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Says, “Sweet Penelope ! thy steps are free 3 .
“ To guide thy father, or to follow me.”.. .. 310
The fire, with Question's agitated air, ; ..
Looks up for the decifion of the fair : . . ...
She could not speak, but, ftill to Nature třuegit :'
O'er her Aufh'd cheek her decent veil fhe drėw.li .
The husband and the fire, who heard her figh, !
Both understood her exquisite reply; " NO!0T
And the proud father felt his pangs beguild 3, .
By the sweet graces of his modeft child.. .is
He bless’d and bade her go: but on the spot, it's
Often revisited, and ne'er forgot. .**...... 320
His fondness rais’d, with a regret ferene, di,
A fair memorial of that tender scene ."
A graceful statue of a female frame, :--
Sacred to love, and Modesty its name ; ..
In which kind Sculpture, by her speaking power,
Express’d the feelings of that parting hour *. .

• See NOTE XV.

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As graceful Nature may be proud to own!
No forms of elegance Fame ranks above
Thy groups of filial and parental love :
Witness ye brothers of Sicilian name,
Who pass’d through Ætna’s desolating flame,
Each, nobly loaded with a parent's weight, ".,.
Spar’d by receding fire, rever'd by Fate !
The brass has perish’d, whose expressive charm
Display'd your virtues in the dread alarm;
Yet in a Roman poet's faithful lines
The perish'd brass with new existence shines-
In Claudian's verse I see your bofoms thrill,
And with a graceful terror tremble still * 1

O lovely Sculpturel when, to thee unjuft,
Ravage condemns thy offspring to the dust,
Though form’d with power and merit to endure
Through many a peaceful age of praise secure,

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* See NOTE XVI.

May Muses, conscious of thy gen’rous a im, .
Still of thy ruin’d works the worth proclaim ;
And to a new and firmer life restore :: iris
Thy moulder'd marble, or thy vånish'd ore !
Sculpture! to Heav'n-taught Poesy'allied': ' ..
By dignity of soul and decent pride, . . . 350
By talents true to Glory's guiding fires,
That scorn to minister to mean desires! : :
Dear Arts ! to whom in high degrees belong
Sisterly charms, by sweet alliance strong! : : :
May I aspire, of each devoutly fond,
Of that alliance to confirm the bond,
While both I honour in my studious hour, .
As Friendship dictates the presiding power,
Who, when I incense on your altars throw,
Guides my just hand, and gives my heart to glow! 360

Ingenuous Sculpturel in thy long career
Of various fortune in thy Pagan sphere,
Thou art intitled to the noblest praise,
For adding force to worth’s reflected rays !

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'Twas thine to give, in that dark world of strife,
Ardour to virtue, elegance to life!
If Fortune, to thy purest purpose blind,
Lavish'd thy honours on the worthless mind,
Indignant Freedom, in some distant day,
Would rise to vindicate thy moral fway.
When her Timoleon with a guardian fword ....
To injur'd Sicily her rights restor’d,
Statues were tried, and all of public note
Or fell or flourish'd by the people's vote.
Alas! how few in regal tank are found
Endear’d to Nature, as by Merit crown'd!
That polish’d ille her. Gelon deem'd alone
Worthy to live in monumental stone*
There is no art to man by Heaven convey'd
Which man’s rash folly dares not to degrade ;
And thou canst reckon, in thy numerous race,
Sculptors whom skill serv'd only to disgrace :

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* See NOTE XVII.

Pygmalion, burning with a vain desire, .' '
The dupe of Vanity's delitious fire * {;; ::;.
The base Perillus, Cruelty's high-priest, n o
Condemn’d to bellow in his brázen beaft +;:;:
And a coarse artist from the Roman school, .. .
Of vile obscenity the venal tool I! .... ::::
But should assembled Arts their fons produce,
And all be tried for Talent's moral use, ": :.390
Perchance, the foremost. tribe in Honour's crowd,.
The sons of Sculpture might be justly proud
That, mark'd collectively in Fame's review, :
Their merit’s infinite, their faults are few....

O that, redeem'd from dark Oblivion's spoils, ::
That rich memorial of their noblest toils
Which just Pasiteles, of gen’rous heart, .
Fram’d on the higher works of happiest Art, "
Might to our distant eyes, with lustre new,
Of ancient genius give a wider view ||.

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* See NOTE XVIII. I See NOTE XX.

+ See NOTE XIX. | See NOTE XXI.

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