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"In behalf of the Nose it will qnickly appear. And your Lordship," he said " will undoubtedly find,

That the nose has had spectacles always to wear, Which amounts to possession time out of mind."

Then holding the spectacles up to the Court, "Your Lordship observes they are made with a straddle

As wide as the ridge of the nose is, in short Designed to sit close to it just like a saddle.

Again, would your Lordship a moment suppose (Tis a case that has happen'd, and maybe again)

That the visage or countenance had not a nose, Pray who would, or who could, wear spectacles then?

On the whole, it appears, and my argument shews, With a reasoning the Court will never condemn,

That the spectacles plainly are made for the nose
And the nose was as plainly intended for them."

Then shifting his side as a lawyer knows how,
He pleaded again in behalf of the eyes,

But what were his arguments few people know,
For the Court did not think they were equally wise.

So his Lordship decreed with a grave solemn tone,
Decisive and clear without one if or but,

That whenever the nose put his spectacles on,
By day-light or candle-light, eyes should be shut. (Life of Hayley, vol. i.p. 298.)

Cowper was probably not aware that an ingenious author has actually versified the substance of Sir Edward Coke's Reports. The point of each case, (with the name,) is comprised in a couplet, as in the following instances :—

Archer. If he for life enfeoff in fee

It bars remainders in contingency.

Snagg. If a person says, " he kill'd my wife," No action lies if she be yet alive.

Foster. Justice of Peace may warrant send

To bring before him such as do offend.

The only other instance which at present occurs to us of a poetical Report, is a poor-law case in Burns' Justice, which runs as follows :—

A woman having a settlement

Married a man with none;
The question was, he being dead,

If that she had was gone.

Quoth Sir John Pratt, "Thesettlement

Suspended doth remain,
Living the husband, but him dead,

It doth revive again."

Chorus of the Puisne Judges.

"Living the husband, but him dead,
It doth revive again!"


Lutwychc in speaking of the inconvenience of suffering small debts to be recovered in the superior Courts at Westminster, thus quaintly expresses himself in the law-language of his day :—

"Mes en ceux matters nous doiomus aver greinder regard al benefit del publick que al enlargement de nostre jurisdictions, car si cest action giseroit, la serroit nul remedy en effects pur petits debts en les superior Courts, le attorney pur le pit sovent foits recover le debt et receive l'argent, mes quand le Pit. expect d'aver l'argent del attorney, en lieu de ceo il receive un Bill de son attorney per que ouster le debt receive il est debtor a son attorney; issint que il avoit estre mieux pur luy d'avoir perde son debt, pluis toft que a prendre ceo remedy. (2 Lutw. 1570.)


"The student should begin by reading Littletons Tenures, with extreme attention, meditating on every word, and framing every section into a diagram, abstaining altogether from the Commentary, but perusing Gilbert's Tenures. After this, he should peruse Sir Martin Wright's Tenures, and Mr. Watkins's Treatise on Descents, and then give Littleton's Tenures a second perusal.

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