Mads Lindberg – Thank Y
Clumsy human admiration
that needs air and lips to say it!
Clumsier than the shy wonder
humble beasts display, you blunder
wholly in your adoration
squander in rapt adulation; —
with your passion’s savage heart
you misuse your love and slay it:
your adored unsullied art.
(Excerpt from Jan van Huysum’s Flower Piece, Henrik Wergeland (1840))