On a Painter by Margaretta V. Bleecker Faugères

The following Lines were occasioned by Mr. Robertson’s refusing to paint for one Lady, and immediately after taking another Lady’s likeness.

When Laura appear’d, poor Apelles complain’d,
That his sight was bedimm’d, and his optics much pain’d;
So his pallet and pencil the artist resign’d,
Lest the blaze of her beauty should make him quite blind.
But when fair Anna enter’d the prospect was chang’d,
The paints and the brushes in order were rang’d;
The artist resum’d his employment again,
Forgetful of labor, and blindness, and pain;
And the strokes were so lively that all were assur’d
What the brunette had injur’d the fair one had cur’d.
Let the candid decide which the chaplet should wear,
The charms which destroy, or the charms which repair.

From: Faugeres, Margaretta V. and Bleecker, Ann Eliza, The Posthumous Works of Ann Eliza Bleecker, in Prose and Verse. To which is added A Collection of Essays, Prose and Poetical, by Margaretta V. Faugeres, 1793, T. and J. Swords: New York, p. 345.

Date: 1793

By: Margaretta V. Bleecker Faugères (1771-1801)


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