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nundred yards distant. He looked again But Tom Bobstay miglit as well have --the cut of her sails and rig of her lectured to the bulkhead is to Bryce !-mizen were the same as his own ship :- he was now in a state of confirmed deliand taking up the speaking trumpet that rium, muttering incoherent nonsense, and lay on the binnacle before him, hailed her it was with no little difficulty they got him with—". What ship a-hoy ?". Bryce, into his hammock. By daylight next who was all attention, heard his own morning, they were off the Bar of Ayr, question repeated This was not altoge- and Johnny Smoothwater, the pilot, (as ther according to marine etiquette ; he, there was no surf that morning,) came however, once more shouted—" The along-side ; when Bryce—who was now Golden Thistle of Ayr, Bryce Gullbyland in a high brain-fever, having grown master !” when, to his no small astonish- worse during the night-was carried ment, at the expiration of a few seconds, ashore, supported by two of the pilot's he heard repeated" The Golden Thistle crew to his own house, where Mrs. of Ayr, Bryce Gullbyland master !"- Gullbyland, meeting him at the door, " This is perilous strange !” said he to anxiously inquired :himself: 6 two square-cut topsails, two “ Dear Bryce! sweet Bryce! what taught-rigged mizens, two Golden This- sort of a voyage had you ?".. tles, and two Bryce Gullbylands masters “From Ayr, to Maryland in Virginia ! -it is perilous strange, indeed!” He, exclaimed Bryce. however, thought he would make a little
- What is the matter with you, my more inquiry into the mystery that appear- dear Bryce ?” ed to envelope the two ships, and again shouting—“ From whence, to where ?” • Nor'west Meg will watch the moon, it was instantly repeated back. Bryce, in
And give the current, wind, and tide :desperation, instantly replied—“' From Ayr, to Maryland in Virginia, last from But it is all delusion—all delusion !" the Isle of Skye !" when, to complete his
" My dear brother, the Baillie, is
6. he went horror, he heard in a loud sonorous voice dead!" said Mrs. Gullbyland : “ From Ayr, to Maryland in Virginia, took a surfeit-came home—went to bed
to Maybole, to a spice-and-wine entry*last from the Isle of Skye !"Bryce now, and never rose again !- But he has left us letting go the helm, rushed below, ex
all he had !” claimingą“ Perilous delusion!” and to wind up the catastrophe, he caught Davie
My dear brother dead and gone! Hassel, his cabin-boy, in the very act of Yes, yes-to the Isie of Skye, or the untying Nor’west Meg's bag of fair wind. upland fell !” exclaimed Bryce. This was the climax of poor Bryce's ima
“ Remember yourself—you are now in ginary evils : he immediately bawled out your own comfortable parlour, sitting by “ I have seen it! I have seen it! I
a good sea-coal fire.”. have seen it !”
"Captain of the Golden Thistle of Ayr!” A part of the crew anxiously asked him what he had seen ?-" Why, I have
The skipper, still continuing thus to seen the spectre of the Golden Thistle, interrupt every conversation with these and the wraith of Bryce Gullbyland, and incoherent ravings, was confined to his I'll shortly be a ghost myself :--perilous, room, under the charge of one of the perilous strange
most skilful physicians of Ayr, and soon One of the crew, who had been for- recovered of his malady ; for, a few days ward in the bows during the parley be- after: some of his neighbours saw him twixt Bryce and the spectre ship, now
settling a small account with an inkle
weaver from Beith. For the further incame below, to convince him that the imagined ship was but the shadow of his formation of the reader, Jenny Whitelees, own vessel, reflected by the moon on the having for ever lost her reputation as a face of the ocean !
spaewife, left off reading of cups for the Perilous nonsense !” exclaimed
more profitable practice of reading her Bryce; "true and of verity it is, that Bible ; --and Johnny Towlines was again shadows have no words!”
appointed captain of the Golden Thistle. Why, Captain,” said one of the If there is any moral to be derived from
this tale, it can only amount to this :---we were so near the Craig, Put no trust in augury.—Tales of a seamen, that I could have chucked a biscuit on
Grandmother. the bluff rock that overhangs the Mermaid's Cave, where there is an echo that I have listened to many a moonlight Maybole, that when a candidate to become a
It was an ancient custom in the burgh of night such as this. You should put burgess was the son of a freeman, the fine away these fresh-water vapours--for what levied, being ten shillings sterling, was com. were the words you heard but the echo of muted into a treat of spice and wine, for my own mouth!”
behoof of the town.council.
THE ROYAL OAK.
CUSTOMS OF VARIOUS COUN
TRIES, (No. XVIII.)
THE WHITSUN-ALE. Robur Caroli, Charles's Oak. In the year 1676, the celebrated
astronomer Halley, was sent to St. Helena, a small
This week's number appearing on the island in the Atlantic Ocean, to take a
eve of the holiday season, we think the catalɔgue of the fixed stars which do not following accouut will be found of interrise above our horizon.
est sufficient to be worthy of the atten
tion of our readers. These fixed stars were formed into con
On the Coteswolds in Gloucestershire, stellations and to one of them he gave the is a customary annual meeting at Whitappellation now under consideration in suntide, vulgarly called an Ale or Whitmemory of the tree in which Charles 2nd sun-ale. It is supposed that the true word saved himself from his pursuers after the is Yule, for in the time of Druidism the battle of Worcester.
Feasts of Yule or the Grove were cele. To the circumstance of this conceal. brated in the months of May or Decemment, one of our poets alludes in the ber; and in the north of England, Christsubsequent panegyrical lines
mas is called Christmas Yule and Christoak :
mas Gambols. Yule Games and Yule is
the proper Scotch word for this festival. " The sturdy Oak, These sports are resorted to by great num“ A prince's refuge, once the eternal guard
bers of young people of both sexes, and Of England's throne, by sweating peasants
are conducted in the following manner : fellid, Stem's the vast main, and bears tremendous Two persons are chosen previous to the
meeting to be Lord and Lady of the Too distant or with sovereign sway,
Yule, who dress as suitably as they can Awes the divided world to peace and love."
to the characters they assume.
empty barn, or some such building, is This famous oak was situated near Bos- provided for the Lord's hall, and fitted up cobel House, about the middle of the with seats to accommodate the company. eastern border of Shropshire adjoining Here they assemble to dance and to reto Staffordshire, twenty-six miles from gale in the best manner their circumstanWorcester, and at no great distance from
ces and the place will afford. Each Bridgenorth or Wolverhampton. The
young fellow treats his girl with a ribsolitary dwelling was inhabited by five bon or favour; the Lord and Lady brothers of the name of Penderill, who honour the hall with their presence, atclothed the king in a garb like their own, tended by the steward, sword-bearer, led him into the neighbouring wood, put purse-bearer, and mace-bearer, with their a bill in his hand and pretended to employ several badges or ensigns of office. They themselves in cutting faggots. For a bet- have likewise a page or train-bearer, and ter concealment, he climbed an oak, a jester drest in a party-coloured jacket, where he sheltered himself among the whose ribaldry and gesticulation contrileaves and branches for twenty-four bute not a litile to the entertainment of hours. He saw several soldiers pass by, the company,
The Lord's music, conall were intent in search of the king, and sisting generally of a pipe and tabor, is some expressed in his hearing their earn- employed to conduct the dance. Some est wishes of seizing him. This tree was people think this is a commemoration of afterwarıls denominated the Royal Oak. the ancient drinking, being a day of fesIn commemoration of the just mentioned tivity formerly observed by the tenants event, oak-apples are still worn by many and vassals of the Lord of the Fee within people in several parts of England, par- his manor, the memory of which, on acticularly in Worcester, where the houses count of the jollity of those meetings, are also in general on the 29th of May, the people have thus preserved ever since. the anniversary of Charles's restoration, It may notwithstanding have its rise in profusely decorated with large branches Druidism, as on these occasions they alof oak. Many years ago, Mr. John ways erect a may-pole, which is an emiDay, a worthy but whimsical character nent sign of it. The mace is made of in Wapping, used annually to go and silk, finely plaited with ribbons on the dine on beans and bacon under the oak top, and filled with spices and perfume, Tree at Fairlop, from which circumstance for such of the company to smell to as originated the annual fair held under it. desire it. Does not this afford some light Mr. Day had his coffin made out of a towards discovering the original use, and large arm of this tree, and kept it many account for the name of mace, now
ried in ostentation before the steward of
years by him.
the Court on court days, and before the as one of the most celebrated leaders of chief magistrate in corporations, as the female fashions to be met with in hispresenting of spices by great men at their tory. entertainments was a very ancient prac- In the reign of Henry IV, the long tice.
pocketing sleeve was first brought into use; and a few years after, he first be. came the principal object of fashionable
attention, when a prociamation was JENlustrations of History. issued, that men's shoes should not be
above six inches in breadth over the toes. ON DRESS.
About this period the women, not to be Historians are very sparing in their ac
less ridiculous than the men, raised their counts of the dresses and fashions of their hips by fox-tails under their clothes, which
and it is somewhat unaccountable somewhat resembled our more modern that we may form a better idea of the habits hoops, and the men, piqued to be rivalled both civil and military, in the time of King in absurdity, shortened their garments so John, Henry HI. and the succeeding ages much that it was judged expedient to from their monuments, old glass windows, enact," no person under the dignity of and ancient tepestry, than from the writings lord should wear from that time any gown of the most accurate historiographers of or '
mantle that was not of a sufficient length those periods. We are glad to avail our
to cover his buttocks, in the penalty of selves however of the assistance of Chaucer twenty shillings for every default.” Éven the poet, who describes the dresses in the the clergy caught the fashionable infectime of Richard II.
tion, though it has been asserted, that the “ Alas,” says he, “may not a man see, clergy of England never wore silk or velas in our days, the sinful costly array of vet till they were introduced by Cardinal clothing, and namely, in too much super silk and embroidery were worn by the
Wolsey. Certain it is, however, that fluity of clothing, such that maketh it so dear, to the harm of the people, not only priests in Rome almost as soon as these imthe costs of embroidering, the disguised in- provements in the luxury of dress were indenting or barring, ounding, platting wind- troduced into Europe. ing or bending, and semblable waste of cloth in vanity; but there is alsu the costly furring in their gowns, so much pouncing of chissel to make holes, so much dogging of usatural History, sheirs-forche, with the superfluity in length of the aforesaid gowns, trailing in the dung
THE OAK. and the mire, on horse, and also on foot, as well of man as of woman, that all that trail. ing is verily in effect wasted, consumed, and one which has the advantage of being
It is a beautiful notion of St. Pierre's, and threadbare, and rotten with dung rather than given to the poor. Now, as to the the earth, on its first assumption of form
safe from any positive contradiction, that outrageous array of women, God wot! that though the visages of some of them seem full and laws, appeared clothed, with respect
to the vegetable creation, not only in the chaste and debonnaire, yet notify in her ar
verdure which has been well styled “her ray and attire, licorousness and pride. I
universal robe," but also with trees in say not that honesty in clothing of man or woman is uncoverable, but assert the su
every stage of their existence; an idea periority of disordinate quality of clothing quisite description of their creation :
which Milton has also given us in his exis reproveable.'
About this period a gown called a git, or jacket without sleeves, a loose cloak Rose, as in dance, the stately trees, and spread like a herald's coat of arms, called a ta- Their branches, hung with copious fruit, or bard, short breeches called a court pie, gemm'd and a gorget called a chevesail, were first With blossoms; with high woods the hills
were crown'd, introduced, prior to the use of bands, With tufts the valleys, and each fountain side ; which they afterwards wore about their With borders long the rivers : that earth pow necks.
Seem'd like to Heav'n, a seat where gods might
dwell, Side Saddles for women were brought or wander with delight, and love to haunt in by Anne, wife to Richard II. Before Her sacred shades." this time the ladies rode astride like the
She also introduced a high head Leaving however, for the present, the dress, resembling horns, and long gowns dryads and hamadryads of such enchant with trains, so that she may be considered ing precincts to the poets who have so
weu embodied their existence, we shall sæcula longa, and, when, at length, it turn our attention to “ the stately trees,” is brought to acknowledge the influence and endeavour to ascertain, and to point of time, and becomes " bald with dry out, to such of our readers as may be antiquity," no other production of the desirous to acquire some knowledge of forest can be admitted as its rival in matheir varieties and character, with refer- jestic and venerable decay. The general ence to their appearance and effect in form of the oak is expansive, luxuriant, landscape, the most striking peculiarities and spreading. Its character, both with in each species, and the mode best adapt- respect to its whole, and to its larger mased for their delineation. And there it ses of foliage, is best expressed by the may be well observed, that no set of pencil in bold and roundish lines, wherules or examples, drawn from other ther as single trees, as groups, or as formmen's labours, will be sufficient to forming the line of a distant forest : although an original landscape painter; we can when growing more closely together, they only put the proper implements into the assume a loftier and less spreading aphands of the student, form in him a habit pearance than the more solitary tree, such of accurate perception, and introduce as Mason has so beautifully described in him to the objects best adapted for his pen- his Caractacus : cil : it is for him to find his own path for the future, and penetrate into the solitudes
" Behold yon oak, and the recesses of the forest, where every
How stern he frowns, and with his broad broad thing will be congenial to his pursuit, Chills the pale plain beneath him.” and where he will not have to compla in the elegant language of Quintilian,- But whilst, as an entire object, these " Quare silvarum amænitas, et præter- curved lines are sufficient to express the labentia flumina, et inspirantes ramis ar- general peculiarity of its outline, as well borum auræ, volucrumque cantus et ipsa as the larger masses of its foliage, when late circumspiciendi libertas, ad se tra- we come to examine the oak more closely hunt; ut mihi remittere potius voluptas and in detail, we find that a greater variety ista videatur cogitationem, quam inten- of line must be adopted to display its sin
- Wherefore the sweet tran- gular proportions, so indicative of energy quillity of the woods, the liquid lapse of and boldness. The trunk and limbs are murmuring streams, the soft whisperings characterised by their amazing strength, of the summer air amid the boughs, the and by their comparative shortness and melodies of birds, and the unrestrained crookedness; and the branches by their freedom that the eye enjoys, all attract the numerous contortions and abrupt angles, mind to themselves, so that these delights and by the great variety which they exappear to me rather to interrupt than to hibit of straight and of crooked lines, and promote our meditations."
by their frequent tendency to a horizontal European trees may, by the painter, direction. be divided into four classes : the round- Not unfrequently, however, the forms topped, as the oak, chesnut, elm, willow, of the limbs and branches are entirely ash, beech, &c.; the spiry-topped, as concealed by the exuberancy of foliage, the different species of the fir-tribe ; the as is the case in the Bounds-Park oak, shaggy topped, comprehending those of and more particularly in that magnificent the pine ; and the slender-formed, as the living canopy,--nulli penetrabilis astro, Lombardy-poplar and the cypress. In impervious to the day,-(fully described the first of these classes, foremost in dig- in the Sylva Britannica,) the Chandos nity and grandeur, the oak stands pre- oak Southgate, which, although not eminent, and like the lion among beasts, exactly a painter's tree, is unquestionably is the undoubted lord of the forest. unrivalled for regular beauty and plentiBeauty, united with strength, character- tude of shade. The oak, also, is occasiises all its parts.
The leaves, elegant onally found to present an extremely in their outline, are strongly ribbed, and graceful and pleasing figure, as is remarkfirmly attached to the spray, which, al- ably the case with the celebrated oak at though, slim and excursive, is yet bold, Lord Cowper's. This tree, above a cenand determined in its angles, whilst the tury ago, was well known as the great abrupt and tortuous irregularity of its oak at Panshanger. massive branches, admirably contrasts There is also a beautiful tree of the with the general richness and density of same description, at Lord Darnley's seat its clustered foliage. Even as a sapling, at Cobham, which, being protected from in its slender gracefulness, it exhibits the depredations cat:le, enjoys the sufficient firmness and indications of vi- most perfect freedom of growth, extendgour, to predicate the future monarch of ing " its latitude of boughs" in every the wood ; a state, indeed, which it is direction, and drooping its clustered foli slow to assume, but which it retains per age to the very ground.
FRANK HAYMAN AND BEAU NASH. Hayman the artist and Beau Nash
having one evening been rioting in a THE PLOUGHMAN THAT SAID HIS PATER- tavern, were returning intoxicated, when NOSTER.
Nash fell into a kennel, his companion The following is from a scarce jest in endeavouring to raise him, fell down book printed in black letter early in the also, on which Nash muttered. “ What's sixteenth century; the volume is in the the use of troubling yourself ? the watch Roxburgh collection :
will come by soon, and they will take us “ A rude uplandisshe ploughman, both up.' whiche on
a tyme reprovynge a good holy father, says that he coude saye all
WHEN the ambitious potentate of his prayers with a hole mynde, and Russia, determined to make war upon stedfast intention, without thinkyng on the Turks, and had taken Oczakoff as a any other thynge. To whome the good beginning, Mr. Pitt thought it necessary holy man sayde, go to, saye one Pater- to interfere for the purpose of saving the noster to the ende, and thynke on no
Mussulman Empire. In this he was other thynge : and I will gyve the myn completely successful without going to horse. That I shall do quod [quoth] the war, but while
the result was in suspense, ploughman, and so began to saye Pater the Minister, going one morning to the noster, qui es in celis, tyll he came to king's levee, was encountered on the sanctifecetur nomen tuum, and then his stairs by a fribbling, peer, richly emthought moved him to aske this question, broidered, who thinking it an honour to yea, but shall I have the sadil and brides speak to so distinguished a character, withal.” And so he lost his bargain. said, “ Well Mr. Pitt, how is it to be?
are we to have peace or war ?" The MiDESCRIPTION OF A PERFECT GREYHOUND,
nister smiled, and replied, “ Really my. Gervase Markham, in his Country Con- lord, I cannot say, I have not seen the tentments, printed in 1615, gives the fol. newspapers this morning." owing quaint advice to Greyhound choosers:
This nobleman whose puns have gain
ed him so much notoriety reading a paIf you will have a good tike, Of which there are few like,
ragraph in a newspaper last week, in He must be headed like a snake,
which it is stated that the bust of GranNeck't like a drake,
ville Sharpe cost the City of London Back’t like a beam, Sided like a bream,
£200, and the dinners, &c. for the ComTailed like a batt,
mittee, a further sum of £50.-" Why, And footed like a catt,
not,” said his Lordship,“ where they not
a Committee of Taste ?" BRIEF HISTORY If a table of fame like that in the Tat
SYMPATHY IN A PUN. ler were to be formed of men of real and They spoke of illness, fees, of trade and
A doctor and an undertaker met: indisputable genius in every country,
says debt; Walpole, Inigo Jones would save Eng- and well they might, for such a dismal day land from the disgrace of not having her Never was known for coughs and deaths to representative among the arts. She adopt, Parting in fog,--they both exclaimed together,
clay ed Holbein and Vandyke, she borrowed " Good morning t’ye ;-this is rare coffin Rubens, but she produced Inigo Jones.
P. Vitruvius drew his grammar, Palladic shewed him the practice, Rome displayed the man who lives most happy with
A PARADOX TRANSLATED. a theatre worthy of his emulation, and Lives not so long as he that lives in strife. King Charles was ready to encourage,
P. employ, and reward his talents. Such is
THE REV. MR. FAWKES. the history of Inigo Jones as a genius.
The Rev. Mr. Fawkes, in the year 1739, being, at that time, curate of Don
caster, thought fit to preach a sermon on A lawyer with great knowledge, great the erection of an organ in the church; sophistry, and no justice; an eminent phy- after having wound up his imagination to sician with little skill or conduct; a the highest pitch, in praise of church preacher without any conscience ; a quar- music, he adds, addressing himself to the relsome knight at arms; a politician with organ, “ But what ! O what! what shall out principles; and a man of letters, who I call thee by? thou divine box of eternally dogmatizes.
THE PLAGUES OF A SMALL TOWN.