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Poetry.

For the Table Book.

THE DESTRUCTION OF

The trumpet was sounded again and again,
Its shrill notes echoing o'er the prostrate slain ;-
But his bands were bound in the slumber of death,
Nor heeded the war-stirring clarion's breath!
The angel of God had pass'd over the host-
In the grasp of Death lay Sennacherib's host !

O. N. Y. July, 1827.

For the Table Book.

NIXON'S PROPHECIES.-MR. CAN.

NING.

:

SENNACHERIB'S ARMY. And it came to pass that night, that the Angel of the

Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they

were all dead corpses 1-2 Kings, xix. 35. The sun in his beauty had sunk to rest, And with magic colours illumin'd the west, Casting o'er the temple his brightest gold, The temple, -Jehovah's dwelling of old : The flowers were clos'd by the evening breeze, That sadly sigh'd through Lebanon's trees; The moon was up, so pale and bright, (She look'd more beautiful that night) Whilst numerous stars were round her gleamingStars in silent beauty beaming. The Fiend of Fear his dark wings spread O'er the city of God, and fill'd it with dread But the king at the altar prostrate lay, And plac'd on Jehovah's arm his stay; In anxious watching he pass'd the night, Waiting the return of the morning light, When forth his embattled hosts should move, The power of Jehovah on the Heathen to prove ! The Assyrian hosts were prond in their might, And in revelry spent the commencement of night, 'Till the power of wine o'er their coward-souls creep

ing, Each man in his armour lay prostrate, sleeping ! At the midnight watch the angel of God O'er the Assyrian camp spread his wings abroad : On his brow was plac'd a crown of light, Which shone like a meteor in the gloom of night, And quench'd, with its brightness, the moon's pale

sheen, Which her sickly rays Aong over the scene : His Aowing robe in large folds roll's, Spangled with gems and bright with gold ! As over the Assyrian camp he passid, He breathed upon them a poisonous blast It blanch'd their cheeks—and without a groan Each soul was hurried to his long, long home! At the morning watch in the Assyrian camp Was heard no sound of the war-horse tramp! The bright son rose, like a bridegroom dress'd, And illumin'd the camp from east to west; But there was no spear in his bright beam gleaming, Nor polish'd mail his reflected light streaming : The spear and the armour were cover'd with rust, And prostrate the warrior lay down in the dust! To arms! to arms! the trumpet soundedThe echoes in mockery the blast resounded! Sennacherib waited his embattled host, The pride of his heart and his impious boast ;-

MR. CANNING's decease on the 8th of August, 1827, occasioned the following article in the

newspapers. Tue DEATH OF MR. CANNING PREDICTED

BY Nixon, THE ASTROLOGER. In an old book, entitled The Prophecies of Robert Nixon, printed in the year 1701, is the following prophetic declaration, which appears to refer to the late melancholy event, which has deprived the English nation of one of her brightest ornaments :-“ In the year 1827 a man will raise himself by his wisdom to one of the most exalted offices in the state. His king will invest him with great power, as a reward for his zeal. England will be greatly rejoiced. A strong party will enter into a league against him, but their envy and hatred will not prevail. The power of God, which reiyneth over all, will cut him off in his prime, and the nation will bitterly bemoan hier loss. Oh, England! beware of thy enemies. A great friend thou wilt lose in this man."

The preceding is a prediction made after the event-a, mere “hoax" on the credulous. There is nothing of the kind among the prophecies imputed to Nixon, who was not an astrologer, and probably existed nowhere but in the imagination of the writer of the manuscript copied by the “ Lady Cowper."

BUSH EELS.

At this season when persons, at inns in Lincolnshire, ask for “eel-pie," they are presently provided with “bush eels;" namely, snakes, caught for that purpose in the bushes, and sold to the landlords cheaply, which are made into stews, pies, and fries.

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Lord Edward Bruce was eldest son of made master of the "rolls in 1604, died in sir Edward, baron of Kinloss, so created 1610, and was buried in the Rolls chapel. by James I. in 1603, to whom the king His son, the lord Edward, killed in duel by gave the dissolved abbey of Kinloss, in sir Edward Sack ville in 1613, was sucAyrshire, after he had been instrumental ceeded by his brother, who was created in his succession to the crown of England; earl of Elgin in 1633, and an English baron whither accompanying the king, he was in 1641.

VOL. II, -35.

Sir Edward Sackville, by whose hand A Monsieur, Monsieur Baron de Kinloss.! the lord Edward Bruce fell, was younger brother to Richard Sackville, earl of Dor

“I am at Tergose, a town in Zeland, to set, on whose death he succeeded to the give what satisfaction your sword can rentitle. He was lord president of the coun

der you, accompanied with a worthy gentlecil, a joint lord keeper, and filled several man for my second, in degree a knight. other distinguished offices under Charles I., And, for your coming, I will not limit you to whom he adhered, by whose side he a peremptory day, but desire you to make fought at the battle of Edge-bill, and whose

a definite and speedy repair, for your own death he took so much to heart, that he honour, and fear of prevention; at which never afterwards stirred out of his house in time you shall find me there. Salisbury-court, but died there on the 17th

Tergose, 10th “E. SACIVILE." of July, 1652.

of August, 1613. Between these noblemen there arose a quarrel, which terminated in their duel ; and all that is, or probably can be known

A Monsieur, Monsieur Sackvile. respecting it, is contained in the following “ I have received your letter by your correspondence, preserved in a manuscript man, and acknowledge you have dealt in Queen's college library, Oxford.* nobly with me; and now I come, with all

possible haste, to meet you. A Monsieur, Monsieur Sackvile.

“ E. BRUCE.” “I that am in France, hear how much you attribute to yourself in this time, that I The combat was fierce, and fatal to lord have given the world leave to ring your Bruce. The survivor, sir Edward Sackpraises; and for me, the truest almanack, ville, describes it in a letter, which will be to tell you how much I suffer. If you call

inserted at a future time. For the present to memory, when as I gave you my hand purpose it is merely requisite to state, that last, I told you I reserved the heart for a lord Stowell, in a communication to the truer reconciliation. Now be that noble earl of Aberdeen, president of the Society gentleman, my love once spoke, and come of Antiquarians, dated February 15, 1822, and do him right that could recite the tryals seems to have determined the spot whereon you owe your birth and country, were I the duel was fought, and the place of lord not confident your honour gives you the Bruce's interment. From that communicasame courage to do me right, that it did tion, containing an account of the discovery to do me wrong. Be master of your own of his heart, with representations of the case weapons and time; the place wheresoever, wherein it was enclosed, the following detail I will wait on you. By doing this, you is derived, together with the engravings. shall shorten revenge, and clear the idle It has always been presumed that the opinion the world hath of both our worths. duel was fought under the walls of Ant

werp; but the combatants disembarked at « En. Bruce.”

Bergen-op-Zoom, and fought near that

town, and not Antwerp. The circumstances A Monsieur, Monsieur Baron de Kinloss.

are still well remembered at Bergen, while

at Antwerp there is not a trace of them. As it shall be always far from me to a small piece of land, a mile and a half seek a quarrel, so will I always be ready from the Antwerp gate of Bergen, goes by to meet with any that is desirous to make the name of Bruce-land; it is recorded as the tryal of my valour, by so fair a course as spot where Bruce fell; and, according to you require. A witness whereof yourself tradition, was purchased by the parties to shall be, who, within a month, shall receive a fight upon. The spot is unclaimed at the strict account of time, place, and weapon, present day, and marked by a little earthwhere you shall find me ready disposed to en boundary, which separates it from the give 'honourable satisfaction, by him that surrounding corn-fields. It was considered, shall conduct you thither. In the mean until the French revolution, as free ground, time, be as secret of the appointment, as it where any person might take refuge withseems you are desirous of it.

out being liable to arrest. Lord Bruce was “ E. SACKVILE.

buried at Bergen, and a monument is stated to have been erected to his memory within

the great Protestant church, which was Collins's Peerage.

nearly destroyed in the siege of 1747,

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Appearance of the Heart of Lord Edward Bruce. In consequence of a tradition, that the brass plate, and placed upon the projection heart of lord Edward Bruce had been sent of the wall where the heart was found.* from Holland, and interred in the vault or It is a remarkable fact, that the cause of burying-ground adjoining the old abbey the quarrel between lord Bruce and sir church of Culross, in Perthshire, sir Robert Edward Sackvile has remained wholly unPreston directed a search in that place in detected, notwithstanding successive inves1808, with the following result.-Two flat tigations at different periods. The last was stones, without inscription, about four feet conducted by the late lord Leicester, and in length and two in breadth, were disco- several gentlemen, whose habits and love vered about two feet below the level of the of investigation are equally well known, pavement, and partly under an old projec- but they were unable to discover the slights tion in the wall of the old building. These est clue to the object of their anxious and stones were strongly clasped together with diligent inquiry. Lord Clarendon, in his iron; and when separated, a silver case, or “History of the Rebellion," records the box, of foreign workmanship, shaped like a combat as an occurrence of magnitude, heart, was found in a hollow or excavated from its sanguinary character and the emiplace between them. Its lid was engraved nence of the parties engaged in it. He with the arms and name “ Lord Edward does not say any thing respecting the occaBruse;" it had hinges and clasps ; and sion of the feud, although lord Bruce's when opened, was found to contain a heart, challenge seems to intimate that it was carefully embalmed, in a brownish coloured matter of public notoriety. liquid. After drawings were taken of it, as represented in the present engravings,

HEART BURIAL. it was carefully replaced in its former

During the rebuilding of part of the situation. There was a small leaden box church of Chatham, Kent, in 1788, there between the stones in another excavation; was found in one of the vaults a leaden pot, the contents of which, whatever they were containing, according to an inscription, originally, appeared reduced to dust.

the heart of a woman, one Hester Harris. Some time after this discovery, sir Robert The pot appeared to have been nailed up Preston caused a delineation of the silver to the side of the vault, there being a piece case, according to the exact dimensions, of lead soldered on for that purpose.t with an inscription recording its exhumation and re-deposit, to be engraved on a Archæologia, xx, 615.) + Gent, Mag. 1789,

scarce

POETICAL QUID PRO QUO. was the manuariolum, one carried in the

hand during summer, on account of perA Greek poet frequently offered little spiration. Queen Elizabeth wore handkercompliments to Augustus, with hopes of chiefs of party-coloured silk, or cambric, some small reward. His poems were edged with gold lace. worthless and unnoticed, but as he persisted in his adulation, Augustus amused himself with writing an epigram in praise of the poet, and when he received the next

PICKPOCKETS. customary panegyric, presented his lines to the bard with surprising gravity. The poor

The old robbers, in the “good old times," man took and read them, and with appa

when purses were carried in the hand or rent delight deliberately drew forth two

borne at the side, cut them away, and carfarthings, and gave them to the

ried them off with the contents, and hence

emperor, saying, “ This is not equal to the demands they were called cut-purses." In the of your situation, sire; but 'tis all I have:

History of Highwaymen," by if I had more I would give it to you.” Smith, there is a story of a ludicrous priAugustus could not resist this; he burst

vate robbery, from “the person” of a man, into laughter, and made the poet a hand- mistakenly committed by one of these cutsome present.

purses. One of Shakspeare's rogues, Autolycus, says, that “ to have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary

for a cut-purse.” Of course, “pickpockets" POCKETS.

are of modern origin; they “came up" with

the wearing of pockets. Mr. Gifford relates the preceding anecdote, in a note on his Juvenal, from Macrobius. He makes the poet draw the farthings from his “pocket :” but the pocket Garrick Plays. was unknown to the Greeks and Romans. Mr. Fosbroke says the men used the girdle, and the women their bosom; and that Strutt

No. XXXI. thinks the scrip, and purse, or bag, were succedanea. The Anglo-Saxon and Nor- [From the “Triumphant Widow,"

a Coman women wore pocketting sleeves; and

medy, by the Duke of Newcastle, 1677.] sleeves with pockets in them, mentioned by DuCange, Matthew Paris, Malmesbury, and

Humours of a Thief going to Execution.' Knighton, were searched, before the wear Officers. Room for the prisoner there, room for the ers could be admitted to the royal presence. prisoner. Sleeve pockets are still worn by the monks Footpad. Make room there ; 'tis a strange thing : in Portugal.

man cannot go to be hanged without crowding for it.

1st Fellow. Pray, Sir, were not you a kin to one Hinde?

Footpad. No; I had run faster away tben.
POCKET HANDKERCHIEFS.

2d Fellow. Pray, prisoner, before your death clear

your conscience, and tell me truly, &c. These useful appendages to dress were

(all ask him questions about robberics.) certainly not in use with the Greeks. The Margery. I am sure you had my Lady's gilt caudle most ancient text wherein handkerchiefs

cup. are expressly mentioned, describes them as Footpad. Yes, and would have kept it; but she has long cloths, called oraria, used and worn it again, bas she not? by senators “ ad emungendum et exspuen

James. And the plate out of my butterydum;" that use is said to have grown out

Footpad. Well, and had she not it again ? what a of the convenience of the orarium, which plague would you have? you examine me, as if

yon is supposed to have been merely used at would hang me, after I am hanged. Pray, officers, rid first to wave for applause in the public

me of these impertinent people, and let me die in shows. Mr. Fosbroke presumes it to have quiet. been the “ swat-cloth" of the Anglo

1st Woman. O lord I hos angry he is! that shews Saxons; for one called mappula and mani

he is a right reprobate, I warrant you. pulus was then worn on the left side to

Footpad. I believe, if all of you were to be hanged, wipe the nose. In subsequent ages there * A noted Highwayman in those days.

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