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Per Graium populos mediæque per Elidis urbem
Ibat ovans, Divúmque fibi pofcebat honores.

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OR to whom can I dedicate this poem, with fo much juftice as to you? It is the reprefentation of your own hero: It is the picture drawn at length, which you admire and prize fo much in little. None of your ornaments are wanting; neither the landscape of your Tower, nor the rifing fun; nor the Anno Domini of your new fovereign's coronation. This muft needs be a grateful undertaking to your whole party: especially to those who have not been so happy as to purchafe the original. I hear the graver has made a good market of it: all his kings are bought up already; or the value of the remainder fo inhanced, that many a poor Polander who would be glad to worship the image, is not able to go to the cost of him: but must be content to fee him here. I must confefs I am no great artist; but fign-poft painting will ferve the turn to remember a friend by; especially when better is not to be had. Yet for your comfort the lineaments are true: and though he fat not five times to me, as he did to B. yet I have confulted hiftory; as the Italian painters do, when they would draw a Nero or a Caligula; though they have not feen the man, they can help their imagination by a ftatue of him, and find out the colouring from Suetonius and Tacitus. Truth is, you might have spared one fide of your Medal: the head would be feen to more advantage if it were placed on a fpike of the

Tower,

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