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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.

celestial bring. 20
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 Deûm, et dicta observata reportant, Cælestemque 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 coelo, terrâque, marique Longius in tempus durare, ut pulchrâ merentur,

To each exalted deed, which dares to claim
The glorious meed of an immortal fame,
That meed ye grant. Hence to remotest age,
The hero's soul darts from the poet's page; 30
Hence, from the canvass still with wonted state,
He lives, he breathes, he braves the frown of

Fate,
Such powers, such praises, heaven-born Pair,

belong To magic colouring, and creative song.

But here. I pause, nor ask Pieria's train, 35 Nor Phæbus' self to elevate the strain : Vain is the flow'ry verse, when reasoning sage And sober precept fill the studied page;

Nobilitate sua, claroque insignia casu,
Dives et ampla manet Pictores atque Poetas: 20
Materies; inde alta, sonant per sæcula mundo
Nomina, magnanimis heroibus inde superstes
Gloria, perpetuoque operum miracula restant:
Tantus in est divis honor artibus atque potestas.
Non mihi Pieridum chorus hic, nec Apollo vo-
candus

25 Majus ut eloquium numeris, aut gratia fandi Dagmaticis illustret opus rationibus horrens :

Enough if there the fluent numbers please,
With native clearness, and instructive ease. 40

Nor shall my rules the artist's hand confine,
Whom practice gives to strike the free design;
Or banish Fancy from her fairy plains,
Or fetter Genius in didactic.chains:
No, 'tis their liberal purpose to convey
That scientific skill which wins its way
On docile nature, and transmits to youth,
Talents to reach, and taste to relish truth;
While inborn genius from their aid receives
Each supplemental art that practice gives. 50

**Tis Painting's first chief business to explore, What lovelier forms in Nature's boundless store

Cum nitida tantùm et facili digesta loquella,
Ornari præcepta negent, contenta doceri.

Nec mihi mens animusve fuit constringere nodos Artificum manibus, quos tantùm dirigit usus; 31 Indolis ut vigor inde potens obstrictus hebescat, Normarum numero immani, Geniumque inoretur : Sed rerum ut pollens ars cognitione, gradatim Naturæ sese insinuet, verique capace

35 Transeat in Genium; Geniusque usu induat artem.

+ Præcipua imprimis artisque potissima pars est,

* I. Of the Beautiful.

I. De Pulchro.

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