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  Pictura Poesis erit.


[Footnote 3:  Brotherly]

[Footnote 4:  coelestial]

[Footnote 5:  Michel Dorigny, painter and engraver, native of St. Quentin, pupil and son-in-law of Simon Vouet, whose style he adopted, was Professor in the Paris Academy of Painting, and died at the age of 48, in 1665.  His son and Vouet’s grandson, Nicolo Dorigny, in aid of whose undertaking Steele wrote this paper in the Spectator, had been invited from Rome by several of the nobility, to produce, with licence from the Queen, engravings from Raphael’s Cartoons, at Hampton Court.  He offered eight plates 19 inches high, and from 25 to 30 inches long, for four guineas subscription, although, he said in his Prospectus, the five prints of Alexanders Battles after Lebrun were often sold for twenty guineas.]

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There is arrived from Italy
a Painter
who acknowledges himself the greatest Person of the Age in that Art,
and is willing to be as renowned in this Island
as he declares he is in Foreign Parts

The Doctor paints the Poor for nothing.

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No. 227.  Tuesday, November 20, 1711.  Addison.

[Greek:  O moi ego ti patho; ti ho dussuos; ouch hypakoueis; Tan Baitan apodus eis kumata taena aleumai Homer tos thunnos skopiazetai Olpis ho gripeus.  Kaeka mae pothano, to ge man teon hadu tetuktai.


In my last Thursday’s Paper I made mention of a Place called The Lovers’ Leap, which I find has raised a great Curiosity among several of my Correspondents.  I there told them that this Leap was used to be taken from a Promontory of Leucas.  This Leucas was formerly a Part of Acarnania, being [joined to[1]] it by a narrow Neck of Land, which the Sea has by length of Time overflowed and washed away; so that at present Leucas is divided from the Continent, and is a little Island in the Ionian Sea.  The Promontory of this Island, from whence the Lover took his Leap, was formerly called Leucate.  If the Reader has a mind to know both the Island and the Promontory by their modern Titles, he will find in his Map the ancient Island of Leucas under the Name of St. Mauro, and the ancient Promontory of Leucate under the Name of The Cape of St. Mauro.

Since I am engaged thus far in Antiquity, I must observe that Theocritus in the Motto prefixed to my Paper, describes one of his despairing Shepherds addressing himself to his Mistress after the following manner, Alas!  What will become of me!  Wretch that I am!  Will you not hear me?  Ill throw off my Cloaths, and take a Leap into that Part of the Sea which is so much frequented by Olphis the

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