Hi narrata ferunt alio; mensuraque ficti Crescit et auditus aliquid novus adjicit auctor. Some report elsewhere whatever is told them; the measure of fiction always increases, and each fresh narrator adds something to what he has heard. OvidMetamorphoses. XII. 57.
The flying rumours gatherd as they rolld, Scarce any tale was sooner heard than told; And all who told it added something new, And all who heard it made enlargements too. PopeTemple of Fame. L. 468.
Rumour is a pipe Blown by surmises, jealousies, conjectures, And of so easy and so plain a stop That the blunt monster with uncounted heads, The still-discordant wavering multitude, Can play upon it. Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Induction. L. 15.
Extemplo Libyæ magnas it Fama per urbes: Fama malum quo non velocius ullum; Mobilitate viget, viresque acquirit eundo; Parva metu primo; mox sese attollit in auras, Ingrediturque solo, et caput inter nubilia condit. * * * * * * Monstrum, horrendum ingens; cui quot sunt corpore plumæ Tot vigiles oculi subter, mirabile dictu, Tot linguæ, totidem ora sonant, tot subrigit aures. Straightway throughout the Libyan cities flies rumor;the report of evil things than which nothing is swifter; it flourishes by its very activity and gains new strength by its movements; small at first through fear, it soon raises itself aloft and sweeps onward along the earth. Yet its head reaches the clouds. * * * A huge and horrid monster covered with many feathers: and for every plume a sharp eye, for every pinion a biting tongue. Everywhere its voices sound, to everything its ears are open. VergilÆneid. IV. 173.