Kenyon Cox was an artist, writer and educator from the Art Students League of New York. He developed the school’s motto Nulla Dies Sine Linea (No Day Without a Line).
He is as known for his artwork as he is for his poetry, including the 1904 book Mixed Beasts, a collection about imaginary beasts created by combining the names of different animals. (Rhinocerostrich, Camelelephant, Bumblebeaver)
- That lady smiling there.
- I know that she was fair.
- For some great man — his name, like hers, forgot
- And faded from Men's sight—
- Loved her — he must have loved her — and has wrought
- This bust for our delight.
- Whether he gained her love or had her scorn
- Full happy was his fate.
- He saw her, heard her speak; he was not born
- Four hundred years too late.
- The palace throngs in every room but this —
- Here I am left alone.
- Love, there is none to see — I press a kiss
- Upon thy lips of stone.