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Preach to the storm, and reason with Go, child of fortune ! to his early grave, Despair,
Where o'er his head obscure, the rank But tell not Mis'ry's son that life is weeds wave; fair!
Behold the heart-wrung parent lay her
head Thou, who in Plenty's lavish lap hast On the cold turf, and ask to share his rollid,
bed. And ev'ry year with new delight has Go, child of fortune! take thy lesson
told, Thou, who recumbent on the lacquer'd And tell us then that life is wondrous barge
fuir! Hast dropt down Joy's gay stream of Yet Lofft, on thee, whose hand is still pleasant marge,
stretch'd forth Thou may'st extol life's calm untroubled T'encourage genius, and to foster worth, sea,
On thee, th' unhappy's firm, unfailing The storms of Mis'ry never burst on
'Tis just that ev'ry blessing should de.
scend; Go to the mat were squalid Want re. "Tis just that life to thee should only clines,
show, Go to the shade obscure, where Merit Her fairer side but little mix'd with pines ;
woe. Abide with him whom Pen'ry's chains Nottingham,
H. K. W. control, And bind the rising yearnings of his The above poem is not in White's works.
soul, Survey his sleepless couch, and stand
CURIOUS EPITAPHS. . ing there, Tell the poor pallid wretch That life is fair!
To the Editor of " Saturday Night.” Press thou the lonely pillow of his Sir, head,
The following Epitaphs are at your And ask why sleep his languid lids service:
has fled ; Mark his dew'd temples, and his half
AT OCKHAM, IN SURREY, 1736. shut eye,
« The Lord saw good, I was lopping His trembling nostrils, and his deep off wood, drawn sigh,
And down fell from the tree; His mutt'ring mouth, contorted with I met with a check, and broke my neck, despair,
And so death lopp'd off me."
MONUMENT OF THE FAMOUS ROBIN HOOD, once gleam'd,
AT GRETLAND, IN YORKSHIRE. And rays of light from its full circlet Here underned dis laid stean stream'd ;
Lais Robert, Erle of Huntingtun, But now Neglect has stung him to the Nea arier az hie sa geud, core,
And Pipl kauld him Robin Hend. And Hope's wild raptures thrill his Sic utlawz hi an his men. breast no more;
Vil Englande niver see agen. Domestic Anguish' winds his vitals Obit 24. Kal. Decembris, 1247.
round, And added Grief compels him to the
Which, if put into modern orthoground.
graphy, I render thus :Lo! o'er his manly form, decay'd, and Here, underneath this laid stone, wan,
Lies Robert, Earl of Huntingdon, The shades of death with gradual steps None ever as he so good, steals on ;
And people called him Robin Hood. And the pale mother, pining to decay, Such outlaws, he and his men, Weeps for her boy her wretched life Will England never see again. away.
Died December 24, 1247.
“ We onght not, like the spider, to spin a flimsy web wholly from our own magazine; but,
like the bee, visit every store, and cull the most useful and the best.”-GREGORY.
NORTHUMBERLAND, This abbey was founded by Eustace scribes a sumptuous banquet given in Fitz-John, in the year 1147, for the the refectory here in the year 1376, by use of Premonstratensian canons. The Walter de Hapescotes, to Henry Lord tithes of several lordships were given Alnwick and 120 knights and gentry. to the canons for their table, and the The common people were also feasted tenth part of all the venison and pork in the cloisters, to the number of 1050. killed in the parks of Eustace, who The same manuscript mentions, that, married Beatrice, the daughter of Ivo in the year 1380, the canons of this de Vesey, Lord of Alnwick and Malton. house were afflicted with the plague, This abbey was dedicated to the Virgin which occasioned a very great morMary; and Lord William de Vesey, tality. son of Eustace, gave it to the advow. In the 26th year of Henry the Eighth, sons of St. Dunstan's, in Fleet-street, at the dissolution, the yearly revenues London.
of this abbey were valued at £.194 79. An hospital, dedicated to St. Leonard, according to Speed's Chronicle. It was founded by the family of the Percy's, was soon after sold to Sir Francis and annexed to the abbey, in the 50th Brandling, of whose successors it was year of Edward the Third. There is bought by Mr. Doubleday. an old manuscript in the library of Mr.Wallis, in his history of NorthunKing's College, Cambridge, which de- berland, observes, “ that the only re.
mains of this religious pile is the court peers, decorated in all their natural wall, to the east, through which is the and borrowed charms"; she is here in entrance, of very curious architecture, her favoured element; it is to her an with a modern turret at the south end, earthly paradise; and she prefers it beyond which is a building, seemingly before all other places in London, beof a later erection, not corresponding cause it is the most expensive. Some with the grandeur of monastic struc- years ago, two illustrious beauties, tares; answering better the use it is the late Duchess of Devonshire and put to, namely, a stable, than any other. the Duchess of St. Alban's, divided the Adjoining to it is an ancient and strong audience at the Saturday night's opera: tower, with four turrets, two at each both these ladies were mothers; but end.
the difference was, the former suckled The tower here spoken of by Mr. her child, but the latter did not. It Wallis, was the ancient gate-house of was amusing to see the party displayed the monastery, the strong latticed gate on this occasion. The Duchess of D. of which is still remaining. The grand always went to the Opera with her entrance fronted the north; over it was infant at her breast, and while she a canopy and niche for the Virgin gracefully returned the cheers of the Mary. The whole tower seems to have feeling part of the audience, took care been much decorated with elegant to hold her child in her arms, to show carving, and has several escutcheons her filial affection. The Duchess of of the quarterings borne by the noble St. A. although an exemplary parent, family of the Percy's; some of whom, yielded to the taste of the fashionable besides confirming the grants of the world, and sacrificed nature at the founder and his son, added benefac- shrine of comfort, by denying her tions themselves. Indeed, from the offspring of its birth-right. The feeling conspicuous manner in which their on this occasion filled the Opera House arms are placed on this gate, it seems every Saturday night for the season. as if it were of their own construction. How wisely is it ordered, that society
In the tower a gate opened to the should be formed of different classes ; east, on each side of which are figures and that wealth should not always of angels supporting armorial shields. procure happiness! It is at least cuOn this front was also a canopy, and rious to reflect, that while one branch niche for a statue; and over the en of society anxiously wish for Saturday trance, as also on the north side, were night, as a termination of their weekly machicolatuns.
labours, and a period of rest; another We cannot conclude, without noticing long for it, because it gives them somean ancient custom practised in the thing to perform, to amuse their minds neighbourhood of the abbey. Those and use their time. How wretched who sought the freedom of the town of indeed must that mortal be, who comAlnwick, were obliged, by a clause in plains that time hangs heavily on his the charter of that place, to jump into hands! What a libel on his underan adjacent bog, in which they some standing; how truly insignificant he times sank to the chin. A penalty im- appears he whom God hath blest with posed by King John, upon the inhabi- mind, with sight, with every endowtants, for not keeping the road in better ment to make himself happy to think order-his horse, upon a journey of the he cannot use those faculties either for monarch's, happened to stick fast in his own edification, or the instruction this very hole.
of his fellow creatures! But such is the case, unfortunately, with many of
the titled and the great; they have THE DUCHESS'S SATURDAY every thing that wealth can procure; NIGHT.
but they stand in need of that most No boy at school longs more anx. essential requisite, that keeps the mind iously for his holiday, than the duchess in a state of happiness-EMPLOYMENT ! does for her Saturday night. The and it is for the want of this invaluable week seems to her intolerably long “comfort of life,” which makes the notwithstanding a few routs and the
'few routs and the duchess anxiously wish for the next play-houses give some relief in helping her to annihilate that time which hangs
SATURDAY NIGHT. so heavily on hand. It is the Saturday night's opera that charms her; it is there she can sit surrounded by her
DISCOVERY OF THE BODY OF minds of the spectators of this interest. CHARLES I.
ing sight were prepared to receive this . IN ST. GEORGE'S CHAPEL, WINDSOR.
Sor impression; but it is also certain, that
such a facility of beliet had been occaThe following extract is from Sir sioned by the simplicity and truth of Henry Halford's Narrative of the Mr. Herbert's Narrative, every part of Investigation which took place in which had been confirmed by the inWindsor, in the vault of King Henry vestigation, so far as it had advanced ; VIII. in presence of the Prince and it will not be denied that the shape Regent;
of the face, the forehead, an eye, and . On removing the pall, a plain a beard, are the most important features leaden coftin, with no appearance of by which resemblance is determined.” ever having been enclosed in wood, and bearing an inscription, “ King Charles, 1648," in large legible characters, on a scroll of lead, encircling
POPULAR ANTIQUITIES. it, immediately presented itself to view. A square opening was then made in the upper part of the lid, of such di
DEATH WATCH, mensions as to admit a clear insight Wallis, in his History of Northuminto its contents. These were, an in- berland, gives the following account of ternal wooden coffin, very much de- the insect so called, whose ticking has cayed, and the body carefully wrapped been thought by ancient superstition in cerecloth, into the folds of which a to forebode death in a family:-" The quantity of unctuous or greasy matter, small scarab, called the Death Watch mixed with resin, as it seemed, had (Scarabæus galearus pulsator ), is frebeen melted, so as to exclude, as effec- quently among dust, and decayed rottually as possible, the external air, ten wood, lonely and retired. It is one The coffin was completely full; and of the smallest of the Vagipenia, of a from the tenacity of the cerecloth, great dark brown, with irregular light brown difficulty was experienced in detaching spots, the belly plicated, and the wings it from the parts which it 'enveloped, under the cases pellucid ; like other Wherever the unctuous matter had in- beetles, the helmet turned up, as it is sinuated itself, the separation of the supposed, for hearing, the upper lip cerecloth was easy; and when it came hard and shining. By its regular pul. off, a correct impression of the features sations, like the tickings of a watch, to which it had been applied was ob- it sometimes surprises those that are served in the unctuous substance. At strangers to its nature and properties, length, the whole face was disengaged who fancy its beating portends a family from its covering. The complexion of change, and the shortening of the the skin of it was dark and discoloured. thread of life. Put into a box, it may The forebead and temples had lost be heard and seen in the act of pulsalittle or nothing of their muscular sub- tion, with a small proboscis against stance; the cartilage of the nose was the side of it, for food more probably gone; but the left eye, in the first mo- than for hymeneal pleasure, as some ment of exposure, was open and full, have fancied.” though it vanished almost immediately . The above formal account will not and the pointed beard, so character- be ill-contrasted with the following istic of the period of the reign of King fanciful and witty one of Dean Swift, Charles, was perfect. The shape of in his invective against Wood. It furthe face was a long oval; many of the nishes us too with a charm to avert the teeth remained; and the left ear in omen. consequence of the interposition of the
"A wood Worm," unctuous matter between it and the That lies in old wood, like a hare in cerecloth, was found entire.
her form, “ It was difficult, at this moment, to With teeth or with claws it will bite withhold a declaration, that notwith
or will scratch, standing its disfigurement, the counte. And chambermaids christen this worm nance did bear a strong resemblance a Death Watch; to the coins, the busts, and especially Then woe be to those in the house who o the pictures of King Charles I. by
are sick; Vandyke, hy which it had been made Because, like a watch, it always cries familiar to us. It is true, that the olick:
For as sure as a gun they will give up ORIGIN OF THE HOUSE OF the ghost,
COMMONS. If the maggot cries click, when it
scratches the post [jected, The first step which the barons took But a kettle of scalding hot water in- to procure a legislative body in which Infallably cures the timber affected; they could confide, was to make King The omen is broken, the danger is over, Henry III, issue commissions appointThe maggot will die, and the sick willing conservators, as they are called, recover.”
in each county, to preserve the priviGrose tells us, that “ the clicking of leges of the people. These officers a Death Watch is an omen of the death were, of course, chosen from the party of some one in the house where it is of the barons, and were invested with heard."
great authority. When this had been carried into effect, the king was made
to issue orders to the conservators to DEATH OMENS PECULIAR TO FAMILIES. send up four knights, chosen by each
Grose tells us, that besides general county, to sit in the ensuing parliament, notices of death, many families have as representatives of their respective particular warnings or notices, some shires; and this was the origin of the by the appearance of a bird, and others House of Commons by the figure of a tall woman, dressed When the parliament, however, met, all in white, who goes shrieking about according to the professed object for the house. This apparition is common which it had been called, an order for in Ireland, where it is called Banshee, the release of Prince Edward was and the shrieking woman.
immediately passed; but it was clogged Mr. Pennant says, that “ many great with a condition at which his partizans families in Scotland had their Dæmon greatly murmured,-namely, that he or Genius, who gave them monitions should remain with the king, his faof future events.” Thus the family of ther, and obey bin in all things.Rothmurchas had the Bodack an Dun, “ To ordain," said they, “ that the or the Ghost of the hill; Kinchardines prince shall be set free, and yet be the Spectre of the Bloody Hand, Gar- obliged to remain with his father, who tinbeg-house was haunted by the Codach is in the condition of a prisoner in the Gartin, and Tullock Gorms by Maug hands of Leicester, is a solemn mockery Munlack, or the Girl with the hairy of the public it is no better than left hand. The Synod gave frequent changing, or, at most, enlarging his orders that enquiries should be made prison." Pursuant, however, to the into the truth of this apparition; and vote, the prince was taken out of one or two declared that they had seen Dover Castle, where he had been conone that answered the description. fined ever since the battle of Lewes,
Mr. Pennant, in describing the cus. and delivered to the king, who con. toms of the Highlanders, tells us, that tinued in the custody of Leicester. “ in certain places the death of peo. The Earl of Gloucester, who had ple is supposed to be foretold by the been the first to circulate injurious recries and shrieks of Benshi, or the ports against the motives of Leicester, fairy's wife, uttered along the very path considered this transaction as a base where the funeral is to pass; and what juggle, and, affecting to entertain apin Wales are called Corpse Candles, prehensions for his own safety, retired are often imagined to appear and fore- to his castle, and prepared to set himself tel mortality. In the county of Car. in array against the man whose domimarthen there is hardly one that dies but neering influence he had openly and some one sees his or her light or candle. loudly condemned. Leicester lost no
There is a similar superstition among time in taking steps to avert the danger the vulgar in Northumberland. They of this defection. He placed himself call it seeing the Waff of the person at the head of an army, and, taking whose death it foretells.
the king and Edward with him, marchKing James, in his Demonology, ed against the rebel, as Gloucester had says, “In a secret murther, if the been proclaimed. dead carkass be at any time thereafter The prince was naturally anxious to handled by the murtherer, it will gush be freed from the jurisdiction of Leiout blood, as if the blood were crying cester at all hazards, and Gloucester, to heaven for the revenge on the mur. aware of this, arranged with Roger therer.”
Mortimer an ingenious plan for his