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imagination was ever an atheist in a place in your entertaining Missolitude, and though in the case cellany, the insertion thereof of old Ellis religion was only the would greatly oblige religion of fear, yet still it was
Your's, &c. better than no faith at all; it
OXONIENSIS. taught him a little more lenity to
A WELSH TRADITION. the faults of others.
Nearly two years had thus past, In the park of Nannau, in Meriwhen, one September's evening, onethshire, the seat of Sir Robert a poor maniac, in squalid weeds, W. Vaughan, Bart, there stood, till and with a face gaunt from long within these few years, a hollow, misery, came to his door and beg- large, and blasted oak,* whose ged a morsel of bread for the love blanched and withered branches of charity. It was his daughter! presented in spring and summer -The recognition was quick and a striking contrast to the verdure mutual, but with very opposite of the surrounding woods. It was a feelings. Sorrow, and pain, and noted tree, and the peasant, as he remorse, suddenly threw a dark passed it in the gloom of evening, cloud over the old man's face; would quicken his pace, and, perwhile the maniac's eye was lit up haps, murmur a prayer for the with an expression of rage and preservation of his person from triumph, that was truly fiendlike, the crafts and assaults of the evil as she screamed out, ‘Ho, Ho, Ho! one. Have I found you at last! Take "E'en to this day, the peasant still back your curse, old man;
I have With cautious fear treads o'er the borne it long enough, and a sad
ground; load, and a weary one it has been in each wild bush a spectre sees,
And trembles at each rising sound." to me--but take it back-it has curdled the milk of my bosom to
A long succession of ages has poison, and my poor babe sucked rolled on since the event transpired it and died. But take it back, which conferred on this tree an and look that it does not sink you influence so appalling. During into the depths of hell.'
the wars of Owen Glyndwr, in the former part of the 15th, century, a cousin of that hero resided
at Nannau; his name Howel Sele. To the Eliter of the Orford Enter
that Howel had refused
appears taining Miscellany.
to espouse his kinsman's and his Sir,
country's cause, thereby renderShould
Tois oak is called in Weish CEUBREN lowing extract from the “Cambro- YR ELLYLL, in English “the Hobgob
lin's Hollow Tree." Briton,” vol.i. page 226, worthy | # A celebrated Welsh Chieftain,
To be continued in our next.
ing himself particularly obnoxi-, Howel. At length oré tempestuous to the choleric Glyndwr ; ous evening in November, an arnand an enmity was thrsengendered ed horseman was described urgbetween the two chieftains, which ing his flagging steed up the hill was fostered on both sides with which leads to Nannau from the savage malignity. During a neighbouring town of Dolgellau.* cessation of arms, Owen sought He passed quickly on his way, amusement and exercise in the and arriving at the castle, demandpleasures of the chase, and he de ed an audience of its sad and termined, like Earl Percy of old, solitary mistress. It was Madog, " to force the red deer from the who, his friend Glyndwr being forest brake” in the domains of dead, had hastened to clear
the his unbending kinsman. Thither mystery in which the disappearhe repaired, therefore, with a bow ance of Howel Sele was involved. som friend, named Madog, and a He told his tale, and led the small hunting train. Aś was to astonished and treinbling domèsbe expected, he encountered How tics to the sepulchre, which ena el alone, but armed, who demand closed the bones of their lord. It ed with what right he, a rebel to was opened, and the skeleton of his king, thus intruded upon his Howel was discovered, grasping solitude ? Reply succeeded reply, with his right hand, the sword he till they resolved to decide the was accustomed usually to wear. question by force of arms. They His remains were interred in the consequently fought, and Howel neighbouring monastery of Cymmer fell a victim to the superior prow
with all the pomp and ceremony ess of his kinsman. Near the place of catholic superstition, and masses were they contended, was a large were performed for the repose of oak, the trunk of which was hol- his incensed and troubled spirit. low : into this cavity the body of
The Oak in which Howel's the brave but headstrong lord of body was deposited, is the same, Nannau was cast, and Owen and to which I have alluded in the his train hastened home to Glyn- opening of this sketch ; and on dwr-dwy. The disappearance of the night of the 13th of July, their lord caused the greatest a- 1813, which was a very fine and larm and consternation at the cas- sultry night, this venerable "motle; all possible search was made, narch of the forest," miraculously but without effect, and his sorrow fell to the ground.
fell to the ground. A short time ing lady secluded herself from the before its downfall an eminent world in the solitude of her lonely amateur artist made a sketch of and now gloomy residence. Year succeeded year, and still no ti
A market town of Merionethshire, situated dings were received of the absent
near the foot of the celebrated mountain "Cader Idris.”
it, from which engravings have Cæsare, nec bene fecit, nec male been taken, and there is scarcely a fecit, sed interfecit.” house in Dolgellau, but what contains one at least of these en
Piovano Arlotto. ---Piovano gravings, framed in the very Arlotto was a native of Tuscany, wood of this oak, which is of a and flourished in the 14th. cen-, beautiful dark colour approaching tury. When only a poor Curate, to ebony. At Nannau there are his.humble condition did not deseveral relics of this majestic tree. press his vivacity, or check the Amongst others, I must not omit sallies of his wit and humour. to mention, is a frame, containing As he was once preparing to an engraved full length portrait make a journey, several of his. of the memorable Pitt. The friends requested him to make frame is unadorned by the gilder, purchases for them in the town to but it presents an appearance, to which he was going; but all, exuse the phrase of a celebrated cepting one, neglected to supply Welsh writer, “of magnificent him with money for the purpose. simplicity.” Under the portrait He only executed the commission is the following Welsh motto, par- of this one; so that on his return, ticularly happy in its allusion to the others called upon him, and the “pilot who weathered the reproached him for his inattention storm."
to their wishes. “You must know, my friends,” said Arlotto,
6that in the course of my journey, A WYNEBODD
I came to the side of a river, and Y DYMESTL.
there I took out the
that contained your commissions, to
look them over; on a sudden, a Humour.
gust of wind arose, and carried Dryden. It is related of Dry- all the papers down the stream, den, that, when at School, a excepting one, which, as it had theme was given him, on the dis- money in it, was too heavy to be puted question whether Brutus blown away.” did well or ill in Killing Cæsar.
ESCULAPIUS, It ran in these terms, “An Brutus, occiso Cæsare, aut. bene fecit, aut male fecit ?" Dryden,
On the day Lord Erskine was so too idle, forgot the task, and be- kindly honoured by his late Majesing suddenly called on, he imme- ty with the Order of the Thistle, diately answered, “Brutus, occiso he dined with his learned friend
Jekyll, who congratulating him on * Tlie man, who, like the oak, faced the tempest. I this additional dignity, said he
FAL Y DDERWEN
hoped that this would content him; Horace, Virgil, and Augus-
A Physician whose name was pected— The Green Man and 1. Letsom had the following writStill."
ten over his shop door.
I cure my patients with my art, Griffiths, an actor, who was ban- And with my physic sweats 'em; dy legg'd, won a considerable wa- And, after, if they choose to die,
What's that to me?-1. Lets'om. ger by a singular circumstance. A gentleinan present was very severe upon Griffiths' person, and to the Editor of the Oxford Enter.
taining Miscelluny. pointing to his left leg, offered a
Sir, bet that there was not so ill-formed a limb in the company.
Like most other young men of: pleasantly took up the offer and a musical turn, I unfortunately, instantly exhibiting his right leg, (as the history of my adventures exclaimed, “ look, here's the fel- will prove,) treated myself with a
ticket for the concerts, once more low to it.
to hear the far-famed Madame
Catalani. The first night passed The friends of a cockney sports- off very well, without any remarkman were lately much alarmed at
able adventure; but on the sereceiving a letter from him, in
cond, I had scarcely taken my
, which hestated that, notwithstand
seat at the upper end of the room, ing the high wind on Monday, when I found myself within a he had shot a peasant.
short distance of one of the pret
tiest girls I ever beheld. Upon Curious fact.-It is a singular first sight of her, I felt conscious fact, that Home wrote his tragedy of strange emotions in my heart, of “ Douglas ;' Dr. Blair, his whịch her affability and truly.laq “Lectures ;" and Dr. Robertson, dy-like behaviour soon increased his “ History of Charles V.;" in to admiration ; but it was not un, the same cottage, which is a til I heard the enthusiasm with small white one in one of the parks which she encored “Rule Britan, of Burnisford Links, in Scotland. nia," and the encomiums bestowed by her on that most beautiful spattered with mud, and rendered piece of music, of which I have totally unfit for further use; to always been a passionate admirer, say nothing of my disagreeable that the full flame of affection situation from wet, and the bruises burst from my heart, and quite which I had received in my fall. overpowered my senses, It was Fortunately the innocent anthor of too much for a soul like mine to my misfortunes was at too great withstand. It was then that I a distance to perceive the catas first determined to follow her to trophe, or the consequences might her home, that I might learn who have been serious. it was for whom I entertained Not in the least dispirited by guch tender feelings, and, through the accident, and indeed rather the medium of my friends, might invigorated, like the beautiful gain an introduction to so amiable grass on the banks of the Ganges, a creature, For this purpose, whose sweetness is only to be þorne along almost by an irresist-drawn forth by trampling it unible impulse, I followed her to the der foot, after shaking myself to bottom of the stairs, where I had remove a little of the filth which the satisfaction to see her step clung to me in superfluous abun, into a “Fly" to avoid the cold night dance, and calling to mind those air, after the heat of the room, beautiful lines by Mr, T, Moore :
; and set forward on her journey. Love, all defying love, which sees But I had proceeded in my pur- No charms in trophies won with ease; suit no farther than the top of the Whose dearest, farest fruits of bliss High Street, when, looking one Are pluck'd on danger's precipice, way, and walking another, I had I was proceeding with renewed the misfortune to tumble over one vigour in the quest, when I per, of the posts, which are placed ceived velvet in the distance, Als there for the protection of foot though I had in reality been passengers, but which, unfortu- guilty of no misconduct, yet not pately, proved no kind of protec- wishing to appear
appear in my present tion whatever to me, and was indecent costume, I was gliding thereby extended at full length in swiftly up a dark alley, in order the kennel. Figure to yourself to avoid notice, when, as my bad for a moment, gentle reader, the fortune would have it, I stumbled condition in which I must have against another pair of shining appeared after rising from my sleeves, which I in vain used my "lowly bed." It almost baffles utmost efforts to avoid.
“ Siste description! A light blue coat, per fidem" soon reached my tremspick and span new for the occa- bling ears, and finding myself ension, a remarkably neat waistcoat, countered on both sides, I immepenkeens and siļks, completely be- | djately drew up. After pleading