System Number: 12658
Date: [6 May 1893]
Author: 'Country Cousin'
Recipient: Henry John Cockayne Cust
Repository: Library of Congress
Call Number: Manuscript Division, Pennell-Whistler Collection, PWC
Document Type: PL
ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS.
To the EDITOR of the PALL MALL GAZETTE.
I picked up the following epitaph in the Sculpture Gallery of the Royal Academy. Evidently it was written by one of the New Critics - perhaps by the celebrated D. S. M. himself.
She covereth her face with her fat and maketh collops of fat. - Job xv. 27.
Also a byword of the people. - Job xvii. 6.
R. I. P.
SACRED TO THE MEMORY
AFTER A TEDIOUS CAREER
OF COMMERCIAL DISHONESTY
ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN MAY
IN THE HOPE OF A JOYFUL REVIVAL
SOMETIME OR OTHER
BY FORTY DUTIFUL SONS
THE ILLUSTRATED PAPERS
PAINFULLY DEVOID OF PERSONAL CHARM
A BLAMELESS MORALIST A PROFOUND HISTORIAN
A SINCERE CHRISTIAN
CHERISHED NO UNPROFITABLE IDEAL
NOR EVER EXPRESSED
WHAT HAD NOT BEEN BETTER UTTERED
STAY, CRITIC, STAY, AND SHED A TEAR
FOR ALL THE TRADE LIES BURIED HERE
n. b. - Not even in the Grave is Profit forgotten and the Curious may examine the Victim's Mortal Spoils at the Mausoleum in Burlington House on payment of One Shilling.
'Pall Mall - May 6. 1893.'
1. [6 May 1893]
This document is a press-cutting, and is dated from date of publication in Pall Mall Gazette, 6 May 1893.
2. 'Country Cousin'
This cutting was enclosed with JW to D. C. Thomson, [9 May 1893], #08234. JW speculated that the author might be Sheridan Ford (1860-1922), poet, critic, politician and writer on art [more]. The case of the lettering of the original has been preserved in this transcription, although the whole is printed text.
6. Pall Mall - May 6. 1893.
Written in JW's hand in right margin.