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The Philosopher, the Young Man, and his Statue.

1 A Fond Athenian Mother brought
2 A Sculptor to indulge her Thought,
3 And carve her Only Son;
4 Who to such strange perfection wrought,
5 That every Eye the Statue caught,
6 Nor ought was left undone.
7 A youthful Smile adorn'd the Face,
8 The polish gave that Smile a Grace;
9 And through the Marble reigns
10 (Which well the Artist's Skill cou'd trace,
11 And in their due Positions place)
12 A Thread of purple Veins.
13 The Parasites about it came,
14 (Whose Praises were too large to name)
15 And to each other said;
16 The Man so well had reach'd his Aim,
17 Th' Original cou'd o'er it claim
18 Only a native Red.
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19 Mean while a Sage, amidst the Croud,
20 Thus, with a Precept wise and loud,
21 Check'd the Vain-glorious Boy;
22 By telling him, who now grew proud,
23 That tho' with Beauty 'twas endow'd,
24 The Figure was a Toy:
25 Of no Advantage to the State,
26 'Twou'd neither combate, nor debate,
27 But idly stand alone;
28 Bids him beware, whilst Men create
29 In Stone thus his Resemblance great,
30 He proves not like the Stone.


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Title (in Source Edition): The Philosopher, the Young Man, and his Statue.
Themes: philosophical enquiry
Genres: philosophic poetry

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Winchilsea, Anne Kingsmill Finch, Countess of, 1661-1720. Miscellany poems, on several occasions: Written by the Right Honble Anne, Countess of Winchilsea. London: printed for J. B. and sold by Benj. Tooke, William Taylor, and James Round, 1713, pp. 109-110. [8],390p. ; 8⁰. (ESTC T94539; Foxon pp. 274-5; OTA K076314.000) (Page images digitized from a copy in the Bodleian Library [Buxton 100].)

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