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stands at an immeasurable distance from epitaph on T. Crosfield, written by him. all others :
self, which is by far less consurable than “Si monumentum quæris ? circumspice!"... many : Seek'st thou his monument?---behold the dome!
Beneath this stone Tom Crosfield lies, In Westminster Abbey, are monu. Who cares not now who laughs or cries ; ments both to Dryden and Handel, with
Helaughed when sober, and when mellow
Wa sa harum searum heedless fellow. the plain “ John Dryden,” and “George
He gave to none design'd offence, Frederick Handel” inscribed upon them. So "Honi soit qui mal y pense.' In the same abbey also rest the bones of I lament much that these tributes to others, as far beneath comparison, as the the dead, should receive any colouring glittering star which bespangles the skies, whatever. It is a system too much is to the golden moon; which, in its in practice, and is likely to promote that magnificence, lights the studded canopy carelessness for death, which is so promi. of heaven, with as much elegy upon nent in a great bulk of mankind. Every them as the tablet would admit of. But possible means should be resorted to, in a man of talent and of genius needs not order that it should be held in its self. his various actions to be engraved on important light, which impress upon all stone for them to be known. No, he
men the greatest reverence. while living, implanted them in a far In concluding, I would wish all persons preferrable place, where they are neither to bear in mind the words of a very an. defaced by time, nor forgotten by obscu- cient poet, (Antiphanes,) who lived near a rity, and from whence they are trans- hundred years before Socrates.-“ Be not planted froni generation to generation. grieved above all measures for thy deTasso's transcendent genius Dryden's ceased friends. They are not dead, but brilliant poetic powers—Wren's une- have only finished that journey, which it qualled and stupendous architecture is necessary for every one of us to take. and Handel's sublimity of composition, We ourselves must go to that great place are all familiar to the humblest indi. of reception, in which they are all of vidual, without the aid of monumental them assembled, and in this general renhistory.
dezvous of mankind, live together in To pass, however, to another species of another state of being.” epitaphs. If jesting formed a principal
A. B. C. feature in the life of any individual, we might suppose, at least, that it would cease with his life; but, on the contrary, PETER PINDARICS ; there are those persons, who, regardless
OR, JOE MILLER VERSIFIED. of all rules of religion and gravity, display an utter disregard to those feelings, which ought to be manifested by the sur THE JUDICIOUS PRECAUTION. vivors of the deceased. Indeed, so far
Col'nel Patrick O'Blarney, as honest a teague from any serious ideas being displayed, As ever took snuff to repel pest or plague, we might (did we not know that a church. Having gut a French snuff-bos of papier
machee, yard was an hallowed spot,) easily ima.
Which to open requir'd much pains, do you see, gine they were the productions of some
Always kept a bent sixpence at hand in his comic satirist. Did not the fact present pocket, itself to every visitor of St. James's And call?d it his key by the which to unlock it: Church, the following inscription would As by niggling and wedging it under the lid,
He came at his
rappee, which was under it hid. be hardly credited :
But, one day when he wanted a pinch, for e. To the Memory of
He searched for his sixpence, but all to no end, Mercator Fortunatus,
Till at last 'twixt the sining and poeket he Natus Eleventh of..-One Thousand...
found it ; Obiit Ninth of---One Thousand, &c. When in rage he cried, "arrab, the devil oon.
found it ; Men who would thus waste time and
" I'll engage you don't serve me the same trick money, and what is of more importance,
again, trifle with the sacred cause of death, are “For to make me be after thus hunting in vain." but erecting monuments of their own So, op'ning the lid by the help of the tizzy,
And feaking his nose till his noddle grew dizzy folly. The following, at Penryn, in Corn.
He chuck'd in the coin, and exclaim'd with a wall, speaks but little in favour of the in.
shrug, dividual, whose memory and virtues it While right went the rim down, “So there you
lie snug! proclaims:
“ And my hide-and-seek friend, I beg leave's Here lies William Smith and what is
remind ye, something rarish,
« That the next time I want ye, I'll know when He was born, bred, and hang'd in
to find ye." this parish!
T. BROWN In Hendon church-yard there is this
&c. &c. &c.
od to be one of his friends, and treated him with kindness. The night before his execution, Bilney put his finger into the
candle, which was burning before him, CHOICE EXTRACTS FROM more than once, “ I feel" said he “ by NEW WORKS.
experience, and have long known by philosophy, that fire is naturally hot ;
yet, I am persuaded by God's holy word, ENGLISH MARTYRS.
and by the experience of some Saints of
God therein recorded, that in the flame JOAN BOUGHTON.
they may feel no heat, and in the fire no HENRY the Seventh, while he asserted consumption. And I constantly believe, his authority over the clergy, found it that, however the stubble of this body consistent with his policy to employ them, shall be wasted by it, yet my soul and rather than his nobles, in state affairs, spirit shall be purged thereby a pain for and suffered them to proceed against the the time whereon followeth joy unLollards with the utmost rigour. Among speakable. the victims whom they brought to the On the morning of his execution, which stake, was a woman of some quality, was in front of the Bishop's Palace, Joan Boughton by name, the first fe- having put off the layman's gown, in male martyr in England : she was more which after his degradation he had been than eighty years of age, and was held in clad, he knelt upon the ledge and prayed such reverence for her virtue, that, during with deep and quiet devotion, ending the night after her martyrdom, her ashes with the 143rd Psalm, in which he there were collected, to be preserved as relics repeated the verse, “ Enter not into judgfor pious and affectionate remembrance. ment with thy servant, O Lord, for in Her daughter, the Lady Young, suffered thy sight shall no man living be justi. afterwards the same cruel death, with, fied.” He then put off his jacket and equal constancy. At Amersworth, when doublet, and remained in his hose and William Tylsworth was burnt, his only shirt, and so was chained to the stake. daughter, as being suspected of heresy, The dry reeds were then kindled; and in was compelled, not only to witness his a few minutes, Bilney, trampling over death, but with her own hands, to set fire death, rendered up his soul in the fulness to him!
of faith, and entered into his reward.
Among the martyrs of those days, Bilney's example, in all parts, was Thomas Bilney is one, whose name will followed_by James Bainham, of the ever be held in deserved reverence. He Middle Temple, the son of a Gloucesterwas accused before Tonstal, then Bishop of shire knight. Having been flogged and Londor., in the early part of the reign of racked, without effect, to make him acHenry VIII. “ for asserting that Christ cuse others of holding the same opinions was our only mediator, not the Virgin as himself, the fear of death induced him Mary, nor the Saints ; and that pil- to abjure, and bear a faggot. grimages were useless ; and that offerings month had scarcely elapsed before he to images were idolatry.” Of these doc- stood up in the face of the congregation trines he was found guilty ; but was per- in St. Austin's Church, with the English suaded to recant, and accordingly bore a Testament in his hand, and, openly faggot at Paul's Cross. It appears that proclaiming that he had denied the truth, Tonstal, with his wonted humanity, fa- declared that, if he did not return to it, voured, and wished to save him; he was that book would condemn him at the day not branded, nor subjected to any further of judgment; and exhorted all who heard punishinent, but permitted to return to him, rather to suffer death than fall as Cambridge.
he had fallen, for all the world's good From that hour, Bilney had no peace in would not induce him again to feel such himself, and feeling, for two years, self a hell as he had borne within him since condemned, he resolved by a brave repen. the hour of his abjuration. He was actance to expiate an offence for which he cordingly brought to the stake in Smithshould otherwise never forgive himself. field; and there, to the astonishment of Immediately he departed for Norfolk, and the spectators, when his extremities were began to preach, when Nix, the merci- half consumed, he cried aloud, “Oye less Bishop of that diocese, sent to Lon- Papists, ye look for miracles, and be. don for a writ to burn him. The Sheriff hold a miracle ; for in this firé I feel no to whose care he was committed, happen. pain ;-it is to me as a bed of roses !"
The fact may be believed, without sup. had been vouchsafed him, and derived posing a miracle, or even recurring to strength from his example. that almost miraculous power which the mind sometimes can exercise over the BISHOPS LATIMER AND RIDLEY. body. Nature is more merciful to us than man to man; this was a case in
These illustrious veterans of the perwhich excess of pain had destroyed the secution in the reign of Mary, were power of suffering; no other bodily feel. executed in a ditch, opposite Baliol Col. ing was left but that of ease after torture; lege, Oxford. Lord Williams, of Thame, while the soul triumphed in its victory, had been appointed to see it done, with a and in the sure anticipation of its im- sufficient retinue, lest any tunult might mediate and eternal reward.
be made in the hope of rescuing them. They embraced each other, knelt, each beside his stake, in prayer, and then con
versed together, while the Lord Williams, John Rogers, the protomartyr in the and the other persons in authority, removed Marian persecution, and at that time a themselves out of the sun. These accursed Prebendary of St. Paul's, had formerly sacrifices were always introduced by a been chaplain to the English merchants
A certain Dr. Smith preached, at Antwerp, and had there been a fellow- taking for his text, “ If I give my body labourer with Tindal and Coverdale, in to be burnt, and have not charity, it the great work of translating the Bible. availeth me nothing ;" from whence he He had a large family, and, having drew conclusions, as uncharitable as ever married a German woman, might have were distorted from Scripture. Ridley found means to support them in her desired leave to answer the sermon : he country; but deeming it the duty of him. was told, that if he would recant his self and his brethren, he said, to stand opinions, he should have his life, like true soldiers by the captain of their otherwise he must suffer for his deserts ; salvation, and not traitorously run out and the Vice-Chancellor, with some bai. of his tents, or out of the plain field liffs, as brutal as himself, stopt his mouth from him, in the most jeopardy of the with their hands, after he had said, “ So battle-he chose to abide the worst ; and, long as the breath is in my body, I will in his last sermon at St. Paul's Cross, never deny my Lord Christ and his known exhorted the people to remain in such truth. God's will be done in me !” Latrue doctrine as had been taught in King timer said, he could answer the sermon Edward's day, and to beware of all pes- well enough, if he might; and contented tilent popery, idolatry, and superstition. himself with exclaiming, “ Well, there After long imprisonment and several ex is nothing hid, but it shall be opened ;" aminations, he was condemned, for main. a saying which he frequently used. taining that the church of Rome was Ridley distributed such trifles as he had the church of Antichrist, and for denying about him, to those who were near; and transubstantiation. The sentence being many pressed about him, to obtain somepassed, he requested that his poor wife, thing as a relic. They then undressed being a foreigner, might come and speak for the stake ; and, Latimer when he had with him as long as he lived ; “ for she put off his prison dress, remained in a hath ten children,” said he, “ that are shroud, which he had put on, instead of hers and mine, and somewhat I would a shirt, for that day's office. Till then, counsel her what were best for her to do.” his appearance had been that of
poor But Gardiner, with his characteristic withered bent old man; but now, as if he brutality, refused this, affirming that she had put off the burthen of infirmity and was not his wife. And when, on the age,
*" he stood bolt upright, as comely day of his execution, he asked' Bonner, a father as one might lightly behold.” that he might speak to her a few words Then Ridley uttered this prayer : only, before his burning, that monster “ Oh, Heavenly Father, I give unto thee would not permit it. She met him, how- most hearty thanks, for that thou hast ever, with her ten children, one hanging called me to be a professor of thee, even on the breast, as he went to Smithfield. unto death. I beseech thee, Lord God, That sight did not abate the cheerfulness take mercy upon this realm of England, of his courage ; a pardon was offered and deliver the same from all her ene. him at the stake, if he would recant; he mies !” After he had been chained to steadily refused it, and washing his the stake, his brother-in-law, who, dur. hands in the flames as they blazed about ing the whole time of his imprisonment, him, took his death with so calm and had remained in Oxford, to serve him in resolute a patience, that many who were whatever he could, tied a bag of gun. present blessed God for the support which powder round his neck. Ridley, being
told what it was, said, he received it as bers that had started from the wheel. He being sent of God; and asking if he had had a faint recollection of what had passed some for Latimer also, bade him give it overnight, and drew from his pocket in time, lest it should be too late. Mean. a billet, which agreed in its inscribed time, he spake to Lord Williams, and numbers, with three of the numbers on entreated him to use his influence with the the board. He hastened back to the Queen, in behalf of his sister and the lucky office, and demanded the five thou. poor tenants; this, he said, being the sand five hundred louis' which had fallen only thing, he blessed God, which trou to his lot. They were paid to him puncbled his conscience. When the fire was tually; but, on the other hand, the young brought, Latimer said, “Be of good lady looked for her present, which is comfort, Master Ridley, and play the customary on these occasions.“ Not one man! We shall this day light such a liard shall you have from me,” said the candle, by God's grace, in England, as lucky adventurer. 66 When Í addressed I trust shall never be put out!” The myself to you last night for a billet, I venerable old man received the flame as was as blind as the fortune over which if embracing it, and having, as it were, you preside. To the sharpness of your bathed his hands in the fire, and stroked sight I owe my fortune terne sec; but hi face with them, died presently, ap- you were insolent in the delivery. May parently without pain. Ridley endured a this teach you not to scorn in future the longer martyrdom: till the gun-powder venture of the poor man, whom misery, exploded, and then he fell at Latimer's and not a thirst after superfluous riches, feet. As the bodies were consumed, the may have led to your office to try his quantity of blood which gushed from fortune.” Latimer's heart astonished the beholders. The capricious goddess still favoured It was observed the more because he had this man, who was pointed out to me continually prayed, during his imprison- in his carriage, with a modest equipage. ment, that as God had appointed him to What has intoxicated so many others, be a preacher of his word, so also he had sobered him, probably for life. would give him grace to stand to his doc- Sweepings of my Study. trine until death, and shed his heart's blood for the same. -Southey's Book of
PRISON LIFE. the Church.
AFRENCHMAN who had been several years LUCK IN THE LOTTERY.
confined, for debt, in the Fleet Prison, A COACHMAN, in the service of a noble- found himself so much at home within man, was discarded late at night for its walls, and was withal, so harmless drunkenness. In staggering homeward and inoffensive a character, that the jailor to his wife, and family of small children, occasionally permitted him to recreate he had to pass a lottery-office, which was himself, by spending his evenings abroad, still open. Having entered, he advanced without any apprehension of the forfeiture boldly to the counter, “ Stand aside, of his verbal engagement.
His little fellow, with your paltry adventure of earnings as a jack of all trades, enabled twenty-four sous, while I serve these him to form several pot-house connexions; gentlemen,” said the lady who gave out and these led him, by degrees, to be less the tickets. " Mine is not to be a paltry and less punctual in his return, at the adventure, as you impertinently call it," appointed hour of nine. retorted the drunken man; and on the what it is Mounseer,” at length, said the counter he threw a bright louis d'or, one jailor to him, “ You are a good fellow, of eleven he had just received as his but I am afraid you have lately got into wages. " What are your numbers, and bad company; so I tell you once for all, how do you stake them?” inquired Ma- that if you do not keep better hours, and dame, winking to the gentlemen at the come back in good time, I shall be under excellence of the joke. He would have, the necessity of locking you out alto. he said, a terne sec, but as to the num- gether.”
Ibid. bers, he would leave them to her choice. The billet, containing three numbers IT being mentioned that Grimaldi the jestingly written down, was delivered Clown, had a large family, “ Then,” accordingly.
wag, “ he makes faces at home as Coachey did not find his way home, well as abroad.” and was just recovered from his drowsy intoxication, when, at a few minutes after
PUN. nine in the morning, he saw, placed in Why does a waiter resemble a blood front of another lottery-office, the board horse ? Answer. Because he runs for which displayed the five fortunate num.
66 I'll tell you
Grey Friars' Ihonastery, Dunwich.
The Monastic remains of Great Britain,
My maiden aunts, a trio of divinities, are among the most interesting of its an Gave, two days since, their tip and beno
diction. tiquities, and thanks to the researches of
“Heaven prosper long" such dear affinities, a few individuals, they have lately been Kind caterers in a school boy's worst afflic. well explored. Few places were more
Such love is worth the keeping, though, to remarkable than Dunwich, in Suffolk, for
win, it is its religious institutions. It had, for. On truth and taste at best a dire infliction: merly, two churches dedicated to St. But compliments and calls---such small dona.
tions Michael and St. Bartholomew, which are
Ensure us all we want in the vacations. said to have been swallowed up by the sea, in 1331. There were also three
My doating grandam, too, of sage threescore
Gave kiss and crown and caution-..Gran chapels - a house belonging
dam, vale. Knights Templars, two hospitals, and And now all chance of lengthen'd freedom two monasteries, belonging to the Fran
o'er, ciscans and Dominicans, or Grey and
Brief candle of my hopes, you burn but paly,
The due“ viaticum" of tive months more Black Friars : of the remains of the
Lacks nothing from attentions kind and former we present a view. . This monas daily; tery was founded by Richard Fitzjohn, Nought but the weather can prevent, and, lo ! and Alice his wife, and its revenues were
The sun perversely shines, and I must go. augmented by Henry III. The area en Go---aye, to drudgery of lengthen'd days;
Risings at six; cold duty when we rise, compassed by the walls of this house,
Where rigid pedantry forgets to praise, which still remain, is upwards of seven And scorns the notice of a weak heart's sighs, acres. The monastery had three gates, Where childhood's purest, fondest love decays, two of which are still standing almost
When education bids us to be wise ;
Where home seems heaven, and this, our dull entire, and being nearly covered with
probation, ivy, they have a very picturesque effect. A painful pilgrimage for information. Within the inclosure, the only building
Few weeks have flown since when, with aching now standing, is a barn. Both these
eye, monasteries were suppressed by Henry In sleepless turbulence of hopes and joy, VIII.
I mark'd the day of promis'd liberty
Break in the golden East---when no alloy
Of envious care marr'd our hearts revelry THE RETURN TO SCHOOL.
With visions of return; yet each wild boy BY A YOUTH OF FIFTEEN.
Breath'd a pure sigh his orphan friend to leave,
In cheerless solitude at school to grieve. (For the Mirror.)
Far happier now than I that orphan; he, Past six o'clock---the drowsy watchman's Left sorrowing alone in regions quiet, horn
Whilst play and pantomime and "friends ta Proclaims his night of napping duty done :
tea' Past six o'clock--the unpropitious dawn,
Hare lent their quantum to make up by rios Lit by the jocund king of smiles, the sun, Sweet recreations for the memory, In mockery of woe leads on the morni.
After strict regimen and classic diet ; Night's veil of rest is rent, and care begun But Christmas o'er, we school-boys take And the best feelings of a young heart stray,
stage-ing, In sad confusion with the coming day.
And leave spare beds and gay adults engaging