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till the 21st of July 1807 ; when a coup de

a convulsive lethargr. Ón opening his soleil* reduced hiun to an incurable state, head, it was found that there had been a and ultimately put an end to bis lifé large ulcer on the surface of the left side after six days passed in the agitations of of the brain, but which bad healed to

the extent of two-thirds: this probably An affection not ui commun in warmer was the cause of his first attack, and climates, proceeding from exposing the head would have healed entirely if a fresh up the too powerful beat of the sun.

accident had not oceurred to prevent it.

SCARCE TRACTS, WITII EXTRACTS AND ANALYSES OF

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It is proposed in future to derole, a few Puges of the Monthly Magazine to the

Insertion of such Scirce Tracts as are of an interesting Nature, with the Use of which we may be favoured by our Correspondents; and under the same Head to

introduce also ihe Analyses of Scurce und Curious Books. * The Hierarchie of the blessed Angels; the polytheists: the author's orthodoxy is

their Names, Orders, and Offices; the exemplary: Fallof Lucifer with his dngels: wrillen

The monady, or number one, we see by Thomus Hoyrood.London, 1635.

In this great godhood doth arise to three ; VIIIS is a poem in nine books, to . And then this mystical trine, sacred alone, Which are poached profuse notes; 50

Retires itself into the number one. that one is at a loss to guess whether the Three persons in this trias we do name; verse was made in order to usher in the But yet the godhood still one and the same: prose,orthe prose to usher in the verse. The

Each of the three by right a God we call; author is a sincere friend to piety and su.

Yet is there but one God among them all. perstition : he is willing to worship the

The third book is called Zaplikiel, or Trinity and all the nine orders of angels; the Thrones; and describes the structure and to believe in devils, imps, alastors, of the universe. and every other class of cacodemons.

The fourida book is Zadchiel, or the His poetic and his religious love of the Doniinations. According to the aumarvellous are so mingled, that it may thor's own arguinent, or summary, it be doubted whether he abhors achcisin examines more as the foe of imagination, or as 'the

What ternions and classes be foe of credulity:

In the celestial hierarchie;
The first book is entitled Uriel, or the With what degrees they are instated;
Seraphim; and descants on the being of 'n How 'mong themselves concatenated :
God. Instances are given of heaven's Angels and dæ nons made apparent,
revenge against impiety. This is one:

By ethnic and by scripture warrant.
The atheist Lucian held God's son in scorn; In a note to this book the following
And, walking late, by dogs was piecemeal anyusing relation occurs:

“ I have read of a noble centurion in Yet for the love I to his learning owe, the lower part of Germany, of great This funeral farewell I on him bestowe. Unhappy Lucian, what sad passionate opinion and estimation with the people,

for his approved goodness and known how Shall I depose upon the marble stone

nesty, who reported this discourse follow. That covers thee? How shall I deck thy thicket or grove, not far distant from the

ing: That walking one evening through a herse With bays or cypress? I do not bemone place in which he lived, with only one Thy death, but thus thy dying. Had tly man and a boy to attend him, he saw creed

approaching toward him a fair and As firm been as thy wit fluent and high, goodly company of knights and gentleAll that have read thy works would have

men, all seeming persons of great emi. agreed

nence, for they were mounted on tall and To have transferr'd thy soul above the sky,

brave horses, and well accommodated at And sainted thee.

all points; all which, without any salutaThe second book, or tractate, is called tion, in great silence past by him. la Jophiel, or the Cherubim; and treats of the lay of the troop, he fixed his eye with Aliw unity of the Godhead, in opposition to some astonishment on one, who, to his

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present imagination, had served him, and sympathy, between the angelic hierarchy
been his cook, who was dead and buried and the planetary system.
some days before this apparition. This The sixth book is named Raphael, or
fellow was as well inounted as the rest, the Powers; and describes the fall of Lu:
and led an einpty or spare borse by the ciier. The war of these angels ditfers
bridle.

from that of Miltou's. Our poet says: “ The centurion, being a nian of un

Shall I now tell daunted spirit, went up close to him, and The weapons, engines, and artillery, demanded what he was; and whether he used in this great angelomachy? were the same cook who had lately Noiances,swords, nor bombards, had they then, served bine, and whoin he ball seen Or other weapons r.'w in use with men ;. coflined, and laid in the earth? Who an None of the least material substance made : swered him again, that, without any Spirits lıy such give no offense or aid. doubt or scruple, he was the self-same Only spiritual arms to them were lent, Ilis master then asked him, what And these were called affection and consent,

Therefore this dreadful battle fought we gentleiner, or rather noblemen, as ap

find, peared by their babit, were those that By the two'motions of the will and mind: rid vcfure; and to what purpose he led Now both of these in Lucifer the devii, that empty horse in his hand? To all And his complies, immoderate were, and which he replied in order : that those evil. horsemen were men of note and quality, Those that in Michael the arch.angel naming to bim divers whom he knew were reign'd, deceased ; and that they were now upon And his good spirits, meekly were maintain'd. a voyage to the Holy Land, whither be The description of hell is quite as unlike himseli was likewise bound; and that the that in the Paradise Lost: spare horse was primed on purpose to do bim service, if it so pleased bin, and In kell is grief, pain, anguish, and annoy,

All-threatening death, yet nothing can that he had any desire to see Jerusalem. The centurion made answer, that with There's ejulation, clamor, weeping, wailing,

destroy. great willingness be should find in his Cries, yeids, howls, ynashes, curses neverheart to see that city, and visit the holy failing; sepulchre, whrieber, it means and leisure Sighs and suspires, woe and unpitied moans, had favowed his purpose, be long since Thirst, hunger, want, with lacerating intended a pilgrimage. The other cold groans : Prim, now was the ume, his borse ready, Of fire or light no comfortable beanis, do necessaries wanting, and he could not

Heat not to be endur'd, cold in extreams : go in better company.

Tornients in every artyre, nerve, and vein, “At these words the bold centurion In every joint insufferable pain : leapt into the empty saddle, and was

In head, breast, stomach, and in all the

senses,
presently hurried away from the sight of Each torture suiting to the foul offenses,
his servants in the twinkling of an eye.

But with more terror than the heart can “ The next evening, at the same hour.

think, and in the same place, he was found by The sight vi h darkness, and the smell with liis servants and friends, who were there assembled, seeking and enquiring atter The taste with gall in bitterness extreme, luim, To them be related bis journey, The hearing with their curs-s that blase and all he had seen in the holy city, de pheme ; scribing punctually every monument and The touch with snakes and toads crawling

about them,
place of remark; which agreed with the
relations of sucła travellers and pilgrims Aflicted both within them and without them.
às had been there, and had brought certi The seventh book, called Kainael, or
ficate and assured testimony from the Principates; imitates sume passages
thence. Ile showed unto them likewise of Dante about the rebel angels.
a kerchief, which that cook his servant, or The eighth book, Michael; treats of
rather devil in his likeness, had given him, succubæ, incubi, alastors, and in gene-
stained with blood; but told him, if at ral of “Satan's wiles and feats presti-
any time it were foul or dirty he should gious."
casi it into the fire, for that was the only Now of those spirits whom Succubæ we call,
way to make it clean."

I read what in Sicilia did belall.
The fifth book, entitled Ilaniel, or the Rogero reigning there, a young man much
Vertues'; treats of the consonance, or Practis'd in swimming, for his skill was such

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That few could equal him, one night: being Was from his fellows spatch'd away, and late

drowned 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 him 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 vagaries Appeard to him, and softly gaz'd at him : her Done by hobgoblins. head

It will be perceived from the foregoing Seeni'd as in golden wires apparelled ; speciniens, that the 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 verse, studiously reinote from the round. Astonish'd much to see so rare a creature,

is natural but vulgar, easy but insipid, Richly accomplishid 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 surprie'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 home, and then on the contrary, contain much curious convey'd

information, inarvellous anecdotes from Her to a private chamber, where she stay'd forgotten writers, and moral common So long with him, that he with her bad 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 firinness 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 out qaoting bis own words : book iv,

of scepticism, hardly be imagined with, Emile, She never spake, nor one word could he p. 219. hear

“I began the former tractate with the Proceed from her, which did to bim 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 fur. A friend of bis said, he was much mislcd iher demonstration. As also of the opiTo entertain a spectre in his bed.

nion of the Sadducees and others, who At which words, boche affrighted and inrag'd wili 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 Into loud terms, yet still she nothing speaks. Angels were the first creatures God

being with much facility removed, At this, more angry to have no reply, 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 con

duct us, wisdom to instruct us, and grace came, 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 budy's “ Thou only seck'st to know what I would and soul's guardians. Furthermore, as hide.

Origen sailli, every one's angel that hath Never did husband to himself more wrong,

guided hiin in this life, shall at the last Than thou in this, to make me use my day produce and bring his charge forth, tongue.”

whom he hath governed. They, at all After which words she vanislid, and no

times, and in all places, behold the ma. Was thenceforth seen. The child, threatenid jesty of the heavenly Fatber. And, before,

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,"

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CURIOUS TRADITION.

Extracts from the Portfolio of a Man of Letters.
FIGS.

Mycone; De la Mottraye, (vol. i. p. 431)
F
NGS hare, from the earliest times, those of Tenedos and Mitylene; Chanda

been reckoned among the delights ler, (p. 188) those of Syria; 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 Montagli, (vol. ii. p. 163) those of
Josiah, that coinpendium 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. 3,) that it travelled of the learned, than that where.
was a land of figs. And the poetic spi. ever there is a fig there is a feast?
sit 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 to for the growth of ligs, which yet attaches
gather.

to the eastern archipelago; to learn to The Athenians valued figs at least as dry them as in the Levant; and to suphighly 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 Athenian Phytalus was

rewarded by Previously to the dissolation of moCeres for his hospitality with the gift of nasteries in England by king. Henry the first fig-tree.' Some foreign guest, VIII., there was at Cardigan an image of quo doubt, transmitted to him the plant, the Virgin, which was much resorted to which he introduced in Attica. Ii suce by pilgrims, even from distant parts, and cecded so well there, that Atheneus produced very considerable revenues to brings forward Lynceus and Antipbanes, ihe church. Tradition asserted, that it (liv. xiv. p. 485,) vaunting the figs of had been originally discovered svimming 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 dimninution of its substance; but that of fig-bouglis for good luck. Our fore- on some persons committing perjury, in fathers pri erred a broom of birclı; as if, swearing upon it, it was suddenly exin the master's absence, it was well tó tinguished, and never burned afterwards. scmeinber 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 c. 7.) The sexual system of plants seems information was laid against it by Dr. first to have been observed in the fig-tree; William Barlow, bishop of St. Davids, whose artificial impregnation is taught by who at that time professed the principles Pliny, under the name cuprification. of protestantism, but whin, a few years

In modern times, the esteem for figs afterward, recanted, and again became has been still more widely diffused. a catholic. Wheo Charles V. visited ilolland in The following is a copy of his curiouslet. 1540, 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 ihe sce of bis bishopric the climate, by declaring that he had removed to Caermarthen. The year ina plever eaten figs in Spain with superior which the letter was written is noi inser. pleasure. 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. 450) Afier my right humble commendathose of Italy; Brydone, (p. 127) those tions, the benevolent goodness of your of Sicily; Dumoni, (p. 150) those of lordship toward me appeareth both by Malta'; Browne, (p. 144) those of Thes- your lordship's lettres, and by relacion şaly; Pococke, (vol. vi. p. 276) those of of M. Doci. Barnes concernyrge soch

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seines of moneye as I am yndehted to the kyngs supreme maiestie to be amply. elve kyngs highnes favorably to be res. fed with the unmersall comoditye of his pited, though I canot in this, vor in graces subjects there reseaunte, another your inany old benefits, condignly nnvenge non with discomoditve exceple make recompensation, yet the little unat pchance foure or fyve prsons will sure I maye to tlie uinost of iny pore possin myse their pryvate pleasor to be anoyes Biliye any unfavieil endeavir shat not in plyting the conion wealih. fayle fayıbefully to pine. Concernyurge " and the cause ptlye that moueth me your loretships letres, affressed foor die thus with amturtunitye to be urgente in iaper of Tavertorde West, ere the iny sute gus the over sumptimus expences receyle of thien I nail done rcformacon, that the canons have incrysein reedia and openly detected the abuse therof; fyenge the body of theyre cathedral all pries which before tyine repugned church, which ere it be tully funeshed penitently reconciled.

will utteriy constne the small residew “ But sythen I chanced upon another of the church treasure remayninge m taper of most great credyte and ot more their custowy, without any prontable shameful detestacon, called our ladyes elicete savinge to nourisis clatteringe taper of Cardigan, which I haue sente conventycles of barbarous rorall psons: here to your lordship with convenyent the detormed habitacons of the pore instructyous of that develish dtlusyon. cuilegvans in such begserly ruyae and For where I adınonished the carbons of 20 wretchedly decayed that hopestre Sainte Davyds, accordinge to the kynys will abhorre to beholde them, which to instructions in no wyse to set forth fayreri remedy, pleasetli ile kyngs lyglines of reliques for to allure people to super- his gracious bountye to graunt the grey sticion, neither to advance the rayne freres place at Kermeru lyn, where his observacons of unnecessary holy dayes, muste nuble pgenitor and graundefather alyrogated by the kings supreme auil- lyeth honorably entiered, lycensynge the tilye, at Sainte Davids daye the people see thydder to be translated, wluch (luts wilfully solennized the fcast; then re- grace pleasor condescendinge) maye be liques were set forthi, which I caused to ptorinei irithout afiy chargeable diflicula be sequestered and taken awav, vietayning tie. And not only the pore collegvans, them in my custody untill I may be ad- but also the canons residentaryes, myght vertised of

your lordship's pleasure. The be there pleasantly enhabited with bias parcels of the reliques are these : two bundant pvision of all necessarie com. beedes of syluer plate, enclosinge two moditie, continually hauinge opportune

skulies stuffed with putrified occasion to ptite ibe kynys subjec's, clowtes. Itent: two arme bones, and a whereas at St. Davids lurking in a deworin eaten bouke coucred with syluer solate corver, they that be best mynded plate. Of the canons showinge viegli. can do seraye lile good in case they gence towarde the prefermente of Guds wuld, sauyinge to tiimselues. And con. word, and what ungodly disguysed ser. cernynge the freres, that they nether mone was preacher in the cathedrall shuld be agreeved with any piudice, I churche in the feest of Innocents last doute not but under the kyngs hyglines passed, they being present with an au. faror of such pterrements as I have of ditory of inj or in bundred psons, this bis grace, sutliciently to pvyde for esry bearer a iynister of the saine church one of the thit shall be fjunde an able shall forder declare, hauynge pte of the mynister of Cbristes church in conia said serpone in wrytinge apparente to petente Icrnynge and honest conversacın, be showed. Jorthermore, though I Noreguer, ihe sayde towne of Kermysht seme more presumptuous then merduyn being the most frequented neadeth w move any sute for the trans. place and indiferently situate in the lucion of the see from Sainte Dàivds to nyddle of the dyocesse, I myght thene, Kermeiddyn, yet my good lorde the (and God willinge so I wolde) settle my juste ennyive ihereof and expedyente contynuali consistory assisted with lerned urilyrie enforcell me so to presume, psons, maynteynenge a free grainer scole consyderinge that a better deade for the with a dayły lecture of holy scripture, cmnen wealth and dew reformacon of the whereby God's honor principally preshoe mysordered dyocesse cannot be ferr the Welsb rudenes decreasynge, purposed a - well for the preferremente christian cyvilitye may be introduced, to or Gods word, as for the abolyshinge of the famous renowne of the kyuges sua!' antichristian suspiciun), and therein premyeye, whose princely maiestye Al

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