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From pole to pole the winds diffuse the sound
This band dismiss'd, behold another crowd
A troop came next, who crowns and armour wore, And proud defiance in their looks they bore :
For thee,' they cried, 'amidst alarms and strife, We sail'd in tempests down the stream of life;
For thee whole nations fill'd with flames and blood.
‘Ambitious fools !' the queen replied, and frown'd,
Then came the smallest tribe I yet had seen : Plain was their dress, and modest was their mien. *Great idol of mankind; we neither claim The praise of merit, nor aspire to fame ! But, sate in Geserts from the applause of men, Would die unheard-of as we lived unseen. 'Tis all we beg thee, to conceal from sight Those acts of goodness which themselves requite. O let us still the secret joys partake, To follow virtue e'en for virtue's sake.'
"And live there men, who slight immortal Fame ? Who then with incense shall adore our name? But mortals ! know, 'tis still our greatest pride, To blaze those virtues which the good would hide Rise! Muses, rise ! add all your tuneful breath; These must not sleep in darkness and in death.' She said : in air the trembling music floats, And on the winds triumphant swell the notes; So soft, though high, so loud, and yet so clear, E'en listening angels lean from heaven to hear; To farthest shores the ambrosial spirit flies, Sweet to the world, and grateful to the skies.
Next these a youthful train their vows express'd, With feathers crown'd, with gay embroidery dress'd
Hither,' they cried, 'direct your eyes, and see The men of pleasure, dress, 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
The queen assents, the trumpet rends the skies,
Pleased with the same success, vast numbers press'd Around the shrine, and made the same request : “What you,' she cried, 'unlearn'd in arts to please, Slaves to yourselves, and e'en fatigued with ease, Who lose a length of undeserving days, Would you usurd the lover's dear-bought praise? To just contempt, ye vain pretenders, fall, The people's fable, and the scorn of all.' Straight the black clarion sends a horrid sound, Loud laughs burst out, and bitter scoffs fly round; Whispers are heard, with taunts reviling loud, And scornful hisses run through all the crowd.
Last, those who boast of mighty mischiefs done, Enslave their country, or usurp a throne; Or who their glory's dire foundation laid On sovereigns ruin'd, or on friends betray'd; Calm thinking villains, whom no faith could fix, Of crooked counsels and dark politics : Of these a gloomy tribe surround the throne, And beg to make the immortal treasons known. The trumpet roars, long flaky flames expire, With sparks that seem'd to set the world on fire. At the dread sound, pale mortals stood aghast, And startled nature trembled with the blast.
This having heard and seen, some power unknown Straight changed the scene, and snatch'd me from the Bef my view appear'd a tructure fair, (throno ts site uncertain, if in earth or air:
With rapid motion turn'd the mansion round; With ceaseless noise the ringing walls resound: Not less in number were the spacious doors, Than leaves on trees, or sands upon the shores ; Which still unfolded stand, by night, by day, Pervious to winds, and open every way. As flames by nature to the skies ascend, As weighty bodies to the centre tend, As to the sea returning rivers roll, And the touch'd needle trembles to the pole; Hither, as to their proper place, arise All various sounds from earth, and seas, and skics, Or spoke aloud, or whisper'd in the ear; Nor ever silence, rest, or peace, is here. As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes The sinking stone at first a circle makes ; 'The trembling surface, by the motion stirr'd Spreads in a second circle, then a third ; Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance, Fill all the watery plain, and to the margin dance: Thus every voice and sound, when first they break, On neighbouring air a soft impression make; Another ambient circle then they move; That, in its turn, impels the next above; Through undulating air the sounds are sent, And spread o'er all the Auid element.
There various news I heard of love and strife, of peace and war, health, sickness, death, and life, Of loss and gain, of famine and of store, Of storms at sea, and travels on the shore, Of prodigies, and portents seen in air, Of fires and plagues, and stars with blazing hair Of turns of fortune, changes in the state, The falls of favourites, projects of the great, or old mismanagements, taxations new; All neither wholly false, nor wholly true
Above, below, without, within, arouna Confused, unnumber'd multitudes are found.
Who pass, repass, advance, and glide away;
When thus ripe lies are to perfection sprung,