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That few could equal him, one night being
Had been before him, caught him by the
To drag him to the shore, when one most
Appeard to him, and softly gag'd at him: her
Seem'd as in golden wires apparelled;
And lo quite naked she's before him found,
Astonish'd much to see so rare a creature,
He views her still, and is surpriz'd at last,
Her to a private chamber, where she stay'd
Such grace, she was deliver'd of a son
But all this
while, Though she had lent him many a pleasant smile, She never spake, nor one word could he
Proceed from her, which did to him appear
A friend of his said, he was much misled
To sacrifice the infant's tender frame.
Never did husband to himself more wrong,
After which words she vanish'd, and no
Was from his fellows snatch'd away, and drownd
By the same spirit, his body no where found,
The ninth book is entitled Gabriel,
It will be perceived from the foregoing specimens, that the pauses are, as in end of the line; that the versification blank verse, studiously remote from the is natural but vulgar, easy but insipid, fluent but diffuse; and that it is not as a mine of diction, but only of fable, that this poem can be consulted with advantage by future writers. The notes, on the contrary, contain much curious information, marvellous anecdotes from places robed in that solemn antique forgotten writers, and moral common. garb which secures to usual truths a more than usual attention. The firinness of the author's faith, will, in these days of scepticism, hardly be imagined with, out quoting his own words: book iv, P. 219.
"I began the former tractate with the hierarchy of angels, their three classes, or ternions, their order and concatena tion, in which I have proceeded with that plainness, that I hope they need no further demonstration. As also of the opinion of the Sadducees and others, who will allow no spirits or angels at all, their weak and unmomentary tenets Angels were the first creatures God being with much facility removed, with the light to serve God, who is the made, created pure as the light, ordained lord of light. They have charge to conduct us, wisdom to instruct us, and grace to preserve us. They are the saints' and soul's guardians. Furthermore, as tutors, heaven's heralds, and the budy's Origen saith, every one's angel that hath day produce and bring his charge forth, guided him in this life, shall at the last whom he hath governed. They, at all times, and in all places, behold the majesty of the heavenly Father. And, according to saint Augustin, they were created immortal, beautiful, innocent, good, free, and subtile, thus resembling afar off the essence of God himself,”
Extracts from the Portfolio of a Man of Letters.
Mycone; De la Mottraye, (vol. i. p. 431) those of Tenedos and Mitylene; Chaudler, (p. 188) those of Smyrna; Maillet, (p. 107) those of Cairo; and lady Wortley Montagu, (vol. ii. p. 163) those of Tunis. What less can be inferred from the conspiring testimony of the most learned of the travelled, and of the most travelled of the learned, than that whereever there is a fig there is a feast?
NICS have, from the earliest times, bcen reckoned among the delights of the palate. Shaphan, the scribe, who made, for the use of the young king Josiah, that compendium of the law of Moses, which is called Deuteronomy, enumerates among the praises of his country, (Deuteronomy viii. 8,) that it was a land of figs. And the poetic spirit of the prophet Amos was formed (Amos vii. 14,) under the shade of fig. trees, whose fruit it was his profession to gather.
The Athenians valued figs at least as highly as the Jews. Alexis, (in the Deipnosophists) calls figs 66 a food for the gods." Pausanias says, that the Athenian Phytalus was rewarded by Ceres for his hospitality with the gift of the first fig-tree. Some foreign guest, no doubt, transmitted to him the plant, which he introduced in Attica. It succecded so well there, that Athenæus brings forward Lynceus and Antiphanes, (liv. xiv. p. 485,) vaunting the figs of Attica as the best on earth. Horappollo, or rather his commentator Bolzani, says, that when the master of a house is going a journey, he hangs out a broom of fig-boughs for good luck. Our forefathers preferred a broom of birch; as if, in the master's absence, it was well to remember the rod.
A taste for figs marked the progress of refinement in the Roman empire. In Cato's time, but six sorts of figs were known; in Pliny's, twenty-nine. (liv. xiii. c. 7.) The sexual system of plants seems first to have been observed in the fig-tree; whose artificial impregnation is taught by Pliny, under the name caprification.
In modern times, the esteem for figs has been still more widely diffused. When Charles V. visited Holland in 1540, a Dutch merchant sent him, as the greatest delicacy which Zirik see could offer, a plate of figs. The gracious emperor dispelled for a moment the fogs of the climate, by declaring that he had never eaten figs in Spain with superior pleasure. Carter, (p. 367) praises the figs of Malaga; Tournefort, (vol. i. p. 19) those of Marseilles; Ray, (p. 486) those of Italy; Brydone, (p. 127) those of Sicily; Dumont, (p. 150) those of Malta; Browne, (p. 144) those of Thessaly; Pococke, (vol. vi. p. 276) those of
It remains for Jamaica, and the con tiguous islands, to acquire that celebrity for the growth of figs, which yet attaches to the eastern archipelago; to learn to dry them as in the Levant; and to supply the desserts of the food-fanciers of London.
Previously to the dissolation of monasteries in England by king Henry VIII., there was at Cardigan an image of the Virgin, which was much resorted to by pilgrims, even from distant parts, and produced very considerable revenues to the church. Tradition asserted, that it had been originally discovered swimming in the river Teivi, with a lighted wax taper in its hand; that after its removal, this taper burnt for several years without any diminution of its substance; but that on some persons committing perjury, in swearing upon it, it was suddenly extinguished, and never burned afterwards. Hence it became esteemed an invaluable relic; and, as such, was declared by the monks entitled to receive adoration. The dissolution of monasteries, of course, put an end to its influence; and the first information was laid against it by Dr. William Barlow, bishop of St. Davids, who at that time professed the principles of protestantism, but who, a few years afterward, recanted, and again became a catholic.
the kyngs supreme maiestie to be amplyfied with the universall comoditye of Eis graces subjects there reseaunte, annoyenge non with discomoditve excepte pehaunce foure or fyve prsons will surmyse their pryvate pleasor to be anoyed in plytinge the comon wealth.
somes of moneye as I am yndebted to the kyngs highnes favorably to be res pited, though I canot in this, nor in other your many old benefits, condignly make recompensation, yet the little that 1 maye to the utmost of my pore possibilitye my unfayued endeavor shal not fayle faythefully to pfine. Concernynge your lordships letres, addressed for the taper of liaverforde West, ere the receyte of them I had doue reformacon, and openly detected the abuse therof; all pties which before tyme repugned penitently reconcyled.
"But sythen I chanced upon another taper of most great credyte and of more shameful detestacon, called our ladyes taper of Cardigan, which I haue sente here to your lordship with convenyent instructyons of that develish delusyon. For where I admonished the canons of Sainte Davyds, accordinge to the kyngs instructions in no wyse to set forth fayned reliques for to allure people to supersticion, neither to advance the vayne observacons of unnecessary holy dayes, abrogated by the kings supreme authoriye, at Sainte Davids daye the people wilfully solenmized the feast; then reliques were set forth, which I caused to be sequestered and taken away, detayning them in my custody untill I may be advertised of your lordship's pleasure. The parcels of the reliques are these: two Leedes of syluer plate, enclosinge two Totten skulles stuffed with putrified clowtes. Itenf: two arme bones, and a worm caten booke couered with syluer plate. Of the canons showinge negli. gence towarde the prefermente of Gods word, and what ungodly disguysed sernone was preached in the cathedrall churche in the feest of Innocents last passed, they being present with an auditory of iij or iiij hundred psons, this bearer a mynister of the same church shall forder declare, hauynge pte of the said sermone in wrytinge apparente to be showed. Forthermore, though I myght seme more presumptuous then neadeth to moue any sute for the translacion of the see from Sainte Daivds to Kermeiddyn, yet my good lorde the juste equytye thereof and expedyente utilytie enforceth me so to presume, consyderinge that a better deade for the comen wealth and dew reformacon of the who e mysordered dyocesse cannot be purposed as well for the preferremente of Gods word, as for the abolyshinge of all antichristian suspicion, and therein
"And the cause ptlye that moueth me thus with intortunitye to be urgente in my sute ys the over sumptuous expences that the canons haue incrysed in reedi fyenge the body of theyre cathedrall church, which ere it be fully fyneshed will utterly consume the small residew of the church treasure remayninge in their custody, without any profitable effecte savinge to nourish clatteringe conventycles of barbarous rura!l psons: the deformed habitacons of the pore collegyaus in such beggerly ruyae and so wretchedly decayed that honestye will abhoorre to beholde them, which to remedy, pleaseth the kyngs hyghnes of his gracious bountye to graunt the grey freres place at Kermerddyn, where his moste noble pgenitor and graundefather lyeth honorably entiered, lycensynge the see thydder to be translated, which (his grace pleasor condescendinge) maye be pformed without any chargeable difficultie. And not only the pore collegvans, but also the canons residentaryes, myght be there pleasantly enhabited with ha bundant pvision of all necessarie commoditie, continually havinge opportune occasion to pfite the kyngs subjects, whereas at St. Davids lurking in a desolate corner, they that be best mynded can do veraye litle good in case they wold, sauyinge to themselues. And concernynge the freres, that they nether shuld be agreeved with any piudice, I dowte not but under the kyngs hyghnes favor of soch pierrements as I haue of his grace, sufficiently to pyyde for evry one of them that shall be founde an able mynister of Christes church in com petente lernynge and honest conversacon, Moreover, the sayde towne of Kermerddyn beinge the most frequented place and indiferently situate in the myddle of the dyocesse, I myght thene, (and God willinge so I wolde) settle my contynuall consistory assisted with lerned psons, maynteynenge a free gramer scole with a dayly lecture of holy scripture, whereby God's honor principally pre ferred, the Welsh rudenes decreasynge, christian cyvilitye may be introduced, to the famous renowne of the kyuges supremyeye, whose princely majestye Almightye
mightye Jesu preserue with your good lordship. From Kermerddyn, the last daye of March.
Yor lordeships to comand, W. MENEVEN. LUDICROUS TIMIDITY.
It is related of Aston, cari of Portland, treasurer to Charles I. that having been much importuned to procure the rever sion of an office for the son of sir Julius Cæsar; the friend of the latter, in order to insure his attention to the affair, wrote on a slip of paper, "remember Cesar." This, on being presented to the treasurer, was casually put into his pocket, and he was too much of a courtier ever to think of the matter again. A short period, however, only elapsed, before accident brought this paper again to view. Not
Or glitter in these eyes.
remembering the circumstance that gave rise to it, he was forcibly struck with the idea of its being an indirect intimation of approaching assassination, and in order to escape Cæsar's fate after due deliberation with his tried and steady friends, he affected indisposition, ordered his gates to be closed, and allowed only the favoured few to be admitted. Guards also were placed about his house, lest a violent assault should be made upon it in the night. This affair was at length made public, and on an explanation taking place between the noble treasurer and the patron of Mr. Cæsar, a general laugh was raised at the ridiculous point of view in which the timid and irresolute conduct of the lord treasurer had placed him.
These founts are dry, which us'd to pour
The last on Laura's grave was shed, And there, ere long, this aching head in Death's cold lap shait lie.
Dread tyrant! one fell shaft from thee, For ever fix'd my destiny,
And robb'd my soul of bliss. My fond, my dove-like maid is gone: And thou, O parent earth! alone, Can'st yield this bosom peace.
I mark'd her rose of life grow pale,
I caught, as faint it died away, Her latest sigh, and sought to stay Her spirit on its flight;
And press'd her chill damp lips to mine; And frantic curs'd that hand divine
Which clos'd her eyes in night.
I saw her chaste unspotted clay
Slow, on the church-yard road: And went and heard the burial rite; And gaz'e, till lost alas! to sight, She fill'd her dark abode.
I cannot weep, for ah! to me
My cruel fate denies :
No more pure sympathy's clear tide
Thou too, fate's help-mate, true to trust, I saw heap high the hallow'a dust,
And raise the narrow mound; And heard the parting requiem toll'd, And, deep'ning as its echoes roll'd, O'er vaulted earth resound.
Yet fond, in fortune's dawning hour,
But cease, my heart, this mournful tone;
Ev'n Death is kind at last;
Have cloth'd the sod with green;
Been on its surface seen.
Which bears her sacred name:
The village muse shall stray,
From the German of C. L. STOL BERG, and in Speaketh not, but sitsomelie
the Metre of the original Poem. INNE the better dayes of yore
Wile twas sinne for men to whore,
Yet did paleness gryse and glome
From his hand the bumper fell;
Cometh to their plenteous borde
Then she noddes, that be shuld trip