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The joy let others have, and we the name, 390 And what we want in pleasure, grant in fame.
The Queen affents, the trumpet rends the fkies, And at each blast a Lady's honour dies.
Pleas'd with the ftrange fuccefs, vaft numbers preft
Around the shrine, and made the fame request: 395 What you (the cry'd) unlearn'd in arts to please, Slaves to yourselves, and ev'n fatigu'd with ease, Who lose a length of undeferving days, Would you ufurp the lover's dear-bought praise? To juft contempt, ye vain pretenders, fall, 400 The people's fable, and the fcorn of all. Straight the black clarion fends a horrid found, 'Loud laughs burst out, and bitter fcoffs fly round, Whispers are heard, with taunts reviling loud, And fcornful hiffes run thro' all the croud. 405 Laft, those who boaft of mighty mischiefs done, Enflave their country, or ufurp a throne; Or who their glory's dire foundation laid On Sov'reign's ruin'd, or on friends betray'd; Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix, Of crooked counfels and dark politics; 411
VER. 406. Last, those who boast of mighty, etc.]
That had y done the treachery, etc. P.
Of these a gloomy tribe surround the throne, And beg to make th' immortal treasons known. The trumpet roars, long flaky flames expire, With sparks, that seem'd to fet the world on fire. At the dread found, pale mortals ftood aghaft, And ftartled nature trembled with the blaft.
This having heard and feen, fome pow'runknown Strait chang'd the scene, and fnatch'd me from the throne.
VER. 418. This having heard and feen, etc.] The Scene here changes from the temple of Fame to that of Rumour, which is almoft entirely Chaucer's. The particulars follow.
Tho faw I ftonde in a valey,
Before my view appear'd a ftructure fair,
With rapid motion turn'd the manfion round;
All various founds from earth, and feas, and skies,
VER. 428. As flames by nature to the, etc.] This thought is tranferr'd hither out of the third book of Fame, where it takes up no less than one hundred and twenty verses, beginning thus,
Geffray, thou wotteft well this, etc. P.
Thus ev'ry voice and found, when firft they break
There various news I heard of love and ftrife,
Of fires and plagues, and stars with blazing hair,
All neither wholly false, nor wholly true.
VER. 448. There various news I heard, etc.]
Of eftates and eke of regions,
Above, below, without, within, around, Confus'd, unnumber'd multitudes are found, Who pass, repass, advance, and glide away; 460 Hofts rais'd by fear, and phantoms of a day: Aftrologers, that future fates foreshew, Projectors, quacks, and lawyers not a few; And priests, and party-zealots, num'rous bands With home-born lies, or tales from foreign lands; Each talk'd aloud, or in fome fecret place, 466 And wild impatience ftar'd in ev'ry face. They flying rumours gather'd as they roll'd, Scarce any tale was fooner heard than told;
VER. 458. Above, below, without, within, etc.]
But fuch a grete congregation
And every wight that I faw there
No, quoth he, tell me what?
And then he told him this and that, etc.
Went every tiding fro mouth to mouth,