The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 4.1790

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foil, to whom he (as a meffenger from the gods, and Un-
der all the energies of enthufiafrn,) is pouring forth thofe
fongs of innruttion which he accompanies in the clofes
with the mufic of his lyre.

" The hearers of Orpheus, who are in what is called
the {rate of nature, are moft.of them armed with clubs,
and clad in the fpoils of wild beads, with courage and
flrength, to fubdue lions and tygers, but without wifdom
and fkill, to prevent frequent retaliation on themfelves,
and their more feeble offspring. At fofne diftance on
the other fide of a river, is a wpman milking a goat, and
two children fitting in the entrance of their habitation, a
cave, where they are but poorly fenced againft a lion,
who difcovers them as he is prowling about for prey ; a
little farther in the diftance, are two horfes, one run
down by a tyger, by which I wifhed to point out, that
the want of human culture is an evil which extends
(even beyond our own fpecies) to all thofe animals which
were intended for domeftication, and which have no
other defence but in the wifdom and induftry of man.
In the woman with the dead fawn over her moulder, and
leaning on her male companion, I wifhed to glance at a
matter often obferved by travellers, which is, that the
value andedimation of women increafes according to the
growth and cultivation of fociety.

" As Orpheus taught the ufe of letters, the theogony or
generation of the gods, and the worfhip that was due to
them, I have placed before him papers, the mundane
egg, &c. a lamb bound, a fire kindled, and other mate-
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