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And youths that died to be by poets sung. These, and a thousand more, of doubtful

fame, To whom old fables gave a lasting name, 130 In ranks adorned the temple's outward face ; The wall in lastre and effect like glass, Which o'er each object casting various dyes, Enlarges some, and others multiplies : Nor void of emblem was the mystic wall, 135 For thus romantic Fame increases all. The temple shakes, the sounding gates un

fold, Wide vaults appear, and roofs of fretted gold : Raised on a thousand pillars, wreathed around With laurel-foliage, and with eagles crowned : Of bright, transparent beryl were the walls, 141 The friezes gold, and gold the capitals : As heaven with stars, the roof with jewels

glows, And ever-living lamps depend in rows. Full in the passage of each spacious gate, 145 The sage historians in white garments wait; Graved o'er their seats the form of Time was

found, His scythe reversed, and both his pinions

bound. Within stood heroes, who through loud alarms In bloody fields pursued renown in arms. 150

so celebrated for their savage virtue. Those heroic barbarians accounted it a dishonour to die in their beds, and rushed on to certain death in the prospect of an after-life, and for the glory of a song from their bards in praise of their actions.-P.

1 “It shone lighter than a glass,

And made well more than it was,
To semen everything, ywis,
As kind of thinge Fames is.”_P.

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High on a throne, with trophies charged, I

viewed The youth that all things but himself sub

dued ; His feet on sceptres and tiaras trod, And his horned head belied the Libyan god. There Cæsar, graced with both Minervas,

shone; Cæsar, the world's great master, and his own; Unmoved, superior still in every state, And scarce detested in his country's fate. But chief were those, who not for empire

fought, But with their toils their people's safety

bought: High o'er the rest Epaminondas stood; Timoleon, glorious in his brother's blood ; ? Bold Scipio, saviour of the Roman state, Great in his triumphs, in retirement great ; 164 And wise Aurelius, in whose well-taught mind With boundless power unbounded virtue joined, His own strict judge, and patron of mankind. Much-suffering heroes next their honours

claim, Those of less noisy, and less guilty fame, Fair Virtue's silent train : supreme of these 170 Here ever shines the godlike Socrates :

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1 Alexander the Great. The tiara was the crown peculiar to the Asian princes. His desire to be thought the son of Jupiter Ammon caused him to wear the horns of that god, and to represent the same upon his coins ; which was continued by several of his successors.-P.

2 Timoleon had saved the life of his brother Timophanes, in the battle between the Argives and Corinthians; but afterwards killed him when he affected the tyranny, preferring his duty to his country to all the obligations of blood.-P.

He whom ungrateful Athens could expel,
At all times just, but when he signed the shell:
Here his abode the martyred Phocion claims,
With Agis, not the last of Spartan names : 175
Unconquered Cato shows the wound he tore,
And Brutus his ill Genius meets no more.

But in the centre of the hallowed choir,
Six pompous columns o'er the rest aspire ; 3
Around the shrine itself of Fame they stand, 180
Hold the chief honours, and the fane command.
High on the first, the mighty Homer shone ;

1 Aristides, who, for his great integrity, was distinguished by the appellation of “the Just.” When his countrymen would have banished him by the ostracism, where it was the custom for every man to sign the name of the person he voted to exile in an oystershell, a peasant, who could not write, came to Aristides to do it for him, who readily signed his own name.-P.

2 In the midst of the temple, nearest the throne of Fame, are placed the greatest names in learning of all antiquity. These are described in such attitudes as express their different characters : the columns on which they are raised are adorned with sculptures, taken from the most striking subjects of their works; which sculpture bears a resemblance, in its manner and character, to the manner and character of their writings.-P.

3 " From the dees many a pillere,

Of metal that shone not full clere, &c.
Upon a pillere saw I stonde
That was of lede and iron fine,
Him of the sect Saturnine,
The Ebraike Josephus the old, &c.

Upon an iron piller strong,
That painted was all endelong,
With tigers' blood in every place,
The Tholosan that highte Stace,

That bare of Thebes up the name," &c.-P.
4 Full wonder hye on a pillere

Of iron, he the great Omer,
And with him Dares and Titus," &c.-P.

Eternal adamant composed his throne;
Father of verse! in holy fillets dressed, 184
His silver beard waved gently o'er his breast;
Though blind, a boldness in his looks appears ;
In years he seemed, but not impaired by years.
The wars of Troy were round the pillar seen :
Here fierce Tydides wounds the Cyprian queen;
Here Hector, glorious from Patroclus' fall, 190
Here dragged in triumph round the Trojan

wall: Motion and life did every part inspire, Bold was the work, and proved the master's

fire; A strong expression most he seemed to affect, And here and there disclosed a brave neglect,

A golden column next in rank appeared,' 196
On which a shrine of purest gold was reared ;
Finished the whole, and laboured every part,
With patient touches of unwearied art:
The Mantuan there in sober triumph sate, 200
Composed his posture, and his look sedate;

1 « There saw I stand on a pillere
That was of tinned iron cleere,
The Latin poete Virgyle,
That hath bore up of a great while
The fame of pius Æneas.

And next him on a pillere was
Of copper, Venus' clerk Ovide,
That hath y-sowen wondrous wide
The great God of Love's fame-

Tho saw I on a pillere by
Of iron wrought fully sternely,
The greate poet Dan Lucan,
That on his shoulders bore up then
As high as that I mighte see,
The fame of Julius and Pompee.

And next him on a pillere stoode
Of sulphur, like as he were woode,
Dan Claudian, sothe for to tell,
That bare up all the fame of hell,” &c.—P.

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On Homer still he fixed a reverent eye,
Great without pride, in modest majesty.
In living sculpture on the sides were spread
The Latian wars, and haughty Turnus dead; 205
Eliza - stretched upon the funeral pyre,
Æneas bending with his aged sire;
Troy flamed in burnished gold, and o'er the

throne
ARMS AND THE MAN in golden ciphers shone.

Four swans sustain a car of silver bright,’ 210 With heads advanced, and pinions stretched for

flight: Here, like some furious prophet, Pindar rode, And seemed to labour with the inspiring god. Across the harp a careless hand he flings, And boldly sinks into the sounding strings. 215 The figured games of Greece the column grace, Neptune and Jove survey the rapid race. The youths hang o'er their chariots as they

run; The fiery steeds seem starting from the stone; The champions in distorted postures threat; 220 And all appeared irregularly great.

Here happy Horace tuned the Ausonian lyre To sweeter sounds, and tempered Pindar's

fire; Pleased with Alcæus' manly rage to infuse 3

1 Elissa (Dido).- Ward.

2 Pindar being seated in a chariot, alludes to the chariot races he celebrated in the Grecian games. The swans are emblems of poetry, their soaring posture intimates the sublimity and activity of his genius. Neptune presided over the Isthmian, and Jupiter over the Olympian games.-P.

3 This expresses the mixed character of the odes of Horace: The second of these verses alludes to that line of his,

“ Spiritum Graiæ tenuem camoenæ,"

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