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Millions of suppliant Crouds the Shrine attend, The Poor the kich, the Valiant, and the Fages And alt degrécs before the Goddef bemele; And boasting Youth, and narrative Old-ageo.

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N that foft season, when descending show'rs

When op'ning buds falute the welcome day,
And earth relenting feels the genial ray;
As balmy sleep had charm'd my cares to reft, 5
And love itself was banish'd from my breast,
(What time the morn mysterious visions brings,
While purer slumbers spread their golden wings)
A train of phantoms in wild order rose,
And join'd, this intellectual scene compose. TO

NOTES. VER. 1. In that soft season, etc.] This Poem is introduced in the manner of the Provencial Poets, whose works were for the most part Visions, or pieces of imagination, and constantly descriptive. From these, Petrarch and Chaucer frequently borrow the idea of their poems. See the Trionfi of the former, and the Dream, Flower and tbe Leaf, etc, of the latter. The Author of this therefore chose the fame sort of Exordium, P.

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I stood, methougt, betwixt earth, seas, and skies; The whole creation open to my eyes : In air self-balanc'd hung the globe below, Where mountains rise and circling oceans flow; Here naked rocks, and empty wastes were seen, 15 There tow'ry cities, and the forests green: Here failing ships delight the wand'ring eyes; There trees, and intermingled temples rise; Now a clear sun the shining scene displays, The tranfient landscape now in clouds decays.

O'er the wide Prospect as I gaz'd around, Sudden I heard a wild promiscuous sound, Like broken thunders that at distance roar, Or billows murm’ring on the hollow shore: Then gazing up, a glorious pile beheld,

25 Whose tow'ring summit ambient clouds conceal'd. High on a rock of Ice the structure lay, Steep its ascent, and slipp'ry was the way;

IMITATIONS.
Ver. 11. etc.] These verses are hinted from the following of
Chaucer, Book ii.

Tho' beheld I fields and plains,
Now hills, and now mountains,
Now valeis, and now forestes,
And now unneth great bestes,
Now rivers, now citees,
Now towns, now great trees,

Now shippes sayling in the sees. P.
VIR. 27. High on a rock of Ice, etc.] Chaucer's third book of Fame.

It stood upon so high a rock;
Higher fandeth none in Spayne

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The wond'rous rock like Parian marble shone,
And seem'd to distant fight, of solid stone. 30
Inscriptions here of various Names I view'd,
The greater part by hostile time subdu'd;
Yet wide was spread their fame in ages past,
And Poets once had promis’d they should laft.
Some fresh engrav'd appear'd of Wits renown'd;
I look'd again, nor could their trace be found. 36
Critics I saw, that other names deface,
And fix their own, with labour, in their place :

IMITATIONS.
What manner stone this rock was,
For it was like a lymed glass,
But that it shone full more clere;
But of what congel'd matere
It was, I niste redily;
But at the last espied I,
And found that it was every dele,

A rock of ise, and not of stele.
VER. 31. Inscriptions here, etc.]

Tho saw 1 all the hill y-grave
With famous folkes names fele,
That had been in inuch wele
And her fames wide y-blow;
But well unneth might I know,
Any letters for to rede
Ther names by, for out of drede
They weren almost off-thawen fo,
That of the letters one or two
Were molte away of every name,
So unfamous was woxe her fame;
But men said, what may ever last, P,

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