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That few could equal him, one night being Was from his fellows snatch'd away, and late
drownd Sporting i' th’sea, and thinking then his By the same spirit, his body no where found.
The ninth book is entitled Gabriel, Had been before him, caught himn by the hair
or the Angel ; and professes to tell To drag him to the shore, when one most
Of Robin Goodfellow, and of fairies, fair
With many other strange vågaries Appeard to him, and softly gaz'd at him : her Done by hobgoblins. head
It will be perceived from the foregoing Seem'd as in golden wires apparelled;
specimens, that ihe pauses are, as in And lo quite naked she's before him found, Save that her modest hair doth clothe her end of the line; that the versification
blank rerse, studiously remote from the round. Astonish'd much to see so rare a creature,
is natural but vulgar, easy but insipid, Richly accomplish'd both in face 'and fluent but diffuse; and that it is not feature,
as a mine of diction, but only of fable, He views her still, and is surpriz'd at last, that this poem can be consulted with And over her his upper garment cast,
advantage by future writers. The notes, So closely brought her honie, and then on the contrary, contain much curious convey'd
information, marvellous anecdotes from Her to a private chamber, where she stay'd forgotten writers, and moral coinmonSo long with him, that he with her had places robed in that solemn antique
garb which secures to usual truths a Such grace, she was deliver'd of a son
more than usual attention. The firmness Within some forty weeks. But all this of the author's faith, will, in these days
while, Though she had lent him many a pleasant
of scepticism, hardly be imagined with. smile,
out quoting his own words : book iv, She never spake, nor one word could he p. 219. hear
“I began the former tractate with the Proceed from her, which did to him
appear hierarchy of angels, their three classes, Something prodigious; and it being known or ternions, their order and concatena. How this fair sea-born Venus first was tion, in which I have proceeded with that shown,
plainness, that I hope they need no furA friend of his said, he was much misled ther demonstration. As also of the opiTo entertain a spectre in his bed.
nion of the Sadducees and others, who At which words, both affrighted and inrag'd will allow no spirits or angels at all; To think how desperately he had ingag'd their weak and unmomentary tenets Both soul and body, at the nymph he breaks being with much facility removed. Into loud terms, yet still she nothing speaks. Angels were the first creatures God He takes his sword, and son, then standing with the light to serve God, who is the
made, created pure as the light, ordained by, And vows, unless she tell him whence she lord of light. They have charge to concame,
duct us, wisdom to instruct us, and grace To sacrifice the infant's tender frame. to preserve us. They are the saints After some pause, the Succubus replied: tutors, heaven's heralds, and the body's " Thou only seek'st to know what I would and soul's guardians. Furthermore, as hide.
Origen saith, every one's angel that hath Never did husband to himself more wrong, guided him in this life, shall at the last Than thou in this, fo' make me use my day produce and bring his charge forth, tongue."
whom he hath governed. They, at alt After which words she vanishd, and no
times, and in all places, behold the maWas thenceforth seen. The child, threatend jesty of the heavenly Father. And, besore,
according to saint Augustin, they were Some few years after, swimming in the created immortal, beautiful, innocent, place
good, free, and subtile, thus resembling Where first the father saw the mother's afar off the essence of God himself,"
Extracts from the Portfolio of a Man of Letters.
Mycone ; De la Mottraye, (vol. i. p. 431) F G VIGS have, from the earliest times, those of Tenedos and Mitylene; Chand
been reckoned among the delights ler, (p. 188) those of Sinyrna; Maillet, of the palate. Shaphan, the scribe, who (p. 107) those of Cairo; and lady Wort made, for the use of the young king ley Montagu, (vol. ii. p. 163) ihose of Josiah, that compendium of the law of Tunis. What less can be inferred from Moses, which is called Deuteronomy, the conspiring testimony of the most enumerates among the praises of his learned of the travelled, and of the most country, (Deuteronomy viii
. 8,) that ic travelled of the learned, than that wherewas a land of figs. And the poetic-spi. ever there is a fig there is a feast? rit of the prophet Amos was formed It remains for Jamaica, and the con. (Amos vii. 14,) under the shade of fig. tiguous islands, to acquire that celebrity trees, whose fruit it was his profession io for the growth of figs, which yet attaches guther.
to the eastern archipelago; to learn to The Athenians valued figs at least as dry them as in the Levant; and to supfrighly as the Jews. Alexis, (in the ply the desserts of the food-fanciers of Deipnosophists) calls figs “a food for London. the gods." Pausanias says, that the
CURIOUS TRADITION. Athenian Phytalus was
rewarded by Previously to the dissolution of moCeres for his hospitality with the gift of nasteries in England by king Henry she first fig-tree. Some foreign guest, VIII., there was at Cardigan an image of no doubt, transmitted to him the plant, the Virgin, which was much resorted to which he introduced in Attica. Ii suc- by pilgriins, even from distant parts, and ceeded so well there, that Athenæus produced very considerable revenues to brings forward Lynceus and Antiphanes, the church. Tradition asserted, that it (liv. xiv. p. 485,) vaunting the figs of had been originally discovered swimining Attica as the best on earth. llorap- in the river Teivi, with a lighted wax pollo, or rather his commentator Bolzani, taper in its hand; that after its removal, says, that when the master of a house is this taper burnt for several years without going a journey, he hangs out a broom any diminution of its substance; but that of fig-boughs for good luck. Our fore- on some persons committing perjury, in fathers preferred a broom of birch; as if, swearing upon it, it was suddenly exin the master's absence, it was well tó tinguished, and never burned afterwards. remember the rod.
Hence it became esteemed an invaluable A taste for figs marked the progress of relic; and, as such, was declared by the refinement in the Roman empire. In monks entitled to receive adoration. Cato's time, but six sorts of figs were The dissolution of monasteries, of course, known; in Pliny's, twenty-nine. (liv. xiii. put an end to its influence; and the first 4. 7.) The sexual system of plants seems information was laid against it by Dr. first to have been observed in the fig.free; William Barlow, bishop of St. Davids, whose artificial impregnation is taught by who at that time professed the principles Pliny, under the name caprification. of protestantisın, but who, a few years
In modern times, the esteem for figs afterward, recanted, and again became has been still more widely diffused. a catholic. When Charles V. visited Holland in The following is a copy of his curiouslet1540, a Dutch merchant sent him, as ter, and of the consequent examinations the greatest delicacy which Ziriksee could respecting the taper, of the prior, and the offer, a plate of figs. The gracious em- vicar. In Barlow's letter, he earnestly peror dispelled for a moment the fogs of requests to have the see of his bishopric the climate, by declaring that he had removed to Caermarthen. The year in never eaten figs in Spain with superior which the letter was written is not inserpleasure. Carter, (p. 367) praises the ted, but there is reason to suppose it was figs of Malaga ; Tournefort, (vol. i. p. 19) 1537. those of Marseilles; Ray, (p. 436) “ After my right humble commendathose of Italy; Brydone, (p. 127) those tions, the benevolent goodness of your of Sicily; Dumont, (p. 150) those of lordship toward me appeareth both by Malta ; Browne, (p. 144) those of Thes- your lordship's lettres, and by relacion saly; Pococke, (vol, vi. p. 276) those of of M. Doct. Barues concernyuge soch somes of moneye as I am yndebted to the kyngs supreme maiestie to be amplythe kyngs highnes favorably to be res. fied with the universall comoditye of his pited, though I canot in this, nor in graces subjects there reseaunte, another your manyfold benefits, condignly noyenge non with discomoditye excepte make recompensation, yet the little ihat pchauuce foure or fyve prsons.will surI maye to the utmost of my pore possi- nyse their pryvate pleasor to be anoged bilityę my unfayned endeavor shal not in pfytinge the comón wealth. fayle faythefully to pfine. Concernynge * And the cause ptlye that moveth me your lordships letres, addressed for the thus with imtortunitye to be urgente in taper of Haverforde West, ere the iny sute ys the over sumptuous expences receyte of them I had done reformacon, that the canons haue incrysed in reedi. and cpenly detected the abuse theroffyenge the body of theyre cathedrall all pties which before ryme repugned church, which ere it be fully fyneshed penitently reconcyled.
will utterly consume the small residew “But sythen I chaunced upon another of the church treasure remayninge in Laper of inost great credyte and of more their custody, without any profitable shameful detestacon, called our ladyes effecte savinge to nourish clatteringe taper of Cardigan, which I haue sente conventycles of barbarous rorall psons: here to your lordship with convenyent the deformed habitacons of the pore instructyons of that develish delusyon. collegyans in such beggerly ruyae and For where I admonished the canons of so wretchedly decayed that honestye Sainte Davyds, accordinge to the kynys will abhoorre to beholde them, which to instructions in no wyse to set forth fayned remedy, pleaseth the kyngs liyghnes of reliques for to allure people to super- his gracious bountye to graunt the grey sticion, neither to advance the vayne freres place at Kermerddyn, where his observacons of unnecessary holy dayes, moste noble pgenitor and graundefather abrogated by the kings supreme autho- Iyeth bonorably entiered, lycensynge the riiye, at Sainte Davids daye the people see thydder to be translated, which (his wilfully solemnized the feast; then re- grace pleasor condescendinge) maye bc liques were set forth, which I caused to pformed without any chargeable difficulbe sequestered and taken ar įy, detayning tie. And not only the pore collegyans, them in iny custody untill I may be ad- but also the canons residentaryes, myght vertised of your lordship's pleasure. The be there pleasantly enbabited with liaparcels of the reliques are these : two bundant pvision of all necessarie com. heedes of syluer plate, enclosinge two moditie, continually hauinge opportune rotten skulles stuffed with putrified occasion to pfite the kyngs subjects, clowtes. Item : two arme bones, and a whereas at St. Davids lurking in a deworm eaten booke couered with syluer solate corner, they that be best mynded plate. Of the canons showinge negli- can do veraye litle good in case they gence towarde the prefermente of Guds wold, sauyinge to themselues. And con word, and what ungodly disguysed ser. cernynge the freres, that they netber mone was preached in the cathedrall shuld be agreeved with any piudice, I churche in the feest of Innocents last dowle not but under the kyngs hyghnes passed, they being present with an au- favor of soch pferrements as I haue of ditory of iij or inj bundred psons, this bis grace, sufficiently to puyde for evry bearer a mynister of the saine church one of them that sball be founde an able shall forder declare, bauynge pte of the mynister of Christes church in Cune said sermone in wrytinge apparente to petente lernynge and honest conversacon. he showed. Forthermore, though I Moreouer, che sayde towne of Kermyght seine more presumptuous then merddyn beinge the most frequented peadeth to moue any sute for the trans. place and indifferently situate in the Jacion of the see from Sainte Daivds to myddle of the dyocesse, I myght thene, Kermerddyn, yet my good lorde the (and God willinge so I wolde) settle my juste equyeye iherent and expedyente contynuall consistory assisted with lerned utilytie enforceth me so to presume, psons, maynteynenge a free gramer scole consyderinge that a better deade for the with a dayly lecture of holy scripture, coinen wealth and dew reformacon of the whereby God's honor principally prea wbo'e mysordered dyocesse cannot be ferred, the Welsh rudenes decreasynge, purposed as well for the preferremente christian cyvilitye may be introduced, co of Gods word, as for the abodyshinge of the famous renowne of the kynges suall antichristian suspicion, and therein premycye, whose princely maiestye Al
migluye mightye Jesu preserue with your good remembering the circumstance that gave lordship. From Kermerddyn, the last rise to it, he was forcibly struck with the daye of March.
idea of its being an indirect intimation of Yor lordeships to comand, approaching assassination, and in order
W. MEN EVEN. to escape Cæsar's fate after due delibeLUDICROUS TIMIDITY.
ration with his tried and steady friends, It is related of Aston, earl of Portland, he affected indispositivn, ordered his treasurer to Charles I. that having been gates to be closed, and allowed only the much importuned to procure the rever- favoured few to be admitted. Guards sion of an office for the son of sir Julius also were placed about his house, lest a Cæsar; the friend of the latter, in order violent assault should be made upon it to insure his attention to the affair, wrote in the night. This affair was at length on a slip of paper, “ remember Cæsar.” made public, and on an explanation This, ou being presented to the treasurer, taking place between the noble treawas casually put into lois pocket, and he surer and the patron of Mr. Cæsar, a was too much of a courtier ever to think general laugh was raised at the ridiculous of the matter again. A short period, point of view in which the timid and however, only elapsed, before accident irresolute conduct of the lord treasurer brought this paper again to view. Not had placed hiin.
The last on Laura's grave was shed,
And there, ere long, this aching head
in Death's cold lap shall die. To parted mortals giv'n.
Dread tyrant! one fell shaft from thee, Hail, solemn bell, thy accents drear
For ever fix'd my destiny, Break like soft music on my ear,
And robb'd my soul of bliss. And seem to point lo heav'n.
My fond, my dove-like maid is gone : Such are the gloomy sounds I love,
And thou, O parent earth! alone, As, sunk in silent grief, I rove
Can'st yield this bosom peace. Those speaking stones among i
I mark'd her rose of life grow pale, And think, wbile oft with ling'ring Cread
And endless slumber's shadowy veil I pace my Laura's peaceful bed,
Her languid orbs o'ercast; My knell will soon be rung.
And while in ceaseless, fruitless pray's,
She kiss'd, and breath'd her last.
Her spirit on its flight;
And press'd her chill damp lips to mine ;
And frantic cursid that hand divine
Which clos'd her eyes in night.
I saw her chaste unspotted clay
Slow, on the church-yard road :
She fill'd her dark abode.
Thou too, fate's help-mate, true to trust, And roses, deck your tomb,
I saw heap high the hallow'd dust,
And raise the narrow mound; I cannot weep, for ah! to me
And heard the parting requiem tollid, That sober, solemn luxury,
And, deep'ning as its echoes rollid,
O'er vaulted earth resound.
Yet fond, in fortune's dawning hour,
The ready stroke to give ! These founts are dry, which us’d to pour
Why, on the happy, and the gay, At pity's call the plenteous show's,
Dost thou still urge thy fateful sway,
But cease, my heart, this mournful tone; Rode a knight athwart the more
From Armorique, come to see
Arthur, pride of chivisie.
Loud the storm and black the night,
And his horse in weary plight;
He beheld a distant gleam As yet, my seraph's grave is new;
Thro a castel windore beam;
Much the loftie elmies swang
As between their rowes he hight,
Wile the blaste's hollowe twang
Round the rocking towrets sang.
To the cullis-gate he rode The humble monument is laid,
Knock'd aloud--the wile he stode Which bears her sacred name :
Chatterde much his teeth for cold; It waits till mine, engraven there,
Frost and sleet had bleachde the wold: Shall ask for two the generous tear
Trus: ic knaves anon were seene, Which sorrow's victims claim.
They his palfrey tooke and stowde, Then, while our blended dust decays,
Leeding him by terchie's sheene Round the low ridge, with pitying gaze,
To the prow sir Egerwene. I be village muse shall stray,
Inne the base-court him dothe meete And pluck th' intrusive weeds that grow, The nobile hoste with friendlie greete, And weeping, as her numbers flow,
As a hearrie Briton wones: A pensive tribute pay.
" Welcome stranger for the nones, Ore too the stranger, wand'ring.by,
Lo, thie bearde doth sheepe wich ise, O'er the plain "scone shall pause and sigh, " And thie hand is numb of sleete, And dwell with humid eyes ;
“ Herde has beene thie wynter-ryse, And note the epitaph, and think
“ Foode and rest I shul alyse.” How weak life's closest, tend'rest link, How slender earthly ties.
Then he leades the frozen wight
Where the chemnee brenneth bright, All this shall fail, and on that stone
Down the hall so high and long Mould'ring with age, with moss o'ergrown,
His forefathers weapons hong The long rank grass shall wave ;
Yron sarkes in blacke arraye. Unknown whose reliques rest below,
There I weene at dead of night And scarce a vestige left to show
When the reddie gledes decaye
Yerne the owners ghosties straye.
Soone the slughornes calle to mele,
And the knighties cope their fele,
But at ones their glee is farre, AH! will those hours again return,
For a dore doth softe unbarre, My joy, iny bliss to prove;
And a woman wo-forworne Or must this heart for ever mourn
Whom the blackest wedes concele, The object of its love?
Slowlie steppeth them beforne,
Bare her bowed head and shorne.
She was wan, but fayre to see
As the moone at full may be, To one I dearly love.
Yet did paleness gryse and glome Ar evening's close, at parting day,
Ore the stonied stranger come, I watch the sun-beam move,
From his hand the bumper fell; That seeks the land so far away,
For he lookte to see her gree Where dwells my dearest love. W.G.
Soone an uglie spryte of hell
Rysing from his dysmal cell.
More and more she draweth nie,
Cometh to their plenteous borde
Whyche doth onelie bredde afforde
For her much-forbidden lip,
To the vassal standing bie
Then she noddes, that he shuld trip Of ylallowed chastitie,
For she needech drink to sip