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From Ballou's Pictorial, (Boston) Vol. 8, No. 8 (24 February 1855).


        [Written for Ballou's Pictorial.]

ORIGIN OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE.

(The following verses, from an anonymous author, are gracefully written, and have the playful fancy of Moore or Hoffman.)


Venus, gazing in the water,
    Craved the picture shadowed there;
Phoebus heard the wish, and brought her
    Speedy answer to her prayer.

Violet rays her face reflected
    On his burnished silver shield;
Mercury touched it, and, perfected,
    Every feature stood revealed.

Forehead, eyes, and tresses flowing
    O'er a neck divinely fair;
Cheeks, in radiant beauty glowing.—
    All were brightly pictured there.

Thoughts, her secret soul revealing;
    Pleasure, sparkling in her eye;
Smiles, that round her lips were stealing.
    Full of magic witchery;

Grace,—expression,—and whatever
    Made that face so animate;—
All were caught and fixed forever,
    Truthful—life-like, on the plate.

                                F. A. F.

(End of text. Please refer to our textnote regarding this text.)

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