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Nor was the work impair’d by storms alone, The growing tow'rs like exhalations rise,
But felt thi' approaches of too warm a suun; And the huge columos heavc into tbe skies.
For fame, inpatient of extremes, decays The eastern frout was glorious to behold,
Not more by evry tbav excess of praise. With diamond flaming, and Barbaric gold.
Yet part no injuries of heaven could feel, There Ninus shone, who spread th' Assyrian
Like crystal, faithful to the graving steel:

fame, The rock's high summit, in the temple's shade, And the great founder of the Persian name: Nor heat could melt, nor beating storms in. There, in loug robes, the royal Magi stand; vade.

Grave Zoroaster waves the circling wand: There names inscrib'd ungumber'd ages past, The sage Chaldæans rob'd in wbite appeard, From time's first birth, with time itself shall And Brachmans, deep iu desert woods rever'd. last;

These stopp'd the inoon, and call'd th’unbodied These ever vew, nor subject to decays,

sbades Spread, and grow brighter, with the length of To midnight banquets in the glimm'ring glades; days.

Made visionary fabrics round them rise, So Zembla's rocks (the beauteous work of ' And airy spectres skiin before their eyes; frost)

Of talismans and sigils knew the pow'r, Nise wbite in air, and glitter o'er the coast; And careful watchid the planetary hour. Pale suns, unfelt, at distance roll away, Superior, and alone, Confucius stood, And on th' impassive ice the lightnings play;,' Who taught that useful science, to be good. Eternal snows the growing mass sopply,

But, on the south, a long majestic race Till the bright mouutaios prop th' incumbentOf Egypt's priests the gilded niches grace, sky:

Who measur'd earth, describ'd the starry As Atlas fix'd, each hoary pile appears

spheres, The gather'd winter of a thousand years.

And trac'd the long records of lunar years. On this foundation Fame's high temple stands; High on his car Sesostris struck my view, Stupevdous pile! not reard by mortal bands. Whom sceptered slaves in golden baruess Whate'er proud Rome or artful Greece beheld, drew: Or elder Babylon, its frame escell'd.

His hands a bow and pointed javelin hold, Four faces had the dome, and er ry 'face His giant limbs are arnı'd in scales of gold. Of varivus structure, but af.cue grace: Between the statues obelisks were plac'd, Four brazen gates, on columns unted high,

And the learn'd walls with bieroglyphics Salute th' diff'rent quarters of the sky,

grac'd. Here fabled chiefs, in darkep ages barn,

Of gothic structure was the northern side, Or worthies old, whom arms or arts adorn, O’erwroughtwith ornaments of barb'rous pride; Who cities rais'd, or tam'd a monstrous race, There hugeColosses rose, with trophies crown'd; The walls in venerablc order grace:

And Ruvic characters were grav'd around. Heroes in animated marble frown,

There sat Zamolxis with erected eyes; And legislator's seem to think in stone. And Odin here in mimic trances dies.

Westward a sumptuous frontispiece appear'd, There on rude iron columns, smeard with On Doric pillars of white marble reard,

blood, Crown'd with an architrave of antique mold, The borrid forms of Scythian heroes stood, And sculpture rising ou the roughea'd gold. Druids and bards (their once loud harps ube Ju shaggy spoils here I aesens was beheld,

strung), And Perseus dreadful with Minerva's shield: And youths that died to be by poets sung. There great Alcides, stooping with bis toil, These, and a thousand more of doubtful fame, Rests on his club, and holds th' Hesperian To whom old fables gave a lasting name, spoil:

In ranks adory'd the temple's outward face : Here Orpheus sings; trees moving to the The wall in lustre and effect like glass, sound,

Which o'er each object casting various dyes, Start from their roots, and form a shade aronod: Enlarges some, and others multiplies : Amphion there the loud creating lyre

Nor void of emblem was the mystic wall; Strikes, and bebolds a suddeu Tbebes aspire! For thus romantic fame increases all. Cytheron's eclives auswer to lis call,

The temple shakes, the sounding gates unAnd half the mountain rolls into a wall :

fold, There might you see the lengil'ving spires wide vaults appear, and roofs of fretted ascend,

gold; The domes suell up, the widening arches Rais'd on a thousand pillars, wreath'd around bend,

With laurel foliage, aud with eagles crown'd.

Of bright transparent beryl were the walls,

Here Hector glorious from Patroclus' fall, The friezes gold, and gold the capitals:

Here dragy'd in triuin plı round the Trojan As heaven with stars, the roof with jewels

Wall. glows,

Motiov avd life did ev'ry part inspire, (fire ; And ever-living lamps depend in rows.

Bold was the work, aud prov'd the master's Full in the passage of each spacious gate, A strong expression most he seem'd t'affect, The sage Historiaus in white garments wait;

And here and there disclos'd a brave neglect. Grav'd o'er their seats the form of Time was A golden column next in rank appear'd, found,

On which a shrine of parest gold was rear d; His scythe revers'd, and both his pinions Finish'd the whole, and labour'd ev'ry part, bound.

With patient touches of unwearied art : Withiu stood beroes, who thro' loud alarms The Mantuan there ju sober triumph sate, In bloody fields pursued renown iu arms. Compos’d his posture, and bis look sedale; High on a throne, with trophies charg'd, I On Homer still be fix'd a rev’rend eye, view'd

(dueil, Great without pride, in modest majesty. The youth that all things but himself sub- | Iu living sculpture on the sides were spread His feet on sceptres and tiaras trod,

The Latian wars, and haughty Turnus dead; Aod his horn'd head belyed the Lybian god. Eliza stretcli'd upon the fun'ral pyre ; There Cæsar, grac'd with both Minervas, Eneas bending with his aged sire : shone;

Troy fam'd in burving gold; and o'er the Crsar, the world's great master, and bis own ; throne L'amor’d, superior still in ev'ry state,

Arms and the Man in golden cyphers shone. And scarce detested in his country's fate.

Four swans sustain a car of silver bright, But chief were those who not for empire || Witb beads advanc'd, aud pinious stretch'd for fought,

[rought flight: But with their toils their people's safety Here, like some furious prophet, Pindar rade, High o'er the rest Epaminondas stood; And seenid to labour with th’inspiring god. Timoleon, glorious in his brother's blood; Across the larp a cureless band he flings, Bold Scipio, saviour of the Roman state, And boldly sinks into the sounding strings. Great in his triumphs, in retirement great; The figur'd games of Greece the column grace; And wise Aurelius, in whose well-taught Neptune and Jove survey the rapid race. mind

joind, The youths bang o'er their chariots as they With boundless pow'r unbounded virtue

111), His own strict judge, and patron of mankind. The fiery steeds seem starting from tlie stone : Mucb sufforing herves next their hououis The champions, in distorted posture, threat: claim,

And all appear'd irregularly great. Those of less noisy and less guilty fame,

Here happy Horace tun'd th’Ausonian line Fair Virtue's silent traip: supreine of these To sweeter sounds, and temper'd Pindar's dire: Here ever shines the godlike Socrates; Pleas'd with Alcæus'manly rage t’infuse He whom ungrateful Athens could expel, The softer spirit of the Sapphic muse. At all times just but when be sign’d the shell ; || The polish'd pillar diff'rent sculptures gracr, Here his abode the martyr'l Pbocion claims, ' || A work outlasting monumental brass. With Agis, not the last of Spartan names; Here smiling loves and Bacchanals appear ; Unconquer'd Cato shews the wound he tore; The Julian star, and great Augustus here. And Brutus luis ill genius meets no more. The doves that round the infant poet spread

But in the centre of the hallow'd choir, Myrtles and bays, hang hov'ring o'er his beas. Six pompous columns o'er the rest aspire ; Here, in a shrine that cast a dazzling ligbe, Around the shrine itself of Fsnie they stand, Sat tix'd in thougbt the mighty Stagyrity; Hold the chief houvurs, and the fane com His sacred head a radiant zodiac crown'u, mand.

And various animals his sides surround; High on the first the mighty liomer shone, His piercing eyes, erect, appear to view Eternal adamant compos'd his throne; Superior worlds, and look all nature through Father of verse! in boly fillets drest,

With equal rayx immortal Tully shone ; His silver beard wav'd gently o’er bis breast; The Roman rostra deck'd the consul's throaz Tbo'bliod, a boldness in his look appears; Gath'ring his fowiug robe, le seem'd to stand In years be seem'd, but not impaird by years. In act to speak, and graceful stretchil his banel, The wars of Troy were round the pillar seen : Bebind, Rome's genius waits with civic Here fierce Tydides wonds the Cyprian crowns, queel;

li And the great father of his country ons

These massy columns in a circle rise, Some she disgrac'd, and some with honours O'er wbieli a pompous done invades the skies:

crowd ; Scarce to the top I stretchi'd my aching sight, l'ulike successes equal merits found. So large it spread, and swell'u to such a height. Thus her blind sister, fickle Fortune, reigns : Full in the midst proud Fame's imperial seat And, undisceruing, scatters crowns and chains, With jewels blaz’id, magnificently great :

First at the shrine the learned world appear, The vivid em'ralds there revive the eye, Aud to the Goddess thus prefer their pray'r; The flaming rubies sbew their sanguine dye, Long have we suugiit t'instruct and please Bright azure rays from lively sapphires mankind, stream,

With studies pale, with midnight vigils blind; And lucid amber casts a golden gleam. But thank d by few, rewarded yet by none, With various-colourd light the pavement | We here appeal to thy superior throne : slone,

Ou wit and learning the just prize bestow; And all on fire appear'd the glowing throne ; For fame is all we must expect below. The dome's bigh arch reflects the mingled The Goddess heard, and bade the Muses blaze,

raise And forms a rainbow of alternate rays.

The golden trumpet of eternal praise : When ou the goddess first I cast my sight,

From pole to pule the winds diffuse the sound, Scarce seeni'u her stature of a cubit's height; That fills the circuit of the world around; But swelrd to larger size, the more I gaz'd, Not all at once, as thunder breaks the cloud: Till to the roof her tow'ring head she rais'd.

The votes at first were rather sweet than loud; With her, the temple ev'ry moment grew; By just degrees they ev'ry moment rise, Aud ainpler vistas opend to my view :

Fill the wide cartlı, and gain upon the skies. Upwards the coluinus shoot, the roofs ascend, At ev'ry breath were balmy odours shed, Aud arches wideu, and long aisles extend.

Which still grew sweeter as they wider spread: Such was her form as ancient bards have told, Less fragrant scents tlı' unfolding rose exhales, Wings raise her arms, and wings her feel en.

Or spices breathing in Arabian gales. fold;

Next these the good and just, an awful train, A thousand busy tongues the goddess bears, Thus on their knees address the sacred fane : A thousand open eyes, and thousand list ning since living virtue is with envy curs'd,

And the best men are treated like the worst, Beneath, in order rang'd, the tuveful Nine

Do thou, just Goddess, call our merits forth, (Her virgin handmaids) still attend the shrine; And give each deed th' exact intrinsic worth. With eyes on Faine for ever fix'd, they sing; Not with bare justice shall your act be crown'd For Fame they raise the voice, and tune the (Said Fame); but high above desert renowu'd: string :

(lays, Let fuller notes th’applauding world amaze, With Time's first birth began the heavenly And the loud clarinu labour in your praise. And last eternal thro’ the length of days. This band dismiss'd, behold another crowd

Around these wonders as I cast a look, Preferr'd the same request, and lowly bow'd; The trumpet sounded, and the temple shook ; The constant tenour of whose well-spent days And all the nations, summond at the call, No less deserv'd a just return of praise. From diff'rent quarters till the crowded hall: But straiglit the diretul trump of slander Of various tongues the mingled sounds were sounds! heard ;

Thro' the big dome the doubling thunder In various garbs promiscuous thronys ap bounds; pear');

Loud as the burst of canuon reuds the skies, Thick as the bees that with the spring renew The dire report thro' ev'ry regiou Mies; Their flow'ry tvils, and sip the fragrant dew, 1o ev'ry ear incessant rumours rung, When the wing'd colonies first tempt the sky, And gathring scandals drew on ev'ry tongue. O'er dusky fields and shaded waters tly, From the black trumpet's rosty concare bruke Or settiiug seize the sweets the blossoms yield, Sulphureous fames, and clouds of rolling And a low murmur runs along the field.

smoke: Millions of suppliant crowds the shrine attend, The pois'nons vapour blots the purple shies, And all degrees before the goddess bend; And witbers all before it as it fies. The poor, the rich, the valiant, and the sage, A troop came next who crowns and armour And boasting youth, and narrative old age.

wore, Their pleas were diffrent, their request the And proud defiance in their looks they bore : same;

For thee (they cried) amidst alarms and strise ! For good and bad alike are fond of fame. He saii'u in tempests down the stream of life;

ears.

For thee whole nations filld with flames and The Queen assents, the trumpet rends the blood,

skies, And swam to empire thro' the purple flood. And at each blast a lady's honour dies. Those ills we dar'd, thy inspiration own;

Pleas'd with the strange success, vast numWhat virtue seemd, was done for thee alone.

bers press'd Ambitious fools! (the Queen replied, and Around the shrine, and made the same request: frown'd)

What! you (she cried) unlearn'd in arts to Be all your acts in deep oblivion drown'd:

please,

[ease, There sleep forgot, with mighty tyrants gone ;

Slares to yourselves, and even fatigu'd with Your statues moulder'd, and your names un

Who lose a length of undeserving daysknowo!

[my sight, Would you usurp the lover's dear-bought A sudden cloud straight snatch'd them from praise ! And eacb majestic phantom sunk in night. To just contempt, ye vain pretenders, fall;

Then came the smallest tribe I yet had seen; The people's fable and the scorn of all! Plain was their dress, and modest was their Straight the black clarion sends a horrid mien.

sound,

[round; Great idol of mankind! we neither claim Loud laughs burst out, and bitter scoifs fly The praise of merit, nor aspire to fame; Wbispers are loud, with taunts reviling loud But, safe in deserts from th' applause of men,

And scornful hisses run tbro' all the crowd. Would die unheard of, as we liv'd uuseen. Last, those who boast of mighty mischiefs 'Tis all we beg thee, to conceal from sight

done, Those acts of goodness which tbemselves re. Enslave their country, or usurp the throne; quite.

Or who their glory's dire foundation laid Olet us still the secret joy partake,

Ou sov'reigos ruin'd, or on friends betray'd ; To follow virtue even for virtue's sake.

Calm thinking villains, whom no faith could And live there men who slight immortal fame? fix, Who then with incense shali adore our name? Of crooked counsels and dark politicsBut, mortals! know, 'tis still our greatest pride Of these a gloomny crowd surround the throne, To blaze those virtues which the good would | And beg to make th’immortal treasons known. hide.

The trumpet roars, long fleaky fames expire, Rise! Muses, rise! add all your tuneful breath; With sparks that seem'd to set the world on These must not sleep in darkness and in death.

fire. She said ; in air the trembling music floats, At the dread sound pale mortals stood aghast, And on the winds triumphant swell the notes; And startled nature trembled with the blast. So soft, tho' high, so loud, and yet so clear, This having heard and seen, some pow'r unEren list'ning angels lean from Heaven to

known,

(the throne. hear :

Strait chang'd the scene, and snatch'd me froin To furthest shores the ambrosial spirit flies, Before my view appea, 'd a structure fair, Sireet to the world, and grateful to the skies. Its site uncertain, if in earth or air; Next these, a youthful train their vows ex With rapid motion turu'd the mansiou round; press'd,

With ceaseless noise the ringing walls reWith feathers crown'd, with gay embroid'ry sound; dressid ;

Not less in vumber were the spacious doors Hither, they cried, direct your eyes, and see, Than leaves on trees, or sands upon the The men of pleasure, dress, and gallantry;

shores; Ours is the place, at banquets, balls, and Wbich still unfolded stand, by night, hy day, plays;

Pervious to winds, and opeu ev'ry way. Sprightly our vights, polite are all our days; As fames by nature to the sky ascend, Courts we frequent, where 'tis our pleasing As weighty bodies to the centre tend,

As to the sea returning rivers roll, To pay due visits, and address the fair : And the touch'd needle trembles to the pole; In fact, 'tis true, no nymph we could per Hither, as to their proper place, arise suade,

All various sounds, from earth, and seas, and Bat still in fancy vanquish'd ev'ry maid;

skies, of unknown Duchesses lewd tales we tell; Or spoke aloud, or whisper'd in the ear; Yet, would the world believe as, all were well. Nor ever silence, rest, or peace is bere. The joy let others have, and we the name; As on the smooth expanse of crystal lakes And what we want in pleasure, grant in fame. The sinking stones at first a circle makes ;

care

ear:

The irembling surface, by the motion stirr'd, Thru' thuasand vents impatient, forth they
Spread in a second circle, then a third ;

flow,
llide, and more wide, the floating rings all. And rush in millions on the world below;
vance,

[dance : Faine sits aloft, and poiuts them out their Fill all the walory plain, and to the margin

course,

[force; Thus ev'ry voice and sound, wbeu first they Their date determines, and prescribes their break,

Some to retain, and some to perish 5000 ;
On neiglab'ring air a soft impression make; Or wale aud wax alternate like the moon.
Another aunbicut circle then they move; Around a thousand winged wonders fly,
That in its turn impels the next abure; Borne by the trumpet's blast, and scatter'd
Thru'undulated air the sounds are sent,

thro the sky. And spread o'er all the fluid element.

There, at one passage, oft you may survey
There various news 1 beard of love and strife, | A lie and truth contending for the way;
Of peace and war, health, sickuess, death and || And long 'twas doubtful, both so closely pent,
life;

Which first should issue thro' the narrow veut.
Of loss and gain, of famine and of store; At last agreed, together out they fly,
Of storms at sea, and travels on the shore; Inseparable now the truth and lie;
of prodigies, and portents seen in air; The strict companions are for ever jvind,
Of fires, and plagues, and stars with blazing And this or that unmix'd no mortal e'er shall
hair;

find.
Ofturns of fortune, changes in the state; Thile this I stood, intent to see and hear,
1 he tull of favourites, projects of the great; Ove came, methought, aud whisper'd in my
dfuld mismanagements, taxations new :
Ali neither wholly false, nor wholly true. What could thus high thy rash ambition raise?

Above, below, without, within, around, Art thou, foud youth, a candidate for praise?
Confus'd, uynumber'd multitudes are found, 'Tis true, said I, not void of hopes I came,
W bo pass, repass, advance, and glide anay; For who su fond as youthful barus of fune?
Hosts rais'd by fear, and phantoms of a day; But few, alas! the casual blessing boast,
Astrologers, that future fates foresbew; So hard to gain, so easy to be lost.
Projectors, quacks, and lawyers not a feir; How vain that second life in others' breath,
Aad priests, and party zealots, numerous "l'estate which wits inherit after death!
bands,

Ease, bealtlı, and life, for this they must resign; With home-born lies, or tales from foreign l'usure the tenure, but box vast the fine! lauds;

The great man's cusse,

without the gains, enEach talk'd aloud, or in some secret place;

dure;
And wild impatience star'd in ev'ry face. Be envied, wretched--and be fatter'd, poor;
Tbe flying rumours gather'd as they rollid, Allluckless wits their enemies profesi,
Searre any tale was sooner heard than told; And all successful, jealous friends at best.
Aud all who told it added something new, Nor Fame I slight, nor for her favouis call;
And all who beard it made enlargements too; She comes unlouk'd for, if she comes at all.
In ev'ry ear it spread, on ev'ry tongue it grew. But if the purchase costs so dear a price,
Thus Aying east and west, and north and south, As soothing folly, or exalting vice ;
News travell'd with increase from mouth to Oh! if the Muse must flatter lawless sway,
mouth.

And follow still where Fortune leads the way;
So from a spark that kindled first by chance, Or if no basis bear my rising name
With gatlı ring force the quick’ning flames But the fallen ruins of another's fame
advance;

Then teach me, Heaven! to scorn the guilty
Till to the clouds their curling heads aspire,

bays,

(praise; Aud tuw'rs and temples sink in Hoods ot' fire. Drive from my breast that wretched lust of il bieu thus ripe lies are to perfection sprung,

Unblemisb'd let me live, or die unknown; Pull own, and fit to grace a mortal tongue, Oh grant an houest fame, or grant me noue!

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