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Hence deem'd divine, the world his merit ownd, With riches loaded, and with honours crown'd. From all their charms combin’d, with happy
toil, Did ANNIBALE compose his wondrous style : 760 O'er the fair fraud so close a veil is thrown, That every borrow'd grace becomes his own.
* If then to praise like theirs your souls aspire, Catch from their works a portion of their fire; , Revolve their labours all, for all will teach— 765 Their finish'd picture, and their slightest sketch, Yet more than these to Meditation's eyes Great Nature's self redundantly supplies : Her presence, best of models, is the source Whence Genius draws augmented power and force;
Divus sit dictus, magnis et honoribus auctus, 534 Fortunæque bonis : Quos sedulus Hannibal omnes In propriam mentem, atque modum mira arte coëgit.
+ Plurimus inde labor tabulas imitando juvabit Egregias, operumque typos ; sed plura docebit Natura ante oculos præsens; nam firmat et auget
* LXXII. Nature and Experience perfect Art.
LXXII, Natura et Experientia Artem perficiunt.
Her precepts, best of teachers ! give the powers, Whence art by practice to perfection soars. '
These useful rules from time and chance to save, In Latian strains, the studious FRESNOY gave : On Tiber's peaceful banks the Poet lay, : 775 What time the pride of Bourbon urg'd his way Through hostile camps and crimson fields of slain, To vindicate his race and vanquish Spain ; High on the Alps he took his warrior stand, And thence in ardent volley from his hand 780 His thunder darted: (so the Flatterer sings, In strains best suited to the ear of kings) And like ALCIDES, with vindictive tread, Crush'd the Hispanian Lion's gasping head.
Vim genii, ex illaque artem experientia complet. Multa supersileo quæ commentaria dicent. 541
Hæc ego, dum memoror subitura volubilis ævi : Cuncta vices, variisque olim peritura ruinis, Pauca sophismata sum graphica immortalibus
ausus Credere pieriis, Romæ meditatus: ad Alpes, 545 Dum súper insanas moles, inimicaque castra .. Borbonidum decus et vindex Lodoicus avorum, Fulminat ardenti dextrâ, patriæque resurgens Gallicus Alcides premit Hispani ora Leonis.
y to herselids civil discorts of Peace,
But mark the Proteus-policy of state: 785 Now, while his courtly numbers I translate, The foes are friends, in social league they dare On Britain to “ let slip the Dogs of War." Vain efforts all, which in disgrace shall end, If Britain, truly to herself a friend,
790 Through all her realms bids civil discord cease, And heals her Empire's wounds by arts of Peace. Rouse, then, fair Freedom ! Fan that holy flame, From whence thy sons their dearest blessings claim; Still bid them feel that scorn of lawless sway, 795 Which Interest cannot blind, nor Power dismay: So shall the Throne thou gav'st the BRUNSWICK
line, Long by that race adorn'd, thy dread Paladium