Whims and Oddities: In Prose and Verse (Classic Reprint)by Thomas Hood
It happens to most persons, in occasional lively moments, to have their little chirping fancies and brain crotchets, that skip out of the ordinary meadow-land of the mind. The Author has caught his, and clapped them up in paper and print, like grasshoppers in a cage. The judicious reader will look upon the tri&
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It happens to most persons, in occasional lively moments, to have their little chirping fancies and brain crotchets, that skip out of the ordinary meadow-land of the mind. The Author has caught his, and clapped them up in paper and print, like grasshoppers in a cage. The judicious reader will look upon the triﬂing creatures accordingly, and not expect from them the ﬂights of poetical winged horses.
At a future time, the Press may be troubled with some things of a more serious tone and purpose, - which the Author has re solved upon publishing, in despite of the advice of certain critical friends. His] forte, they are pleased to say, is decidedly humor ous; but a gentleman cannot always be breathing his comic vein.
It will be seen, from the illustrations of the present work, that the Inventor is no artist -ln fact, he was never meant to draw - any more than the tape-tied curtains mentioned by Mr. Pope. Those who look at his designs, with Ovid's Love of Art, will there fore be disappointed - his sketches are as rude and artless to other sketches, as Ingram's rustic manufacture to the polished chair. The designer is quite aware of their defects; but when Raphael has bestowed seven odd legs upon four Apostles, and Fuseli has stuck in a great goggle head without an owner.
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