TO THE PAINTER, TO DRAW HIM A PICTURE.
by Robert Herrick
COME, skilful Lupo, now, and take
Thy bice, thy umber, pink, and lake ;
And let it be thy pencil's strife,
To paint a Bridgeman to the life :
Draw him as like too, as you can,
An old, poor, lying, flattering man :
His cheeks bepimpled, red and blue ;
His nose and lips of mulberry hue.
Then, for an easy fancy, place
A burling iron for his face :
Next, make his cheeks with breath to swell,
And for to speak, if possible :
But do not so, for fear lest he
Should by his breathing, poison thee.
Bice, properly a brown grey, but by transference
from "blue bice" and "green bice," used for blue
Burling iron, pincers for extracting knots
Herrick, Robert. Works of Robert Herrick. vol I.
Alfred Pollard, ed.
London, Lawrence & Bullen, 1891. 46.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on October 23, 1998.