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New graces yearly, like thy works display: Soft without weakness, without glaring gay ; Led by some rule, that guides, but not
constrains ; And finish'd more through happiness than
pains ! The kindred Arts shall in their praise conspire, One dip the pencil, and one string the lyre. Yet should the graces all thy figures place,
, And breathe an air divine on ev'ry face ; Yet should the Muses bid my numbers roll, Strong as their charm, and gentle as their soul; With Zeuxis' Helen thy Bridgwater vie, And these be sung till Granville's Myra die; Alas! how little from the grave we claim ? Thou but preserv’st a Face, and I a Name.
Instead of the short account of the lives of the Painters by Mr. GRAHAM, which has been annexed to the later Editions of Mr. DRYDEN'S translation, I have thought proper to insert, at the conclusion of this work, the following Chronological List drawn up by the late Mr. GRAY, when in Italy, for his own use, and which I found fairly transcribed amongst
those papers which his friendship bequeathed to me. Mr. GRAY was as diligent in his researches as correct in his judgment; and has here employed both these talents to point out in one column the places where the principal works of each master are to be found, and in another the different parts of the art in which his own taste led him to think that they severally excelled *. It is presumed, therefore, that these two ada ditions to the names and dates will render this little work more useful than any thing of the catalogue kind hitherto printed on the subject. For more copious Biographical information, the reader is referred to Mr. PILKINGTON'S Dictionary.
* See Memoirs of Mr. Gray, Note on Letter XIV. Sect. II.