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UPON THE SIGHT OF A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE

PAINTED BY SIR G. H. BEAUMONT, BART.

          PRAISED be the Art whose subtle power could stay
          Yon cloud, and fix it in that glorious shape;
          Nor would permit the thin smoke to escape,
          Nor those bright sunbeams to forsake the day;
          Which stopped that band of travellers on their way,
          Ere they were lost within the shady wood;
          And showed the Bark upon the glassy flood
          For ever anchored in her sheltering bay.
          Soul-soothing Art! whom Morning, Noontide, Even,
          Do serve with all their changeful pageantry;                10
          Thou, with ambition modest yet sublime,
          Here, for the sight of mortal man, hast given
          To one brief moment caught from fleeting time
          The appropriate calm of blest eternity.
                                                              1811.


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