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Nor last, nor least, o Sculpture ! was thy claim,
Delightful minister of deathless fame!
E'en at this day, when Time’s illusive cloud
Enwraps departed empire like a shroud,
Rending Oblivion’s veil in Fancy's fight,
Thy Grecian fons my willing praise invite.
Thy Myron, first of that accomplish'd race
Who gave to ruder forms true vital grace;
See him with smiles his brazen cow carefs,
While herds applausive round the sculptor press!
His work they hail with fond amazement wild,
And deem their kindred statue Nature's child :
A numerous train of rival bards rehearse
His brazen heifer's praise in partial verse.
But not to brutes was his pure art confin’d;
Myron in nobler forms infus'd a mind.
'Twas his in Bacchus' fane that god to place,
With such commanding and such cheerful grace,
That the pleas'd eye, of potent form the test,
Gladly the joy-inspiring power confeft. ::..
'Twas his with genius, in position rare,
To show the labouring limbs with learned care.
His keen Discobolos in every part
Spoke toiling Nature trac'd by patient Art;
And his fleet Ladas, train’d for Piza’s prize,
Hope in his heart, impatience in his eyes,
Through all his shape express’d his eager soul,
A thirst for praise, and panting for the goal *.
Of higher studies and superior note,
See Polycletus his strong mind devote, ...
To frame for ftudious youth instruction's plan,
And found his precepts on his faultless man!
The model, fam'd through long-fucceeding time,
Display'd young Vigor in his martial prime.
Nor did thy female forms with weaker claim,
Accomplish'd artist! at perfection aim :
Witness Ephesian Dian's ample fane,
Fill’d with her active Amazonian train.
By many a sculptor, emulously keen,
These rival nymphs, high-wrought, enrich'd the scene. 50
There, where the judges of thy art declare
Which figure they pronounce supremely fair,
How great the triumph of thy chaste design 1
The Amazon of Phidias yields to thine* 1
But as low vallies to the mountain grove,
As humble deities to awful Jove,
Such, in his time, was every fam’d compeer
With Phidias match'd in Art's fublimest sphere;
Where the rapt mind, to Heaven itself convey'd,
Imbibes celestial form by Fancy's aid,
And gives adoring mortals to survey
Features that indicate Almighty fway.
Genius of ancient Greece! whose influence ran
Through every talent that ennobles man ;
O'er bright ideas taught the mind to brood,
And feast on glory, as its native food;
Bear me, in vision bear me, to that ground .
Where Honor’s fervent spirit breath'd around;
Where gay Distinction held the garland high,
And thy prime wonders gladden'd every eye!.
Thy favourite precincts at my wish appear,
Where hymns of triumph fill the raptur'd ear ;
My eager feet have pass’d thy olive grove,
And touch the threshold of Olympian Jove!
Lo, in calm pomp, with Art's profusion bright,
Whose blended glories fascinate the light,
Sits the dread power! Around his awful head
The sacred foliage of the olive spread,
Declares that in his sovereign mind alone
Peace ever shines, and has for ever shone.
The temple's spacious precin&s scarce enfold
The grand quiescent form of ivory and gold.
The symbols of his sway, on either hand,
Delight and reverence at once command.
Behold his right sweet Vi&’ry's image bear,
Form’d, like his own, elaborately fair : .
His left a sceptre with rich light invests,
And tranquil on its point his eagle rests ;
His sandals are of gold; a golden robe
Proclaims his empire o'er the living globe :
For earth’s mute creatures, on his vest are seen
With flowers, and first the lily as their queen..
The rich compartments of the throne enfold
Ivory with ebony, and gems with gold :
Adorn’d with images, four massive feet ..
Sustain the radiance of the regal feat. : : .
Around each foot four joyous forms advance,
Four Via’ries, weaving a triumphant dance.
The throne's high fummit shapes more lovely still
With animation and with beauty fill:
The Graces here upon their parent wait;
His filial Seasons there, and both in triple state.
The labouring eye, with admiration smit,
Labours in vain each figure to admit,
That blended arts confpiring toild to raise
On this grand spectacle, surpassing praise.