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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 descriptions and most of the particular thoughts my own: yet I could not suffer 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 firft books that answers to their title : whereever any hint is taken from him, the passage itself is set down in the marginal notes. P.
Int. Walker Inv.Del.et Senip.
Millions of suppliant
Crouds the shrine attend, And alt degrees before the Goddefo bend); a
The poor, thethich the Valiant and the dage, And boasting Youth, and narrative Old-age :
Temple of Fame.
N that soft season, when descending show'rs
Callforth the greens, and wake the rising flow'rs; When op'ning buds salute the welcome day, And earth relenting feels the genial ray; As balmy sleep had charm'd my cares to rest, 5 And love itself was banish'd from
my breast, (What time the morn mysterious visions brings, While purer
flumbers spread their golden wings)
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 the Leaf, etc. of the latter. The Author of this therefore chose the fame sort of Exordium. P.