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While new to beauty's charms, your eager soul
720 * When duly taught each geometric rule, Approach with awful step the Grecian school,
The sculptur’d reliques of her skill survey, | Müse on by night, and imitate by day; . No rest, no pause, till, all her graces known, 725 A happy habit makes each grace your own.
As years advance, to modern masters come, Gaze on their glories in majestic RÓME;
Dum vacua errorum, nulloque imbuta sapore 506 Pura nitet mens, et rerum sitibunda novarum, Præsentes haurit species, atque humida servat!
+ In geometrali prius arte parumper adulti Signa antiqua super Graiorum addiscite formam;
510 Nec mora, nec requies, noctuque dieque labori, Illorum menti atque modo, vos donec agendi Praxis ab assiduo faciles assueverit usu.
Mox, ubi judicium emensis adoleverit annis, Singula, quæ celebrant primæ exemplaria classis,
* LXXI. The Method of + LXXI. Ordo Studiorum, Studies for a young Painter.
Admire the proud productions of their skill,
Romani, Veneti, Parmenses, atque Bononi, 516
Hos apud invenit Raphael miracula summo Ducta modo, Veneresque habuit quas nemo deinceps.
520 Quidquid erat formæ şcivit Bonarota potenter.'
Julius à puero Musarum eductus in antris,
His triumphs more than mortal pomp adorns,
Bright, beyond all the rest, CORREGIO flings His ample lights, and round them gently brings The mingling shade. In all his works we view Grandeur of style, and chastity of hue. ' 750
Yet higher still great Titian dar'd to soar,He reach'd the loftiest heights of Colouring's
power ; His friendly tints in happiest mixture flow, His shades and lights their just gradations know; His were those dear delusions of the art, 755 That round, relieve, inspirit every part;
Quæque coronatis complevit bella triumphis
Clarior ante alios Corregius extitit, ampla
colorum, Compagemque ita disposuit Titianus, ut inde
Hence deem'd divine, the world his merit own'd, With riches loaded, and with honours crown'd. From all their charms combin’d, with happy
toil, Did ANNIBALE compose his wond'rous 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
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 Ex. perience perfect Art.
LXXII. Natura et Experientia Artem perficiunt.
Her precepts, best of teachers ! give the powers, Whence art by practice to perfection soarš.':
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 illâque 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 super insanas moles, inimicaque castra.. Borbonidum decus et vindex Lodoicus avorum, Fulminat ardenti dextrâ, patriæque resurgens Gallicus Alcides premit Hispani ora Leonis.