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MICHAEL ANGELO, opening his portfolio. Just as you are.
The light falls well upon you.
MICHAEL ANGELO. What story is it?
When his sons accused him, Before the Areopagus, of dotage, For all defence, he read there to his Judges The Tragedy of Edipus Coloneus, The work of his old age.
T is an illusion, A fabulous story, that will lead old men Into a thousand follies and conceits.
And then the Duchess, — how shall I describe
her, Or tell the merits of that happy nature, Which pleases most when least it thinks of
pleasing ? Not beautiful, perhaps, in form and feature, Yet with an inward beauty, that shines through Each look and attitude and word and gesture; A kindly grace of manner and behavior, A something in her presence and her ways That makes her beautiful beyond the reach Of mere external beauty; and in heart So noble and devoted to the truth, And so in sympathy with all who strive After the higher life.
So you may show to cavillers your painting Of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel.