No," said the genius, "I shall kill you as you killed my son," and so saying, he seized the merchant by the arm, threw him on the ground, and lifted his sabre to cut off his head.
The genius, with his raised scimitar, waited till he had finished, bit was not in the least touched.
Finish," said he, "the story of the genius and the merchant.
With the highest admiration for Poe's genius, and a willingness to let it alone for more than ordinary irregularity, we were led by common report to expect a very capricious attention to his duties, and occasionally a scene of violence and difficulty.
His genius has had no better description than in this stanza from William Winter's poem, read at the dedication exercises of the Actors' Monument to Poe, May 4, 1885, in New York:
This preference of the genius to the parts is the secret of that deification of art, which is found in all superior minds.
As the frugal farmer takes care that his cattle shall eat down the rowen, and swine shall eat the waste of his house, and poultry shall pick the crumbs,--so our economical mother dispatches a new genius and habit of mind into every district and condition of existence, plants an eye wherever a new ray of light can fall, and gathering up into some man every property in the universe, establishes thousandfold occult mutual attractions among her offspring, that all this wash and waste of power may be imparted and exchanged.
Certainly neither rich men--those sultans of society who fill their harems--nor middle-class men, who follow the well-beaten high- road of prejudices; nor women who, not choosing to understand the passions of artists, impose the yoke of their virtues upon men of genius, imagining that the two sexes are governed by the same laws.
Here, perhaps, we should appeal to those young men who suffer from the repression of their first desires at the moment when all their forces are developing; to artists sick of their own genius smothering under the pressure of poverty; to men of talent, persecuted and without influence, often without friends at the start, who have ended by triumphing over that double anguish, equally agonizing, of soul and body.
Among other things he wrote one or two poems and the life of Richard Savage, a strange, wild genius
with whom he had wandered the streets in the days of his worst poverty.
Madame, you will have the goodness to tell me where that genius lives.
He did not know what to say in the presence of this candid and perfect faith in a genius who came down nightly from Heaven to haunt the dressing-rooms at the Opera.
Well, I am glad to hear that," said the genius
, looking very grim, "because a joke, without any figure of speech, IS the death of me.
Therefore, he who considers the actions and the genius
of this man will see nothing, or little, which can be attributed to fortune, inasmuch as he attained pre-eminence, as is shown above, not by the favour of any one, but step by step in the military profession, which steps were gained with a thousand troubles and perils, and were afterwards boldly held by him with many hazardous dangers.
All that can be affirmed is, that on no other day of his short and glorious career was Lord Nelson more splendidly true to his genius
and to his country's fortune.