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. And while each present form the Fancy warms, Swift on thy tablets fix its fleeting charms, 666 To Temperance all our liveliest powers we

owe, She bids the Judgement wake, the Fancy flow; For her the Artist shuns the fuming feast, The midnight roar, the Bacchanalian

guest, 670 And seeks those softer opiates of the soul, The social circle, the diluted bowl: Crown'd with the freedom of a single life, He Aies domestick din, litigious strife ; Abhors the noisy haunts of bustling trade, 675 And steals serene to 'solitude and shade ;

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* Mox quodcumquemari, terris, et in aëre pulchrum Contigerit, chartis propera mandare paratis, , Dum præsens animo species tibi fervet hianti.

Non epulis nimis indulget Pictura, meroque Parcit : Amicorum nisi cum sermone benigno Exhaustam reparet mentem recreata ; sed inde Litibus, et curis, in cælibe libera vita, Secessus procul à turba, strepituque remotos, Villarum, rurisque beata silentia quærit : Namque recollecto, totâ incumbente Minerva,

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c LXIX. Of the Table. & LXIX. Non desint pu. Book,

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There calmly seated in his village bower,
He gives to noblest themes the studious hour,
While Genius, Practice, Contemplation join
To warm his soul with

energy

divine: For paltry gold let pining Misers sigh, His soul invokes a nobler Deity ; Smit with the glorious avarice of fame, He claims no less than an immortal name; Hence on his fancy just conception shines, 685 True judgement guides his hand, true taste re

fines;

Hence ceaseless toil, devotion to his art,
A docile temper, and a generous heart ;
Docile, his sage Preceptor to obey,
Generous, his aid with gratitude to pay ; 690

Ingenio, rerum species præsentior extat ; Commodiusque operis compagem amplectitur om

nem.

Infami tibi non potior sit avara peculi Cura, aurique fames, modicâ quam sorte beato, des Nominis æterni, et laudis pruritus habendæ, Condignæ pulchrorum operum mercedis in ævum. Judicium, docile ingenium, cor nobile, sensus Sublimes, firmum corpus, florensque juventa, Commoda res, labor, artis amor, doctusque magister:

Blest with the bloom of youth, the nerves of

health, And competence, a better boon than wealth. Great blessings these! yet will not these em

power His tints to charm at every labouring hour : All have their brilliant moments, when alone 695 They paint as if some star propitious shone. Yet then, e'en then, the hand but ill conveys The bolder

grace

that in the fancy plays: Hence, candid Criticks, this sad truth confest, Accept what least is bad, and deem it best; 700 Lament the soul in errour's thraldom held, Compare life's span with art's extensive field; Know that, ere perfect taste matures the mind, Or perfect practice to that taste be join'd,

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Et quamcumque voles occasio porrigat ansam,
Ni genius quidam adfuerit, sydusque benignum,
Dotibus his tantis, nec adhuc ars tanta paratur.
Distat ab ingenio longè manus. Optima doctis
Censentur, quæ prava minus ; latet omnibus error;
Vitaque tam longæ brevior non sufficit arti.
Desinimus nam posse senes, cùm scire periti

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Comes age, comes sickness, comes contracting

pain, And chills the warmth of youth in every

vein. Rise then, ye youths, while yet that warmth

inspires, While yet nor years impair, nor labour tires, While health, while strength are yours, while

that mild ray Which shone auspicious on your natal day, 710 Conducts

you

to Minerva's peaceful quire, Sons of her choice, and sharers of her firè, 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;

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Incipimus, doctamque manum gravat ægra senectus;
Nec gelidis fervet juvenilis in artibus ardor.
Quare agite, O Juvenes, placido quos sydere

natos
Paciferæ studia allectant tranquilla Minervæ;
Quosque suo fovet igne, sibique optavit alumnos !
Eja agite, atque animis ingentem ingentibus artem
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 duly 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 iinbuta sapore
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
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, Singula, quæ celebrant primæ exemplaria classis, ses

LXX. Ordo Studiorum.

Studies for a young

{ LXX. The Method of

Painter.

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