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Just to his merit, Sculpture's grateful hand
With grace heroic gave his form to stand :
In lib’ral Corinth fhe the ftatue rear’d,
And as a guardian power this patriot chief rever’d* 220
If e’er Greek Art, with Glory for her guide,
The high-fould portrait form’d with fonder pride,
Perchance 'twas when, a studious scene to grace,
Her skill, employ'd on Plato's pensive face,
Labour'd to memorize from age to age
The speaking features of that fav’rite fage,
Who toild to fix, in honour of mankind,
Sublime ideas in the public mind.
Enlighten’d Pagan! whose bright works display
A cheering dawn before the Christian day! 12.30
Where the calm grove of Academus grew
Thy sculptur’d form a signal luftre threw;
Rais’d by a foreign prince, whose lib’ral heart
To Grecian intellect and Grecian art
Paid this pure tribute, proud in thee to own
The friend who taught him virtue's noblest tone *
Ye sages who, aloof from martial strife,
Pursu'd the purer charms of pensive life !
How oft has Sculpture joy'd, with moral aim,
To multiply your forms, and spread your name ! ? 240
By Æsop's ftatue, Greece this lesson gave ť;
Fame's path is open even to a flave;
And Socrates, ordain’d in bronze to stand
The honour'd labour of Lysippus' hand, :::..
Inform’d the world, although an injur’d fage : in
Had perish'd in a storm of envious rage,, - ; .
Repentant Athens, fighing o'er his dust,
Rever'd his glory as a public trust .''
How oft, before the gospel's rising ray ,
Darted through earthly clouds celestial day,
In scenes where Meditation lov’d to dwell,
The public portico or private cell,
Has many a pensive, philosophic bust,
Repress’d the giddy, or confirm’d the juft,
And kept frail Virtue on her mental throne
By the mild leffon of the speaking stone !
Nor breath'd Instruction in her marble scene .
Confin’d to stronger Man's expressive mein: ....
The female statue gloried to inspire Maternal dignity and patriot fire.
. 260 The rigid Cato, with a censor’s frown, ..: Strove from the sphere of sculptural renown Austerely to exclude the worthier frame, And rail'd at statues rais’d in woman's name *,. Still the stern Romans, though they ne'er poffefs’d That zeal for art which fill'd the Grecian breaft, Gaz’d, with a generous admiration warm,' . On female virtue in its sculptur’d form: Witness th’equestrian image that arose To tell how Clelia, foiling potent foes
By patriot spirit, in Rome's early days :
E’en from a hostile king extorted praise * ..
Witness maturer form, of matron grace;: ;
Worthy, in Honour's fanė, the purest place. '
Thou Roman statue ! whose plain title shone .. .
With lụstre to enrich the meanest stone, “...3
“ Cornelia, mother of the Gracchi'!" -Time!!....!
Could'st thou, from every art-ernobled clime !
Where buried Sculpture undiscover'd lies .::;
Bid, for my choice, her latent treasures rise,!: : 280
Cornelia would I choose, if happy Art'.!....
Show'd, in her rescu'd form, a mother's heart ;',
Work wrought by Nature, on Perfection's plan, :::..
To claim the boundless gratitude of man; ::..
The finest work to which his thoughts can climb .....
Confummate beauty and the true sublime +! ::: :
Sculpturel sweet power, whose moral care express’d The dearest feelings of the human bréaft 1.
In early days, before the martial throng
... Of Grecian heroes, arm’d for Helen's wrong! 5290 'Twas thine to shew, in Beauty's shape enshrin'd, : :The prime perfection of the female mind. ...!..
When young Ulysses won, in gallant strife,... The child of fond'Icarius for his wife, The good old man defir’d the graceful pair. . To live content in his paternal care;. " Loth to resign the darling of his fight, . ' .... . A peerless daughter, and his heart's delight :.. . Heroic duties bade the prudent chief Decline the favour, to the father's grief, .. 300 Who, justly feeling what forbade their stay... Led his lov'd children on their distant way. 'Tis time to part—but the too tender fire Summons, in vain; his courage to retire: Nature fubdues him, and the lovely bride Clings, in mute anguish, to her father's side. The noble Ithacus, of manly soul, Viewing, with pity, Nature's strong control,