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Comes age, comes sickness, comes contracting pain,

705 And chills the warmth of youth in every

vein. Rise then, ye youths, while yet

that warmth
While yet nor years impair, nor labour tires,
While health, while strength are yours, while
that mild

Which shone auspicious on your natal day, 710
Conducts you to Minerva’s peaceful quire,
Sons of her choice, and sharers of her fire,
Rise at the call of art: expand your breast,
Capacious to receive the mighty guest,
While, free from prejudice, your active

eye Preserves its first unsullied purity;


Incipimus, doctamque manum gravat ægra senectus ;
Nec gelidis fervet juvenilis in artibus ardor.

Quare agite, o juvenes, placido quos sydere



Paciferæ studia allectant tranquilla Minervæ;
Quosque suo fovet igne, sibique optavit alumnos !
Eja agite, atque animis ingentem ingentibus ártem
Exercete alacres, dum strenua corda juventus
Viribus exstimulat vegetis, patiensque laborum est;

While new to Beauty's charms, your eager

soul Drinks copious draughts of the delicious whole, And Memory on her soft, yet lasting page, Stamps the fresh image which shall charm

thro’ age.


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When duely taught each geometrick rule, Approach with awful step the Grecian school, The sculptur'd reliques of her skill survey, Muse on by night, and imitate by day ; No rest, no pause, till, all her graces known, A happy habit makes each grace your own. 726

As years advance, to modern masters come, Gaze on their glories in majestick ROME;

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Dum vacua errorum, nulloque imbuta sapore
Pura nitet mens, et rerum sitibunda novarum,
Præsentes haurit species, atque humida servat !

In geometrali prius arte parumpèr adulti
Signa antiqua super Graiorum addiscite formam ; sza
Nec mora, nec requies, noctuque diuque labori,
Illorum menti atque modo, vos donec agendi
Praxis ab assiduo faciles assueverit usu.

Mox, ubi judicium emensis adoleverit annis, Şingula, quæ celebrant primæ exemplaria classis, 555


{ LXX. Ordo Studiorum.

& LXX. The Method of Studies for a young Painter.

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Admire the proud productions of their skill,
Which VENICE, PARMA, and BOLOGNA fill;
And, rightly led by our preceptive lore,
Their style, their colouring, part by part, ex-

See RAFFAELLE there his forms celestial trace,
Unrivall’d Sovereign of the realms of Grace :
See ANGELO, with energy divine,
Seize on the summit of correct design :
Learn how, at Julio's birth, the Muses smild,
And in their mystick caverns nursd the child;
How, by th’Aonian powers their smile bestow'd,
His pencil with poetick fervour glow'd;
When faintly verse Apollo's charms convey'd,
He oped the shrine, and all the God display'd:



Romani, Veneti, Parmenses, atque Bononi, Partibus in cunctis pedetentim, atque ordine recto, Ut monitum suprà est, vos expendisse juvabit.

Hos apud invenit Raphael miracula summo
Ducta modo, Veneresque habuit quas nemo deinceps.
Quidquid erat formæ scivit Bonarota potenter.

Julius à puero musarum educius in antris,
Aonias reseravit opes, graphicâque poesi,
Quæ non visa prius, sed tantùm audita poetis,
Ante oculos spectanda dedit sacraria Phæbi ;



His triumphs more than mortal pomp adorns, With more than mortal rage his battle burns; His Heroes, happy heirs of fav’ring fame, 745 More from his art than from their actions claim.

Bright, beyond all the rest, CORREGGIO Alings 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, That round, relieve, inspirit every part;


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Quæque coronatis complevit bella triumphis
Heroum fortuna potens, casusque decoros,
Nobilius re ipsâ antiqua pinxisse videtur.

Clarior ante alios Corregius extitit, ampla
Luce superfusa, circum coëuntibus umbris,
Pingendique modo grandi, et tractando colore
Corpora. Amicitiamque, gradusque, dolosque co-

lorum, Compagemque ita disposuit Titianus, ut inde

Hence deem'd divine, the world his meritown'd, With riches loaded, and with honours crown'd.

From all their charms combin’d, with happy


That every

Did ANNIBAL compose his wond'rous style: 760 O’er the fair fraud so close a veil is thrown,



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, 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,
Fortunæque bonis : Quos sedulus Hannibal omnes
In propriam mentem, atque modum mirâ arte coëgit,

Plurimus inde labor tabulas imitando juvabit
Egregias, operumque typos ; sed plura docebit
Natura ante oculos præsens; nam firmat et auget


& LXXI. Nature and Ex. perience perfect Art.

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