This temple is divided in two parts:
Some open lie, others obscure1 as hearts;
Some light as day, others are2 dark as night,
By time’s obscurity worn out of sight.
The outward rooms are3 glorious to the eye, 5
In which Fame’s image placed are4 on high,
Where5 all the windows are triangulars cut,
Where one face into millions is6 put,
And builded is in squares, just like a cube,7
Which way to double, hard is in dispute.8 10
Echoes therein do like as9 balls rebound
From every corner, making a great sound.
The walls are hung with chapters10 all of gold,
In letters great all actions there are told.
The temple door is of prospective glass, 15
Through which a small beam of our eye can pass.
That11 makes truth there so12 difficult to know,
As a new world in the bright moon13 to show.
The steepl’and pillars are14 of goose-quills built,
And plastered over with white paper gilt; 20
The painting is with ink as15 black as jet,
In several works and figures like a net.
The steeple’s high, and yet16 not very light,
But as an17 evening is, ’twixt day and night.
Five tongues, the five bells through18 the world do ring, 25
And to each several ear much news do bring.
The philosopher’s tongue doth give a deep sound,19
But the historian’s is no better found;20
Th’orator’s tongue doth make great noise; the sound21
Of critics harsh, as full of flaws is found;22 30
The small bell, a poet’s tongue, changes23 oft,
Whose motion is24 quick, smooth, even,25 and soft.
The ropes they hang26 by, one cannot27 well see,
For they are28 long small threads of vainglory.
And when they ring, they make a fine29 sweet chime, 35
Especially when poets’ tongues do30 rhyme.
The belfry-man’s31 a printer by his skill,
Who,32 if he pleases, may ring when he will.
When priest to matins, or to vespers go,
To the high altar they bow very33 low. 40
This altar, where34 they offer unto Fame,
Is made of brains, arms, and hearts, without35 blame,
On which lies wisdom, wit, strength, courage, love,
As36 sacrifices to great Fame37 above.
Vertues, arts, sciences as priests here stand,38 45
But Fortune, prioress, doth all command.39
Incense of noble deeds to Fame she sends;
Nothing is offered, but what she commends,40
For Fortune brings more into Fame’s high court
Than all the41 virtues with their great resort. 50
- obscure] are Hid 1664 are hid, 1668
- are] as 1653, 1668
- are] all 1653
- are] is 1653, 1664, 1668
- Where] And 1664, 1668
- one face into millions is] from one face a million of faces 1653
- And builded is in squares, just like a cube,] Its Form is Square, and like a Cube doth show, 1664, 1668
- way to double, hard is in dispute.] how to Doubl’, is hard for Men to know; 1664; how to doubl’, is hard for Men to know. 1668
- Echoes therein do like as] Wherein the Ecchoes do like 1653
- chapters] chapiters 1653
- That] And this 1664, 1668
- there so] so 1664, 1668
- As a new world in the bright moon] As for the bright Moone, a new world 1653
- steepl’and pillars are] Steeple, or Pillars, 1653
- is with ink as] thereof with Inke 1653
- The steeple’s high, and yet] This Steeple high is, and 1653; The Steepl’ is High, and yet 1664
- But as an] As a faire 1653
- the five bells through] like Bells, through all, 1664; like Bells, through all 1668
- The philosopher’s tongue doth give a deep sound,] Philosophers, their Tongue sounds Grave and Deep, 1664; Philosophers, their Tongue sounds grave and deep: 1668
- But the historian’s is no better found;] Th’ Historians Tongue no better Sound doth keep; 1664; Th’Historian’s Tongue, no better Sound doth keep. 1668
- Th’orator’s tongue doth make great noise; the sound] The Oratours Tongue doth make a great noyse, 1653
- Of critics harsh, as full of flaws is found;] Grammarians sound harsh, as if it had flawes: 1653
- The small bell, a poet’s tongue, changes] The Poets Tongue is a small Bell, which 1664; The Poet’s Tongue is a small Bell, which 1668
- Whose motion is] Doth change, whose Motion’s 1664, 1668
- even,] ev’n 1664; ev’n, 1668
- hang] hung 1653
- one cannot] we could not 1653
- are] were 1653
- And when they ring, they make a fine] But yet when they did ring, made a 1653
- poets’ tongues do] the Poet he did 1653
- belfry-man’s] Belfrey man, 1653
- Who,] That, 1653
- very] downe 1653
- where] whereon 1653
- brains, arms, and hearts, without] Arms, Brains, Hearts without a 1664, 1668
- As] Offer’d as 1653
- great Fame] Fame 1653
- priests here stand,] Priest here stands, 1653
- doth all command.] all these commands. 1653
- commends,] recommends. 1653
- the] their 1653