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it a man who has the head of a dove, and the tail of a scorpion." He engaged a great number of persons in his party, who were distinguished by his name, and proved very formidable to the popes. His doctrines rendered him so obnoxious, that he was condemned in the year 1139, in a council of near a thousand prelates held in the church of St- John Lateran at Rome, under Pope Innocent II. Upon this, he left Italy and retired to Switzerland. After the death of that Pope he returned to Italy, and went to Rome, where he raised a sedition against Pope Eugenius III., and afterwards against Hadrian IV., who laid the people of Rome under an interdict, till they had banished Arnold and his followers. This had its desired effect. The Romans seized upon the houses which the Arnoldists had fortified, and obliged them to retire toOtricoli in Tuscany, where they were received with the utmost affection by the people, who considered Arnold as a prophet. However, he was seized some time after by Cardinal Gerard, and notwithstanding the efforts of the Viscounts of Campania, who had rescued him, he was carried to Rome, and condemned by Peter, the prefect of that city, to be hanged, and was accordingly executed in the year 1155. Thirty of his followers went from France to England about the year 1160, in order to propagate their doctrines there, but they were immediately seized and destroyed.

From the Biographical Dictionary.—The marginal references are Du Pin, torn. 9, p. 105. Otto Frisingensis de Reb. gest. Frid. lib. 2, cap. 20. Ingenious thoughts of the fathers, collected by Bouhours in French, p. 195, English translation (this must be a curious work). Maimbourg, Hist, de la decadence de I'Emp. apres Charlemagne, 1. 4, p. 418.—Owain Gwynez, died 1169.

their sight."—Mem. of Peter Henry Bruce, by himself.

Old Scotch Cookery.

"Nob yet had they (the Scots) any pans or cauldrons to dress their meat in, for what beasts they found (as they always did good store in those northern parts), they would seeth them in their own skins, stretched out bellying on stakes, in the manner of cauldrons: and having thus sod their meat, they would take out a little plate of metal, which they used to truss somewhere in or under their saddles, and laying it on the fire, take forth some oatmeal (which they carried in little bags behind them for that purpose), and having kneaded and tempered it with water, spread that thereon; this being thus baked, they used for bread, to comfort and strengthen their stomachs a little when they eat flesh."—Joshua Barnes, Hist, of Edward III.

Images for Poetry.

A Crow flew over my head in the sunshine, and I caught the gleam of his wing?.

Brown ivy leaf, with the light veins distinctly seen.

Leaves of the bramble still green, Jan. 25.

The adder's-tongue grew luxuriantly on the steep bank of a hill where a stream arose. Its leaves hung down to the water. This plant loves shade. Does it love watery situations? What is its botanic name?1 its medical properties?

The withered leaves are still on the oaks, Feb. 3rd.

The currant and gooseberry trees put out their leaves much earlier than other trees, April 11th.

The buds of the poplar assume a bright rich yellow hue in the sun, April 22nd. They

1 Ophioglossum. See Joiinbon's Gerarde'$ Herbal, p. 404. The adder's (or, as it should be called, the hart's) tongue fern, is quite a different plant.—J. W. W.

Cowardice. "A Soijjibb without courage is like a dead corpse; sorrow hangs on the countenances of its late best friends till it is buried out of

are brown-bright, and close to the fibres green, when closely inspected. Very green appearance of the poplar when the evening sun shines upon it, and a black cloud hangs behind. Therain dropsshining as the willow waves. The distant hills form a line of darker blue against the clear sky, May 25th, on the road from London to Southampton. The trunk of the fir tree coloured more than any other by a rust-coloured kind of InoSs. The quick stream, after passing under the bridge, forms numberless little whirlpools in consequence of being broken by the arches. I always observe fish stemming the current near a bridge. The shadow made by the insects that sport on the water has a light edge round it.

Similies. The notes of the harp die away like the moanings of the distant wind. The song of birds to the trees alive with music in Flath-innis. Perfumes to the Alhambra apartment. A torrent to that which burst from the grave of Balder. Gloominess caused by a torrent to the Taghairm." A sword to that of Fez. II.; or that stolen from Amadis by the injurious damsel, or Balisarda. Armour, to that of Hector won by Mandricardo. Perpetual clouds of Peru, to those that hover on the hills of Flath-innis, each involving the source of a stream. A horse to the white horse of Swantowith. Local beauty, to the isle where Arthur lives; or where Enoch, Elijah, and St.John, await the coming of Christ; or the fountain where Brammon met Sanatree. Dreariness, to the place where Sepulveda and Leonor perished.

' See Scott's Note on the Lady of the Lake, Canto Iv. Appendix, note 1.—J. W. W.

When a palm branch grows old, it shrinks and becomes crooked and yellow, not ill representing the appearance of the new moon. Thus the Koran: “And for the moon have we appointed certain mansions, until she change and return to be like the old branch of a palm tree." Ch. y. s. 36.

The boundary of air inclosing Othatha in Irem, strong as the wall built by Dhu’lkarnein. Sale, 246. D'Herbelot, Art.Jagiouge; or Hanyson, 184; Purchas.

Club of Haldanus.

SyvaLDUs quidam claro admodum loco natus, apud Sueonum concionem Frothonis ac conjugis ejus exitio flebiliter memorato, tantum Haldani odium penè omnibus generavit, ut plurimorum suffragiis novarum rerum licentiam assequeretur. Nec solo vocum favore contentus, adeo plebis animum ambitionis artibus occupavit, ut omnium fere manus ad regium insigne capiti suo imprimendum adduceret. Hic septem filios habebat tanto veneficiorum usu callentes, ut sarpe subitis furoris viribus instincti solerent ore torvilm infremere, scuta morsibus attrectare, torridas fauce prunas absumere, extructa quaevis incendia penetrare; nec posset conceptus dementiae motus alio re

| medii genere quam aut vinculorum injuriis,

aut caedis humanae piaculo temperari. Tantam illis rabiem sive saevitia ingenii, sive furiarum ferocitas inspirabat. Quibus auditis Haldanus, uterat circa piraticam occupatus, expedire militibus dixit, ut qui in exteros hactenus desaevierint, nunc civium visceribus ferrum adigant, ereptiq; regni injuriam propulsent, qui dilatandi curam genere consueverunt. Quo imminente Syvaldus missis ad eum legatis jubet, si famam factis a quaret, et tantus re esset quantus opinione censeretur, se suamg; sobolem pugnâ solus excipiat, privatog; periculo publicum redimat. Eo deinde respondente, legitimae dimicationis formam duorum numerum excedere non debere; nil mirandum, inquit Syvaldus, hominem coelibem proleq; vacuum oblatos detrectare congressus, cui

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cus, ita ipsum cognoscendorum mirabilium, quaecundue vel experimento deprehensa, vel rumore vulgata fuerant, praecordialis stimulabat aviditas. Cumq; esset externa atd; inusitata visendi cupidus, experiendam prae caeteris duxit Geruthi cujusdam sedium acceptam a Thylensibus famam. Incredibilia enim ab eis super opum inibi congestarum magnitudine jactabantur, sed iter omni refertum periculo ac penè mortalibus invium ferebatur. Ambitorem' namqueterrarum oceanum navigandum, solem postponendum ac sidera, sub Chao peregrinandum, ac demum in loca lucis expertia, jugibusq; tenebris obnoxia transeundum, expertorum assertione constabat. Sed in juvenili animo circumstantis periculi-metum non tam praedae quam gloriae cupido calcabat, multum sibi claritatis accessurum sperante, si rem admodum intentatam auderet. Trecentis idem cum Rege votum nuncupantibus, auctorem famae Thorkillum itineris ducem assumi placuit, utpote locorum gnarum, peritumq; adeundae regionis ejus. Is officio non recusato, adversum inusitatam navigandi maris saevitiam firmiore structurae genere, nodisq; crebrioribus, ac consertioribus clavis praeparanda jubet navigia solidari; eademq; magnis repleri commeatibus, ac bovinis superne tergoribus claudi, quae intrinseca navium spatia ab incursentium undarum aspergine tuerentur. Inde tribus duntaxat liburnis navigatio tenditur, unaquàque centenos capiente delectos. At ubi in Halogiam ventum, secundis flatibus destituti, variä pelagi jactatione, dubiis navigationis casibus agebantur. Tandem per summam alimentorum inopiam etiam pane defecti, exigua pultis usu traxere famem. Interjectis diebus eminus perstrepentem procellae fragorem, perinde ac scopulos inundantis exaudiunt. Igitur intellectā telluris viciniã, agilitatis eximiae juvenis, speculandae reigratia cacumen mali conscendere jussus, praerupti sitàs insulam

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in conspectu esse denunciat. Laeti omnes regionem, quae ab eo significabatur, avidis insequuntur luminibus, attentë promissilittoris praesidium exspectantes. Cujus tandem aditum nacti, in editiorem soli partem, per obstantes clivos, praelatis callibus enituntur. Tunc Thorkillus ex armentis, quae in maritimis frequentia discurrebant, supra quod semel leniendae fami sufficeret, negat esse tollendum : futurum enim, si secus agerent, ut a diis loci praesidibus discedendi potentiá privarentur. At nautae magis prorogandae satietatis, quam servandi imperii cupidiores, incitamento gulae salutis consilium subjecerunt, exhausta navium gremia cassorum gregum corporibus onerantes. Qui ideo captu perfaciles extitere, quod ad inusitatos virorum aspectus firmato pavore mirabundi convenerant. Nocte insequenti monstra littori involantia, ac toto concrepantia nemore, conclusas obsedere puppes. Quorum unum caeteris grandius, ingenti fuste armatum, profundum passibus emetiebatur. Idem proprius admotum vociferari coepit, non ante enavigaturos, quam fusi gregis injuriam expiando, viris pronavium numero traditis, divini pecoris damna pensassent. Cujus minis obsecutus Thorkillus, ut universorum incolumitatem paucorum discrimine tueretur, tres sorte denotatos exhibuit. Quo facto, optato vento excepti in ulteriorem Biarmiam navigant. Regio est perpetui frigoris capax, praealtisque offusa nivibus, ne vim quidem fervoris persentiscat aestivi, inviorum abundans nemorum, frugum haud ferax, inusitatisq; alibi bestiis frequens. Crebri in ea fluvii ob insitas alveis cautes stridulo spumantiq; volumine perferuntur. Illic Thorkillus subductis navibus tendi in littore jubet; eo loci perventum astruens, unde brevis ad Geruthum transitus foret. Prohibuit etiam ullum cum supervenientibus miscere sermonem, affirmans monstra nullo magis nocendi vim, quam advenarum verbis parum comiter editissumere. Ideoq; socios silentio tutiores esistere, severo solum tuto profari posse, qui prius gentis ejus mores habitumque perconstituit; omnibus ingenii nervis ad debilitandam eorum temperantiam inhians. Regienim filiae matrimonium offerens, caeteris quascunq; e famulitio peterent potiendas esse promittit. Plerisq; rem approbantibus, Thorkillus hunc quoque illecebrarum lapsum, sicut et caeteros, salubri monitu praecurrit, industriam suam inter cautum hospitem ac laetum convivam egregiã moderatione partitus. Quatuor e Danis oblatum amplexi, salutilibidinem praetulerunt. Quod contagium lymphatos inopesq; mentis effectos pristina rerum memoria spoliavit. Quippe post id factum parum animo constitisse traduntur. Qui si mores suos intra debitos temperantiae fines continuissent, Herculeos acquassent titulos, giganteam animo fortitudinem superassent, perenniterq; patriae mirificarum rerum insignes extitissent auctores. Adhuc Guthmundus propositi pertinacià dolum intendere perseverans, collaudatis horti sui deliciis, eo Regem percipiendorum fructuum gratiá perducere laborabat, blandimentis nisus, illecebrisq; gulae, cautelae constantiam elidere cupiens. Adversum quas insidias Rex Thorkillo, ut prius, auctore firmatus, simulatae humanitatis obsequium sprevit, utendi excusationem a maturandi itineris negotio mutuatus. Cujus prudentiae Guthmundus suam in omnibus cessisse considerans, spe peragendae fraudis abjecticunctos in ulteriorem fluminis ripam transvectos iter exegui passus est.

viderit. Crepusculo appetente, inusitatae magnitudinis vir nominatim salutatis nauticis intervenit. Stupentibus cunctis, Thorkillus adventum ejus alacriter excipiendum admonuit, Guthmundum hunc esse docens Geruthi fratrem, cunctorum illic applicantium piissimum inter pericula protectorem. Percontantiq; quid ita caeteri silentium colerent, refert rudes admodum linguae ejus ignotipudere sermonis. Tum Guthmundus hospitio invitatos curriculis excipit. Procedentibus amnis aureo ponte permeabilis cernitur. Cujus transeundi cupidos a proposito revocavit, docens eo alveo humana * monstrosis rerum secrevisse naturam, nec mortalibus ultra fas esse vestigiis. Subinde adipsa ductoris penetralia pervenitur. Illic Thorkillus seductis sociis hortari coepit, ut inter tentamentorum genera, quae varius obtulisset eventus, industrios viros agerent, atq; a peregrinis sibi dapibus temperantes, propriis corpora sustentanda curarent, discretasq; ab indigenis sedes peterent, eorum neminem discubitu contingendo. Fore enim illius escae participibus inter horridos monstrorum greges, amissä cunctorum memorifi, sordidasemper communione degendum. Nec minus ministris eorum ac poculis abstinendum edocuit. Duodecim filii Guthmundi egregià indole. Totidemq; filiae praeclui" formā circumsteterant mensas. Qui cum Regem a suis duntaxatillata delibare conspiceret, beneficii repulsam objiciens, injuriosam hospiti querebatur. Nec Thorkillo competens facti excusatio defuit. Quippe insolito cibo utentes plerumq; graviter affici solere commemorat, regemd; non tam alieni obsequii ingratum, quam propriae sospitatis studiosum, consueto more corpus curantem domesticis coenam obsoniis instruxisse. Igitur haudquaquam contemptui imputari debere, quod fugiendae pestis salutari gereretur affectu. Widens autem Guthmundus apparatus sui fraudem hospitum frugalitate delusam, cum abstinentiam hebetare non posset, pudicitiam labefactare

| MARTIANUs CAPELLA, lib. i. de Nupt. Phil. is quoted by Stephanus Stephanius for the word. Cf. Not. p. 184, ut suprá.—J. W. W.

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Progressi atrum incultumq; oppidum vaporanti maxime nubi simile, haud procul abesse prospectant. Pali propugnaculis intersiti desecta virorum capita praeferebant. Eximiae ferocitatis canes tuentes aditum prae foribus excubare conspecti. Quibus Thorkillus cornu abdomine illitum collambendum objiciens, incitatissimam rabiem parvulá mitigavit impenså. Supernè portarum introitus patuit. Quem scalis aequantes, arduo potiuntur ingressu. Atrae deintus informesq; larvae conferserant urbem. Quarum perstrepentes imagines aspicere horridius an audire fuerit, nescias; foeda omnia, putidumq; coenum adeuntium nares intolerabili halitu fatigabat. Deinde conclave

saxeum, cui Geruthum famaerat pro regiá assuevisse, reperiunt. Cujus arctam horrendamd; crepidinem invisere statuentes, repressis gradibus in ipso paventes aditu constiterunt. Tunc Thorkillus haerentes animo circumspiciens, cunctationem introitus virili adhortatione discussit: monens temperaturos sibi, ne ullam ineundae aedis suppellectilem, tametsi possessu jucunda, autoculis grata videretur, attingerent, animosq; tam ab omni avaritiã adversos, quam a metu remotos haberent; neque vel captu suavia concupiscel ent, vel spectatu horrida formidarent, quanquam in summâ utriusq; rei forent copiā versaturi. Fore enim ut avidae capiendi manus subità nexus pertinacià a re tactà divelli nequirent, et quasi inextricabili cum illā vinculo nodarentur. Caeterum composité quaternos ingredi jubet. Quorum Broderus et Buchi primi aditum tantant. Hos cum rege Thorkillus insequitur. Caeteri deinde compositis gradiuntur ordinibus. AEdes deintus obsoleta per totum, ac vi teterrimi vaporis offusa, cunctorum, quibus oculus aut mens offendi poterat, uberrima cernebatur. Postes longaevå fuligine illiti, obductus illuvie paries, compactum e spiculis tectum, instratum colubris pavimentum atq; omni sordium genere respersum, inusitato advenas spectaculo terruerunt. Super omnia perpetui foetoris asperitas tristes lacessebat olfactus. Exanguia quoque monstrorum simulacra ferreas oneraverant sedes; denique consessuum loca plumbeas crates secreverant; liminibus horrendae janitorum excubiae praeerant. Quorum alii consertis fustibus obstrepentes, alii mutua caprigeni tergoris agitatione deformem edidere lusum. Hic secundo Thorkillus avaras temere manus ad illicita tendi prohibens, iterare monitum coepit. Procedentes per fractam scopuli partem, nec procul in editiore quodam suggestu senem pertuso corpore discissae rupis plagae adversum residere conspiciunt. Praeterea foeminas tres corporeis oneratas strumis ac veluti dorsi firmitate defectas, junctos occupasse discubitus. Cupientes cognoscere socios, Thorkillus qui probe rerum causas noverat,

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