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EPISTLE XIII.

TO THE

HON. MISS YORKE,

(Afterwards Lady Anson. ]

ON HER COPYING CLOyio's PORTRAIT OF DANTE.

FROM THE

HON. CHARLES YORKE.

Fair. Artist! well thy pencil has essay'd
To lend a poet's fame thy friendly aid;
Great Dante's image in thy lines we trace ;
And, while the Muses' train thy colors grace,
The Muse propitious on the draught shall smile,
Nor, envious, leave unsung the generous toil.

Picture and Poetry just kindred claim, Their birth, their genius, and pursuits the same; Daughters of Phoebus and Minerva, they From the same sources draw the heavenly ray. Whatever earth, or air, or ocean breeds, Whatever luxury or weakness needs; All forms of beauty Nature's scenes disclose, All images inventive arts compose ;

What ruder passions tear the troubled breast,
What mild affections sooth the soul to rest,
Each thought to fancy magic numbers raise,
Expressive picture to the sense conveys.
Hence in all times with social zeal conspire
Who blend the tints, and who attune the lyre.
Seel in reviving Learning's infant dawn,
Ere yet its precepts from old ruins drawn,
Sham'd the mock ornaments of Gothic taste,
New Artists fórm'd, each Grecian buśt replac'd ; ;
Ere Leo's voice awak'd the barbarous age,
Oppress’d by monkish law and Vandal rage:
See! Dante, Petrarch, through the darkness strive,
And Giotto's pencil bid their forms survive !
When now maturer growth fair Science knew,
Titian her favor'd sons ambitious drew ;
Not half so proud with princes to adorn
His tablets, as with wits less nobly born,
Ariosto, Aretine, yet better skill'd
On Letters and on Virtue Fame to build :
These in their turn instruct the willing song,
The painter's fading glories to prolong.
In later times, hear Waller's polish'd verse
The various beauties of Vandyck rehearse;
And Dryden in sublimer strains impart
To Kneller praise more lasting than his art.

Friendships like these from time receive no law, Contracted oft with those we never saw;

In every art who court an endless fame
Through distant ages catch the sacred flame.
See Zeuxis, warm’d by Homer's rage divine,
With rapture read, and what he reads, design!
See Julio, bred on the Parnassian soil,
With Virgil's grandeur dignify his toil !
Clovio, perhaps, like aid to Dante ow'd;
Instant his figure on the canvass glow'd:
To Dante's fame the graceful colors flow,
And wreaths of laurel bind his honor'd brow.

Thou too, whom Nature and the Muse inspire, Listening the poet's lore hast caught his fire ; With so much spirit every feature fraught, Clovio might own this imitated draught; And Dante, were he conscious of the praise, Would sing thy labors in immortal lays; His melancholy air to gladness turn'd, Nor longer his unthankful Florence mourn’d: Fair Beatrice's charms would lose their force, No more her steps o'er Heaven direct his course; To thee the Bard would grant the nobler place, And ask thy guidance through the paths of peace. Oh! could my eloquence, like his, persuade To leave the bounded walks by others made, Through Nature's wilds bid thy free genius rove, Copy the living race, or waving grove ; Or boldly rising with superior skill, The work with Heroes or with Poets fill;

Then might I claim, deserv'd, the laurel crown,
My verse not quite neglected or unknown;
Then should the world thy glowing pencil see
Extend the friendship of its art, to me.

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EPISTLE XIV.

ON

BUILDING AND PLANTING:

ΤΟ

SIR JAMES LOWTHER, BART.

[Of Lowther-Hall.]

BY JOHN DALTON, D.D.

When stately structures Lowther grace,
Worthy the owner and the place,
Fashion will not the works direct,
But Reason be the Architect.

Ready each beauteous order stands To execute what she commands. The Doric grave, where weight requires, To give his manly strength aspires ; The light Corinthian, richly gay, Does all embellishments display ; Between them see, with matron air, The Ionic, delicately fair!

These their abundant aid will lend To answer every structure's end.

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