William Wetmore Story

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William Wetmore Story (February 12, 1819October 7, 1895) was an American sculptor, art critic, poet, and editor.


The Poet in his Art
Must intimate the whole, and say the smallest part.
  • I sing the hymn of the conquered, who fell in the battle of life,
    The hymn of the wounded, the beaten who died overwhelmed in the strife;
    Not the jubilant song of the victors for whom the resounding acclaim
    Of nations was lifted in chorus whose brows wore the chaplet of fame,
    But the hymn of the low and the humble, the weary, the broken in heart,
    Who strove and who failed, acting bravely a silent and desperate part.
    • Io Victis (1883). Compare: "Now it seems to me, when it can not be helped that defeat is great", Walt Whitman, To a Foiled European Revolutionaire.
  • And all but their faith overthrown.
    • Io Victis (1883).
    • They only the victory win
      Who have fought the good fight and have vanquished the demon that tempts us within;
      Who have held to their faith unseduced by the prize that the world holds on high;
      Who have dared for a high cause to suffer, resist, fight—if need be, to die.
    • Io Victis (1883).
  • Ah me! the vision has vanished,
    The music has died away!
    • Cleopatra (1858).

Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)[edit]

Quotes reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
  • Of every noble work the silent part is best,
    Of all expression that which can not be expressed.
    • The Unexpressed.
  • The Poet in his Art
    Must intimate the whole, and say the smallest part.
    • The Unexpressed.

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