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mote as 300 years before the in- the departure of all earthly great-
“His sacred foot, thro' many a distant The object that claims the first
Has press'd the verge of Avon's waand most general inquiry of the tery way." visitors is the humble dwelling The building of this Church is where this "Mighty Genius" start of the Gothic order, and a large ed into existence. The habita- cluster of elm trees encircling it tion is still preserved and kept casting a sombre shade around it open for the inspection of the cu- tends much to beighten the effect; rious:
and the avenue by which it is ap“No pillar'd line with sculptur'd foli- proached is through a long vista age crown'd,
of trees, from which the eye can No fluted remnants deck the hallow'd but at intervals catch a glimpse : ground.”
of the edifice, which at length, The fabric is principally of wholly expanding itself to the wood, and its outside presents to view, and seen in conjunction the eye à very mean appearance, with the dark shadows occasioned and to the imagination nought but by the surrounding trees while the idea of poverty. In the inte- the soft murmuring of the Avon, rior there is nothing attractive or gliding by its base, alone disturbs worthy of observation, except the the silence, presents a scene at humble room where this great once impressive and grand. "painter of mankind" first drew In the interior of the building his breath. Shakspeare did not there is much to attract and fix always live on this spot; the lat- the attention of the observer.-ter part of his life was spent in a The pleasing simplicity which bouse situated in New Street, and every object assumes, and the adjoining the Guildhall. It is de- chaste style in which every ornascribed by Dugdale in his history inent is executed, contrasted and of Warwickshire, as being "a very mingled with the grandeur refair house, built of brick and flected from its lofty and highlytimber."
coloured wiydows, adds much to s. A monastery and some other its general beauty ; while the somonuments of antiquity, in and leinn and unbroken stillness which near the town, have long since pervades it, reconciles the mind suffered from the lapse of time, that it is a fit place for the habi. and now lie buried in the dust,' tation of death and the renting but the Collegiate Church still place of those whose hands have brates the wreck of ages, and forgotten their cunning.” In this stands as a beacon to point us to situation the inind; in unison, with
the solemnity of the scene by These are the relics in the church which it is surrounded, will" na- that relate to Shakspeare. turally revert to the occurances I shall forbear trespassing longer of periods "long since gone by,” on your pages, and only briefly whilst remembrance whispering notice in conclusion, that, to the to it that the spot then in view honour of its inhabitants, every enshrines all that was mortal of possible respect has been paid to the sweet poet of nature, of the the memory of its Bard. In Sepmatchless Shakspeare, raises it to teraber, 1767, a Jubilee was celethe highest pitch of its feeling, bratel, under the direction of and bids it seek his tomb to drop Garrick and several other gentlethe tear of sensibility over his men of distinction and a statue was dust. This monument is situated erected to his memory in the town in the chancel, against the north hall. But they who celebrated wall.-In the bust which is in this festival, like the poet whose tended to represent him he appears memory they cherished, have rein the attitude of inspiration, with tired to “ that bourne from whence a cushion before him, holding a no traveller returns," and their pen in bis right hand, and his efforts may be forgotten ; but left resting on a scroll. The his name is immortalized, his bust, with the ornaments, were fame shall live in song, and beings originally painted to resemble the yet unborn, charmed with the colours of life, conformably to magic spell he holds over their the prevailing taste of the times souls, shall, in his own words, in which the monument was erect- unanimously exclaim, ed; the eyes being of a light
Take him for all in all, hazel and the hair and beard au- Wene'er shall look upon his like again." burn, The monument is fixed under an arch, between Corinthi. an columns of black marble, with
TROJAN WAR. gilded bases and capitals supporting the entablature; above which, There are circumstances in the and surmounted by a death's head, history of the British Islands, are carved his arms, and on each bearing so close an analogy to side is a small figure, in a sitting some of the most remarkable posture, one holding in his left events in Homer's history of the hand a spade, the other, whose Trojan War, which, as they afford eyes are closed, an inverted torch no inconsiderable collateral supin his left hand, while the right port to that poet's authority, as a rests on a scroll; they are desigy- faithful relator of facts, and ed as "symbols of mortality. - painter of manners, may not be
improper to lay before our read. England. The English conquest
of Ireland followed. * Exploits like that of Paris,
'J. W. D. were, in the 12th century, not uncommon in Ireland. In a lower line they have been frequent still
SIR HUGH ACKLAND. in our days; but in that age popular opinion was so favourable to Bart, of Devon. apparently died
The late Sir Hugh Ackland them, that even princes, like Ja
of a fever, and was laid out as son, and Paris, gloried in such proofs of gallantry and spirit
. the footmen, sat up with the
such. The nurse, with two of Dermot king of Leinster, accordingly formed a design on Devor-corpse, and the weather being ghal, a celebrated beauty, wife of extremely cold, Lady Ackland
sent them a bottle of brandy to O'Ruark, king of Leitrim; and
drink in the night, one of the between force and fraud, he suc
servants told the other that othe ceeded in carrying her off
old boy, their master, dearly loved O'Ruark resented the affront, as might be expected. He procured and he resolved that he should
a little brandy when he was alive, a confederacy of neighbouring take one glass now he was dead.” chieftains, with the king of Con
The fellow accordingly poured naught, the most powerful prince of Ireland, at their head. Lein- out a bumper, and forced it down
his throat. A gargling immediateşter was invaded, the princess was recovered, and, aster hostilities, ly ensued, with a violent emotion
of the neck and upper part of continued with various success
the breast. The other footman during many years, Dermot was
were so terrified that expelled from his kingdom. Thus far the rese:nblance holds with they ran down stairs and the exactness. The sequel differs : brandy genius hastening away for the rape of Devorghal, be
Alth rather 100 niuch speed yond comparison in celebrity na
tuinbled down head foremost. The
noise of his fall and cries alarmed yet consequences
far important than the rape of Helen.
a young gentleman who slept in
the house that night, who got up The fugitive Dermot, deprived of every other hope, applied to the and went immediately to the room powerful monarch of the neigh
Mr. Hume; in his History of England, has bouring island, Henry II. ; and written the name of the heroine of this story in return for assistance, to restore here followed, with wnich Mr. Hume's more
abridged account, in all o.aterial circumstances him his dominions, offered to hold suttici talics. Lord Lyrtleton, in hi
tory of Henry II. both wates the facts, and them in Vassalage of the crown of writes the names acariy as Dr. L-land.
where the supposed corpse lay, of considerable burthen, but of and to his great astonishment saw difficult access. The town is Sir Hugh sitting upright. pretty large, handsomely built,
He called the servants; Sir and well fortified; and the rocky Hugh was put into a warın bed mountains on the south make it a and the physicians and apothecary place of considerable strength. were sent for. These Gentlemen There are in it a great number of in a few weeks perfectly restored Ivory Turners, who are esteemed their patient to health, and he very curious Artists. lived several years afterwards. Having made a short stay in The Baronet often told the story, this place, about the middle of and when he really died, left the April we set out for Rouen, one brandy footman a handsome an- of the largest, best peopled, and nuity.
most ancient cities in France. S. T. This city stands on the river Seine,
which is deep enough to admit
ships of considerable burden Travels.
close to the quay. The bridge, which was formerly of stone, is
now of boats, paved like a street, An Abridgement of the Travels of a Gentleman through France, Italy,
and so artfully contrived, as to Turkey in Europe, the Holy Land, rise and fall with the tide. The Arabia, Egypt, &c.
Metropolitan church, is remarkable for its three lofty towers :
one of which is called the ButterHaving settled every thing with tower, because it was built with regard to the remittance of what money arising from the sale of money we should want, &c. we dispensations to eat butter in Lent. set out from London to Dover, In this tower hangs the famous attended by three servants, whose great bell called George d'Amabilities and fidelity we had suffi- boise, from an Archbishop of that
atly experienced. We embark- name, who caused it to be placed ed for Calais, but a strong easter- there: it is thirteen feet high, ly wind rising soon after we had eleven in diameter, and weighs put to sea, drove us so far down 40,000 pounds. Over the great the channel that the first French gate of the church is a. TriPort we could make was Dieppe. umphal arch in honour of king
Dieppe, one of the best ports Henry the fourth, with emblems in Normandy, is situated between of his victory over the Leaguers, two hills, which, by their shooting who are represented gnawing into the sea, form a safe and com- their chains, and the King of modious Haven, capable of ships Spain standing by with a deject
ed aspect. In this cathedral are | In one of these grottos are artifimany magnificent tombs, par-cial birds, whose notes are so ticularly those of Henry III. and charming, that they seem to exRichard I. Kings of England and ceed the natural music of the Dukes of Normandy, and that feathered choir. In another is a of Charles V. King of France. representation of a young woman There is also one for John Duke playing upon an organ, whose of Bedford, who was entrusted eyes and fingers are contrived to with the regency of France by move so artfully, that the spectaHenry VI. of England, and who tor can hardly help thinking her is represented in Armour on to be alive. In a third we see horseback.
Neptune represented in There are many fine structures umphal chariot drawn by two in this city, both churches and white horses, which come out of a palaces, besides stately houses cavern, stand a while, and then belonging to private citizens. It return back with the sound of is one of the greatest trading trumpets. In a fourth there is an towns in France, and would pro- admirable representation of Orbably have exceeded Paris in size, pheus playing on his lute, who had it not been several times al- keeps time exactly with his body most entirely destroyed by fire. and head, whilst beasts, birds, This place is noted for the death rocks, trees and plants (agreeably of William the Conqueror, for to the poetical fiction) seem to the birth of the learned Bochart, move and follow him. In short, and several other famous men. the contrivance of these water
We left Rouen, passed through works is elegant, and the reprePoissy, and arrived at St. Ger- sentations extremely natural. main's, which is pleasantly situ- Having received so much satis
a hill near the Seine, faction at this place, we were easily about ten miles from Paris. Here induced to step out of our road, we could not resist the temptation in order to take a view of the ceof staying a day or two, to take lebrated palace and garden of a view of the castle, one of the Versailles, one league distant from finest palaces in Europe. It was St. Germain's. Between these built by Charles the fifth. The two places lies Marli, another paintings in this palace are ex- palace built by Louis XIV. The quisite, especially those in the situation is lofty and extremely gallery built by Henry IV. which pleasant; and the water-works represent some of the chief cities are very beautiful, being supplied in Europe. Here are abundance from the same reservoir that furof grottos with water-works the nishes Versailles. We were parmost delightful I ever met with. I ticalarly delighted with the grand