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For Fame, impatient of extremes, decays
These ever ncw, nor subject to decays,
So Zembla's rocks (the beauteous work of
frost) Rise white in air, and glitter o'er the coast; Pale suns, unfelt, at distance roll away, And on th' impassive ice the lightnings play ; Eternal snows the growing mass supply, Till the bright mountains prop th' incumbent sky: As Atlas fix?d, each hoary pile appears, The gather'd winter of a thousand years,
On this foundation FAME's high Temple stands;
Westward, a suptuous frontispicce arrear'd, On Doric pillars of white marble rear'd, Crown'd with an architrave of antique mold, And sculpture rising on the roughen'd gold. In shaggy spoils here THESEUS was beheld, And Perseus dreadful with Minerva's shicid:
There great Alcides, stooping with his toil, Rests on his club, and holds th' Hesperian
spoil : IIere ORPHEUs sings; trees, moving to the sound, Start from their roots, and form a shade around: AMPHION there the loud creating lyre Strikes, and beholds 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 spires
ascend, The domes swell up, the widening arches bend, The growing tow'rs like exhalations rise, And the huge columns heave into the skies.
The Eastern front was glorious to behold,
The sage CHALDEANS rob’d in white appear'd; And BRACHMANS, deep in desert woods rever'd. These stopp'd the moon, and call'd th' unbodied
To midnight banquets in the glimm’ring glades;...
But, on the South, a long majestic race Of Egypt's Priests the gilded niches grace, Who measur'd earth, describ'd the starry spheres, And trac'd the long records of lunar years, High on his car Sesostris struck my view, Whom sceptred slaves in golden harness drew: His hand a bow and pointed javelin hold; 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,
The Temple shakes, the sounding gates unfold; Wide vaults appear, and roofs of fretted gold,