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To the Painter, after he had finish'd Dorinda's Picture.

1 Painter, thou hast perform'd what Man can do,
2 Only Dorinda's self more Charms can shew.
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3 Bold are thy Strokes, and delicate each Touch,
4 But still the Beauties of her Face are such
5 As cannot justly be describ'd; tho' all
6 Confess 'tis like the bright Original.
7 In her, and in thy Picture, we may view
8 The utmost Nature, or that Art can do,
9 Each is a Master-piece, design'd so well
10 That future Times may strive to parallel,
11 But neither Art nor Nature's able to excel.

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Title (in Source Edition): To the Painter, after he had finish'd Dorinda's Picture.
Author: John Pomfret
Themes: art; painting; beauty
Genres: heroic couplet; address

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Poems upon Several Occasions. By the Reverend Mr. John Pomfret. The Sixth Edition, Corrected. With some Account Of his Life and Writings. To which are added, His Remains. London: printed for D. Brown without Temple Bar, J. Walthoe in the Temple Cloysters, A. Bettesworth, and E. Taylor, in Pater-Noster-Row, and J. Hooke in Fleetstreet, 1724, pp. 66-67. [12], 132, vi, 17p. (ESTC N21233)

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