by Thomas Bailey Aldrich
We often fail by searching far and wide
For what lies close at hand. To serve our turn
We ask fair wind and favorable tide.
From the dead Danish sculptor let us learn
To make Occasion, not to be denied:
Against the sheer, precipitous mountain-side
Thorwaldsen carved his Lion at Lucerne.
Source:Flower And Thorn: Later Poems
James R. Osgood And Company, Boston