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THE 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: wherever any hint is taken from him, the passage itself is set down in the marginal notes.
Millions of suppliant Crowds the Shrine altend, And all degrees before the Goddess bend;
The Poor, the Rich, the Wallant, and the Sagel? And lwasting Youth,K narrative Old-e Age.
Temple of Faue
N that soft feason, when descending show'rs
Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flow'rs
breast, (What time the morn mysterious visions brings, . While purer slumbers spread their golden wings) * A train of phantoms in wild order rose, And join:d, this intellectual scene composer 10
I stood, methought, betwixt earth, feas, and skies ;; The whole creation open to my eyes:
NOT I S. 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 Vifions, or pieces of imagination, and constantly defcriptive. From these, Petrarch ani Chaucer frequently borrow the idea of their poems. See the Trionfit of the former, and the Dream, Flower,
end ibe Leaf, etc. of the latter. The Author of this therefore chose the same sort of Exordium..
Thul beheld I fields and plains, .