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The joy let others have, and we the name, 390
And what we want in pleasure, grant in fame.
The Queen assents, the trumpet rends the fkies,
And at each blast a Lady's honour dies.
Pleas'd with the strange success, vaft numbers
Around the shrine, and made the fame request: 395
What you (she cry'd) unlearn'd in arts to please,
Slaves to yourselves, and ev'n fatigu'd with ease,
Who lose a length of undeserving days,
Would you usurp the lover's dear-bought praise ?
Tojust contempt, ye vain pretenders, fall, 400
The people's fable, and the scorn of all.
Straight the black clarion sends a horrid found,
'Loud laughs burst out, and bitter fcoffs fly round,
Whispers aře heard, with taunts reviling loud,
And scornful hisses run thro' all the croud. 405
Last, those who boast of mighty mischiefs done,
Enslave their country, or usurp a throne;
Or who their glory's dire foundation laid
On Sov'reign’s ruin'd, or on friends betray'd;
Calm, thinking villains, whom no faith could fix,
Of crooked counsels and dark politics ; 411
VER. 406. Last, those who boast of mighty, etc.]
Tho came another companye,
That had y.done the treachery, etc. P.
Of these a gloomy tribe surround the throne, And beg to make th' 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 pow'runknown Strait chang'd the scene, and snatch'd me from
VER. 418. This having beard and feen, etc.] The Scene here changes from the temple of Fame to that of Rumour, which is almost entirely Chaucer's. The particulars follow.
Tho faw I ftonde in a valey,
Under the castle fast by
A house, that Domus Dedali
That Labyrinthus cleped is,
Nas made fo wonderly, I wis,
Ne half fo queintly y-wrought;
And evermo as swift as thought,
This queint house about went,
That never more it ftill stent
And eke this house hath of entrees
As many as leaves are on trees,
In summer, when they ben grene;
And in the roof yet men may
A thousand hoels and well mo,
To letten the soune out go ;
And by day in every tide
Ben all the doors open wide,
And by night each one unshet;
No porter is there one to let,
No manner tydings in to pace :
Ne never rest is in that place. P.
Before my view appear'd a structure fair,
Its site uncertain, if in earth or air ;
With rapid motion turn’d the manfion 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; 425
Which still unfolded stand, by night, by day,
Pervious to winds, and open ev'ry 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 skies,
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 ;
439 Wide, and more wide, the floating rings advance, Fill all the wat’ry plain, and to the margin dance:
Ver. 428. As flames by nature to the, etc.] This thought is tranferr'd hither out of the third book of Fame, where it takes up no less than one hundred and twenty verses, beginning thus,
Geffray, thou wottest well this, etc. P.
Thus ev'ry voice and found, when first they break.
On neighb'ring air a soft impression make;
Another ambient circle then they move;
That, in its turn, impels the next above; 445
Thro' undulating air the sounds are sent,
And spread o’er all the fluid 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, 450
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 fav’rites, projects of the great, 455
Of old mismanagements, taxations new :
All neither wholly false, nor wholly true.
Ver. 448. There various news I heard, etc.)
Of werres, of peace, of marriages,
Of rest, of labour, of voyages,
Of abode, of dethe, and of life,
Of love and hate, accord and strife,
Of lofs, of lore, and of winnings,
Of hele, of sickness, and leffings,
Of divers transmutations
Of estates and eke of regions,
Of trust, of drede, of jealousy,
Of wit, of winning, and of folly,
Of good, or bad government,
of fire, and of divers accident. P.
Above, below, without, within, around, Confus'd, unnumber'd multitudes are found, Who pass, repass, advance, and glide away; 460 Hosts rais’d by fear, and phantoms of a day : Astrologers, that future fates foreshew, Projectors, quacks, and lawyers not a few; And priests, and party-zealots, num'rous bands With home-born lies, or tales from foreign lands; Each talk'd aloud, or in some secret place, 466 And wild impatience star'd in ev'ry face. They flying rumours gather'd as they rolld, Scarce anġ tale was sooner heard than told;
Ver. 458. Above, below, without, within, etc.]
But such a grete congregation
Of folke as I saw roam about,
Some within, and some without,
Was never seen, ne fhall be,eft
And every wight that I saw there
Rowned everich in others ear
A new tyding privily,
Or else he told it openly
Right thus, and said, Knowít not thou
That is betide to night now?
No, quoth he, tell me what ?
And then he told him this and that, etc.
Thus north and south
Went every tiding fro mouth to mouth,
And that encreasing evermo,
As fire is wont to quicken and go
From a sparkle sprong amiss,
Till all the citee brent up is.