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Great idol of mankind! we neither claim
The praise of merit, nor aspire to fame!
But fafe in deferts from th'applause of men,
Would die unheard of, as we liv'd unseen.
'Tis all we beg thee, to conceal from fight
Thofe acts of goodness, which themselves requite.
O let us ftill the fecret joy partake,

To follow virtue e'en for virtue's fake.


And live there men, who flight immortal fame? Who then with incense shall adore our name? But, mortals! know, 'tis ftill our greatest pride To blaze those virtues, which the good would hide. Rife! Mufes, rife! add all your tuneful breath, 370 These must not fleep in darkness and in death. She faid in air the trembling mufic floats, And on the winds triumphant fwell the notes; So foft, tho' high, fo loud, and yet fo clear, Ev'n lift'ning Angels lean from heav'n to hear: 375 To furtheft shores th'Ambrofial fpirit flies, Sweet to the world, and grateful to the skies.


(Quoth fhe) thou Eolus, I hote,

And ring these folkes workes by rote,
That all the world may of it heare!
And he can blow their loos fo cleare,
In his golden clarioune,

Through the world went the foune,
All fo kindly, and eke so soft,
That their fame was blown aloft.



Next thefe a youthful train their vows exprefs'd, With feathers crown'd, with gay embroid❜ry drefs'd: Hither, they cry'd, direct your eyes, and fee The men of pleasure, drefs, and gallantry; Ours is the place at banquets, balls, and plays, Sprightly our nights, polite are all our days; Courts we frequent, where 'tis our pleasing care Το pay due vifits, and addrefs the fair:


In fact, 'tis true, no nymph we could perfuade,
But still in fancy vanquish'd ev'ry maid;
Of unknown Ducheffes lewd tales we tell,
Yet, would the world believe us, all were well.
The joy let others have, and we the name,
And what we want in pleasure, grant in fame.
The Queen affents, the trumpet rends the skies,
And at each blast a Lady's honour dies.


Pleas'd with the ftrange fuccefs, vaft numbers prest Around the shrine, and made the fame requeft: 395 What you (the cry'd) unlearn'd in arts to please, Slaves to yourselves, and ev'n fatigu'd with ease,


VER. 378. Next these a youthful train, etc.] The Reader night compare these twenty-eight lines following, which contain he same matter, with eighty-four of Chaucer, beginning thus: Tho came the fixth companye,

And gan faft to Fame cry, etc.

being too prolix to be here inferted. P.

Who lofe a length of nndeserving days,

Would you ufurp the lover's dear-bought praise ?
To juft contempt, ye vain pretenders, fall,

The people's fable, and the scorn of all.


Straight the black clarion sends 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.

Laft, those who boast of mighty mischiefs done,
Enslave their country, or ufurp a throne;
Or who their glory's dire foundation lay'd
On fov'reigns ruin'd, or on friends betray'd;
Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix,
Of crooked counfels and dark politics;


Of these a gloomy tribe furround the throne,
And beg to make th’immortal treasons known.
The trumpet roars, long flaky flames expire,
With fparks, that seem'd to fet the world on fire.415
At the dread found, pale mortals stood aghast,
And ftartled nature trembled with the blaft.

This having heard and feen, fome pow'r unknown Strait chang'd the scene, and snatch'd me from the



VER. 406. Laft, those who boast of mighty, etc.]

Tho came another companye,

That had y-done the treachery, etc. P.

VER. 418. This having heard and seen, etc.] The Scene here changes from the temple of Fame to that of Rumour, which is almost entirely Chaucer's. The particulars follow.

Before my view appear'd a structure fair,
Its fite uncertain, if in earth or air;
With rapid motion turn'd the manfion round;
With ceaseless noise the ringing walls refound;
Not lefs in number were the spacious doors,


Than leaves on trees, or fands upon the fhores; 425 Which still unfolded stand, by night, by day, Pervious to winds, and open ev'ry way.


Tho faw I ftonde in a valey,
Under the caftle faft by
A house, that Domus Dedali
That Labyrinthus cleped is,
Nas made fo wonderly, I wis,
Ne half fo queintly y-wrought;
And evermo as fswift as thought,
This queint house about went,
That never more it ftill ftent
And eke this houfe hath of entrees
As many as leaves are on trees,
In fummer, when they ben grene;
And in the roof yet men may sene,
A thousand hoels and well mo
To letten the foune out go;
And by day in every tide
Ben all the doors open wide,
And by night each one unfhet;
No porter is there one to let,
No manner tydings in to pace:
Ne never reft is in that place. P.

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As flames by nature to the skies afcend,

As weighty bodies to the centre tend,
As to the fea returning rivers roll,


And the touch'd needle trembles to the pole;
Hither, as to their proper place, arise


All various founds from earth, and feas, and skies,
Or fpoke aloud, or whifper'd in the ear;
Nor ever filence, reft, or peace is here.
As on the fmooth expanfe of cryftal lakes
The finking ftone at first a circle makes;
The trembling furface by the motion stirr'd,
Spreads in a fecond circle, then a third;

Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance,440
Fill all the wat❜ry plain, and to the margin dance :
Thus ev'ry voice and found, when firft they break,
On neighb'ring air a foft impreffion make;
Another ambient circle then they move;
That, in its turn, impels the next above;
Thro' undulating air the founds are sent,
And spread o'er all the fluid element.


There various news I heard of love and ftrife, Of peace and war, health, fickness, death and life,


VER. 428. As flames by nature to the, etc.] This thought is transferred hither out of the third book of Fame, where it takes up no less than one hundred and twenty verfes, beginning thus, Geffray, thou wott eft well this, etc. P.

VER. 448. There various news I heard, etc.]

Of werres, of peace, of marriages,

Of reft, of labour, of voyages,

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