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The ibllowing njjte wad'pr^xed to the first edition of Ais poem:

** %»Qe nu>dei» ^ntic8> ft^jn a pretended refinement of taste, have deoUred
tflemselTea unsUa tajsetish .allegorical poems. It is not easy to penetrate into
the meaniog of thi^ ^criticism ; for if faUe be allowed one of the chief beauties,
OF, as Aristotle ca^s ivthe yeiy ^ul of poetry,-it is hard to comprehend how that
§aiiH» should be the Iq^s v^luahl^ for having a moral. The ancients constantly
made U8& of allegories^ My I*ord Bapon has composed a^ express treatise in
proof of this* entitled The Wis^m of- the Ancients; where the reader may
Bee several particular fictions exemplified and explained with great clearness,
ji^gm^nt, and leaning. TJie^i^Mudenta, ipdeed, by which the ^egory is con-
vcyed^mnitt ji)^yaried,accardiQg to the difierent -genius or manners of difierent
tiwfsf and they i||ieu^{ never be spun too long, or too much clogged with
trivial circumstances, or little particularities. We find an uncon^mon charm
in iruih, wfae^ it is conveyed, by this sideway to our understanding: and it
1% observable that> even in the most ignprant ag^, this way of writing has
f^g^d receptio%^ Alpiost ail the poems in the old Proven9al had this turn ;
a^.from theae^it was that Fetraich took th& idea of his poetry. We have
iiis Trionfi in this kind; and Boccace pursued in the same track. Soon
after, Chaucer introduced it here, whose Bomaunt of the Ease, Court of
Love, Flower of the Leaf, House of Fame, and some others of his writ-
iiiBt, are masseif'pieees of this sort. Id' ^ie poetry, it is true, too nice and
dZBOt a purstnt.^ the allegory is esteemed afiiiilt; and Chancer had the
dBcermnent to avoid it in ^ Knights Ttde, which was as attempt towarda
ia epis pbwn; - Arioeto, with less judgment, gave entirely into it in his
0»l«ftdo ;vdiioh, though «a9fi^ to a» excess, had yet so inuch reputation in
Italy, that Tasso (who rechiced heroic poetry to the juster standard of the
amdents) was forced to prefix to his work a scru|>nloufc explanation of the alle«r
gory of it, to which the fUale itself cooid scarce have directed his readers.
Oar cotratryman, Spenser,*^ followed, whose poem is ahnost entirely aUegorical,
mi imitates thfe naanner of Aiiesto*rMher than diat of Tasso. Upon tlie whole,
dVK'inay observie this sort of writing (however discontinued of h(ie) was in all
taam so ht firom i»efaig* kejewcd by the best poets^ tUit some of tfarai have
imtlier erred by insisting on it too closely, and carrying it too fitr; and that ts-

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infer from thence that the allegoTy itself is vicious, is a presomptaoos con jm«
diction to the judgment and pmctice of the greatest geniuses, both andenl
and modem."

It was to the Itahans we owed any thing that could be called poetqr ; from
whom Chaucjgr, imitated by Tape in this vision, copied largely, as they are
said to have done from the bards of Provence, and to which Italians he is
perpetually owning his obligations, particularly to Boccace and Petrarch. But
Petrarch had greater advantages, which ChiAdier Wanted, Aot only in the
friendship and advices of Boccace, but still more in having found such a pre-
decessor as Dante. But whatever Chaueer nu^^capy from the Italians, yet
the artful and entertaining plan of his Canterbury Tales was purely original
and his own. This admirable piece^^ven ^xolvsPfe^aS its poetry, is highly
valuable, as it preservea to us the liveliest and exactest picture of manners,
customs, characters, i^nd. habits, of our fore&^ers, whom he has brought
before our eyes acting as on a stage, suitably to their different orders and
employments. With theise portraits, ihe driest An^quary hMM bd deB^lAed.
By this plan, he ha^ more judieiousdy connected llieitf seiMet'WhieIr iS»'*
guests relate, than Boccace has- done his nov«4»! whom he has imitated. If
not excelled, in the vilriety cf the subjects of his* tates. It is a commoii
mistake, that Ohaftcer's exc^ence hryin his marine* of treating light and
ridiculous subjects ; iSr whoever will attentively cdnsider the noble poem of
Falamon arid Arditi^, will be convinced that he equally excels in the-pathetis
and the siiblime. It has been but lately ptoved that the Falamon uhd AreHt
of Chaucer is taken from the Tt^eide rf Boccaide, a poem which has been, tiH
within a few years past, strangely neglected and tmknown, and of w'hick Mr.*
Tyrwhitl has given a' curious and exact summary, in hiis DiBaerHiion on tht^
Canterbury Tales, vol. iv. p. 135.

The fashioii that has latdy obtained, in all the nations' of Europe, of
republishing and iHustratinff their old Poets, does honour to the good taste'
dhd liberal curiosity of thd ^res^t age. It is ftlwiiys pleasui^, and indeed
jseful, to look back to the rade beginnings of any art br6ught to a greater =
degree of elegancie and grace.

Aurea nunc, olim 9ylvestnbu8 horrida domis.— Fu'g.— Wakton.

If Chaucer was indebtegi to ^ny ff the Italian poets for the idea of his iToiHe
of Famk, it ynA to Petraxoh,lwho, ia his Trioi^js delta Fama, hsiB introduced
many of the most emmentcharacteia of aiicieht times. It most, however^ bd
observed, that the .poem of Petrarch is extrennely simple and inartificial, and
consists only in supposing that the mest celebrated men of ancient Greeee
aiki Rome pass in review before him ; whiltf that of ChaUcer is the wdrk of a
powerful Imagination, abounding with beauiifiil and lively jesoriptiona, and
fermittg a connected and consistent whole. Thatlhe imagination of Chance^
warn warmed by his intercourse with the edxijFi'poels of Italy is indisputable ■
mit althon^ it^ appeaifr that his Feia^mmi anAlArcite was funded on tfaft
Ttseide of Bdcbacdo ; yet there is reason to xztociude that his Flouse #/
Fame wait %8 well as the design of his Conferitirif-^alc^k^nfiaaUy hie owb<

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The hint of the foUowkig piee6 was taken' from^haiioer's ^otMe of fViW.
The design is in a mflnne^ ^ntirejy altered, the id^pnipitiobs lad iiotti bl thift
particular thoughts my own.;, ^et I coujd no( sufier it to be ^ijnU;4r^*^i^bmif
this acknowledgment. The reader who .woulJ compare this ^with ChaHceir,,
may begin with his-third bodk of ¥We, thfere bein^ nothing in the two firs^
books that answers to theit tides ^ wbe^r^r ainy hinti9>tB&eb'frdni4i^'> the
passage itself is set down in the inargins^ QOtes. ' ' /'

In that soft season,* when descendittg' showers
Call forth the greens, and wake the rising 'flowei's;
When openittg buds salute the welcome day,
And earth relenting feels the genial tay ;
As balmy sleep had ckarm-d my cares to rest,
And love itself was banish*d from my breast,
(Wittit time the mom mystenous virions brings.
While purer slumbers spread their golden Wfn|[s,) -
A train of phantoms in wild order rose,
And, join'd, this intellectual scene compose. 10

I stood, methought, betwixt earth, seas, and skies;
* The whole creation open to my eyes :

Imitatioic. — ^Ver. 11, &,c.] Hinted from the following of Chancer, Book ii.l
Tho' beheld I fields and plains,
Now hills and now mountains,
Now Valeis, and now forestes,
And now unheth great bestes.
Now rivers, now citees, / - ,

Now towns, now great trees,
Now shippes saylihg ih the sees.

• The poem is introduced in the manner of the Provencal poets, whose
works were for the most part Visions, or pieces of imagination, and con«
stantly descriptive. From these, Petn^ch add CibiMer fretjaently borrowed
the idea of their poems. See the JVf^?^ of thft for^e^, alid the Dream,'
Flower and the Leaf, &c., of the latter. , The author of this therefore chop-
tlie same sort of Exordirt*. - *' ^ ', ^^' ' C"r^r^n]p>

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In air self-balanced hung the globe below,

Where mountains rise, and circling oceans flow;

Here na]^d»ro^kl> and empty wastas were seen;

There towery cities, and the forests green:

Here sailing ships delight the Wand'ring eyes ;

There trees and intermingled temples rise ;

Now a clear sun the shining scene displays,

The transient landscape now in clouds decays. 20

P'^r the wide prospect as I gazed around.
Sudden I heard n wild promiscuous sound.
Like bi-okett thunders that at distance roar,
Or billows murmuring on the hollow shore:
Thei^ gazing up, a glorious pile beheld,
Whose tow'ring summit ambient clouds conceal'd.
High on a XQok of ice the structure lay.
Steep its as9ent, and slipp'ry was the way;
The wond'rous rock like Parian marble shone^
And seem'd, to distant sight, of solid stone. 30

Inscriptions here of various names I view'd.
The greater part by hostile time subdued;

Imitations.— y«]r. ^7. Uigh on a t9ckt ^&eu] Chtuoer^ third bodi'of Fiiii»<

It 8l^ upon so high ^rook,

Higher stand^thTWMie in ^payne —

What manper stone this ro<?k >ifw»,

For it was like a lymed glass,

But that it shone full more clere ;

But of what congeled 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.
Vcr. 31. Intcriptions here, &-c.]

Tho' saw I all the hill y-grave
, With famous folk^s names fele.

That had been in much wele
' And Tier fkmes wide y-below ;

But well unneth might I know,

Any letters for to rede

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Yet wide was spread theii* fame in ages past.
And poets once had promised they should last.
Some fresh engraved appear'd of Wits renown'd;
I look'd again, nor could their trace be found.
Critics I saw, that other nanies deface,
And fix their own, with labour, in their place ;
Their own, like others, soon their place resign'd,
Or disappear'd, and left the first behind.
Nor was the work impair'd by storms alone.
But felt th' approaches of too warm a sun ;
For Fame, impatient of extremes, decays
Not mora by Envy, than excess of Praise.
Yet part no injuries of heaven could feel,
Like crystal faithful to the graving steel :


They weren almost off-lhawen so,

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 ?
Ver. 41, Nor was the wsrk itt^air'd, Ac.}

Tho' gan I in myne harte cast.

That they were molte away for heato,

And not away with stormes beate.
V;r. 45. Yet part no ir^uriet, d&c.]

For on that other side I sey

Of that hill which northward ley,

How it was written full of nanfes

Of folke, that had afore great fames,

Of old time, and yet they were

As fresh as men had writtee hem there

The self day, or that houre

That I on hem gan to poure ;

But well I wiste what it made ;

It was conserved with the shade

(AH the Writihg that I i^e)

Of the castle that stood on high,

And stood eke in so cold a place,

.^ That^eat mi^ht it not deface. ^,^,^;^.^^^GoogJe ,


The rock's high summit, in the temple's ehfiAeti

Nor heat coald melt, nor beating ^tornl uivade.

Their namea inseribed unnumber'd ages past

From Time's first birth, with Tirpe itself shall last;: 50

These ever new, nor subject to decayed,

Spread, and grow brighter with the lengtb of . days

So Zembla's rocks (the b^fiuteoua work of fro^)
Rise white in air, and glitter o er tfie coapt ;
Pale suns, unfelt, at distance roll away.
And on th' impaasive ice the lightnings play;
Eternal snows the glowing mass - supply,
Till the bright mountains prop t^' )n<^umbent ^ky;
As Atlas fix'd, each hoary pile appear^
The gather'd winter of a thousand yeaors, 60

On this foundation Fame's high temple stands:
Stupendous pile ! not rear^ by mortal hands.
Whatever proud Rome or artful Gx'eece beheld,
Or elder Babylon, its frame excel'd, .
Four faces had the dome, and every face
Of various structure, but of equal gi'ace !
Four brazen gates, on columns Jifted high.
Salute the different quarters of the sky.
Here fabled chiefs in darker ages bom.
Or worthies old, whom arms or arts Addm, 70

Who cities raised, or tamed a monstrous race ;
The walls in venerable order grace:'
Herdes in animate^ marble frown,
And legislators seem to think in stone.

Westward, a sumptuous frontispiece appear^,
On Doric pillars of white marble i'ear'J,
Crown'd with an architrave pf antique mould,
And sculpture rising on the roughen'd gold.
In shaggy spoils here Theseus, was beheld^
And Perseus dreadful with Mincer va's,shiejd; . 80

Ver. 65. Four faces had the dome, Sac] Thfi ^mtfltiA described to be
square, the four fronts with open .gates faci^ig the different quarters o the
world, as an intimation that all nations of the earth may be alike received
into it. The western front is of Oreeian architecture: the Doric order was
peculiarly sacred to heroes and ^ocUues. Tho^ ;whoae statues are after
BMBtioQed were the first names of old Greeci^ in arms and arts. — J^


There great Al(M<ks, st<>op5ng with his toil,
Rests on his clfib, and holds th' Hesperian spoilt
Here Orpheus sings; trees moving to the sownd
Start from their rools, and form a shade aroand ;
Amphion there lb^ Toud- creating lyr©
Strikes, abd' betold a sudden Thebes aspire !
Cythaeron's echoes answer to his caH,
And half the mountain nrfls into a wall:
There might you fi"ee the lengtheniftg spires aseend,
The domes swell up, the widening arches bend, 96

The growing towers lilte'exhalations rise,
And the huge <5o!umnd heaYe into the skies.
The eastern front was glorioOs to behold,
With diamond flftmiftg, and barbaric gold.
There Ninus shotte, vfho spread th* Assyriai^ feme,
And the great fimuder o( the Persian name: ' ■

Ver. 81. TTiere great Alcid€9, &.C.] This figure of Hercules is drawn with
an eye to the positioii bF the famous statae of Faraese.-*-!*.

It were to be wishq^, t^ftliow .ajtithpr, wV>9« ^T^op/vk^fi, qnd t^tetof tbf
fine arts were unque^ionable> had takea more' pains in describing so famoMiii
a statue as that of the ^fertiesian Hercttesi to wfiich he pfahily reftnW, for nfc
has omitted the ehar^i^rivtlc^l e^oitenoles of ,tbi» i^fmv^ piflOe pi-Qteoian.
workmanshijp ^ namely, the unepmmon breadth of the shoulders,^ the knot-
tiness and ^aciousness trf' thft cheSt, ihe firmness atld t)rotttberaiice of the
muscles in each }ai|b,<pfvti»nl|trlyrjthe. legs* and- the mtjestie vastii^^ of the
^hoie figure, updoubtedlv designed- by the artist to give a full idea of strength^
aS" tlie Venifi de MecUtt B bf beauty. These were the "^victi Membra
Glyconis" which, it is probable, Horace proverbially alluded to in his first

S^Uf,4i 30. T^ Tia<ti^ of Gfycon is to this <}Ay pf esetvtd on thn hma of
b fig«fll5 at'tbfe'^nMker of-it; and a»thB virtaosi, oostomariiy in speakiogf of
H l^tw^vrtmct^, ««lll'4t fh«ir Raphael or Bemikii, whj shmkl not Horaeo,
Ift «diihxHmi ipdel6h,-tiBe themime of 1^ workman instttad of thfe work ? To
ita^litibiii tlie"Hto6{)«»{iaa a^pl^d, whi(^ the arilst fian^ baokwarda, and almoit
concealed as an inconsiderable object, and which iher^kfte •etcrcety appear in
ii»>m^ta»\. VTAE heUmr tthe noticei-of Fop0. — W^wcox.
' Ver: 86." AMph^n thet^fktrdMd.] It may be imagined that these expvet-
8i0ik»«rtf too hold ; dtidiH fy6}«^n(toti<$ dritio might ask, how tv ^s poanble to
ftee*/ hi seulptvre, a^i^ef^fa^^Aling^i a«kd towe& gtdwi^ T Bkv ike hMt wiitetv,
ba^tpettkHsa^'tf ^ie«i^of ipain^n^ and B^ntptupe, nse the present or imperfect
ikiiKi^ili^'^Vkrdfi^ things as realty doing, to gire a (brce to the ddsciiption.
Ver. 96. And the great founder of the Persian name.] Cyrus was the
hegfliy^ of '^ ^femm, as Nimis wad of the- Amsyri^ m&hatchy. The
Mlk0'»ai eMiietm rthe ehief of whom wds ZdMb^e^ ttti^eyed ^irMocttee
vfm iSakgie atid lOtmbgf, whieh fme, in a makiicfr) ahneet att tb^ieanriftg el
lke««iteikntiUBian peo|^. ' We have aenrdb atif recount bf^t meral fdi^M-
iri^iceet^ COtttaciuB', the grda% kwgiver of the ChhMW, who #Ped ahovi

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There in long robes the royal magi staad*

Grave Z<m>a8ter waves the circling wand:

The sage Chaldeans, robed in white, appear'd^

And Brachmans, deep in desert wood revered. 100

These stopp'd the moon, and call'd th' unbodied shades

To midnight banquets in the glimmering glades;

Made visionary fabrics round them rise,

And airy spectres skim before their eyisa r

Of talismiuas and sigils knew the powefy

And careful watch'd the planetary hour.

Superior, and alone, Confucius ^U>od,

Who taught that useful science, to be good.

But on the south, a long majestic race
Of Egypt's priests the gilded niches grace, 116

Who measured earth, described the starry spheres.
And traced the long records of lunar y^ars.
High on his car Sesostris struck my view,
Whom sceptred slaves in golden harness drew:
His hands a bow and pointed javelin hold;
His giant limbs are armM in scales of gold.
Between the statues obelisks were placed,
And the learnM walls with hieroglyphics graced.

Of Gothic structure was the northern side,
O'er wrought with ornaments of barb'rous pride. 120

Year. 107. Cof^mciu^ tio^d.] Congfutzee, for that was his name, flottrkhe4
about two tkouaaml three himdred yean ago, jo0t before PjFthagoma. Ho
taught justice, obediettee to ^rents, huwility, and univeisal l^^»(»v«leD4«: ttni
he practised these Tirtues when he was a firpt minister, aod when be wimi
reduced to poverty and exile. His fomily still exists in Chinaj and i^ highly
honottsed and lespeet^d. — ^Waatok.

Ver. 110. Egypf9prie§t8, &c.} The feamiag of the old Egyptiati j^eaig
ooBsisted for tb» most part in geometry and astronomy: they also preserved
the history of their nation. Their greatest hero upon record is Sesostris
whose, aetions and conqoestt may be seen at larg« in Piodorus, dte. He is
•aid to hsTC caused the kings he vanquished to draw him in his chaiiot. The
posture of hii statue, in these verses, is correspondent tq the description which
Herodotus gives of one of them, remaining in his own time. — F,

. Ter. 119. Of Gothic ^rmture tsa# the northerm Me.] The hi^tdmamn
\b ffgrseabte to that part oi the world. . The learning of Ui!s northern natioa*
lay mm» obsfiare than that of the rest. Zamolxis was ib» discople o£ fy thag*
otas^who taught the immortality of the soul to the Scythians. Odin, ^
Wioden«.w<aS/tibs great legislator aad here of the Goths. They uiiwz? «#»»
that, being subject to fits, he persuaded his followers, that during tltom t


There huge Colones rote, with tropUei curowft'd^
And Runic characters w^e ^rared aroiuid.
There sale Zamolids' with erected eyei,
And Odin here iaminic:traiioes diae.
There on riMto ivoQL eoluama, imjMtr^-d with bloody .
The horrid forms ^f SeytWan iieroes «tood«
Druids and bards (their once loud harps unstrung)^
And youths that died lo b^ by poetasuag.
These, and a thousand Biore of d^btfut faine»
To whom old fiblea gave a lasting nanie, • .
In ranks adom'd the Temple's outward £EUse;
The wall in lustre and effect like glass,
Which, o'er each object castiBg various dyes,
Enlarges some, and others lOHltiplies:
Nor void of emblem waa the mystic wall, /
For thus romantic* Fame inareaaes all.

The Temple shakes, the sounding gntiss uiifi>ld»
Wide vaults appear, and roofs of fretted gc^W > '
Raised on a thousand pillars wjreath'd around .
With laurel-foliage, and with eagles crowtt'd: 140

Of bright traj^parent beryl were the walls,
The friezes gold« and gold the capitalt:
As heaven with stars, the roof with jewels g)ow%
And ever^Iiving lamps depend jn rows.

IMITATIOH.—Ver. 132. The watt initutre, ite.]

It shone lighter than a gllns

And made well nH>re than it was^

As kind of thling Fame is.

he recehrdi raspintkins, from whence he delated hb Itwi: he Is said to hat#
heen the fairentor of die Runic cfasractera. — F.

This rade nation had great ideas. When Alaric their king was hnried fa
Calabria, 410, they tamed the course of tlie river Vasento, where it was most
npbi ; and harine dag a yerj deqi grave hi this rimst's bad, them interred
ihtim laveied frinee, with many rich saits of amMor, aad BMcfa fold and
pMsioas stones. They then tnmed the rhntr back into itawaaicoww, aad
kOied OB the spot aU dutt had asMBtcd at this work, that the pine* of Ui hHar^
■Mat night nnrer be dis eo fei cd . — ^Wastoit.

Ver. 127. Druids and hardt, k^c.] These were ^ prfasta and poets at
Aeaepaople^aa celebiaied ibr their savage virtae. Thaas heroia harha t ia ng
•eeoaasad It a diiibonoar to die in thek beds, aad mshad on to eertaia daatfi
ia ifaiiiwprrt of an after-life, and lor the glory of a song bom thsir baids hi
pnise of their actions. — P. ^ t

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Full in tbb f>&s8flg6 ot ^Bth ^ckms gifte.

The sage histoi^atisr in ^white garments wait; '

Graved o'er their setX$ ^idtm of Time wag^fofmd;

His scythe re versed, ^md bdth his friniotitf'beimdi ' '

Within stiiod heroes, whd, thFoagb loud aiamwi

In bloody fieldi, pursued i^Ad^mi iirarmsi ISO

High ob(^ throne with trophi^fif charg^, I Tichv'd

The youth that alt thinfg» bCrtriMfnsiflf subdoed?

His feet on sceptres iand 'tiara« t^^j -

And his horn'd head belied- thef Libyan g^

There Cajsar; graced With both Midefnls, shone;

CsBsar, the world's grtat maefer, and hi^ own;

Unmoved, superior still in e«rery state^

And scarce detested" in his ^o^ntry^s fat«.

But chief were tho«e, who not for em pities fought;

But with their toils the peiopte's safety bought: 160

High o'er the* rest Epamtncmdas cfto^; '

Timoleoh, gldrious in his broth^irls Mood;

Bold Scipio, savour of the • Rbmati' i^ate,

Grfeat in his triumphs, hiretirertfent great; -

And wise AureliosT, il^ tvtio^ef V^H-ta'u^^ht m$^,

With boundless pc^wer, UttbOiitided vlrt^ie join'd.

His own itrict judge, and patroif of iftankind;

Much-suffering heroes ttoxt tb^rfr honours claim,
Those of less noisy, and less guilty fame,. ,
Fair virtue's silent train: supreme of these 170

Here ever shines the rgodlike Sooralea^

Ver. 152. The youth that Ull things tmt himself subiiued.] Alexandv '
t^e <7)re»t: the Tiaiat.^ima.tbe croiyn peculuun to Ui^ Asian piii^es: his deain
to be thought the son of Jupiter Ammon, caused him to wear the horns of thai
,l|od,:an^ to Depifesen^the same upou his coipa; which was.continaed by sev-
«rfil of his succ^ssofs^-r-JP.

- y«r* 161^ JBptttninondasato&d.] ** Ib other iHcutrioas toiea you will otisenre
ihst ntk poneabcd: some one ehUung qaality» which was the fomidiition ol
hmfxa»: iil fipaimaondat bH the virtues «re found united^ fone of body,
daq|ieiio& of expression, vigour of midd, oonteno^t ol riches, gentleness of
disposition » and, what is chiefly, ta be regarded, ooiirage and eonduct ia
mft^'^y^IHodoms Siculus, lib* xv-— :Wa»tok.

. V«ft l€3u TimuUmi, gloritms in kisbrother's blood.] TimoleoB iuHl savsdl
At life of hi* brother Tiittofduniiefl; in the battle between th« Ai^Neea aiMl
€oKiBthiana;> bM afterwardis killed him^when he affected the tyranny, pitfi^«
ring his duty to his country to all the obligations of blood.-— P.

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He whom ungrateful Athene could expel,

At all times jufit, but when he signed the^ shell.

Here his abode the martyr'd Phocitm claims,

With Agis, not the last of Spartaa names:

Unconquer'd Cato shows the wound he tore,

And Brutus bi^ ill getuus meei&3M> mouse.

' But in the centre of the hallow'd cfaoir,

Six pompous'^^olumns o'er the rest aspire;

Around the shrine itself of Fame they standi 180

Hold the ^ief honours, and the fane command.

High on the first, the mighty Homer shone ;

Eternal adamant composed bis throne;

Imitations. — ^Ver. 170. Sutp&tMpeue e»lnmr», &e.]

From tke deed many a pil^iB, - >

Of metal that shone not full clere, dec.

Upon a piljere saw I stonde

That was of lede and iroi^ fine^

Him of the sect Saturnine,

The Ebraicke Josephus the old, &c.
Upon an iron pillere strong,

That painted was all endlong,

With tigers' blood in every place,

The Tholosan that hight Stace,

That bare of Thebes up the. name, &c.
Ver. 182, &c.]

Full wonder bye on a pillere

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