IT does not require much strenuous thinking to realize the great possibilities of difference between inspiration and accomplishment, between the idea which the artist or musician wants to put into an artistic form and the execution of it. The world mainly concurs in attributing the inspiration to spiritual impulses, and the execution to the artistic skill, or musicianship, or mastery of artistic resource and method. And this mastery and musicianship are mainly manifested in what we may call for the nonce the texture of the work of art.
It surely is one of the inevitable feelings even of an ingenuous infant who endeavours to express himself in artistic fashion, that everything he puts into his work must have some meaning and purpose, what the expounder of art would call a function. Till the man outside art comes by and philosophizes it would not occur to the artist to fill up a puzzling corner of his picture with pointless paint, or to the composer to admit a lot of mere noises with no meaning at all into parts of a symphony he did not know what to do with. It would (until the children of