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Fingentur fpecies : ut nec pes, nec caput uni
Reddatur forma. Pictoribus atque Poetis
Quidlibet audendi semper fuit æqua potestas,
Scimus,et hanc veniam petimusque damusque viciflim;
Sed non ut placidis coëant immitia, non ut
Serpentes avibus geminentur, tigribus agni.

Incoeptis gravibus plerumque et magna professis Purpureus latè qui fplendeat unus et alter 15 Afsuitur pannus ; cùm lucus et ara Dianæ, Et properantis aquæ per amcenos ambitus agros, Aut Aumen Rhenum, aut pluvius describitur arcus. Sed nunc non erat his locus : et fortaste cupressum Scis fimulare: quid hoc, fi fractis enatat exspes 20 Navibus, ære dato qui pingitur? amphora ccepit Inftitui: currente rotâ cur urceus exit? Denique fit quidvis fimplex duntaxat et unum,


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Extravagant conceits throughout prevail,
Gross and fantastick, neither head nor tail.
66 Poets and Painters ever were allow'd
“ Some daring flight above the vulgar croud.”
True : we indulge them in that daring light, 15
And challenge in our turn an equal right;
But not the soft and savage to combine,
Serpents to doves, to tigers lambkins joiņ.

Oft works of promise large, and high attempt,
Are piec'd and guarded, to escape contempt,

20 With here and there a remnant highly drest, That glitters thro' the gloom of all the rest. Then Dian's grove and altar are the theme, Then thro' rich meadows winds the silver stream; The River Rhine, perhaps, adorns the lines, 25 Or the gay Rainbow in description shines. These we allow have each their several grace ; But each and several now are out of place,

A cypress you can draw; what then? you're hir'd, And from your art a sea-piece is requir’d; 30 A shipwreck'd mariner, despairing, faint, (The price paid down) you are ordain'd to paint. On with your art! proceed as you begun

! Why dwindle to a cruet from a tun? Şimple be all you execute, and one!



Maxima pars vatum, (pater, et juvenes patre digni) Decipimur fpecie recti. Brevis effe laboro,

25 Obscurus fio: fectantem lævia, nervi Deficiunt animíque: profeflus grandia turget : Serpit humi tutus nimium timidusque procellæ. Qui variare cupit rem prodigaliter unam, Delphinum filvis appingit, Auctibus aprum. 30 In vitium ducit culpæ fuga, fi caret arte.

Æmilium circa ludum faber imus et ungues Exprimet, et molles imitabitur ære capillos, Infelix operis fummâ, quia ponere totum Nesciet : hunc ego me, fi quid componere curem, 35 Non magis efle velim, quàm pravo vivere naso, Spectandum nigris oculis, nigroque capillo.

Sumite materiam veftris, qui scribitis, æquam Viribus : et versate diu, quid ferre recusent Quid valeant humeri.


Lov'd fire! lov’d fons, well worthy such a fire ! 35 Most bards are dupes to beauties they admire. Proud to be brief, for brevity must please, I grow obscure; the follower of ease Wants nerve and soul; the lover of sublime Swells to bombast; while he who dreads that crime, 40 Too fearful of the whirlwind rising round, A wretched reptile, creeps along the ground. The bard, ambitious fancies who displays, And tortures one poor thought a thousand ways, Heaps prodigies on prodigies; in woods

45 Pictures the dolphin, and the boar in floods ! Thus ev'n the fear of faults to faults betrays, Unless a master-hand conduct the lays.

An under workman of th' Æmilian class, Shall mould the nails, and trace the hair in brass, 50 Bungling at last; because his narrow soul Wants room to comprehend a perfect whole. To be this man, would I a work compose, No more I'd with, than for a horrid nofe, With hair as black as jet,and eyes as black as llocs.


Select, all ye who write, a subject fit, A subject, not too mighty for your wit ! And ere you lay your shoulders to the wheel, Weigh well their strength, and all their weakness feel!


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Cui lecta potenter erit res, Nec facundia deseret hunc, nec lucidus ordo.

Ordinis hæc Virtus erit et Venus, aut ego fallor, Ut jam nunc dicat, jam nunc debentia dici, Pleraque differat, et præsens in tempus omittat. Hoc amet, hoc spernat, promisli carminis auctor. 45

In verbis etiam tenuis cautusque ferendis, Dixeris egregié, notum fi callida verbum Reddiderit junctura novum ; fi forté neceffe eft Indiciis monftrare recentibus abdita rerum, Fingere cinctutis non exaudita Cethegis

59 Continget: dabiturque licentia fumpta pudenter. Et nova factaque nuper habebunt verba fidem, fi Græco fonte cadant, parcé detorta. Quid autem ? Cæcilio, Plautoque dabit Romanus, ademptum Virgilio, Varioque ?

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