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Admire the proud productions of their skill,
Romani, Veneti, Parmenses, atque Bononi, Partibus in cunctis pedetentìm, atque ordine recto, Ut inopitum suprà est, vos expendisse juvabit.
Hos apud invenit Raphael miracula summo Ducta modo, Veneresque habuit quas nemo deinceps. Quidquid erat formæ scivit Bonarota potenter.
juus à puero musarum cductus in antris, Aonias rescravit opes, graphicâique poesi, Quæ non visa prius, sed tantum audita poetis, Ante cculos spectanda dedit sacraria Phaebi ;
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 Aings His ample lights, and round them gently brings The mingling shade. In all his works we view Grandeur of style, and chastity of hue,
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 ;
Quæque coronatis complevit bella triumphis
Clarior ante alios Corregius extitit, ampla
lorum, Compagemque ita disposuit Tilianus, 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 ANNIBAL compose his wond'rous style: 760 O'er the fair fraud so close a veil is thrown, That every borrow'd
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 535 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 Experience perfect Art.
LXXI. Natura et Ex. perientia 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, Thro' 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. $40 Multa supersileo quæ commentaria dicent.
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, Dum super insanas moles, inimicaque castra Borbonidum decus et vindex Lodoicus avorum, Fulminat ardenti dextrâ, patriæque resurgens Gallicus Alcides premit Hispani ora leonis.
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 shalt end, If Britain, truly to herself a friend, Tbra' all ber realms bids civil discord cease, And beals 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