May 19th. I have promised to pay for the painting of them twice over,& to have the Lyon gilded. pd. 9d for ale . The following short Poem I received to day, which for the extraordinary Genius & Sublime fancies of the Author deserves a place in this Diary I could not know who the Author is, haveing no name to it, it is writt [the wording from here to the end of this entry is copied – with the addition of some WB spelling mistakes – from The Gentleman's Magazine Volume VII, except for 'who that famous Painter is, doth not likewise appear. ' sw] to a Gentleman in Cambridge on two celebrated pieces of his Paintings Viz, a Battle of Alexander, and a Landskip . who that famous Painter is, doth not likewise appear.
Forgive the Muse, proud to illude your time,
And press the soft impertinence of Rhyme.
Accept a Praise that scorns the Venal part,
Nor prostitutes to yours the Sister Art.
But with much Zeal ’tis fatal to commend;
How hard to praise, & to preserve the Friend!
Blest Youth! to whom the generous Arts are known;
Who singly seem unconscious of your own:
To whom renew'd exhausted ages roll,
While all th’ Illustrious Dead enlarge your Soul:
To whom Fair Italy unlocke’d her Store
And spread the Treasures of the Classick shore:
All that fam’d Raphael drew, or Maro taught;
The wondrous Pencil, and the Poet's thought;
The learn'd Inscription sanctified in Rust,
The breathing Canvas, and Corinthian Bust;
The Venerable Urn, the little Lar,
Preserve'd thro' Time's wild Waste, and Gothick war;
The Valu'd Manuscript, the Sainted bone,
Instructive Medal, and Historick Stone;
Great Appius' work thro' ages unimpair'd,
And Obelisks to graduall wonder rear'd:
Vast Catacombs conceal'd in Earth, to Vie
With Amphitheatres that mate the sky;
Soft Venus' form in smiling Marble shown,
And Cæser's frown that awes the World, in Stone;