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HE hint of the following piece was taken from Chaucer's House of Fame. The design is in a manner entirely altered, the defcriptions and most of the particular thoughts my own: yet I could not fuffer it to be printed without this acknowledgment. The reader who would compare this with Chaucer, may begin with his third Book of Fame, there being nothing in the two first books that answers to their title: wherever any hint is taken from him, the paffage itself is fet down in the marginal notes. P.
Vol. II. facing p.45·
Ant. Walker Inv.Del.et Sculp
Millions of suppliant Crouds the Shrine attend, And all degrees before the Goddess bend : The Poor, the Rich, the Valiant, and the Sage, And boasting Youth, and narrative
Temple of Fame.
Call forth the greens, and wake the rifing flow'rs;
As balmy fleep had charm'd my cares to reft,
VER.1. In that foft seafon, etc.] This Poem is introduced in the manner of the Provencial Poets, whofe works were for the most part Vifions, or pieces of imagination, and conftantly defcriptive. From thefe, Petrarch and Chaucer frequently borrow the idea of their poems. See the Trionfi of the former, and the Dream, Flower and the Leaf, etc. of the latter. The Author of this therefore chofe the fame fort of Exordium. P.