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OF THE FIRST EPISTLE.

Fervent wishes for the safety of the Sculptor, returning from Rome.-A

sketch of the studies and fituation of the Author and his friend.The aim of the former in the present composition.

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Infuriate Warl whose gory flags unfurld,
Waft dire contagion round the madd’ning world,
Spare, in thy rage, or in thy pride defend,
Art's hallow'd pilgrim, Virtue's gifted friend,
The travell’d Sculptor, after years of toil,
Nobly pursu'd on many a foreign soil,
Haft’ning, with deep-stor’d mind and practis'd hand,
To prize and decorate his native land!
Fierce as thou art, those shadowy forms revere,
By Science hoarded, and to Fancy dear;

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Which in the plastic soul of Genius rest,
Folded, like future gems, in Nature's breast !
To peaceful Sculpture's unarm’d son accord
Safety and honour for no mean reward:
He can requite thy favour—he can give
Thy dear lost heroes yet again to live;
And faithful still to thee, with martial fire
To speak in marble, e'en till War expire.

Thus, ardent Flaxman! while you now review
Rome's sculptur'd glories in a fond adieu, - 20
Now haste, admonish'd by instructive Time,
With filial pride to England's rougher clime.
The studious hermit, who, in that dear isle,
You left depriv’d of Health’s inspiring smile,
To prosper your return, with votive lays
Resumes the lyre of friendship and of praise.

Dear Student ! active as the Greeks of old, In toil as steady, as in fancy bold;' Blending of discipline each separate part, Diffusive knowledge with concenter'd art; 30

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