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But 'mid th’inestimable heap

Let PARTY-RAGE be laid asleep t

Now on the canvass be display'd
The figure of a weeping Maid I – 3%
Paint her thin cheeks of pallid hue;
With flooding tears those cheeks bedev ;
And turn her humble, streaming eye
To the soft mercies of the Sky.
Upon her arm, with haggard mien, 2-
Let F*x's tawny figure lean;
And, in his face, pourtray the smart
Which Conscience lashes on his heart.

Before them paint the bright abodes

Of Virtue and her kindred Gods: 28o
Let Hope beside the portal stand,
The anchor in her beck’ning hand,
And kindly bid the sorrowing Pair
To urge their steps, and enter there.

Your hand an harder task must try,
And change the Wet’ran to the Boy!

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With martial grace and hoary hair
Let crisped curls his brow bedeck,
And hang in ringlets on his neck; 27.
Such as around the fingers twin'd
Of panting VENUs, when reclin’d
Upon her breast ADoNIs lay,
And heav'nly raptures bless'd the day !

Paint on his cheek health’s crimson glow, Let whiteness clad his youthful brow, And give him ev’ry charm beside Expected by a blooming Bride!

But if your pencil should refuse The arduous task; my forward Muse_34, An easy subjećt will propose. Time, Sir, and you have long been foes: For once, then, take the lead of Time, And wrinkle Tod in her prime. For since you cannot bring his years Back to the strength and youth of hers, Your hand to fitness must accord, And make her aged as her Lord. The wrinkles on her face display, And turn her floating tresses grey. 326 And give her such a form and dress As she at fifty will possess; Such as your pencil would have given To FERRA Rs, now a Saint in Heaven. In nuptial ties this truth I hold: – Both should be roung, or both be Old!

Again I urge the pencil’s power:
Come, trace the lone monastic tower,
Whose walls, with ivy overgrown,
Echo the sad repentant moan – 316
Of sinful souls, who glad repair
To shed their daily sorrows there;

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And in a turret place the bell
That from the dark and dreary cell,
At midnight hour, breaks off the sleep
Of those who only wake to weep. -
Beneath the wall's dark umbrage place,
Repentance mark’d upon her face,
Some aged and repentant Dame,
That doth the heav'nly mercies claim. 33.
Let her before His Image bend,
Who died to be the Sinner's Friend;
And hang the cross adown her side,
Emblem of that whereon He died.
Make her eyes shed the dropping tear,
As tho' she urg’d a doubtful prayer;
And give to the repentant Nun,
The wrinkled form of H + + T on.

Thus, thus, my Friend, exert your art, And please the eye, and mend the heart L-34.2 Uncrimson A ** R's gawdy face, But leave her all her share of Grace. To M* LB " " give her Father's spirit, And D # * R all her Mother's merit. Make C** N sober, P* refin'd, And B “* gen’rous, brave and kind. Let them their better Natures see, And paint them what they ought to be.

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Gives, to a dragon's form, the wound
That lays the monster on the ground.
—So may he in his future Age
Quell Passion’s unrelenting rage;
Or, by his sweetness, soothe to rest
The Tyrants of the human breast. T

Then be yourself! nor blend your fame With Artists of inferior name. Do not your moral works expose At Royal-Academic shows; — 3% But thus hold forth, to mend the Town, An exhibition all your own 1

EPISTLE XIII.

To THE

HON. MISS 1/ORKE,

[Afterwards Lady Anson.]

on her copying clovio's poRTRAIt of DANTE.

F Rom Tri E
HON. CHARLES 170RKE.

FAIR Artists well thy pencil has essay’d
To lend a poet's fame thy friendly aid;
Great. DANTE's image in thy lines we trace;
And, while the Muses’ train thy colors grace,
The Muse propitious on the draught shall smile,
Nor, envious, leave unsung the generous toil.

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Pićture and Poetry just kindred claim, o/or o Their birth, their genius, and pursuits the same; Daughters of Phoebus and Minerva, they do 2 From the same sources draw the heavenly ray. Zo / Whatever earth, or air, or ocean breeds, Whatever luxury or weakness needs; All forms of beauty Nature’s scenes disclose, All images inventive arts compose; cr

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