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And 'twas her only comfort now to think Upon the grave. "Poor girl!" her mother said,
"Thou hast suffered much!" "Ay, mother! there is none Can tell what I have suffered!" she replied, "But I shall soon be where the weary rest." And she did rest her soon, for it pleased God To take her to his mercy. R. S.
Tenderness with golden locks, and the grey eye that, in the twilight hour, a darker lustre beams.
Priestesses in the Seam.
"In the Seam, an isle by the coast of the French Bretagne, nine virgins consecrate to perpetual chastity, were priests of a famous oracle, remembered by Mela. His printed books have " Gallicenas vocant;" where that great critic Turneb reads, " OaUi zenas" or "Unas vocant." But White of Basingstoke will have it "cenas" as interpreting their profession and religion, which was in an arbitrary metamorphosing themselves, charming the winds (as of later times the witches of Lapland and Finland) skill in predictions, more than natural medicine and such like; their kindness being in all chiefly to sailors."
Olhion. Song the- First.
St. Dewy, as the Welsh call him, was prognosticated above thirty years before his birth. "The translation of the archbishopric was also foretold in that of Merlin, ' Menevia shall put on the pall of Caerleon; and the preacher of Ireland shall wax dumb by an infant growing in the womb.' That was performed when St. Patrick, at presence of Melaria, then with child, suddenly lost use of his speech; but recovering it after some time, made prediction of Dewy's holiness."
"Reports of him affirm that he was uncle
to King Arthur (Bale and others say, gotten upon Melaria, a nun, by Xantus, prince of Cardigan), and successor to Dubrice, archbishop of Caerleon, upon Usk."—Ibid. Songs the Fourth and Fifth.
"Of Merlin and his skill what region doth not hear?
The world shall still be full of Merlin everywhere.
A thousand lingering years his prophecies have run,
And scarcely shall have end till time itself be done.
Who of a British nymph was gotten, whilst she played
With a seducing spirit, which won the goodly maid:
As all Demetia through there was not found her peer,
Who being so much renowned for beauty far and near,
Great lords her liking sought, but still in vain they prov'd.
That spirit (to her unknown) this virgin only loved;
Which taking human shape, of such perfection seeiu'd,
As, all her suitors scorn'd, she only him esteem'd,
Who feigning for her sake that he was come from far,
And richly could endow, a lusty batchelor, On her that prophet got, which from his mother's womb Of things to come foretold until the general doom."
His mother was a nun, daughter to Pubidius, king of Mathraval, and called Matilda.—Ibid. Song the Fifth.
"mathraval is five miles west of the Severn, it shows at present no remains of its' ancient splendour, there being only a small farm house where the castle stood, whose site occupied about two acres, guarded on one side by the steep over the river, on the other by a vast rampart of stone and earth and a deep fosse. A high keep at one corner. In Gwern Ddu, a wood over against it on the opposite side of the river, is a circular entrenchment, and in a field beyond a round mount."—Gough's Camden.
Distikct shadows on the water in cloudy weather.
Earthy smell of moss.
Smell of the autumnal leaves.
Thin, misty, unreal appearance of the hills in a fine October morning.
The grass in an orchard gaily chequered with the sunshine falling between and through the trees.
A country house. No sound but the click of the clock. The hollyhock still in blossom. Oct. 29.
Morning. A grey cloud rising like a hill along the horizon.
Gray's Inn Hall in a November afternoon. A faint light through the unpainted part of the windows. The fire in the middle, equally in all parts affected by the air, flaming up bluely to a point, and often showering up sparks lost in the gloom above. Objects tremulous seen across the charcoal fire. Lower end of the roof beams strongly lighted. Above, all gloom. Add to this the trophied armour damp gleaming to the central fire, and it is the hall of chivalry.
Trees marked by their ramification in winter. Minute and many branchings of the elm. What tree is it that hangs down its globular seeds by a long thin stem?
The mist by its light tinge as it passes over the sun, marks its place.
Unwholesome green in trees, &c. in damp places.
I purposed epistolizing my attempt to visit Corfe Castle, and would preserve the images if ever leisure may occur to use them.
Early rising. Ileford—Evilford-bridge. Poole heath—no grass there. The little cot
tage with a field like an island of fertility; looking from thence down a little glen, in whose bottom flows a brook; the sea appears about 100 yards distant, breaking on a rough shore. The stones in this brook were some green, some of the brown yellow iron hue. The single rock in sight. Sand bank at Poole harbour mouth. Our separation. Break fast less walk. View of Corfe. Branksey. Sturt's hideous house. Entry of the vessel from Newfoundland. Sand shower. Effect of wind in confusing the head. Rickman's bush shelter from a storm at the haven mouth.
Tom—I pray thee cherish it. For it must never meet the common eye.
Were I a single being I would be a wanderer. Why?
Siege of Orleans.
Monstrellet writes it Claeedas,andClasendas at his death.
"A une dicelles escarmouehes fut occis ung tresvaillant Chevalier Anglois et renomme en armes nomine Messire Lancelot de Lisle.
"Allerent avecques elle assaillir labataille de Saint Loup qui estoit moult fort, et avoit dedans de troys a quatre cens Angloys ou environ, lesquelz assez tost furent conquis et mors et prins et mis a grant mischief. Et ladicte fortificacion fut toutedemolie et mise en feu et en flambe."
"Le Seigneur De Moulins et Le Bailly Deureux"—killed.
The forts were burnt as soon as taken, and when the English had fled " lesdictes bastilles et forteresses furent prestement arses et demolies jusques en terre, affin que nulles gens de guerre de quelconque pays quilz soient ne si peussent plus loger."—ff. 43.
At Patay, "les Francois moult de pres mirent pied a terre, et descendirent la plus grant partie de leur chevaulx."
"The Duke of Bedford, recovered a little from the astonishment into which the late singular events had thrown him, collected about 4000 men, and sent them to join the remains of the English army, now commanded by the brave Lord Talbot. When this reinforcement, conducted by Sir J. Fastolf, joined Lord Talbot, they formed an army which the French a few months before would not have dared to approach. The French commanders held a council of war, in which they consulted their oracle the M. of O., who cried out "In the name of God, let us fight the English, though they were suspended in the clouds." "But where," said they, " shall we find t hem." "March ! march!" cried she, "and God will he your guide." She stood by the King's side, with her banner displayed, during the whole ceremony; and as soon as it was ended, she fell prostrate at his feet, embraced his knees, and with a flood of tears entreated his permission to return to her former station."—Henri.
French Wars ruinous to the English.
"In the last year of the victorious Henry V. there was not a sufficient number of gentlemen left in England to carry on the business of civil government.
"But if the victories of Henry V. were so fatal to the population of his country, the defeats and disasters of t he succeeding reign were still more destructive. In the twentyfifth year of this war, the instructions given to the Cardinal of Winchester, and other plenipotentiaries appointed to treat about a peace, authorize them to represent, to those of France, " That there haan been moo men slayne in these wars for the title and claime of the coroune of France, of oon nacion and other, than ben at this daye in both landys, *and so much Christiene blode shede, that it is to grete a sorow and an orrour to think or here it."—Rtmeb's Fadera, vol. 10, p. 724. Henbt.
Johanne la Pucelle.
"Et fut demande a Johanne la P. par aucuns des princes la estans quelle chose il estoit de faire et que bon luy sembloit a ordonner. Laquelle P. respondit quelle scavoit bien pour vray que leurs anciens ennemis les Anglois venoient pour culx combattre. Disoit oultre que au nom de Dieu on allast hardiment contre eulx et que sans faille ilz seroient vaincus. Et ancuns luy demandèrent ou on les trouveroit, et elle dist chevauchez hardiement on aura bon conduyt. Adonc tous gens darmes se mirent en battaille et en bonne ordonnance tirèrent leur chemin ayans des plus expers hommes de guerre montez sur fleur de coursiers allant devant pour descouvrir leurs ennemys jusques au nombre de soixante ou quatre vingtz hommes darmes, et ainsi par certaine longue espace chevauchèrent, et vindrent par ung jour de Samedy a une grant demye lieue près dung gros villaige nomme Patay en laquelle marche les dessusditz coureurs Francois veirent de devant eulx partir ung cerf, lequel adressoit son chemin droit pour aller a la battaille des Anglois qui ja sestoient mis tous ensemble, cestass avoir iceulx venans de Paris dont dessus est faicte mencion, et les autres qui estoient partis de Boysiency, et des marches dorleans. Pour la venue duquel cerf qui se ferit comme dit est parmy icelle bataille fut desditz Anglois esleve ung très grant cry et ne scavoyent pas encores que leurs ennemys fussent si près deulx, pour lequel cry les dessusditz coureurs Francois furent acertainez que cestoient les Anglois." — Monst. 44.
Decrees against the Fugitives from the Maid.
In Rymer's Fadera are two proclamations, one " Contra Capitaneos et Soldarios tergiversantes, incantationibus Puellœ terrificatos;" the other, " De fugitivis ab exercitu, quos terriculamenta Puella; exanimaverant, arcstandis."
“ The Duke of Bedford, recovered a little from the astonishment into which the late
Johanne la Pucelle. singular events had thrown him, collected]
“ Et fut demande a Johanne la P. par
« Er fut demande e Johor about 4000 men, and sent them to join the aucuns des princes la estans quelle chose il remains of the English army, now command estoit de faire et que bon luy sembloit a ed by the brave Lord Talbot. When this ordonner. Laquelle P. respondit quelle reinforcement, conducted by Sir J. Fastolf, scavoit bien pour vray que leurs anciens joined Lord Talbot, they formed an army ennemis les Anglois venoient pour eulx comwhich the French a few months before battre. Disoit oultre que au nom de Dieu would not have dared to approach. The on allast hardiment contre eulx et que sans French commanders held a council of war, faille ilz seroient vaincus. Et ancuns luy in which they consulted their oracle the M. demanderent ou on les trouveroit, et elle of 0., who cried out " In the name of God, dist chevauchez hardiement on aura bon let us fight the English, though they were conduyt. Adonc tous gens darmes se misuspended in the clouds.” “But where," said rent en battaille et en bonne ordonnance they." shall we find them.” “March! march!" tirerent leur chemin ayans des plus expers cried she, “and God will be your guide." | hommes de guerre montez sur fleur de courShe stood by the King's side, with her ban- siers allant devant pour descouvrir leurs enner displayed, during the whole ceremony; | nemys jusques au nombre de soixante ou and as soon as it was ended, she fell pros- | quatre vingtz hommes darmes, et ainsi par trate at his feet, embraced his knees, and | certaine longue espace chevaucherent, et with a flood of tears entreated his permission | vindrent par ung jour de Samedy a une to return to her former station."—Henry.
grant demye lieue pres dung gros villaige nomme Patay en laquelle marche les dessusditz coureurs Francois veirent de devant
| eulx partir ung cerf, lequel adressoit son French Wars ruinous to the English.
chemin droit pour aller a la battaille des “ In the last year of the victorious Henry | Anglois qui ja sestoient mis tous ensemble, V. there was not a sufficient number of gen- | cestass avoir iceulx venans de Paris dont tlemen left in England to carry on the busi- / dessus est faicte mencion, et les autres qui ness of civil government.
estoient partis de Boysiency, et des marches “But if the victories of Henry V. were so I dorleans. Pour la venue duquel cerf qui fatal to the population of his country, the
se ferit comme dit est parmy icelle bataille defeats and disasters of the succeeding reign fut desditz Anglois esleve ung tres grant were still more destructive. In the twenty
cry et ne scavoyent pas encores que leurs fifth year of this war, the instructions given
ennemys fussent si pres deulx, pour lequel to the Cardinal of Winchester, and other cry les dessusditz coureurs Francois furent plenipotentiaries appointed to treat about a
acertainez que cestoient les Anglois." — peace, authorize them to represent to those
Monst. 44. of France,“ That there haan been moo men slayne in these wars for the title and claime of the coroune of France, of oon nacion and
Decrees against the Fugitives from the Maid. other, than ben at this daye in both landys, In Rymer's Fædera are two proclama*and so much Christiene blode shede, that it tions, one “ Contra Capitaneos et Soldarios is to grete a sorow and an orrour to think tergiversantes, incantationibus Puellæ teror here it.”—RYMER's Fædera, vol. 10, p. rificatos;" the other, “ De fugitivis ab ex724. HENRY.
ercitu, quos terriculamenta Puellæ exanimaverant, arestandis."