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On this foundation Fame's high temple stands;
Stupendous pile! not rear'd by mortal hands.
Whate'er proud Rome, or artful Greece beheld,
Or elder Babylon, its frame excell'd,
Four faces had the dome *, and ev'ry face
Of various ftru&ure, but of equal grace :
Four brazen gates, on columns lifted high,
Salute the different quarters of the sky.
Here fabled chiefs in darker ages born,
Or worthies old, whom arms or arts adorn,
Who cities rais'd, or tam'd a monstrous face;
The walls in venerable order grace :
Heroes in animated marble frown,
And legislators seem to think in stone,
Westward, a fumptuous frontispiece appear'd,
On Doric pillars of white marble rear'd,
Crown'd with an architrave of antique mold,
And soulpture rifing on the roughend gold.
In shaggy spoils here Theseus was beheld,
And Perseus dreadful with Minerva's fhield :
There great Alcides stooping with his toil,
Rests on his club, and holds th' Hesperian spoil.
Here Orpheus fings; trees moving to the found
Start from their roots, and form a shade around :
Amphion there the loud creating lyre
Strikes, and behold a sudden Thebes aspire !
Cythæron's echoes answer to his call,
And half the mountain rolls into a wall :
There might you see the length’ning {pires ascend,
The domes swell up, the widening arches bend,
The growing tow'rs like exhalations rise,
And the huge columns heaye into the skies.

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The Temple is described to be square, the four fronts with open gates facing the different quarters of the world, as an intimation that all nations of the e rth may alike be received into it. The western front is of Greecian architecture : the Doric ord r was peculiarly sacred to herocs and worthies. Those whose statues are after mentioned, were the first names of old Greece in ærm: and arts.

The The eastern front was glorious to behold, With diamond flaming, and Barbaric gold. There Ninus shone, who spread th’ Affyrian fame, 95 And the great founder of the Persian name * There in long robes the royal Magi stand, Grave Zoroafter waves the circling wand, The fage Chaldæans robed in white appear'd, And Brachmans, deep in desart woods rever'd.

100 These stop'd the moon, and call'd th' unbody'd shades To midnight banquets in the glimmering glades; Made visionary fabricks round them rise, And airy spectres skim before their eyes; Of Talismans and Sigils knew the pow'r,

105 And careful watch'd the planetary hour, Superior, and alone, Confucius stood, Who taught that useful science to be good,

But on the south, a long, majestic race Qf Ægypt's priests the gilded niches grace,

IIO Who measur'd earth, describ'd the starry spheres, And trac'd the long records of lunar years. High on his car Sefoftris § ftruck my view, Whom scepter'd slaves in golden harness drew : His hands a bow and pointed javelin hold ; IIS His giant limbs are arm'd in scales of gold, Between the statues obelisks were plac'd, And the learn'd walls with hieroglyphics grac’d.

Of Gothic structure was the northern side, Q'er-wrought with ornaments of barb?rous pride. There huge colofses rose, with trophies crown’d, And Rupic characters were grav'd around,

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Cyrus founded the Persian as Ninus did the Assyrian monarchy. The Magi and Chaldeans (the chief of whom was Zoroaster) employed their Rudies upon magic and astrology, which was in a manner almost all the learning of the ancient Asian people. We have scarce any account of a moral philosopher except Confucius, the great law-giver of the Chinese, who lived about two thousand years ago.

$ The actions and conquests of this Ægyptian hero may be seen at large in Diodorus, &

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There sate Zamolxis * with erected eyes,
And Odin ş here in mimic trances dies.
There on rude iron columns finear'd with blood,
The horrid forms of Scytliian heroes stood,
Druids and bards (their once loud harps unstrung)
And youths that dy'd to be by poets sung.
These and a thousand more of doubtful fame,
To whom old fables gave a lasting name,
In ranks adorn'd the temples outward face;
The wall in luftre † and effect like glass,
Which o'er each object casting various dyes,
Enlarges fome, and others multiplies ;
Nor void of emblem was the mystic wall,
For thus romantic fame increases all,

The Temple shakes, the founding gates únfold,
Wide vaults appear, and roofs of fretted gold :
Rais'd on a thousand pillars, wreath'd around
With laurel-foliage, and with eagles crown'd:
Of bright, transparent beryl were the walls,
The freezes gold, and gold the capitals ;
As heav'n with stars, the roof with jewels glows,
And ever-living lamps depend in rows.
Full in the passage of each spacious gate,
The sage historians in white garments wait ;
Gray'd o'er their feat's the form of time was found,
His scythe revers’d, and both his pinions bound.
Within, stood heroes who thro' loud alarms
In bloody fields pursu'd renown in arms.
High on a throne with trophies charg'd, I view'd
The youth that all things but himself fubdu'd' ;
His feet on sceptres and tiaras trod,
And his horn'd head bely'd the Lybian god.

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Zamolxis was the disciple of Pythagoras, who taught the inmortality of the foul to the Scythians. § Odin, or Woden, was the great legislaco: and hero of the Goths. † The wall in lustre, &c.

It thonë lighter than a glass,
And made well more than it was,

As kind thing of fame is.
Alexander the Creat,

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There Cæfar, grac'd with both Minervas, Ihone;

e; 155 Cæsar, the world's great master, and his own;

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Unmovid, superior ftill in ev'ry state,
And scarce detested in his country's fate.
But chief were those, who not for empire fought,
But with their toils their people's safety bought : 160
High o'er the rest Epaminondas stood;
Timoleon, glorious in his brother's blood;
Bold Scipio, saviour of the Roman state,
Great in his triumphs, in retirement great ;
And wise Aurelius, in whose well-taught mind, 165
With boundless pow'r unbounded virtųe join'd,
His own ftri&t judge, and patron of mankind.

Much-fuff'ring heroes next their honours claim,
Those of less noisy, and less guilty fame,
Fair virtue's filent train : fupreme of these

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Here ever shines the godlike Socrates :
He whom ungrateful Athens could expel,
At all times juft, but when he sign’d the shell *;
Here his abode the martyr'd Phocian claims,
With Agis, not the last of Spartan names :

175 Unconquer'd Cato shews the wound he tore, And Brutus his ill genius meets no more.

But in the centre of the hallow'd quire, Six pompous columns + o'er the rest aspire ;

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• Aristides, who for his great integrity was distinguished by the appellation of the Juft. When his countrymen would have banished him by the Ostracism, where it was the custom for every man to sign the name of the perfon he voted to exile in an oyster-Dell, a peasant, who could not write, came to Aristides to do it for him, who readily signed his owo name. # Six pompous columns, &c.

From the decs many a pillere,
Of metal that shone not full clere, &c.
Upon a pillere saw I stonde
That was of lede and iron fine,
Aim of the feet Saturnine,
The Ebraicke Josephus the old, &c.

Upon an iron piller strong,
That painted was all endlong,
With eyger's blood in every place,
The Tholofan that hight Stacę,
That bare of Thebes up the name, &c.

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Around the shrine itself of Fame they stand,
Hold the chief honours, and the fane command.
High on the first, the mighty Homer shone;
Eternal adamant compos'd his throne;
Father of verse ! in holy fillets drest,
His filver beard wav'd gently o'er his breast;
Tho' blind, a boldness in his looks appears;
In years he seem'd, but not impair’d by years.
The wars of Troy were round the pillar seen :
Here fierce Tydides wounds the Cyprian queen ;
Here Hector glorious from Patroclus' fall,
Here dragg'd in triumph round the Trojan wall.
Motion and life did ev'ry part inspire,
Bold was the work, and prov'd the master's fire;
A strong expression moft he feem'd t' affect,
And here and there disclos'd a brave neglect.

A golden column next in rank appear'd, t
On which a fhrine of purest gold was rear'd;
Finish'd the whole, and labour'd ev'ry part,
With patient touches of unweary'd art :

The Mantuan there in sober triumph sate,
Compos’d his posture, and his look sedate;

* Full wonder hye on a pillere
Of iron, he he great Omer,
And with him Dares and Titus; &c.

+ There faw I stand on a pillere
That was of tinned iron clere,
The Latin poet Virgyle,
That hath bore up a great while
The fame of pius Eneas;

And next him on a pillere was
Of copper, Venus clerke Ovide,
That hath fown wondrous wide
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God of love's fame
Tho saw I on a pillere by
Of iron wrought full sternly,
The great poet Dan Lučan,
That on his fhoulders bore up then
As hye as that I might see,
The fame of Julius and Pompec.

And next him on a pillere stode
Of fulphur, like as he were wode,
Dan Claudian, fothe for to tell,
That bare up all the fame of bell, &c

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