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The champions in distorted postures threat;
And all appear'd irregularly great.

Here happy Horace tun'd th’ Ausonian lyre
To sweeter sounds, and temper'd Pindar's fire :
Pleas'd with Alceus' manly rage t'infuse
The softer spirit of the Sapphic Muse.
The polish'd pillar diff'rent sculptures grace ;
A work outlasting monumental brass.
Here smiling Loves and Bacchanals appear,
The Julian ftar, and great Auguftas here.
The Doves, that round the infant Poet spread
Myrtles and bays, hang hov’sing o'er his head.

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IMITATIONS. Vsr. 224. Pleas'd coith Alcæus' manly rage r' infufo-Tbe fyfter. Spirit of rbe Sappbic Muse.) This expresses the mix'd characer of the odes of Horace : the second of these verses alludes to that lins of his,

Spiritum Graiæ tenuem camænæ. As another which follows, to

Exegi monumentum ære perennius The action of the Dores hints at a passage in the fourth ode of bi third book.

Me fabulofae Vulture in Appulo
Altricis extra limen Apuliæ,
Ludo fatigatumque fomno,

Fronde nova puerum palumbes
Texêre ; mirum quod foret omnibus com
Ut tuto ab atris corpore viperis
Dormirem et urnis ; ut premerer sacra

Lauroque collataque myrto,

Non fine Diis animorus infans.
Which may be cbus englished ;

While yet a child, I chanc'd to stray,
And in a desari Deeping lay ;
The Savage race withdrew, nor dar'd
To touch the Muses' future bard ;
But Cyr herca': gentle dove

Alyrics and Bays around me spread,

And crown'd your infant Puet's head,
Sacred to Mufic and to Love.

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Here, in a fhrine that cast a dazzling light,
Sate fix'd in thought the mighty Stagirite;
His facred head a radiant Zodiac crown'd,
And various Animals his fides surround;
His piercing eyes, ered, appear to view
Superior worlds, and look all Nature through.

With equal rays immortal Tally shone,
The Roman Roftra deck'd the Consul's throne :
Gath'ring his Rowing robe, he seem'd to stand

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In act to speak, and graceful stretch'd his hand.
Behind, Rome's Genius waits with Civic crowns,
And the great Father of his country owns.

These massy columns in a circle rise,
O'er which a pompous dome invades the skies:

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Scarce to the top I stretch'd my aching sight,
So large it spread, and swell’d to such a height.
Full in the midit proud Fame's imperial feat
With jewels blaz'd, magnificently great;
The vivid em'ralds there revive the eye,

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The flaming rubies shew their fanguine dye,
Bright azure rays from lively sapphires stream,
And lucid amber casts a golden gleam.
With various-colour'd light the pavement phone,
And all on fire appear'd the glowing throne; 255
The dome's high arch reflets the mingled blaze,
And forms a rainbow of alternate rays.
When on the Goddess first I cast my light,
Scarce seem'd her stature of a cubit's height;

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IMITATIONS.
Ver". 259. Scarce seem'd ber fature, etc.)

Methought that the was so lite,
That the length of a cubite
Was longer than the seemed be;

But thus foone in a while ihe,
VOL. I.

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But fwell's to larger fize, the more I gaz'd, 260
'Till to the roof her tow’ring front she rais’d.
With her, the ] emple ev'ry moment grew,
And ampler Viftas opend to my view :
L'pward the columns shoot, the roofs ascend,
And arches widen, and long iles extend. 265
Such was her form, as ancient bards have told,
Wings raise her arms, and wings her feet infold;
A thousand busy tongues the Goddess bears,
And thousand open eyes, and thousand list’ning ears.
Bencath, in order rang'd, the tuneful Nine

270 (Her virgin handmaids) fill attend the fhrine: With eyes on Fame for ever fix'd, they fing; For Fame they raise the voice, and tune the string; With time's firit birth began the heav'nly lays, And laft, eternal, thro' the length of days. 275

Around these wonders as I calt a look,
The trumpet founded, and the temple thook,

IMITAT 1-0 N-s.
Her selfe tho wonderly straight,
That with her feet she the earth reight,

And with her head. The touchyd heaven
VER. 270. Beneath in order rang’d, etc.)

I heard about her throne y-sung
That all ihe palays walls rung,
So fung the mighty Mule, she
That cleped is Calliope,

And her leven lifters cke
Ver.276. Ariurd the e wonders, etc ]

I heard a noise approachen blive,
That far'd as bees done in a hive,
Against her time of cut Aying;
Righe such a manere murmuring,
For all the world it seemed me.
Thogun I look about and see
That there came ent'ring into th' hall,
A right greit company withal;
And that of fundr, rigions,
Of all kind of conditions, etc. -

And all the nations, fummon'd at the call,
From diff'rent quarters fill the crouded hall:
Of various tongues the mingled sounds were heard ;
In various garbs promiscuous throngs appear’d; 281
Thick as the bees, that with the Spring renew
Their flow'ry toils, and fip the fragrant dew,
When the wing'd colonies first tempt the sky,
O’er dusky fields and faded waters fly,

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Or settling, seize the sweets the blossoms yield,
And a low murmur runs along the field.
Millions of suppliant crouds the fhrine attend,
And all degrees before the Goddess bend ;
The poor, the rich, the valiant and the sage, 290
And boasting youth, and narrative old-age.
Their pleas were diff'rent, their request the same:
For good and bad alike are fond of Fame.
Some she disgrac'd, and some with honours crown'd;
Unlike successes equal merits found.

295 Thus her blind fifter, fickle Fortune, reigns, And undiscerning scatters crowns and chains.

First at the shrine the Learned world appear, And to the Goddess thus prefer their pray’r. Long have we fought t'instruct and please mankind, With studies pale, with midnight vigils blind;

301 But thank'd by few, rewarded yet by none, We here appeal to thy superior throne: On wit and learning the just prize bestow, For Fame is all we must expect belo.v.

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IMITATIONS,
VER. 294. Some she disgrac’d, etc.)

And some of them the granted fone,
And some she warned well and fair,
And some the granted the contrai:-
Right as her fiter dame Fortune
Is wont to serve in communc.

The Goddess heard, and bade the Muses raise
The golden Trumpet of eternal Praise :
From pole to pole the winds diffufe the sound,
That fills the circuit of the world around;
Not all at once, as thunder breaks the cloud ;

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The notes at first were rather fweet than loud:
By just degrees they ev'ry moment rise,
Fill the wide earth, and gain upon the skies.
At ev'ry breath were balmy odours fhed,
Which ftill grew sweeter, as they wider spread; 315
Less fragrant fcents th’unfolding rofe exhales,
Or spices breathing in Arabian gales.

Next these the good and juft, an awful train, Thus on their knees address the sacred fane. Since living virtue is with envy cursid,

320 And the best men are treated like the worf, Do thou, just Goddess, call our merits forth, And give each deed th’exact intrinsic worth. Not with bare justice shall your act be crown'd, (Said Fame) but high above desert renown'd: 325

IMITATIONS,
VER. 318. ibe good and just, etc ]

Tho came the third companye,
And gan up to the dees to hye,
And down on knees they fell anone,
And faiden: We ben everichone
Folke that han full truely
Deserved Fame right-fully,
And prayen you it might be knowe
Right as it is, and forth blowe,

I grant, quoth she, for now we list
That your good works fall be wift.
And yet ye shall have better loos,
Righi in despire of all your foos,
Than worthy is, and that anone.
Let now (quoth the) thy trump gone -
And certes all the breath that went
Out of his trump's mouth smel'd
As men a pot of baume held
Amerg a balet full of roses,

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