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T HE hint of the following piece was taken from
1 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 first books that answers to their title : whereever any hint is taken from him, the passage itself is set down in the marginal notes. P.
Millions of suppliant Crouds the Shrine attend, And all degrees before thelzoddefo bendl;ia
Thepoor, thethich Me Valiant, and the Jage, And boasting Youth, and narrative old-age.
Temple of Fame.
TN that soft season, when descending show'rs
Callforth thegreens, andwake the rising flow'rs;
NOTE s. i
Ver. 1. In that foft season, etc.] This Poem is introduced in the manner of the Provencial Poets, whose works were for the most part Visions, or pieces of imagination, and constantly descriptive. From these, Petrarch and Chaucer frequently borrow the idea of their poems. See the Trionfi of the former, and the Dream, Flower and the Leaf, etc. of the latter, The Author of this therefore chose the fame sort of Exordium. P.