The King’s Craftsman…


… 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.”

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