« PreviousContinue »
THE hint of the following piece was taken from Chaucer's House of Fame. The design is in a manner entirely altered, the defcriptions and most of the particular thoughts my own: yet I could not fuffer 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 fet down in the marginal notes.
Millions of Suppliant Crowds the Shrine attend,
Temple of Fame
N that foft feafon, when defcending show'rs
As balmy fleep had charm'd my cares to reft,
I ftood, methought, betwixt earth, feas, and skies; The whole creation open to my eyes:
VER. 1. In that foft feafon, etc.] This Poem is introduced in the manner of the Provencial Poets, whofe works were for the most part Vifions, or pieces of imagination, and constantly defcriptive. From thefe, 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 chofe the fame fort of Exordium..
VIR. II, etc.] These verses are hinted from the following of Chaucer, Book ii.
Tho' beheld I fields and plains,