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luy osta. Le jour mesme Charlemaigne reTale of Charlemagne and his Mistress.

tournant sur ses premieres brisees, se trouva “François PETRARQUE, fort renommé fort estonné de voir une carcasse ainsi puentre les Poëtes Italiens, discourant en une ante. Parquoy, comme s'il se fust resveillé epistre son voyage de France et de l’Alle- | d'un profond sommeil, commanda que l'on maigne, nous raconte que passant par la l'ensevelist promptement. Ce qui fut fait ; ville d'Aix, il apprit de quelques Prestres mais en contr'eschange de ceste folie, il une histoire prodigieuse qu'ils tenoient de tourna tous ses pensemens vers l'Archevesmain en main pour tres veritable. Qui es- que porteur de cest anneau, ne pouvant toit Charles le Grand apres avoir con- estre de là en avant sans luy, et le suivant questé plusieurs pays, s'esperdit de telle en tous les endroits. Quoy voyant ce sage façon en l'amour d'une simple femme, que Prelat, et craignant que cest anneau ne mettant tout honneur et reputation en ar- tombast en mains de quelque autre, le jetta riere, il oublia non seulement les affaires de dans un lac prochain de la ville. Depuis son royaume, mais aussi le soing de sa pro- lequel temps on dit que ce Roy se trouve pre personne, au grand desplaisir de chacun; si espris de l'amour du lieu, qu'il ne desemestant seulement ententif à courtiser ceste

lle d'Aix, où il bastit un Palais, Dame : laquelle par bonheur commença à et un Monastere, en l'un desquels il parfit s'aliter d'une grosse maladies qui luy ap- le reste de ses jours, et en l'autre voulut porta la mort. Dont les Princes, et grands estre ensevely, ordonnant par son testament Seigneurs fort resjouis, esperans que par que tous les Empereurs de Rome eussent à ceste mort, Charles reprendroit comme de- se faire sacrer premierement en ce lieu."vant et ses esprits et les affaires du royaume PASQUIER. en main: toutesfois il se trouva tellement infatué de cest amour, qu'encores cherissoit-il ce cadaver, l'embrassant, baisant, ac

Christening of Clovis. colant de la mesme façon que devant, et au " Les Prestres vont devant, accompagnant lieu de prester l'oreille aux legations qui la croix, luy survenoient, il l'entretenoit de mille Et tout l'air retentit d'harmonieuses voix. beyes,' comme s'il eust esté plain de vie. Ce De suite apres le dais, en deux files égales, corps commençoit deja non seulement à mal Marchent d'un grave pas les Princesses roysentir, mais aussi se tournoit en putrefac- ales. tion, et neantmoins n'y avoit aucun de ses Le Peuple les admire, et s'épand à l'entour, favoris qui luy en osast parler : dont advint Et de confuses voix benit cet heureux jour. que l'Archevesque Turpin mieux advisé Les festons ornez d'or, parent les portes que les autres, pourpensa que telle chose ne

doubles ; pouvoit estre advenuë sans quelque sorcel. Le passage est pressé, plein d'agréables troulerie. An moyen dequoy espiant un jour bles. l'heure que le Roy s'estoit absenté de la Les murs sont revestus de longs tapis divers, chambre commença de foüiller le corps de De sable et de rameaux les pavez sont coutoutes parts, finalement trouva dans sa bou. che au dessous de sa langue un anneau qu'il | On void de lieux en lieux, dans les places

publiques, ! I suppose this refers to the phrase De grands arcs de triomphe, et de larges paître de bayes quelqu'un.” See Le Duchat

portiques, apud Menage in y. who quotes from the Ro

Où les combats du Roy, de rang sont figurez, maunt of the Rose. “sh fiere vous bayez

Dans un bel ordre égal de cartouches dorez. à ce qui ne peut ailvenir.”

Enfin la belle pompe arrive aux portes amJ. W. W.

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tans.

mantes.

De ce temple fameux, le plus heureux des | Et la foule Chrestienne, émeuë en mesme temples,

temps, Qui vid laver l'erreur des antiques François, De joye épand des pleurs, et des cris éclaEt garde encor le droit de sacrer tous nos Roys.

Clovis avec Remy s'avance vers le temple. Clovis tourne ses yeux vers ses troupes vail- On

у

void tous les Francs entrer à son exlantes,

emple. Et fait entendre aux chefs ces paroles char- Aussi-tost à genoux ils reverent la Croix.

Tous adorent le Verbe, et de ceur et de voix. Mes compagnons, dit il, mon heur est im- Remy commence? un chant, les prestes le parfait,

secondent, Si vous ne faites tous le serment que j'ay Cent voix benissent Dieu, les orgues leur fait.

repondent." Je m'en vay dans ce temple à Christ voüer

Clovis, ou La France Chrestienne mon ame,

par

DESMARESTS. Qu'icy de vostre Roy l'exemple vous en

flamme. Vostre ardeur m'a toûjours suivy dans les Letters conveyed by Pilgrims. combas,

We see in one of the original letters pubQuand je gagne le ciel, ne m'abandonnez

lished by Fenn, how little intercourse was pas.

kept up between one part of the kingdom Quittons, genereux Francs, toute Idole pro- and another; no opportunity perhaps having fane,

occurred of sending a letter from Norwich Jupiter, et Mercure, et Pallas, et Diane.

to London, unless at the time of the fair. Qu'à jamais tous ces noms soient bannis de Another thing strikes us, which is, the use nos cours,

that pilgrims were of in conveying intelliPour suivre le seul Dieu qui nous a fait vain

gence. queurs. Alors paroist? Lisois, qui devant tous s'avance,

Fastolf. Nous te suivrons par tout, ô gloire de la Henry WINDSOR gives a bad character of France,

Fastolf, “ hit is not unknoon that cruell and Dit il haussant sa voix. Nous quittons les vengible he hath byn ever, and for the moste faux Dieux

parte with aute pite and mercy. I can no Jadis hommes mortels, et peu dignes de more but vade et corripe eum, for truly he cieux.

cannot bryng about his matiers in this word Nous croyons d'un seul Dieu l'éternelle (world) for the word is not for hym. I suppuissance,

pose it wolnot chaunge yetts be likelenes, Et Christ qui d'une Vierge en terre prit but I beseche you, sir, help not to amend naissance.

hym onely, but every other man yf ye kno Tous reprennent soudain, nous quittons les any mo mysse disposed."-Fenn.

faux Dieux, Nous te suivons en terre, et te suivrons aux In 1455 the government were indebted cieux.

to Fastolf, £4083 158. 7 d. for costs and Ces mots sont repetez de mille voix ensem- charges during his services in France, ble,

[ble, “whereof the sayd F.hiderto hath had nouDu temple resonnant toute la voûte en trem- ther payement nor assignacion."

· Tout cecy est de l'histoire.

? S. Remy commenca le Te Deum.

Were paths of pleasantness, and in that hour When all the perishable joys of earth Desert the desolate heart, he had the hope, The sure and certain hope, of joy in heaven."

Epitaph by Bellay. “Quas potius decuit nostro te inferre sepul

chro Petronilla, tibi spargimus has lacrimas. Spargimus has lacrimas, mesti monumenta

parentis, Et tibi pro thalamo sternimus hunc tu

mulum. Sperabam genitor tædas præferre jugales,

Et titulo patris jungere nomen avi. Heu gener est Orcus, quique, O dulcissima,

Epitaph. “ Tue tenant of this grave was one who

lived Remembering God, and in the hour of death Faith was his comforter. O you who read, Remember your Creator and your Judge, And live in fear that you may die in hope.”

R. S. Lambs-Conduit Street,

January 1, 1798.

per te

Se sperabat avum, desinit esse pater."

JOACHIMI BELLAI.

Translation “ I WEEP upon thy grave—thy grave, my

child! Who should'st have wept on mine! we deck

thy tomb, This! for the bridal bed! Thy parents

thought To see thy marriage day; thy father hoped From thee the grandsire's name. Alas, my

child, Death has espoused thee now; and he who

hoped, Mary! O dearest yet! the grandsire's name From thee, has ceas'd to be a father now.”

R. S.

A bad Action of Henry the Fourth. 1599. “In the country of Mayne was seen a peasant named Francis Trouillu, aged thirty-five years, who had a horn growing upon his head, which began to

appear

when he was but seven years old. It was shaped almost like that of a ram, only the wreathings were not spiral but strait, and the end bowed inwards towards the cranium. The fore part of his head was bald, his beard red, and in tufts, such as painters bestow upon satyrs. He retired to the woods to hide this monstrous deformity, and wrought in the coal pits. The Mareschal de Laverdin going one day a hunting, his servants spying this fellow, who fled, ran after him, and he not

ncovering himself to salute their master, they tore off his cap, and so discovered his horn. The M. sent him to the King, who bestowed him upon somebody that made money by shewing him to the people. This poor fellow took it so much to heart to be thus bear-led about, and his shame exposed to the laughter and censures of all the world, that he soon after died.”—MEZERAY. Hen

Greek Epitaph translated. “ BENEATH in holy sleep Nicander lies, O traveller! say not that the good man dies.”

I have translated this from memory, and believe the name is changed. January 14, 1798.

unc

Epitaph. " The quiet virtues of domestic life Were his who lies below; therefore his paths

ry IV.

1 The original, ascribed to Callimachus is as follows, Τηδε Σάων ο Δίκωνος, Ακάνθιος, ιερόν ύπνον κοιμάται: θνήσκειν μή λέγε τες αγαθούς. .

J. W. W.

and

doores, gird themselves about with the windPhilip Augustus reconciled to his Queen.

ing sheet that they purpose to be buried in, “Philip Augustus had put away his wife to shew themselves mindful of their morGelberge, sister to the King of Denmark, talitie. Such of them as are at any time and in her place married Mary, the daugh- condemned to die, are sowed within a sack, ter of the Duke of Moravia. The King of and flung from a rock into the sea.”—A Denmark pursued vehemently in the court Prospect of the most famous Parts of the of Rome, for the honour of his sister thus World. 1646. rejected. Philip, not able to avoid the decision of the cause, and yet resolute not to receive Gelberge, prepares his advocates to

Half-christened Irish. show. the reasons which had moved him to

“In some corners of Connaught, the peoput her away. The cause was to be pleasled before the Pope's legate in the great hall of ple leave the right armes of their infants the Bishop's palace at Paris ; tbither they end that at any time afterwards, they might

male unchristened (as they terme it) to the run of all sides. In this great and solemn

give a more deadly and ungracious blow assembly, Philip's advocates pleaded wonderfully well for him against his wife, but

when they strike; which things doe not

onely show how palpably they are carried no man appeared for her. As the

cryer had deinanded three times if there were any

away by traditious obscurities, but do also one to speak for Gelberge, and that silence intimate how full their hearts be of inveteshould be held for a consent, behold a young

rate revenge.”—Ibid. man unknowne steps forth of the press, demanded audience. It was granted him with great attention. King Philip assenting,

Cypresses. every man's ears were open to hear this “ The duration of the cypress is equalled advocate, but especially Philip's, who was only by that of the oak; they are seldom touched and ravished with the free and plain seen in forests. In cemeteries and the endiscourse of truth which he heard from the virons of palaces, six feet is a circumference mouth of this new advocate, so as they might not uncommon, with a height proportioned perceive him to change countenance. After to a pyramidal shape.”—Dallaway's Trathis young man had ended his discourse, he vels. returns into the press again, and was never seen more, neither could they learn what

Turkish Fountains. he was, who had sent him, nor whence he

The judges were amazed, and the “The frequent fountains, all built by usecause was remitted to the council. Philip, ful piety, are placed at certain distances, and without any stay in court, goes to horse, and measure plains which seem to widen as we rides presently to Bois de Vincennes, whither advance. In those situations, if not pictuhe had confined Gelberge; having embraced resque, they are characteristic, and highly her he receives her into favour, and passed so, when connected with the shade of an the rest of his days with her in nuptial love." umbrageous plane tree. It was interesting -De Serres. Philip II. 1193. Pontanus to pass one of these at mid-day, and to recalls her Ingeburga.

mark the devout Mussulman, after his ablutions, prostrating himself on his carpet,

and repeating in a still voice those addresses Custom on the Isle of Man.

to the Deity which are prescribed by his “The women of this countrie, (Isle of prophet.”—Ibid. Man,) whensoever they goe out of their

came.

Condensation of vapour over the waters. Enchantment of Irish Coward,

Not a bud visible on the mulberry tree. “ At their first onset the wilde Irish ut- April 22. tered the word Pharroh with great acclamation, and he that did not was taken into the ayre and carryed into the vale of Kerry,

Irish Couard. where transformed (as they did beleeve) he

“Some of the wilde Irish perswade themremained untill he was hunted with hounds selves, that he who in the barbarous acclafrom thence to his home."—Quære?!

mation and outcry of the souldiers, which they use with great forcing and straining of

their voyces, when they joyne battell, doth Images.

not showte and make a noise as the rest doe, Feb. 16. The earliest buds on the elm, ) is suddenly caught from the ground, and giving a reddishness to the boughs.

carried as it were flying in the ayre, into Feb. 26. The beech preserves its leaves. some desert vallies, where he feedeth upon

The motion of the river reflected upon grasse, drinketh water, hath some use of the arch of the bridge, rolling in waves of reason, but not of speech, is ignorant of checquered light.

the present condition he stands in, whether Feb. 28. Withey bed red.

good or bad, yet at length shall be brought We think the mists of the morning hide to his own home, being caught with the some beauty from us. At night we dread helpe of hounds and hunters.”—Quære? the precipices that they may conceal. Such is the difference between youth and age ! The flame in passing through brass bars

Mule Monsters.

“ Africa every year produceth some March 3. Bright green of the ivy. Dark appearance of the yew trees in the wood. strange creature before not heard of, per

adventure not extant. For so Pliny thinks, Ruined dwelling house, why more melancholy than the ruins of the castle, convent,

that for want of water, creatures of all kindes and palace.

at sometimes of the yeere gather to those

few rivers that are to quench their thirst ; Clattering of the ivy leaves against the

and then the males promiscuously enforcing tree trunk. A church seen at night—its solemn mas

the females of every species which comes

next him, produceth this variety of forms, siness. The buds of the elder appear in circular

and would be a grace to Africa, were it not so

full of danger to the inhabitants, which, as tufts. Whiteness of a shower swept by the

Salust reports, die more by beasts than by

diseases."— Quære? wind.

Large buds of the horse chesnut termi-
nating each branch.

Apparition of Offa.
April 19. White blossoms of the thorn
like snow, without one green bud.

“Not farre from Bedford sometime stood

a chappell upon the banke of Ouse, wherein ' I suppose these extracts to be taken from (as Florilegus affirmeth) the body of Offa, the book above quoted, A Prospect, &c. but I the great Mercian King, was interred, but have not the means of verifying the Quare's. by the overswelling of that river was borne In a note to Joan of Are, SouTHEY tells us the

downe, and swallowed up; whose tombe of first part of the book wants a title. It was printed for William Humble, in Pope's Head lead (as it were some phantasticall thing) Place, 1646.-J. W. W.

appeared often to them that seeke it not;

becomes green.

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