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The Ice Maiden Hans Christian Andersen

The Ice Maiden

Hans Christian Andersen

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ISBN : 9781591070702
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99 pages
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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Large star beams in the dawn of morning in the red sky?the clearestMorePurchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: Large star beams in the dawn of morning in the red sky?the clearest star of the morning?its rays tremble upon the white wall, as if they wished to write down and relate, the scenes which they had witnessed during many centuries. Listen to one of these stories A short time ago?(this not long ago is with us men?centuries)?my rays followed a young artist- it was in the realm of the Pope, in the city of the world, in Rome. Many changes have been made, but the imperial palace, was, as it is to-day, a ruin- between the overthrown marble columns and over the ruined bath rooms, whose vallswere still decorated with gold, grew fig and laurel trees. The Colosseum was a ruin- the church bells rang, the incense arose and processions passed through the streets with tapers and gorgeous canopies. The Church was holy, and art was lofty and holy also, la Rome dwelt Raphael, the greatest painter of the world, here also dwelt Michael Angelo, the greatest sculptor of the age- even the Pope did homage to them both, and honoured them with his visits. Art was recognized, honoured and rewarded. All greatness and excellence is not seen and recognized. In a little narrow street, stood an old house, which had once been a temple- here dwelt a young artist- he was poor, he was unknown- it is true that he had young friends, artists also, young in feelings, in hopes, and in thoughts. They told him, that he was rich in talents and excellence but that he needed confidence in himself. He was never satisfied with his work and either destroyed all that he modeled or left it unfinished- this is not the proper course to adopt, if one would be known, appreciated and live. You are a dreamer, said they, this is your misfortune You have not yet lived, you have not inhaled life in large healthy drau...