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BY J. F. HOLLINGS.
nions of the bridegroom, mounted on horse- / deed, decidedly of British or Welsh origin; | tisfied. This convivial and singular ceremony back,* and the piper playing merrily in the and in the ceremony of guarding it, there ex was formerly observed at funerals; and I men. midst of them, set off at full speed for the ists something of the similitude to the manner tion it as a relic of patriarchal simplicity, and house which contained the object of their pur in which the knights-errant of old hung their as an instance of the solidity of a Welsh breaksuit; but they always encountered many ob- shields upon a tree, defying the prowess of fast, before the modern luxuries of tea and stacles in their progress; such as ropes of their contemporaries: so, however, ihinks Mr. coffee were introduced. straw drawn across the road, blocks of wood, Peter Roberts," who has written a great deal and large stones planted in the middle of it, about Welsh antiquities. and artificial pitfalls. But the principal ob Another custom, which is perhaps more an.
THE SABBATH EVE. struction was the Groyntyn (Anglicè, Quin. cient, apd certainly more curious, is, that tain,) consisting of an upright pole, on the top when the door being closed against those who of which, and placed horizontally, was a long come to seek the bride, admission is only to be It is the hour—the sacred hour
When eve's faint flush is on the sky, beam fixed to the pole by an iron pin, which obtained by the united influence of poetry and permitted it turn freely round when pushed. music. In this, the writer just named fancifully And, spread o'er Icaf and closing flower,
The latest sunbeams lingering lie; At one end of this beam hung a bag of sand, recognises a resemblance to the well known at the other a flat and narrow plank, which the fable of Orpheus and Eurydice. It may startle
And not a stream is wandering past, rider, as he passed, struck with his spear or some, that such an illustration can be found in
But murmurs music as it flows; staff; and if he was not 'extremely dexterous a custom existing not many years ago in
And not a feebly sighing blast, and expeditious in his movements, he was lia Wales; yet a comparison of the circumstances
But breathes the spirit of repose. ble to be dismounted with a stroke of the sand may justify the hypothesis in some degree; Beneath that parting glow of day, bag, to the great amusement and delight of his and there is little doubt but that many of the
an And ivied porch, and arches grey, the chosen champions of the bride, who, if it explanation as this of Orpheus, by an attentive Like age in listening calmness smile : was passed successfully, chalenged the adven- observer of popular customs and traditions. And bark ! from out those transepts dim, turer to a trial of skill at some athletic game, a But many of these customs are now un A hundred tongues in concert raise challenge which could not be declined; and, known in the principality. The knight-errant | The deep and high-ascending bymnconsequently, to guard the Gwyntyn was ac cavalcade, the seizure of the bride, the rescue, The uitered ecstasy of praise. counted a service at once arduous and honour the wordy war of rhyme between the parties, Within, the warrior's pendant mail, able. Having surmounted these difficulties, are almost wholly laid aside ; and of the cere The dusky banner's blazoned fold, they hastened to the door of the bride; and if | monies enumerated and described above, a few
And sculptured forms of marble palethe door was shut against them, assailed it, only are retained, and their retention is by no
Shapes of the beauteous and the boldand those in the house, not with batteringmeans general.
And shields of gules, or azure stain, rams and petards, but with music and poetry, When the parties are poor, collections are
And argent scrolls, and legends bright, particularly the latter, till they had compelled still made at weddings, and the office of bidder From many a deeply tinctured pane, iheir opponents to admit them; when they is not quite extinct; although the invitation is
Are gleaming in the mellowed light. seized the bride, and carried her off in triumph. more usually given through the medium of letHer friends and partisans, at a convenient ters, of one of which the following is a copy:
But over holier objects cast; time, discovered their loss, and of course pur
“ Carmarthen, March 20th, 1820. Brows, whence the gloom of guilt is past;
That golden ray is dwelling there; sued the fugitives. When they overtook them " As I intend to enter the matrimonial state a mock contest ensued, in which the pursuers
And lips, which move in silent prayer; on Easter Monday, the 19th day of April next, | The glance, which speaks the fervent will; were always vanquished, and acknowledging
I am encouraged by my friends to make a bid. their inferiority, yielded up the bride to the ding on the occasion, the same day, at my And fairer, purer, brighter still
The bended head, and listening ear; now undisputed possession of the man of her dwelling.house, known by the sign of the The contrite heart's unfeigned tear. choice. All afterwards repaired to the bride
Green Dragon, in Lammas Street, where the groom's residence, and the remainder of the favour of your good company is humbly soli
'Tis past-the hallowed time of grace day was spent in mirth and festivity. Trials cited; and whatever donation you will be
By mercy's pitying impulse shown, of skill in various rustic games first took place, pleased to confer on me there, will be grate
When man beholds his Maker's face, and after these, singing and dancing to the fully received, and cheerfully repaid, whenever
And pleads before that glorious throne; harp; the cwrw in the mean tirne circulating demanded on a similar occasion, by
And issuing from the low-browed gate, apace, and prolonging the entertainments to å
“ Your humble servant,
In dense and mingled current, pour late hour.
“ David THOMAS.”
Fair Youth, and Manhood's brow sedate, In this manner were the Welsh, in days of
And Age with perished seasons hoar. yore, accustomed to celebrate one of the most Post Scriptum.-" The young man's mo Some lingered by the osiered graves, important and bappiest events in their lives; ther, brother, and sister, (Hannah, Richard, Or at the scented hedge-row's side, and it has been ably argued, that more than and Phæbe Thomas) desire that all gifts of the Or pluck the azure flower, which laves one of the customs above related, may be above nature due to them, may be returned to Its leaflets in the rippling tide : traced to a Roman origin. The curious cere the young man on the said day; and they will On each the peace, to all decreed, mony of carrying off the bride may be com be thankful for any additional favour bestowed Who seek ihose sacred courts, is shed; pared to a pastime instituted by Romulus, in on him."
That balm-which heals the broken reed, commemoration of the rape of the Sabine vir There are two or three other particulars,
That hope—which gilds the dying head. gins; and Rosinus, in his Roman Antiquities, which, perhaps, deserve notice. It must be quotes from Apuleius a description of this cus recollected, that very few, if indeed any, of Such were thy fair enjoyments, Earth! tum, which certainly bears some little resem. these customs are observed in all parts of the
In days long past, and happier hours, blance to the one practised in Wales. He says, principality alike; they are peculiar to certain Ere sin's polluting stain had birth,
Or evil lorked in Eden's bowers; that when the bride was dressed in her bridal districts, and in those districts alone are they garments, a number of young men, flourishing used. In Caernarvonshire, as soon as the cler. Such shall be thine-when sorrow's reign their swords, as if raging for battle, burst into gyman has declared the parties to be “man
Within thy wasted bounds is o'er, her chamber, and carried her off. As the and wife," the young men rush out of church, And He, thy God, descends again Romans were some time in Britain, and the and run or ride to the bride's house, when the
To soothe, and comfort, and restore. families connected with them, or such as could first who announces the glad and welcome not return with their legions were recalled, tidings receives a reward from her friends. might have settled in South Wales, where, by When the bridegroom with a party of his
The Juvenile Forget-Me-Not. the bye, these ceremonies were particularly friends, arrived at the lady's residence on the practised, it is no great trespass on probability morning of the wedding.day, he and his com
[A conversation selected for the Literary Port Folio.] to suppose that such was the actual origin of panions were regaled with cold custard-pud Miss L.—What a lovely pair of cherubs have this custom; although it appears to me to ding,t ale, bread and butter. All ate out of we here---a loving girl embracing her chubbyhave originated in the commission of what is the same dish till its contents were despatched, cheeked brother! It is quite refreshing to look legally termed “ forcible abduction;" for in a when others were produced, till they were sacountry so wild as Wales once was, this crime
Ed.—The engravings are decidedly good, must have been frequently perpetrated. Whe * The literal translation of Gwyntyn is , without pretending to much merit as works of ther the Gwyntyn, or Quintain, was in use Vane. The custom of striking the Quintain art-I think the best are “ The Favourite of among the Romans, we can form no opinion, or Quintin, is by no means peculiar to Wales. the Flock," "Heart's Ease,” and “The Blind as in the writings of antiquity we find no It was formerly practised in England at all Sailor." Holiday Time" would have been allusion to such an apparatus. The name, in- merry.makings: and, if I mistake not, there is valuable, but the print from which it is taken
a detailed description of the game in “ Queen- is so very hackneyed. A portrait of “ Sir * In some parts of Wales it is considered hoo-ball."
Walter Scott's Grandson” will interest, but it mean to walk to and from church when a wed + Will any of your learned readers, Mr. Edi. is badly engraved. “Bob Cherry" is really deding is celebrated; it is, therefore, customary tor, inform me what relation this custom has licious-look how that greedy rogue is catchfor the poorer classes to borrow horses “for to the foundation of the old adage-chat,“ Cold ing at the ruby fruit. the nonce," when much racing is exhibited. pudding settles love."
Dr. B.-Let us know something of what our
THE BIRD OF PARADISE.
children are to read—that is of the greatest | thrust in its long arms and devour it, if a good wants it. It is very justly supposed that the consequence.
friend of the pinna, who lodges in her house, pearl is intended for the same purpose by naEd.--Here then, let them most carefully pe was not at hand to prevent him."
ture, for the use of the shell-fish in which it is ruse “ The Misses," by the late Mrs. Barbauld, “ C. A friend who lodges in her house ? Oh found.' and as carefully avoid companionship with papa, you are joking:
..C. I had no idea there were so many useMiss Place, Miss Management, Miss Repre. .F. The friend is a little crab, which the ful and curious things in a muscle; I suppose sentation, Miss Trust, and the other misses of pinna suffers to live in her shell, and who there is the same in every shell-fish.' the same family. Their persons are so excel. pays her,' as an old writer says, “a good 6. F. No doubt there is; but our acquaintlently described by the estimable and highly price for his lodging.' The little crab has red ance with God's creation is very limited, and gifted lady, who has done so much for chil eyes, and sees very sharply; so whenever his our ignorance is much greater than our knowdren, that it will be difficult for any one not to blind friend opens her shell, he is always on ledge. We may judge, however, by what we know these misses when either of them is met. the watch for the enemy; and as soon as he know, of what we do not know : every day is Here are Allan Cunningham's beautiful lines, sees him coming with his long arms like an adding to some new and extraordinary proof of “ My Son, my Son," and Mrs. Howitt's admi.
ogre, he gives notice to the pinna by giving God's wisdom and love, giving us fresh cause rable “ Tale of a Triangle," “ Birds," by James her a little pinch with his claw, and inmedi for praise and wonder, and declaring His Montgomery, a long series of short poems, ately she closes her large shell, as a careful goodness beyond thought, and power divine.?" each describing some peculiarity of each of the person locks up his house and shuts out a
of the other contributors, I would distin: feathered race-take an example or two: robber.'
guish Miss Jewsbury, Miss Mitford, Mrs. Hof666 C. Is that true, papa ?
land, the author of “ Selwyn," Bernard Bar.
" F. It is mentioned by many writers, both ton, Miss Strickland, Mrs. Opie, M. Carne, “ Hail, Bird of Paradise !
in ancient and modern times, who have watch and the Archdeacon Wrangham. On the -That name I bear,
ed the fishes and seen the circumstance.' whole, Mrs. Hall has produced a beautiful, a Though I am nothing but a bird of air:
“ C. Did you ever see it?'
useful, and an amusing work. I do not think Thou art a child of earth, and yet to thee, "F. I did when I was in the East. The it possible to find a more "fit and proper" preLost and recover'd, Paradise is free: harbour of Smyrna is full of this large muscle,
sent to the young. Oh! that such glory were vouchsafed to me!" and also abounds with cuttle-fish. I was one
day crossing in a boat; and, as the water was " What hand lets fly the skylark from his rest? very clear, I saw several at the bottom, and
(Concluded from page 48.) She broods below, all bound with cords of One of the sailors swam remarkably well: he "And where did she go?" said I; for the love."
Jeaped overboard, dived down, and brought up first time venturing to interrupt the good man's
several of the fish ; in every one of them there con amore narrative. “ It came out, Sir, af" Art thou the king of birds, proud Eagle, say?
was a little crab. As soon as the pinna opened terwards, that before her marriage was agreed -I am; my talons and my beak bear sway; her shell, he appeared like a sentinel, with his on, an uncle in London had invited her to visit A greater king than I, if thou wouldst be, red eyes; and when any thing approached, he him, and as she had another sister quite ready Govern thy tongue, but let thy thoughts be ran in, seemed to warn his friend, and the shell to take her place at home, she told her parents free."
closed. The crab is, therefore, called pinnoit would save her much misery to leave the But I will, if you please, road for you the phylax, or the muscle’s guardian.'*
country for a while, and even go to service, to
iso c. That is very curious indeed; but is keep out of the way, till Dick Marshall should whole of Dr. Walsh's beautiful dialogue. Ilow the fish of any use to us?'
be married. delightful it is to see men of deep learning and
" Or hanged as is more likely!" “ • Besides being food for man, for whose said her father in his passion : little thinking vast acquirements, descending to pratile in the tones that childhood loves and can understand support all things were created, the beard or how near it was actually being the case! There
threads of a muscle are applied to a good purI wish there were a dozen more such useful
was a salmon-smack lying in the harbour just articles in the book, but unfortunately this is
pose : they are sometimes so long that the fish then, whose master was Mary's cousin : so she the only one :- I do not mean to say that the hangs suspended by them
from some projection slipped quietly on board, aud got safe to Lon
to a considerable depth in the water. As the don. others are not instructive, but their chief object is to amuse. poet says,
" How long was this ago ?" said I. “Oh! • Firm to his rock, with silver cords, suspend
about six or seven months, perhaps. Let me By the Red. Robert Walsh, LL.D. The anchor'd Pinna, and his Cancer Friend.'
see. It was in October, and this is April !
Well, Sir, Mary staid but a short time with her 56 C. Papa, what is the meaning of this hard These 'silver cords' are very fine and strong, uncle, as idleness was a thing she never liked: word-conchology?'
like fibres of silk, and are used for the same but through his wife, who had been house*F. Conchology means the knowledge of purpose: they are manufactured into different keeper to a nobleman, she got a delightful shells.'
articles of dress, and I have seen gloves and place in the same family, as upper nursery. «C. But what knowledge can one get from stockings made of them.'
maid; which her gentle manners, and steady shells? they are very pretty indeed, but that I 6. C. Oh, I should like to have a pair of temper, and long experience in her father's can see without conchology.'
muscle gloves; but is there any thing else cu house, made her every way fit for. She had 1. F. Every shell is a house, containing one rious or useful in the fish?'
not long been with them, when Lord S. was or more living inhabitants, whose habits and 6. F. Yes, there is another kind, called mya,t appointed to a government in India, and as he mode of existence are sometimes very cu inhabiting fresh water, which yields fine pearls. resolved to take out his two youngest children, rious.'
It is frequently found in the rivers of the north nothing would serve Lady S. but Mary must WC. Now here is this poor stupid muscle of Ireland, and I have seen some very large go with them. They were grown so fond of there is nothing inside that I can see but a soft pearls indeed taken from the shell. They are her, that her cares on the voyage would be inlump without any shape, and no signs of life; also frequently found in England; and some valuable ; and then her staid, sober, proper what can there be curious in that?'
authors say that Julius Cæsar, who, you know, ways made her a perfect treasure in a country, " F. The shapeless lump, as you call it, has invaded England a long time ago, was induced where, I understand, girls heads are apt to be a regular figure, with parts as necessary to the to come here in search of those fine pearls, of turned. Lady S. knew her story, and thought fish as arms and legs to a man.'
which he had heard a great account from the it recommendation enough: so her parents “« C. Oh, now I see it begins to move, and Gauls, who traded to this country.'
were written too; half Mary's ample wages change its shape like a snail; but it has no eyes "C. Is the pearl of any use to the fish?' secured to them by her desire, and she went like those on a snail's horns.'
"F. No doubt but it is; the covering of down to the sea side with the family, to be in 6. F. No, because eyes are not necessary:
shell-fish is intended by Providence as their the way to embark at the last moment, when You see those threads hanging out of the end house; and, like all houses, require to be re all the tedious outfit for a great man's voyage of the shell; by these it is firmly fixed to a paired or enlarged, as the inhabitants require. should be complete." rock or other substance, and all the waves of Nature, therefore, provides for all the means of “Ha!” said I, “this explains a hint she the sea cannot disturb it: it wants, therefore, doing this, in different ways. In the common threw out about the world's end! So she is no eyes to see its way, because it never moves snail there is a substance at the point of the going to India ?" from place to place; but when they are neces shell, which is so viscid or tough, that when “ Yes, Sir, and would have been half way sary for its security, nature supplies them in a taken out, it mends broken glass: this is con there by this time, if it had not pleased God to very curious manner.'
veyed to the edge of the shell by a little tube, send contrary winds, and save Dick Marshall's «i« C. Oh, dear papa, tell me how."
and continually enlarges it as the animal in life." “ His life ! poor wretch," said I, “ did 16 F. There is a large kind of muscle, called creases in size. In crabs there is also a sub- he take to worse courses still ?" “ Pretty bad, the pinnat and it has a voracious enemy called stance which you may have often seen, called Sir, but not quite so bad as he got credit for: the cuttle-fish, which has eight long arms; improperly, the crab's eyes, and used as medi. I'll tell you about it as shortly as I can. and whenever the poor pinna opens its shell to cine in apothecaries' shops: this is also intend. “ There came about Berwick, now and then, take in its food, the cuttle-fish is on the watch to ed to repair or enlarge the crab's house, as he a scamp of a fellow, whom every body knew
to be a gambler and a cheat, and whom none Pinna ingens: sea wing.
* Cancer pinnotheris, or pinnophylax. but such idle dogs as Dick Marshall would | Sepia octopodia.
+ Mya margaritifera : pearl-yielding muscle. I keep company with. This man, Sir, was
known to be about town last autumn, and to “ The agonized parents (from what they ga have for remembering the hour so precisely?' have won money of Richard, both on the turf thered further) sat down and wrote Mary the - Because I had staid just to give his moand at the card-table. They had a row about most pathetic letter broken hearts could dic-ther her nine o'clock draught before I left Berit, it seems, and high words, and even a scuffle; tate. "They feared she would have sailed, but wick; and because, just as I got to my father's but few knew or cared ; and Jack Osborné it pleased God otherwise ; and instead of the gate, the church clock struck ten. Very ac. wont away as he came, with none the wiser. teazing detention caused by the contrary curate! and pray, what induced you to be se
“But about six weeks or two months ago, it winds, (which had now set in fair) there was, very positive as to the day? Because the began to be whispered that he had been missed luckily for Richard, a delay of one week in the very next afternoon, I sailed for London in a of late from all his old haunts, and that Ber- ship's sailing, for some official reasons. Mary vessel whose sailing day is always a Wedneswick was the last place where he had been carried the letter to her good mistress, and told day, and Tuesday was the 23d." Very well seen; and, good for nothing as he was, he had her all the circumstances. She readily ob; put together and logical indeed! and now, my decent relations who began to think it worth tained leave for the journey, and was offered dear, to come more to the point, how came while to inquire about it. The last person in the escort of a fellow-servant, but she was you to remember this meeting itself so very whose company he had been seen in our town, steadfast in declining it. I would wish no un particularly? It was not the first I dare say!' was certainly Dick Marshall; who, when asked necessary witnesses of poor Richard's shame “No, Sir!' said Mary, with a slight flush of about him, denied all knowledge of his old and his parent's sorrow!' said she, and God wounded dignity; ' but it was the last. I have comrade. "But Dick's own character by this will surely protect one, who is going to return a right to remember it, because we were entime was grown pretty notorious, and though good for evil!'
gaged to be married, and on that very night, no one here, from respect to his parents, would “ There was not a moment to be lost to let (and I bless God it was no other,) Richard have breathed such a notion, Jack Osborne’s Mary appear at the assizes yesterday, and get Marshall told me—and not very kindly, that I stranger uncle felt no scruple in insinuating, back to Portsmouth in time : so into the mail was no fit wife for him, and that all that had that his nephew had met with foul play, and she stepped and arrived here the night before been going on so long between us, was for insisted on an investigation.
last, as soon as a letter could have done. ever at an end!' “ In the course of this, a very suspicious When they saw her, the old Marshalls almost “ Mary had made, to preserve strength and circumstance came out. A pair of pistols, fainted for joy. They kissed and wept over utterance for this testimony, all the exertion well known to be Osborne's, were found in her, as they had done many a time, when their nature permiited. She fell back fainting into Dick's possession ; and a story of his having son's wild ways grieved her gentle spirit; but her father's arms, and a buzz of admiration got them in payment of a gambling debt, when they soon looked up to her as a guardian angel, ran through the court. “This is an alibi with matters between them were known to be ge come to shield their grey hairs from despair a witness! said an old shrewd barrister who nerally quite the other way, was of course very and dishonour. They would have proposed to stood near me; 'It is not likely a discarded little, if at all believed. There were plenty of her to see and comfort Richard, but she said sweetheart would come three hundred miles people who could depose, that on the 23d of mildly,' we have both need of our strength for to perjure herself for the scoundrel!' In corOctober, at a tavern dinner, the two associates to-morrow. Tell him I bless God for bringing roboration of Mary's simple testimony, should had quarrelled, and even come to blows; me to save him, and I pray that it may not be any be required, there was handed to the jury though they afterwards went out apparently from danger in this world alone.?
a housewife, containin a few memorandums, good friends. The next step in evidence was, " She was quite worn out with fatigue, it and in the midst of them, evidently inserted at two people having returned home late that may be supposed, and was glad to lay her in the moment, and blotted with a still discernievening, and on passing a little stunted thicket, nocent bead once more on her mother's bo ble tear: “This day parted for ever in this called Overton wood, about half a mile out of som, in the bed where she was born, and where world, with poor Richard Marshall; God town, having heard something like groans or she little expected to have laid it for many a grant we may meet in the next!'" cries, to which, being in a great hurry, they long day. She rose, quite refreshed, and able " And did they meet again in this world, paid little attention. This caused the place to for the trial—the hard trial to one so modest Sir?” said 1, when my honest friend had got be searched, and in an old sand-pit near the and retiring, of appearing in court before hier rid of something troublesome in his eyes. "No, spot, to the surprise and horror of all present, whole towns-people on so melancholy an occa Sir; Mary felt it was better otherwise, and were found the remains of poor Jack Osborne, sion.
no one durst press it upon her. She wrote whose clothes, from the dry nature of the “ She was indulged with a chair, and sat as him a letter though, which no one else saw: ground, were quite in good preservation. much out of sight as possible, surrounded by and I hear he says his life was hardly worth
“Things now began to put on an aspect kind friends, till she should be called on. The saving, since be has for ever lost Mary Fenterribly serious for Dick Marshall ; especially case for the prosecution was gone into, and a wick. Poor fellow, we shall see if this great as another man now came forward to say, (peo- chain of circumstantial evidence made out so escape will sober him!” ple should be very cautious, Sir, before they conclusive against poor Dick, that the crown Little more passed between me and my say such things,) that he had met Dick, or lawyer, a sharp ill-natured looking man I friend, as the lights of Houndwood now came some one so like, that he had no doubt it was thought, said, “This is a clear case you see, my in vicw. I have since been in Berwick, and he,-though when spoken to by name, he made lord; nothing but an alibi can bring him off' find Richard lives with his parents, a sadder no answer on the road to that very spot, just " And that shall be proved directly, my
and a wiser man than they ever expected to before the hour when the groans were heard. lord!' replied very unexpectedly, the prisoner's see him. The murder of Jack Osborne has been Petween the quarrel, and the pistols, and the lawyer, we have a witness here come more confessed by another of the fraternity. And
Sans, and the dead body-and above all, the than three hundred miles for the purpose ;' | Mary is married in India to a young chaplain, evidence of this man, a complete case was and Mary, shaking like a leaf, and deadly pale, to whom Lord S. has promised a living in her made out for a jury: and there were a great was placed in the box. The counsel had own north country, on his return to England. many circumstances besides to give it a colour, nothing for it but to examine her. I should especially poor Dick's now profligate and reck be sorry to say he wished to find her testimoless habits, and his evident confusion and agi- ny false; but really, Sir, lawyers have a
MY OWN. tation, when first asked what he had been do- | frightful degree of pride in showing their in. ing on the evening of the 23d of October. To genuity, and he did not quite like his clear those who saw his face on that occasion-his
case to be overturned: besides, I suspect, he My own-my own-oh! breathes there one conscience stricken look when taken by surtook her for one of Richard's light acquaint: Beats there a heart so drear and lone,
To whom that simple word's not dear? prise, and bis angry defiance afterwards, when ance tutored for the purpose. So his manner aware of the drift of the question,- little doubt was not very encouragir.g to a poor frightened
That holds not some loved object near? of his guilt remained. girl; but he little thought that Mary could be
Whose spirit like the arkless bird, “ Dick was committed for trial: and oh! Sir, firm as a rock, when duty was concerned.
From all companionship bath flown;it was a sad day for all who knew his worthy “ On being desired to tell what she knew of And finds no gladness in that word, parents, and had seen the creature himself this business, Mary simply asserted, in as few
My own!--my own! grow up before them, a pretty curly-headed words as possible, ihat Richard Marshall could child, and then a manly spirited boy! His be.
Who dull to every finer tie, not have been in Overton wood at the hour haviour in prison to strangers was dogged and assigned for the murder of John Osborne, as
To every soft affection cold,
Lives on in cheerless apathy, sullen; he seemed to scorn even denying the he was at that very time, with her, on the road charge to those who could suppose him guilty, to B farm, in an exactly opposite direc. Though frequent cares my mind enthral;
And in his very youth seems old! as most did; but on his poor father, (who ne. tion. Very pleasantly engaged, I dare say ver would credit it,) urging him to think, for the my dear: said the counsel flippantly, but I For the sweet beings lost! I call
Could wealth, mere eartbly wealth, atone sake of his grey hairs,
whether some means of am afraid the court will not be the more dis. disproving it might not yet be found; he at posed to admit your evidence for what passed
My own!-my own! length said, though it seemed fairly extorted on that occasion.' 'I am sure they ought! No! Time may still but speed to show from him by his parent's distress, There's said Mary, with a tone of deep and solemn How false is Hope's delicious song; one person on earth who could clear me of earnestness, which dashed the lawyer a good | And many a sorrow I must know; this horrible charge, and that's poor Mary Fen- deal.
But, oh!-sweet Heaven-may it be long wick! but even if she were angel enough to "So!' said he, reviving himself, Richard | Ere those I love from me are gone; do it, I suppose she has left England by this Marshall met you, you say, on the road to And life a wilderness hath grown, time. This is a judgment on me, father, for B-on a certain evening, between the hours And of earth's millions there is none, my usage of that girl?' of nine and ten; pray what reason may you
My own!-my own!
BY CHARLES SWAIN.
the Sultan by large donations of money. On etical part of the inscription from his common. [Being part of an article in the Museum of Foreign one occasion, his agent here parchased the place book; the same serves for many customLiterature and Science.]
Pitt or the Pigot diamond (we are not sure ers, and there are about forty or filty of this There is unquestionably no nation in the which) from Rundell and Bridge, for which kind, which you see repeated in almost every world among whom human life is less regard were paid some thirty thousand pounds, and burying ground in England. There are, howed, and none where it is so frequently taken this valuable jewel was sent as a peace-offering ever, occasionally to be met with, those that away by treachery under the mask of courtesy
to, the sublime Sultan Mahnioud: one of our are peculiar and remarkable for their beauty or and friendship. Turkish history abounds with gallant admirals, about to proceed to the Me- singularity. They are either the productions innumerable instances where perfidy and po
diterranean, carried it down to Portsmouth in of the best poets of the time, or of some very liteness may be considered as synonymous. Alihis waistcoat pocket. The following story, whimsical humorist who was the author of Pasha of Yanina had long warded off the fatal which Captain Frankland was told by Lady his own epitaph. Of these there have been blow, which he knew was aimed at him by the Hester Stanhope, is quite in character, and copious collections made by tourists, and many Sublime Porte. An Albanian chief was one worthy of the sagacity of the Egyptian pasha. volumes have been filled exclusively with such of the many who had been despatched with a “At length the Sultan Mahmoud resolved mortuary memorials. Still there is left somefirman for that purpose. Ali had reason to upon adopting a scheme, so cleverly devised, thing which bas not been noticed; and an insuspect, while courtesies and civilities were and involved in such impenetrable secrecy, dustrious man may glean" either old or new passing between them, that the fatal docu- that it was impossible it could fail of success. which have escaped a predecessor. As I havo ment was concealed in the sleeve of his pe. He had in the imperiai harem a beautiful just returned from a ramble through part of lisse. He praised the beauty and elegance of Georgian slave, whose innocence and beauty | Ireland, England, and Scotland, and have felt the garment worn by his guest, and, as a par fitted her, in the Sultan's eyes, for the atro a degree of curiosity on the subject, I shall ticular mark of friendship, insisted on a mu cious act of perfidy of which she was to be the send one or two which I find noticed among tual exchange of robes, which could not be unsuspecting agent. The belief in talismans my memoranda. refused according to Turkish etiquette, and is still prevalent throughout the east; and per. having thus got possession of the fatal instru-haps even the enlightened Mahmoud himself The Tomb of a Victim of Criticism.-Sone ment, forth with turned the blow that was de- is not superior to the rest of his nation in mat
years ago, an anonymous writer attacked the signed for himself against the intended execu. ters of traditionary superstition. He sent one Dublin stage in a bitter but witty satire, calltioner.. Ali, however, at length met with his day for the fair Georgian, and affecting a greated " Familiar Epistles.” This was attributed match in Mahomed Pasha, the governor of the love for her person, and desire to advance her to a certain literary character distinguished in Morea.
interests, told her, that it was his imperial will the political world, but, if the effect assigned “ They held together a long conversation of to send her to Egypt, as a present to Mehmet be true, he has small reason to be satisfied a very confidential nature, and mutual attach-Ali, whose power and riches were as unbound
with the cause; it does little credit to his head ment seemed to be established..... Moha- ed as the regions over which he held the sway and less to his heart. Among the persons at. med rose to depart, with expressions of affec of a sovereign prince, second to no one in the tacked was Edwin the comedian; and, it is tionate goodwill on both sides. As they were universe but to himself, the great padisha. said, he never again held up his head. He of the same rank, they rose at the same mo He observed to her, how much happiness drooped like a mortally wounded man, and ment from the divan on which they were sit would fall to her lot, if she could contrive to died shortly after. His wife, as a memorial of ting, and the Pasha of the Morea, as he was captivate the affections of the master for whom affection to the melancholy' fate of her hus. retiring, made a low and ceremonial reverence: he designed her; that she would become, as it band, as well as of vengeance on his supposed the Pasha of Yanina returned it with the were, the queen of Egypt, and would reign murderer, erected a tomb with the following same profound inclination of the body; but be over boundless empires. But, in order to en- inscription in St. Werburgh's churchyard, fore he could recover himself again, Mohamed sure to her so desirable a consummation of his Dublin, where I went to see and copied it:drew his yatigan from his girdle, and plunged imperial wishes for her welfare and happiness,
Here lie the remains of it into the back of his host with such force, be would present her with a talisman, which
Mr. John Edwin, that it passed completely through his heart he then placed upon her finger. "Watch,
of the Theatre Royal, who died and out at his left breast. Ali fell dead at his said he, ' a favourable moment, when the pasha
February 22, 1805, aged 33 years. feet, and his assassin immediately left the is lying on your bosom, to drop this ring into a
His death was occasioned by the chamber with the bloody yatigan in his hand, glass of water, which, when he shall have
ACUTENESS of his SENSIBILITY. and announced to those abroad, that he had drank, will give you the full possession of his
Before he was sufficiently known to the public now ceased to exist. Some soldiers of Moha affections, and render him your captive for
of this city to have his talents med entered the apartment, severed the head ever.' The unsuspecting Georgian eagerly
properly appreciated, from the body, and, bringing it outside, held accepted the lot which was offered to her, and,
he experienced an illiberal and it up to their own comrades and the soldiers of dazzled by its promised splendour, determined
CRUEL ATTACK on his professional reputation Ali, as the head of a traitor.” — Walsh, p. 60 upon following the instructions of the Sultan
from an ANONYMOUS ASSASSIN. to the very letter. In the due course of time
This circumstance preyed upon his mind Mr. Walsh states a curious fact with regard she arrived at Cairo, with a splendid suite, and
to the extinction of life; to this venerable head, wbich was sent to Con many slaves, bearing rich presents. Mehmet
while he was in apparent bodily vigour he stantinople, and exhibited to the public on a Ali's spies had, however, contrived to put him
predicted this approaching DISSOLUTION. dish. As the name of Ali had made a consi. on his guard. Such a splendid demonstration
The consciousness of a brain rending derable noise in Europe, and more particularly of esteem from his imperial master alarmed
with agony, accounts for that in England, in consequence of his negotiations him for his safety. He would not suffer the with Sir Thomas Maitland, and still more, fair Georgian to see the light of his counte
prescience, and incontrovertibly
establishes the cause of his death. perhaps, the stanzas in Childe Harold, a mer nance; but after some detention in Cairo,
This stone is chant of Constantinople thought it would be made a present of her to his intimate friend,
inscribed to the MEMORY of an no bad speculation to purchase the head and Billel Aga, the governor of Alexandria, of
AFFECTIONATE HUSBAND, dish, and send them to London for exhibition; whom, by the bye, the pasha had long been
as a tribute of Duty and ATTACHMENT, but 'a former confidential agent obtained it jealous. The poor Georgian having lost a
by ber, who, best acquainted with from the public executioner for a higher price pasha, thought she must do her best to capti.
the qualities of his HEART, than the merchant had offered; and together vate her aga, and administered to him the
can best record their AMIABILITY. with the heads of his three sons and grandson, fatal draught, in the manner Sultan Mahmoud who, according to custom, were all seized and had designed for Mehmet Ali. The Aga fell There is not on stone, I believe, such ano. decapitated, had thein deposited ncar one of dead upon the floor. The Georgian shrieked ther epitaph as this, in either ancient or mo. the city gates, with a tombstone and inscrip- and clapped her hands: in rushed the eunuchs dern times, recording the death of a man killed tion.
of the harem, and bore out the dead body of by a literary attack. Horace alludes to the Old Mahomet Ali of Egypt has probably had their master."— Frankland, vol. ii. p. 146—149. death of Lycambes in consequence of the severimore emissaries despatched to effect his de.
ty of Archilochus' verses; and in our own days, struction than any pasha on record, but he has
one of our periodicals is nicknamed the Keats. hitherto been crafty enough to escape. Two
killer, because it is supposed to have murdered or three times he is said to have been marked There is no department of literature, pero a poor poet with the same weapon; but no out for death, on account of his reluctance to haps, that has been exercised more than this. person had put it on their tombs, and this, I join in the Greek war; but he had his spies in There is no man, however humble in society, suppose, is the first monument ever erected to Constantinople, and probably in the seraglio, who wishes to lie “to dumb forgetfulness a a man murdered by a critic. by means of whom he baffled the attempts of prey;" and every person, whose friends can the emissaries, taking special care none of command the means, has a memorial of wood Tomb of a Modern Greek.The exceeding them should return to Constantinople to re or stone with a suitable inscription, to say interest taken by the people of England in the port their good or ill success. For a long time when and where he was born and buried. In affairs of Greece, and the high esteem in which he contrived to keep out of the war, on the many churchyards in England there is not they were held in Morea and the Islands, in. plea that his troops were employed in subdu- much variety in these notifications of mortali- duced several Greeks of distinction to send ing the Wahabees, and repressing the rebel- ty, and little pains are bestowed in penning their children to this country to be educated, lious Mamalukes, and the people of Dongala ; the hic jacet.' The stone-cutter is generally and among them the celebrated Canaris, and and at the same time he endeavoured to soothe the poet, at least it is he that supplies the po- other distinguished leaders in the revolution.
The transition from the warm genial climate of the Archipelago, to the chill and humid vapours of England, did not agree with the constitutions of these children of the sun. Some returned home, some went to France, some fell victims here, and were buried in our churchyards. In Tottenham Churchyard is the following epitaph of a young Suliote. He was a gentle and interesting boy, and pined away, it is said, on receiving an account of his father's death in Greece. Far from his native Greece, the mortal part Of Constantine Satterio here was laid; Almost ere childhood melted into youth, Bold, wild, and free, the little Suliote came To England's shores a student, and his soul All knowledge, save of ill, with eager joy Received; but chiefly with a spirit's thirst He drank the waters of immortal life. Meek, holy, calm, the little Suliote diedHis last breath murmur'd in his country's
tongue The name of “ Mother!" 'twas a father's
death, Sad tidings told him in a foreign land, First made him droop. Here no kind relative Closed his cold eyes—yet left he mourners
here, True friends, whom his sweet gentleness had
made, And one of these inscribes this humble stone.
Spirit of ethereal birth!
Thy azure banner floats, In lucid folds o'er air and earth; While budding woods pour forth their mirth,
In rapture breathing notes.
The spreading of thy wings;
To meet her bridegroom springs.
of the fresh and breezy morn; Spirit of climes where joy alone, For over hovers round thy throne,
On wings of light apborne:
With rapture-beaming eyes;
Points up to cloudless skies.
Each year we hail thy birth;
To bless the sons of earth.
Still deck the barren sod;
The day-spring of our God! Z. Z.
“ How beauteous is the scene that spreads
Before himn far and wide, Beyond the fair and fated bourne
Of Jordan's glorious tide.
The land of promise smiled
Magnificent and wild !
A land of fruit and flowers,
That drinks the Summer showers. “He saw fair Ephraim's fertile fields
Laugh with their golden store, And far beyond the deep blue wave
Bathed Judah's lonely shore. “ The southern landscape led his glance
O'er plains and valleys wide, And hills with spreading cedars crown'd,
And cities in their pride. - There Zoar's walls are dimly seen,
And Jericho's far towers Gleam through the morning's purple mist,
Among their palmy bowers. “ Is it the sun! the morning sun!
That shines so full and bright, Pouring on Nebo's lonely hill
A flood of living light?
Of morning's loveliest ray,
To that celestial day.
Divine enchantment there,
He charms the balmy air?
That makes the scene rejoice;
Thy spirit in that voice !
Adoring his high will Who spoke in lightnings from the clouds
Of Sinai's awful hill. “ Now flash his eyes with brighter fires
E'er yet their light depart: And thus the voice of prophecy
Speaks to his trembling heart« The land which I have sworn to bless
To Abraham's chosen race
That earthly resting place.'
The awful words, and lay
In music died away. “ Then raised his head, one look he gave
Towards Jordan's palmy shoreFixed was that look, and glazed that eye,
Which turned to earth no more. “ A beauteous glow was on his face
Death flung not there its gloom; On Nebo's hill the Patriarch found
His glory and his doom.
Beneath the dewy sod,
Who led the hosts of God. " Let marble o'er earth's conquerors rise,
And mock the mouldering grave; His monument is that blest Book
Which opens but to save!"
God of love! is full of thee!
All I feel, and hear, and see,
BY MISS M. A. BROWNE. " I ASKED the lark in the summer morn, Why he left so lightly his nest in the corn; Why he sang so sweetly his matin song, That the clouds and the breezes bore along, When he knew, that perhaps, before 'twas
night, The hunter's shaft might stay his flight? By the messenger Wind was this answer
given, 'I fear not, I sear not: I fly towards Heaven!' " I asked the flowers in the soft spring-time, Wherefore they smiled in their youthful prime, When the stormy days so soon should come, That would blight for ever their beauty and
bloom? And the sweet flowers answered, 'Each day On our leaves the sunshine that dries the
dews: Why should we not smile? Till now we have
thriven; And the sunshine and dew are both from Hea
ven!' " I asked the clouds in their pomp of light, As they sate in the crimson west at night, Wherefore they gathered around the sun And brightened-although his race was run, When, perhaps, the breezes of night might
strew Their fragile folds into mist and dew? The clouds replied, “Though we should be
driven Away from our rest, we should still be in
Heaven!' " And I saw a lovely child, who knelt Beside the cot where his father dwelt, At the sunset hour; and his hands were raised Towards the sky, on which he gazed; And on his rosy lips a prayer Seemed hovering; —like the summer air: · Fear’st thou,' said I, the shades of even?' He smiled and said, 'See, bow bright is Hea
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THE SPIRIT OF THE SPRING. Spirit of the shower,
Of the sunshine and the breeze, Of the long, long twilight hour, Of the bud and opening flower,
My soul delighted sees. Stern winter's robe of grey,
Beneath thy balmy sigh, Like mist-wreaths melts away, When the rosy laughing day
Lifts up his golden eye.
THE DEATH OF MOSES.
BY JOHN SYDNEY TAYLOR, A.M. “On Nebo's hill the Patriarch stood,
Who led the pilgrim bands Of Israel through the foaming waves,
And o'er the dosert sands.