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VERSES to be written under a Picture of Mr. POYNTZ.

1 SUCH is thy form, O Poyntz! but who shall find
2 A hand, or colours, to express thy mind?
3 A mind unmov'd by ev'ry vulgar fear,
4 In a false world that dares to be sincere;
5 Wise without art; without ambition great;
6 Tho' firm, yet pliant; active, tho' sedate;
7 With all the richest stores of Learning fraught,
8 Yet better still by native Prudence taught;
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9 That, fond the griefs of the distress'd to heal,
10 Can pity frailties it could never feel;
11 That, when Misfortune su'd, ne'er sought to know
12 What sect, what party, whether friend or foe;
13 That, fix'd on equal Virtue's temp'rate laws,
14 Despises calumny, and shuns applause;
15 That, to its own perfections singly blind,
16 Would for another think this praise design'd.


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    Title (in Source Edition): VERSES to be written under a Picture of Mr. POYNTZ.
    Themes: art; painting
    Genres: heroic couplet; epigram
    References: DMI 22310

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 34-35. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.002)

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