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St. Albau's Abbey, which appears to the neighbourhood; who, in case of have been the testimony of a gift of a disputad title, were afterwards calfour mares to the monks by one Gil- led upon to decide the difference, not bert de Novo Castello.

only according to external proofs, The practice of offering land by a adduced by the parties litigant, but copy of the Gospels, is one of which also by the internal testimony of their several instances occur in history, and own private knowledge." is twice mentioned in Doomsday Book. One instance of this mode of investiture is to be found in the HOUSEHOLD SERVANTS Register of Spalding Priory, as late as the year 1284; the dopor, it is said, “placed upon the altar of the REIGN OP QUEEN ELIZABETH*. Blessed Mary a copy of the EvanGELISTS, in cofirmation of his said Servants in the sixteenth century, gift."

were held in a greater degree of subGunton, in his History of Peter- jection then they are in the present, borough, just mentioned, notices an- as will appear by the following very other mode of investiture by the curious list of penalties kept by the BRANCH OP A TREE: a practice by

aucestors of an English Baronet, no means uncommon in former times 1565-6, for the purpose of regulatiug on the Continent. Robert de Tor- the respective duties of the Housepell, he says " in the next week after hold Servants. his return from Rome, being very

I. That no sergant bee absent from weak, came to the Hospital of the preier, at inorning or euening, withinfirm at Burch, to the Chapel of St.

out a lawful excuse, to be alledged Leonard, and there, before many

within one day after, vpon paine to witnesses,gave himself, body and soul, forfiet for euery tyme 2d. to God and St. Peter, and the Church

il. That none swear anie othe of Burch, with all his lands in Codes- vpon paine for euery tyme Id. tock and Glapetop, and in confirma

Il That no man leaue anie doore tion of his gift, placed upon the altar open that he findeth shut, without the GREEN Branch Of A Tree."

there bee cause, vpon painc for eury The njost extraordinary mode of tyme ko investigation, perhaps, after all, was

IV. That none of the men be in that by which William, Earl of War- bed from Our Lady-day to Michaeren, give and confirmed to the church luas, after 6 of the clock in the more of St. Pancras at Lewes, in the twen- ing; nor out of his bed, after 10 of ty.fourth year of Henry lll, certain the clock at night; nor from Michaeland, rent, and tithe, of all which he Imas till Our Lady-day, in bed after gave seisin “ by the HAIR OF THE 7 in the norning, nor out of bed IIEAD of himself and his brother after 9 at night, wihout reasonable Ralph.” The hair of the parties was

Cause, on paine of 2d. cut off by the Bishop of Winchester

V. That no man's bed be vnmade, before the high altar.

nor fire or candle box vncleane, afSuch appears to have been the ter 8 of the o'clock in the morning,on modes of giving livery of seisin, or paine of ld. possession, in the seventh, and froin

V. That no man commit

any about the middle of the eleventh to puisance within eiher of the Courts, the close of the thirteenth century. vpon paine of every tyme it shall be

The era of a new acquisition, to proued ld. use the words of Blackstone, was thus VII. That no man teach anie of the perpetuated, at a time when the art children any ynhonest speeche, on of writing was very little known: paine of 4d. " and therefore the evidence of property was reposed in the memory of Compare Ņic-Nac, vol. i. p. 65

“ Unmeasured notes.




Vill. That no man waite at the of euery one whom it shall belong table without a trencher in his hand,

vnto 3d. except it be vpon some good cause, All which sumes shall be duly on paine of id.

paide each quarter-daie out of their IX. That no

man appointed to wages; and bestowed on the poore or wait at my table bee absent at ineale, other godley vse. without reasonable cause, on paine of id.

X. If anie man breake a glasse, hee shall aunswer the price thereof out

THE MUSIC OF THE MIND. of his wages : and if it bee not known who breake it, the butler shall pay for

“ Heard in the calm of thought." it, on paine of 12d.

XI. The table inust be couered There's a Spirit in air, that breathes lo halfe an houer before Il at din

When the fair Moon comes in smilingner, and 6 at supper, or before, on

ly, paine of 2d.

With her eyes of light, and her sunny XII. That meate be readie at

dress, ll or before at dinner, and 6, or Which enrobes the whole world in love, before, at supper, on paine of 6d.

Jiness: XIII. That none bee absent, with- When the thrush and the lionet sing out leave or good cause, the whole sweet on the spray, day, or anie part of it, on paine of And the song of the lark fades in dis4d.

tance away. XIV. That no man strike his fellow,on paine of losse of seruice; nor There's a Spirit in air, that breathes to reuile or threaten, or provoke one another to strike on paine of 12d.

When the calm Eve steals on blushingXV. That no man come to the kitchen without reasonable cause, on

In a light-blue robe, and pale-crimson

vest, paine of ld. and the cook likewise

With a glitt'ring Star on her heaveless to forfiet ld.

breast : XVI. That none toy with the When the nightingale sits on her leafy maids, on paine of 4d.

bough, XVII, That no man weare foule And the stream is as calm as an infant's shirt on Sundaie, nor broken hose or

brow. shooes, or douplett without buttons, on paine of Id.

There's a Spirit in air, that breathes to ÅVIII. That when anie stranger goeth hence, the chamber be dressed When the dark Night bursts on frownvp againe within 4 houes after, on

ingly, paine of ld.

With her ebon locks in a starry braid, XIX. That the hall be made cleane Where a crescent hangs,which the moon

has made: euery daie, by eight in the winter, and seaun in the summer, on paine When the mountain-trees wave in their

solemn pride, of him that should doe it ld.

And the tempest rolls over the moaning XX. That the court-gate bee shut tide. each meale, and not opened duriog dinner and supper, without just cause,

'Tis the SPIRIT OF Love that breathes on paine the porter to forfiet for euery tyme Id.

With a voice of sweetest melody; XXI. That all stayrs in the house, On my heart it falls with a soothing and other rooms that need shall re

pow'r, quire, bee made cleane on Frydaie As the 'dew that ginks on the op'ning after dinner, on paine of forfeyture



to me

flow'r ;

And it comes from the Land where " And looked toward the heaven of the gentle Dove

blueSings the Music of Hope to her absent " The lonely hour he sweept with fear Love, H. $. V. D. “ To his lost lyre, his long adieu !"


Rhinebeck, March 20, 1823.


IN MEMORY OF ONE LATELY BURIED. Adieu to thee, my lonely lyre!

BY WILLIAX B. WALTER. Adieu the melody of song, That echo'd from thy strings of fire Yea, it is o'er my friend, at last ! and all When swept the bard thy chords

my tears are shed! along!

For now thy unchain'd spirit bright Adieu to thee! adieu to thee!

is gone away, to be This is thy last and lonely lay; Eterne with angel-shapes above, with And hope hath not a joy for me,

all the blessed dead, Now that the strain is hush'd for aye! To shine in glorious light, and love,

with them immortally! I bang thee on the willow tree, Whose branches kiss the murm'ring Yea, it is done, all done; my heart, stream;

cease,cease thy throbbing dow And morn's bright sun may shed on thee He sleeps a quiet, patient sleep; and

Her wand'ring tints and wizard beam. life's strange play is o'er; The zephyr's wings--the zephyr's wings No more shall thought or pain, below, May frolic o'er thy chords in vain;

disturb his manly brow, But never o'er thy sounding strings

Whom the wildering power of earth's The minstrel's hand shall sweep again!

long dream, shall never trouble

more! But, ah, if e'er thy broken strings The wand'ring minstrel's eye arrest,

But the new-dug grave,so freshly green, Then may some sprite, with viewless that presses hard upon wings,

The heart that beat so proudly once, Bear this sad burthen to his breast

shall ever verdant be, “ He lov'd the lyre-he lov’d the lyre, For the tear-shower of our friendship " Whose broken strings neglected lie;

shall moisten it alone, “ And, 0, it was his fond desire

And drops of sprinkled slarry light, “ Beside his cherish'd lyre to die !"

dew of eternity!

“ He often woke in former day

How still and sad thy burial place! yet “ The midnight song in lonely glade ;

there I love to stray, " And often plied, when morn was grey,

And think of all the pleasant hours, 6. The pleas'd and plaintive serenade.

that both of us have known, « But never more--ah, never more Our summer--friendship, dear and 6. The bard shall wake the midnight bright,that now hath pass'd awa y strain,

The rainbow of sweet love and hope ! • Or, like the lark, in transport pour

_all, all with thee are gone! “ His early morning hymn again!"

And the winters of cold memory are left “ Upon the lone and willow tree

to me alone! “ Neglected hangs his broken lyre ; But I can bear, as I have borne-oor “ Tho’ fond to hallow'd memory,

tell my grief, and hold " He deem'd its sounding strings of An unmoved brow and silent lip, unqui. fire.

vering with a moan; “ He dropp'd the tear-he dropp'd the Let their chill snow fall round the tear,

heart; 'twill find it doubly cald.

lives space,


for aye,


Yea, I did hope, that thou would'st live, Old Scaleits, a grave digger,who was and rank thyself among

buried near the spot where it is hung The wise, and eloquent, and just !- up.. He died July 2d. 1594, aged it was an idle dream ;

98:-Under the picture are the folThe brightness of a sunset cloud, the musick of a song

lowing lines : The lightning of our antumn-sky, the

“ You see Old Scaleit's picture stand on bubble on the stream!


But at your feet there doth his body lie. No! I shall hear thy voice no more; His Gravestone doth his age and deathbut I am calm and still;

time show, I have no heart for weeping now-my His office by these tokens you may know. harp is wet and dull!

Second to none for strength and sturdie I try to sweep its cords for thee-they Jimbe, echo not my will,

A scare-babe mighty voice, with visage I cannot even dream of thee--my grim. poor heart is too full.

He had interr'd two Queens within this I call thee from the grave, my friend;

place, theu comest not to tell,

And this Town's householders, in his The deep, deep mystery of thy home, Twice over; but at length his own turn

the unsunned hollow ground. Thou coms't not, wilt thou ever come ?

came, to breathe to me farewell!

What he for others did, for him the I stop and listen now, to catch one

Was done ;

;- no doubt his soul doth live whisper of the sound. Well, rest thee, rest thee, now, my

Tho’here reclines his body clad in clay." friend! a little while and then, We meet again, a winged pair, oh, never to part more!

ROMAN Pens, or Stiles, as they were A few short days, a very few, and then

called, were used for the purpose of we meet again ; I care not now how soon it be-how writing upon oak-tables covered with

wax, called Ceratæ Tabulæ; or upon Boon this dream be o'er.

bark, ivory, parchment, linen, stone, With thee 'lis o'er, thy last strong fight,

or lead. I once saw one at Bullock's brave heart, was nobly done, Museum (since sold by public aucAnd thou hast beat the Tyrant King, tion); it was of metal, and had at

by faith in God's own word, one end a piece of rubber or sponge And won the palm of paradise, the sap- of some kind ;—the point serving to phire studded throne.

write with, and the other to efface From earth,drear scene,and earthiness

that which was not approved of. -to thine own place restor'd.

These stiles being made of metal, asFAREWELL! Farewell! Farewell sassinations were frequently commitmy friend ! aye, let the cold clay ted with them, which caused a pro

clamation to be issued, prohibiting Upon thy manly bosom there, it will

their use, and directing that bouc not chill thee now

ones should be used instead. Thou'rt gone, blest spirit, to thy place!

the Almighty's high behest
Hath summond thee, immortal one!
His light is on thy brow.

Angels and Ministers of grace defend us

From murders and from winds tremenInteresting Warieties.


From horrid dreams and dreadful fires, OLD Scaleits. In the cathedral And from the ills they may intend us,

From hypocrites and slanderous liars,church of Peterborough there is a We pray and hope you will defend us! very ancient full-length portrait of




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QUEER Customs.*-In May 1824 a forth that before any candidate could spectacle of an extraordinary descrip- obtain the freedom of Alnwick, he tion was presented in the neighbour- should not only wade throngh this hood, of Alnwick. About four miles pond, but plant a holly tree at the door from that town there is a pond known of his house on the same day, and by the name of the Freeinen's Well; this custom is still scrupulously ob

rough which it has been customary served. On the occasion to which we for the freemen to pass from time bave just alluded, no less than 13 inimmemorial before they can obtain dividuals went through the necessary their fre edom. This is considered formalities. (Tyne Mercury, May so indispensable, that no exemption 1824.) is permitted, and without passing this ordeal the freedom would not be conferred. The pond is prepared by 90.000 tubs of oysters were taken

OYSTERS.- In the year 1824, about proper officers in such a manner as to give the greatest possible annoyance

from beds discovered off the town of to the

persons who are to pass through Shoreham, and conveyed to the difit. Great dykes or mounds are

fèrent grounds of Feversham,Colcheserected in different parts, so that the

ter, Milton, &c. where they were laid candidate for his freedom is at one

down to fatten. This operation gave moment seen at the top of one of employment to the crews of upwards them only up to his knees, and the

of 300 vessels during the instant is precipitated into a (Compare Nie-Nac, vol. i, p. 3.) gulf below, in which he frequently plunges completely over head. The water is purposely rendered so muddy that it is impossible to see where

TO .CORRESPONDENTS. these dykes are situated, or by any precaution to avoid them. Those « MARI'A's Return" shall be inserted, aspiring to the honour of the freedoin but the writer must brook a little farther of Alnwick, are dressed in white delay.-Pangloss,on“ New Companies,” stockings, white pantaloons, and has penned a very pleasant article, but white caps. After they have“ reached the guhject is stale, and we preser devotthe point proposed," they are suffering our columns to topics of less transied to put on their usual clothes, and tory interest: the paper is left for bim obliged to join in a procession and

as desired.- Want of novelty militates ride for several miles round the

also against our acceptance of Vito's boundaries of the freemen's property devoid of ingenuity;

Parody, “though 'tis by no means

We have not yet -a measure which is not a mere form found leisure to peruse with much atality for parade, but absolately indis- tention the poems forwarded by Al. pensable, since if they omit visiting plus, but, judging from the impression any part of their property, it is claims which a-hasty glance at them has made, ed by his Grace the Duke of Northum- we shall not deny them a place. We berland, whose steward follows the cannot deny our vanity the pleasure of procession to note if any such omis- quoting the P. S. of his Jelter.-" It is, sion occurs. The origin of ihe prac

I assure you (says he) with pride that tice of travelling through the pond while Death stalks triumphant amid

I behuld your little work stilj survive, in the manner we have described, is

its cotemporaries :"-Let him not fear; explained by a tradition. It is said

we shall weather many

winter's that King John was once nearly

storm yet. drowned upon the spot where this pond is situated, and saved his life by clinging to a holly tree ; and that he determined in consequence, thence

• Compare p. 95, of this Volume.



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