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To all I've met here...



The best of the season to you and yours.

Abraham Cowley, To the Royal Society, 1667:

79   Who to the life an exact piece would make,
80   Must not from other's work a copy take;
81       No, not from Rubens or Vandyke;
82   Much less content himself to make it like
83   Th' ideas and the images which lie
84   In his own fancy, or his memory.
85       No, he before his sight must place
86       The natural and living face;
87       The real object must command
88   Each judgment of his eye, and motion of his hand.