAIC, THE MINERVA OF PEACE
Nil invita Minerva, quæ monumentum ære perennius exegit.
Not unwilling, Minerva erects a monument more lasting than brass. HORACE. Ars Poetica. Line 385; Carm., iii., 30, 1.
Knowledge is power.
BACON. Religious Meditations. Of Heresies.
Give instruction unto those who cannot procure it for themselves.
CONFUCIUS. Bk. xiii., Sec. 9.
The poets who, on earth, have made us heirs
WORDSWORTH. Personal Talk. Sonnet iv. ORPHEUS.
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
A glorious company, the flower of men,
TENNYSON. Idylls of the King. Guinevere.
To the souls of fire, I, Pallas Athena, give more fire, and to those who are manful, a might more than man's.
CHARLES KINGSLEY. Greek Heroes. Perseus.
Ancient of days! august Athena! where,
that were. BYRON. Childe Harold's Pilgrimage. Canto ii., Stanza 2.
Descend, ye Nine! descend and sing ;
Pope. Ode on St. Cecilia's Day.
O heaven-born sisters ! source of Art!
POPE. Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus. POLYHYMNIA.
Say, will ye bless the bleak Atlantic shore;
POPE. Two Choruses to the Tragedy of Brutus.
IN THE LIBRARIAN'S ROOM* *
Litera scripta manet.
Come, thou Goddess, fair and free,
MILTON. L'Allegro, 11; 25. “IL PENSEROSO."
*Altered from the following line:
"Or bid the furious Gaul be rude no more.' * *These inscriptions are from unknown authors.
Hail, thou Goddess, sage and holy,
Come, but keep thy wonted state,
MILTON. I Penseroso, 11; 37.
Dwells within the soul of every Artist
No great Thinker ever lived and taught you
No true Painter ever set on canvas
But be sure he heard, and strove to render
No real Poet ever wove in numbers
Love and Art united