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Written under the King of Sweden's Picture.

1 OBserve this Piece, which to our Sight does bring
2 The fittest Posture for the Swedish King;
3 (Encompass'd, as we think, with Armies round,
4 Tho' not express'd within this narrow Bound)
5 Who, whilst his warlike and extended Hand
6 Directs the foremost Ranks to Charge or Stand,
7 Reverts his Face, lest That, so Fair and Young,
8 Should call in doubt the Orders of his Tongue:
9 Whilst the excited, and embolden'd Rear
10 Such Youth beholding, and such Features there,
11 Devote their plainer Forms, and are asham'd to Fear.
12 Thus! ev'ry Action, ev'ry Grace of thine,
13 O latest Son of Fame, Son of Gustavus Line!
14 Affects thy Troops, with all that can inspire
15 A blooming Sweetness, and a martial Fire,
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16 Fatal to none, but thy invading Foe.
17 So Lightnings, which to all their Brightness shew,
18 Strike but the Man alone, who has provok'd the Blow.


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Title (in Source Edition): VERSES Written under the King of Sweden's Picture.
Themes: art; painting; fame
Genres: heroic couplet

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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. 140-141. [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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