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[Inscription] II. For a Statue of CHAUCER at WOODSTOCK.

1 SUCH was old Chaucer. such the placid mien
2 Of him who first with harmony inform'd
3 The language of our fathers. Here he dwelt
4 For many a cheerful day. these ancient walls
5 Have often heard him, while his legends blithe
6 He sang; of love, or knighthood, or the wiles
7 Of homely life: through each estate and age,
8 The fashions and the follies of the world
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9 With cunning hand portraying. Though perchance
10 From Blenheim's towers, O stranger, thou art come
11 Glowing with Churchill's trophies; yet in vain
12 Dost thou applaud them, if thy breast be cold
13 To him, this other heroe; who, in times
14 Dark and untaught, began with charming verse
15 To tame the rudeness of his native land.


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    Title (in Source Edition): [Inscription] II. For a Statue of CHAUCER at WOODSTOCK.
    Author: Mark Akenside
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing
    Genres: blank verse; inscription
    References: DMI 27805

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. VI. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], pp. 30-31. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163; OTA K104099.006)

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