The Artist

Original Text: 
Laughter from a Cloud, foreword by Hilary Raleigh (London: Constable, 1923): 210. British Library 012273.bbb.7
1The Artist and his Luckless Wife
2They lead a horrid haunted life,
3Surrounded by the things he's made
4That are not wanted by the trade.
5The world is very fair to see;
6The Artist will not let it be;
7He fiddles with the works of God,
8And makes them look uncommon odd.
9The Artist is an awful man,
10He does not do the things he can;
11He does the things he cannot do,
12And we attend the private view.
13The Artist uses honest paint
14To represent things as they ain't,
15He then asks money for the time
16It took to perpetrate the crime.
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2001