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Such was your gen'rous grandfire; free to grant
In parliaments, that weigh'd their prince's want:
But fo tenacious of the common cause,
As not to lend the king against his laws.
And, in a loathsome dungeon doom'd to lie,
In bonds retain'd his birth-right liberty,
And tham'd oppression, till it set him free.

O true descendent of a patriot line,
Who, while thou shar'ft their lustre, lend'st them thiné,
Vouchsafe this picture of thy soul to see ;
'Tis so far good, as it resembles thee :
The beauties to th' original I owe;
Which when I miss, my own defects I show:
Nor think the kindred muses thy disgrace:
A poet is not born in ev'ry race.
Two of a house few

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afford;
One to perform, another to record.
Praise-worthy actions are by thee embrac'd ;
And 'tis my praise, to make thy praises last.
For ev’n when death diffolves our human frame,
The soul returns to heaven from whence it came;
Earth keeps the body, verse preserves the fame.

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NCE I beheld the fairest of her kind,

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True, she was dumb; for nature gaz'd so long,
Pleas’d with her work, that she forgot her tongue;
But, smiling, said, She still fall gain the prize;
I only have transferr'd it to her eyes.
Such are thy pi&tures, Kneller: such thy skill,
That nature seems obedient to thy will;
Comes out, and meets thy pencil in the draught;
Lives there, and wants but words to speak her thought.
At least thy pictures look a voice; and we
Imagine sounds, deceiv'd to that degree,
We think 'tis somewhat more than just to see.

Shadows are but privations of the light;
Yet, when we walk, they shoot before the fight;
With us approach, retire, arise, and fall;
Nothing themselves, and yet expressing all.
Such are thy pieces, imitating life
So near, they almost conquer in the strife;
And from their animated canvass came,
Demanding souls, and loosen'd from the frame.

Prometheus, were he here, would cast away
His Adam, and refuse a soul to clay;

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And either would thy noble work inspire,
Or think it warm enough, without his fire.

But vulgar hands may vulgar likeness raise;
This is the least attendant on thy praise:
From hence the rudiments of art began;
A coal, or chalk, first imitated man:
Perhaps the shadow, taken on a wall,
Gave outlines to the rude original;
Ere canvass yet was strain’d, before the grace
Of blended colours found their use and place,
Or cypress tablets first receiv'd a face.

By Ilow degrees the godlike art advanc'd;
A:s man grew polish'd, picture was inhanc'd:
Greece added posture, shade, and perspective;
And then the mimic piece began to live.
Yet perspective was lame, no distance true,
But all came forward in one common view :
No point of light was known, no bounds of art;
When light was there, it knew not to depart,
But glaring on remoter objects play'd;
Not languish'd, and insensibly decay'd.

Rome rais'd not art, but barely kept alive,
And with old Greece unequally did itrive:
Till Goths, and Vandals, a rude northern race,
Did all the matchless monuments deface.
Then all the Muses in one ruin lie,
And rhime began t'enervate poetry.
Thus, in a stupid military state,
The pen and pencil find an equal fate.
Flat faces, such as would disgrace a kreen,
Such as in Bantam's embassy were seen,
Unrais'd, unrounded, were the rude delight
Of brutal nations, only born to fight.

Long time the fifter arts, in iron sleep,
A heavy sabbath did supinely keep:

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At length, in Raphael's age, at once they rise,
Stretch all their limbs, and

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all their eyes.
Thence rose the Roman, and the Lombard line:
One colour'd best, and one did best design.
Raphael's, like Homer's, was the nobler part,
But Titian's painting look'd like Virgil's art.

Thy genius gives thee both; where true design,
Postures unforc’d, and lively colours join.
Likeness is ever there; but still the best,
Like proper thoughts in lofty language dreft:
Where light, to shades descending, plays, not ftrives,
Dies by degrees, and by degrees revives.
Of various parts a perfect whole is wrought:
Thy pictures think, and we divine their thought.

Shakespear, thy 4 gift, I place before my fight; With awe, I ask his blessing ere I write; With rev'rence look on his majestic face; Proud to be less, but of his godlike race. His soul inspires me, while thy praise I write, And I, like Teucer, under Ajax fight: Bids thee, thro' me, be bold; with dauntless breast Contemn the bad, and emulate the best. Like his, thy critics in th' attempt are loft: When most they rail, know then, they envy most. In vain they snarl aloof; a noisy croud, Like womens anger, impotent and loud. While they their barren industry deplore, Pafs on fecure, and mind the goal before. Old as she is, my muse shall march behind, Bear off the blast, and intercept the wind. Our arts are fifters, tho' not twins in birth; For hymns were sung in Eden's happy earth: Eut oh, the painter muse, tho’last in place, Eas seiz'd the blessing first, like Jacob's race. 4. Shakespear's picture drawn by Kneller and given to the author. L 4

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Apelles' art an Alexander found;
And Raphael did with $ Leo's gold abound;

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But Homer was with barren laurel crown’d.
Thou hadft thy Charles a while, and so had I;
But pass we that unpleasing image by.
Rich in thyself, and of thyself divine ;
All pilgrims come and offer at thy Shrine.
A graceful truth thy pencil can command;
The fair themselves go mended from thy hand.
Likeness appears in every lineament;
But likeness in thy work is eloquent.
Tho'nature there her

true

resemblance bears,
A nobler beauty in thy piece appears.
So warm thy work, so glows the gen'rous frame,
Flesh looks less living in the lovely dame,
Thou paint'st as we describe, improving still,
When on wild nature we ingraft our skill;
But not creating beauties at our will.

But poets are confin'd in narrower space,
To speak the language of their native place:
The painter widely stretches his command;
Thy pencil speaks the tongue of every land.
From hence, my friend, all climates are your own,
Nor can you forfeit, for you hold of none.
All nations all immunities will give
To make you theirs, where'er you please to live;
And not seven cities, but the world would strive.

Sure some propitious planet then did smile,
When first you were conducted to this isle:
Our genius brought you here, t'inlarge our fame;
For your good stars are ev'ry where the same.
Thy matchless hand, of ev'ry region free,
Adopts our climate, not our climate thee.

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5 Pope Leo X. employ'd Raphael at Rome, and gave hin large fums of money. The Vatican was painted by Raphael and Michael Angelo. 4

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