Verses written by Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, on her drawing the Lord Boyle's Picture.
1 In vain, with mimic Skill, my Pencil tries
2 To paint the Life, that sparkles in those Eyes.
3 What Art, what Rules of Symmetry can trace
4 That Air of Wit, that Bloom, and modest Grace?
5 What soft Degrees of Shade or Light express
6 The inward Worth, those speaking Looks confess?
7 'Tis more than Beauty here, that charms the Sight,
8 And gives our Souls an elegant Delight:
9 Were Virtue seen to mortal Eyes, she'd wear
10 Those peaceful Smiles, and that engaging Air.
Froom, Oct. 6. 1734.
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Title (in Source Edition): Verses written by Mrs. Elizabeth Rowe, on her drawing the Lord Boyle's Picture.
Author: Elizabeth Rowe (née Singer)
Themes: art; painting
Genres: heroic couplet; epigram
References: DMI 11649
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