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1820 Excerpt: ... innocence; Some purpled in afflictions, others
dyed In sanguine pleasures; some in glittering pride, Spun to adorn
the earth, whilst others wear Rags of deformity; but knots of care
No thread was wholly freed from. Next to this Fair glorious tower
was placed that black abyss Of dreadful Atropos, the baleful seat
Of death and horror; in each room replete With lazy damps, loud
groans, and the sad sight Of pale grim ghosts--those terrors of the
night. To this, the last stage that the winding clew Of life can
lead mortality unto, Fear was the dreadful porter, which let in All
guests sent thither by destructive Sin. As its firm basis, on all
these depends A lofty pyramid, to which each sends, Some gift from
nature's treasury to Fame's Uncertain hand. The hollow room with
names And empty sounds was only filled, of those For whom the
Destinies 'dained to compose Their fairest threads; as if but born
to die--Here all Ephemeras of report did fly On feeble wings, till,
being like to fall, Some faintly stick upon the slimy wall, Till
the observant antiquary rents Them thence to live in paper
monuments; In whose records they are preserved to be--The various
censures of posterity. 1' the upper room, as favorites to Fate,
There only Poets, rich in fancy, sat; Li that beneath--Historians,
whose records Do themes unto those pregnant wits afford; Yet both
preparing everlasting bays To crown their glorious dust, whose
happy days Were here spent well. Beneath these, covered o'er With
dim oblivion's shadows, myriads more, Till dooms-day shall the
gaudy world undress, Lay huddled up in dark forgetfulness. All
which, as objects not of worth to cast A fixed eye on, the
princess' genius past In heedless haste, until obstructed by
Visions, that thus fixed her soul's wandering e5e....
|Country of origin:
• William Chamberlayne
||246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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