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First Line: In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Last Line: To wrestle with the angel -- art.
Subject(s): Art & Artists; Creative Ability; Inspiration; Creativity


In placid hours well-pleased we dream
Of many a brave unboided scheme.
But form to lend, pulsed life create,
What unlike things must meet and mate:
A flame to melt -- a wind to freeze;
Sad patience -- joyous energies;
Humility -- yet pride and scorn;
Instinct and study; love and hate;
Audacity -- reverence. These must mate,
And fuse with Jacob's mystic heart,
To wrestle with the angel -- Art.





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