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THE

ART OF PAINTING,

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THE ART OF PAINTING.

True Poetry the Painter's power displays;
True Painting emulates the Poet's lays;
The rival sisters, fond of equal fame,
Alternate change their office and their name;
Bid silent Poetry the canvass warm,
The tuneful page with speaking picture charm.

What to the ear sublimer rapture brings,
That strain alone the genuine Poet sings;
That form alone where glows peculiar grace,
The genuine Painter condescends to trace:
No sordid theme will verse or paint admit,
Unworthy colours, if unworthy wit.

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DE ARTE GRAPHICA.

UT Pictura Poesis erit; similisque Poesi Sit Pictura; refert par æmula quæque sororem, Alternantque vices et nomina ; muta Poesis. Dicitur hæc, Pictura loquens solet illa vocari.

Quod fuit auditu gratum cecinere Poetæ ; 5 Quod pulchrum aspectu Pictores pingere curant: Quæque Poetarum numeris indigna fuêre, Non eadem Pictorum operam studiumque merentur.

From you, blest pair! Religion deigns to claim
Her sacred honours; at her awful name
High o'er the stars you take your soaring flight,
And rove the regions of supernal light; 16
Attend to lays that flow from tongues divine,
Undazzled gaze where charms seraphic shine;
Trace beauty's beam to its eternal spring,
And pure to man the fire celestial bring.

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Then round this globe on joint pursuit ye stray,
Time's ample annals studiously survey;
And from the eddies of Oblivion's stream
Propitious snatch each memorable theme.
Thus to each form, in heaven, and earth, and
sea,

25 That wins with grace, or awes with dignity,

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Ambæ quippe sacros ad religionis honores Sydereos superant ignes, aulamque tonantis 10 Ingressæ, divům aspectu, alloquioque fruuntur; Oraque magna Deùm, et dicta observata reportant, Colestemque suorum operum mortalibus ignem.

Inde per hunc orbem studiis coëuntibus errant, Carpentes quæ digna sui, revolutaque lustrant 15 Tempora, quærendis consortibus argumentis.

Denique quæcunque in cælo, terrâque, marique Longius in tempus durare, ut pulchrà merentur,

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