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A RT OF POETRY
TRANSLATIONS IN PROSE AND VERSE
VERY REV. DANIEL BAGOT, B.D.
DFAN OF PROMORE, VICAR-GENERAL OF NEWRY AND MORNE, AND CHAPLAIN TO THE
LORD-LIEUTENANT OF IRELAND
HUMANO capiti cervicem pictor equinam
If a painter should take a fancy to join a horse's neck to a human head, and to spread the plumage of variously coloured birds over limbs collected from animals of every country, so that a comely woman above should disgustingly terminate in a horrible-looking fish ; if admitted to see the sight, could you, my friends, refrain from laughter ? Believe me, Pisos, that a book would be very similar to a painting like that, of which the constituent ideas shall be formed so fanciful and absurd, like a sick man's dreams, as that neither foot nor head, neither end nor beginning, can be reduced to an agreement with one uniform and consistent model. To painters and to poets, you will say, there
THE ART OF POETRY.
If some mad painter, by his fancy led,
Filled with absurd fantastic thoughts that seem
Like the vain spectres of a sick man's dream,