… was carving wood into a music-stand.
When finished the work appeared to be of supernatural execution.
“What mystery lies in your art?” asked the King.
“No mystery,” said the King’s Craftsman, “When about to make such a stand,
I reduce my mind to absolute acquiesence,
I become oblivious of any reward to be gained,
I become oblivious of any fame to be accrued.
With no thought for the Court I enter the remote vastness of nature,
and search for a suitable tree…
When I have found one that contains the required form,
I elaborate from it, seeing the stand in my mind’s eye.
I bring my own native capacity into relation with that of the wood,
beyond that there is nothing to it.”