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SEEING THE DUKE of ORMOND's PICTURE, AT Sir GODFREY KNELLER's.

1 Out from the injur'd Canvas, Kneller, strike
2 These Lines too faint: the Picture is not like.
3 Exalt thy Thought, and try thy Toil again:
4 Dreadful in Arms, on Landen's glorious Plain
5 Place Ormond's Duke: impendent in the Air
6 Let His keen Sabre, Comet-like, appear,
7 Where-e'er it points, denouncing Death: below
8 Draw routed Squadrons, and the num'rous Foe
9 Falling beneath, or flying from His Blow:
10 'Till weak with Wounds, and cover'd o'er with Blood,
11 Which from the Patriot's Breast in Torrents flowed,
12 He faints: His Steed no longer hears the Rein;
13 But stumbles o'er the Heap, His Hand had slain.
14 And now exhausted, bleeding, pale He lyes;
15 Lovely, sad Object! in His half-clos' Eyes
16 Stern Vengeance yet, and Hostile Terror stand:
17 His Front yet threatens; and His Frowns command:
18 The Gallick Chiefs their Troops around Him call;
19 Fear to approach Him, tho' they see Him fall.
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20 O Kneller, could Thy Shades and Lights express
21 The perfect Hero in that glorious Dress;
22 Ages to come might Ormond's Picture know;
23 And Palms for Thee beneath His Lawrels grow:
24 In spight of Time Thy Work might ever shine;
25 Nor Homer's Colors last so long as Thine.

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Title (in Source Edition): SEEING THE DUKE of ORMOND's PICTURE, AT Sir GODFREY KNELLER's.
Author: Matthew Prior
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Genres: occasional poem

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Poems on Several Occasions [English poems only]. London: Printed for JACOB TONSON at Shakespear's-Head over against Katharine-Street in the Strand, and JOHN BARBER upon Lambeth-Hill. MDCCXVIII., 1718, pp. 37-38. [42],506,[6]p.: ill.; 2°. (ESTC T075639)

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