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Till to the clouds their curling heads aspire,
When thus ripe lies are to perfection sprung,
There, at one passage, oft you might survey
While thus I stood, intent to see and hear?,
'Tis true, said I, not void of hopes I came,
i While thus I stood, &c.] The hint is taken Chaucer he only answers "he came to see the from a passage in another part of the third book, place;" and the book ends abruptly, with his but here more naturally made the conclusion, being surprized at the sight of a Man of great with the addition of a Moral to the whole. In Authority, and awaking in a fright. P.
Ver. 11, etc.] These verses are hinted from the following of Chaucer, Book 11. :
• Tho beheld I fields and plains,
Now shippes sayling in the see.' P. Ver. 27. High on a rock of Ice, etc.] Chaucer's third book of Fame:
'It stood upon so high a rock,
A rock of ise, and not of stele.'
But men said, what may ever last.' P.
And not away with stormes beate.'
The wall in lustre, etc.]
As kind thing of Fame is.'
Upon an iron piller strong,
And next him on a pillere was
Tho saw I on a pillere by
And next him on a pillere stode
That bare up all the fame of hell, etc.' P. Ver. 224. Pleas'd with Alcaus' manly rage ť infuse The softer spirit of the Sapphic Muse.] This expresses the mix'd character of the odes of Horace: the second of these verses alludes to that line of his,
'Spiritum Graiæ tenuem camoenæ.' As another which follows, to
'Exegi monumentum ære perennius.' The action of the Doves hints at a passage in the fourth ode of his third book,
“Me fabulosæ Vulture in Appulo
Ludo fatigatumque somno,
Fronde nova puerum palumbes Texêre; mirum quod foret omnibusUt tuto ab atris corpore viperis Dormirem et ursis; ut premerer sacro
Lauroque collataque myrto,
Non sine Diis animosus infans.'
“While yet a child, I chanc'd to stray,
Myrtles and Bays around me spread,
And crown'd your infant Poet's head,
And with head she touchyd heaven-' P.
And her seven sisters eke' P.
Some she disgrac'd, etc.]
the good and just, etc.)
I grant, quoth she, for now me list
Among a basket full of roses- P.
* Therewithal there came anone
Out of the foul trumpet's ende--etc.' P.
What, quoth she, and be ye wood ?
That their fame was blown aloft.' P. Ver. 378. Next these a youthful train, etc.) The Reader might compare these twenty-eight lines following, which contain the same matter, with eighty-four of Chaucer, beginning thus:
"Tho came the sixth companye,
Of werres, of peace, of marriages,
Of rest, of labour, of voyages, being too prolix to be here inserted. P.
Of abode, of dethe, and of life,
Of love and hate, accord and strife, Ver. 406. Last, those who boast of mighty, etc.)
Of loss, of lore, and of winnings, 'Tho came another companye,
Of hele, of sickness, and lessings,
Of divers transmutations
Of estates and eke of regions,
Of fire, and of divers accident.' P. "Tho saw I stonde in a valey, Under the castle fast by
Ver. 458. Above, below, without, within,
etc.) A house, that Domus Dedali
* But such a grete Congregation
Of folke as saw roame about,
Some within, and some without,
Was never seen, ne shall 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, Knowst 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 tyding 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.' P.
Ver. 489. There, at one passage, etc.]
* And sometime I saw there at once, This thought is transferred hither out of the
A lesing and a sad sooth saw third book of Fame, where it takes up no less
That gonnen at adventure draw than one hundred and twenty verses, beginning
Out of a window forth to pacethus,
And no man, be he ever so wrothe, 'Geffray, thou wottest well this, etc.' P.
Shall have one of these two, but bothe, etc.' Ver. 448. There various news I heard, etc.)
JANUARY AND MAY:
THE MERCHANT'S TALE.
This Translation was done at sixteen or seventeen years of Age. P. [It appeared, with the Pastorals, in Tonson's Miscellany in 1709. Tyrwhitt doubts whether the source of the story, although its scene is laid in Italy, is Italian; and traces the adventure of the Pear-tree to Adolphus' Latin Fables (1315). The machinery of the Fairies, he thinks, was probably added by Chaucer himself. It is not impossible that it may have suggested that of the Sylphs in the Rape of the Lock.]
'HERE liv'd in Lombardy, as authors write,
In days of old, a wise and worthy knight;
But in due time, when sixty years were o'er,
These thoughts he fortify'd with reasons still,