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court-yard formed by the quadrangle, the brethren; Lord Liverpool then rose, afforded ample accommodation to ladies and throwing a biscuit into the middle of and other respectable persons. In the the hall, his example was followed by the mean time, the hall on the east side was rest of the brethren. Shouts of laughter under preparation within, and the door arose, and a general scramble took place. strictly guarded by constables stationed This scene continued about ten minutes, without; an assemblage of well-dressed successive baskets being brought in and females and their friends, agreeably di- thrown among the assembly, until such as versified the lawn. From eleven until chose to join in the scramble were suptwelve o'clock, parties of two or three plied; the banner-bearers of the Trinitywere so fortunate as to find favour in the house, in their rich scarlet dresses and eyes of Mr. Snaggs, the gentleman who badges, who had accompanied the procesconducted the arrangements, and gained sion into the hall, increased the merrientrance. The ball is a spacious handsome ment by their superior activity. A proroom, wherein divine service is performed cession was afterwards formed, as before, twice a-week, and public business, as on to Deptford old church, where divine this occasion, transacted within a space service was performed, and Dr. Spry somewhat elevated, and railed off by being appointed to preach before the balustrades. On getting within the brethren, he delivered a sermon from doors, the eye was struck by the unex- Psalm cxlv. 9. “ The Lord is good to all, pected appearance of the boarded floor; and his tender mercies are over all his it was strewed with green rushes, the use works." The discourse being ended, the of which by our ancestors, who lived master and brethren retumed in procesbefore floors were in existence, is well sion to their state barges, which lay at the known. The reason for continuing the stairs of Messrs. Gordon & Co, anchor practice here, was not so apparent as the smiths. They were then rowed back to look itself was pleasant, by bringing the the Tower, where they had embarked, in simple manners of other times to recol- order to return to the Trinity-house from lection. At about one o'clock, the sound whence they had set out. Most of the of music having announced that lord vessels in the river hoisted their colours Liverpool and his associate brethren had in honour of the corporation, and salutes arrived within the outer gate, the hall were fired from different parts on shore. doors were thrown open, and the proces. The Trinity-yacht, which lay off St. sion entered. His lordship wore the star George's, near Deptford, was completely of the garter on a plain blue coat, with hung with the colours of all nations, and Scarlet collar and cuffs, which dress, being presented a beautiful appearance. Indeed the Windsor uniform, was also worn by the whole scene was very delightful, and the other gentlemen. They were pre- created high feelings in those who recol. ceded by the rev. Dr. Spry, late of Bir- lected that to the brethren of the Trinity mingham, now of Langham church, Port- are confided some of the highest functions land-place, in full canonicals. After that are exercised for the protection of taking their seats at the great table within life and property on our coasts and seas. the balustrades, it was proclaimed, that this being Trinity Monday, and therefore, according to the charter, the day for To the Editor of the Every-Day Book. electing the master, deputy-master, and elder brethren of the holy and undivided
Dear Sir, Trinity, the brethren were required to Though I have not the pleasure of a proceed to the election. Lord Liverpool, personal acquaintance, I know enough to being thereupon nominated master, was persuade me that you are no every-day elected by a show of hands, as were his body. The love of nature seems to form coadjutors in like manner. The election so prominent a trait in your character, concluded, large silver and silver-gilt that I, who am also one of her votaries, cups, richly embossed and chased, filled can rest no longer without communicating with cool drink, were handed round; and with you on the subject. I like, too, the the doors being thrown open, and the sober and solitary feeling with which you anxious expectants outside allowed to ruminate over by-gone pleasures, and enter, the ball was presently filled, and a scenes wherein your youth delighted : merry scene ensuedLarge baskets filled for, though I am but young myself, I have with biscuits were laid on the table before witnessed by far too many changes, and
have had cause to indulge too frequently of modern day. Give me the “ musical in such cogitations.
pyping” and pleasaunte songes” of I am a “Surrey-man," as the worthy olden tyme, and I care not whether any author of the « Athena Oxon." would more “ ditees" of the kind are concocted say: and though born with a desire to till doomsday. ramble, and a mind set on change, I have But I must not leave the singing of never till lately had an opportunity of birds where I found it: I love to hear strolling so far northward as “ould Isel- the nightingales emulating each other, ton," or "
merry Islington':”-you may and forming, by their“ sweet jug jug," á také which reading you please, but I pre means of communication from one skirt fer the first. But from the circumstance of the wood to the other, while
every tree of your
6 walk out of London having seems joying in the sun's first rays. There been directed that way, and having led is such a wildness and variety in the note, you into so pleasant a mood, I am in- that I could listen to it, unwearied, for duced to look for similar enjoyment in hours. The dew still lies on the ground, my rambling excursions through its and there is a breezy freshness about us: “ 'town-like" and dim atmosphere. I as our walk is continued, a “ birdę of am not ashamed to declare, that my taste songe, and mynstrell of the woode," in these matters differs widely from that holds the tenor of its way across the path: of the great and good ” Johnson; who, but it is no noiseless tenor." “ Sweet though entitled, as a constellation of no jug, jug, jug,” says the olde balade :ordinary “brilliance," to the high sounding name of “ the Great Bear," (which I “Sweet jug, jug, jug, am not the first to appropriate to him,) The nightingale doth sing, seems to have set his whole soul on From morning until evening, “ bookes olde," and “ modern authors" As they are hay-making." of every other description, while the book of nature, which was schooling the negro Was this “songe” put into their throats wanderer of the desert, proffered nothing " aforen ye this balade ywritten was ?" to arrest his attention!Day unto day I doubt it, but in later day Wordsworth was uttering speech, and night unto and Conder have made use of it; but they night showing knowledge; the sun was are both poets of nature, and might have going forth in glory, and the placid moon fancied it in the song itself.
walking in brightness;" and could he I look to my schoolboy. days as the close his ears, and revert his gaze ?—“De happiest I ever spent: but I was never gustibus nil disputandum” I cannot say, a genius, and laboured under habitual for I do most heartily protest against his laziness, and love of ease : “ the which,” taste in such matters.
as Andrew Borde says, “ doth much “The time of the singing of birds is comber young persones." I often rose come," but, what is the worst of it, all for a “lark,” but seldom with it, though
songsters" are not “ feathered." I have more than once “ cribbed out” There is a noted “ Dickey” bird, who betimes, and always found enough to took it into his head, so long ago as the reward me for it. But these days are 25th of December last, to “ sing through gone by, and you will find below all I the heavens,"*_but I will have nothing have to say of the matter “collected into to do with the “ Christemasse Caroles” English metre:"
Years of my boyhood ! have you passed away?
Days of my youth and have you fled for ever?
Scenes of young hope, which time has failed to sever
The memory of those times will perish never,
No human step the slumbering earth has prest :
There is a weight of sorrow on my breast :
Vide a Christmas Carol, by Richard Ryan, in Time's Telescope for the present year.
Life, light, and joy, his smiling beams beget,
But yield they aught, to soothe a mind distrest;
But I must sympathize with you in your reflections, amid those haunts which are endeared by many a tie, on the decay wrought by time and events. An old house is an old friend; a dingy “ tenement” is a poor relation, who has seen better days ; " it looks, as it would look its last," on the surrounding innovations, and wakes feelings in my bosom which have no vent in words. It3 “ imbowed windows," projecting each story beyond the other, go to disprove Bacon's notion, that “ hovses are made to live in, and not to look on :" they give it a browbeating air, though its days of “pomp and circumstance" are gone by, and have left us cheerlessly to muse and mourn over its ruins :Ob! I can gaze, and think it quite a treat, So they be old, on buildings grim and
shabby; I love within the church's walls to greet Some “olde man” kneeling, bearded like a
rabbi, Who never prayed himself, but has a whim That you'll “orate,” that is—“ praye" for
him. But this has introduced me to another and an equally pleasing employ; that of traversing the aisles of our country churches, and “ meditating among the tombs.” I dare not go farther, for I am such an enthusiast, that I shall soon write down your patience.
You expressed a wish for my name and address, on the cover of your third part; I enclose them: but I desire to be known to the public by no other designation than my old one.
I am, dear sir,
Erected in the old Market-place at Rouen, CHRONOLOGY.
on the spot whereon 1431. Joan of Arc, the maid of Or
Joan of Arc leans was burnt. This cruel death was inflicted on her, in consequence of the remarkable events hereafter narrated. In the petty town of Neufchateau, on Her memory is revered by Frenchmen, the borders of Lorraine, there lived a and rendered more , popular, through a country girl of twenty-seven years of age, poem by Voltaire, eminent for its wit and called Joan d'Arc. She was servant in a licentiousness. One of our own poets, small inn, and in that station had been Dr. Southey, has an epic to her honour. accustomed to ride the horses of the
guests, without a saddle, to the watering- inspiration could have discovered to her : place, and to perform other offices, which, and that she demanded, as the instrument in well-frequented inns, commonly fall to of her future victories, a particular sword, the share of the men-servants. This girl which was kept in the church of St. Cawas of an irreproachable life, and had not therine of Fierbois, and which, though hitherto been remarked for any singu- she had never seen it, she described by all larity. The peculiar character of Charles, its marks, and by the place in which it so strongly inclined to friendship, and the had long lain neglected. This is certain, tender passions, naturally rendered him that all these miraculous stories were the hero of that sex whose generous minds spread abroad, in order to captivate the know no bounds in their affections. The vulgar. The more the king and his siege of Orleans, the progress of the Eng- ministers were determined to give in to lish before that place, the great distress of the illusion, the more scruples they prethe garrison and inhabitants, the import- tended. An assembly of grave doctors ance of saving this city, and its brave de- and theologians cautiously examined fenders, had turned thither the public Joan's mission, and pronounced it une eye ; and Joan, inflamed by the general doubted and supernatural. She was sent sentiment, was seized with a wild desire to the parliament, then at Poictiers, who of bringing relief to her sovereign in his became convinced of her inspiration. A present distresses.
Her unexperienced ray of hope began to break through that, mind, working day and night on this fa- despair in which the minds of all men vourite object, mistook the impulses of were before enveloped. She was armed passion for heavenly inspirations; and cap-a-pee, mounted on horseback, and she fancied that she saw visions, and shown in that martial habiliment before heard voices, exhorting her to reestablish the whole people. the throne of France, and to expel the Joan was sent to Blois, where a large conforeign invaders. An uncommon intre- voy was prepared for the supply of Orpidity of temper, made her overlook all leans, and an army of ten thousand men, the dangers which might attend. her in under the command of St. Severe, assemsuch a path ; and, thinking herself des- bled to escort it; she ordered all the tined by heaven to this office, she threw soldiers to confess themselves before they aside all that bashfulness and timidity so set out on the enterprise; and she displayed natural to her sex, her years, and her low in her hands a consecrated banner, wherestation. She went to Vaucouleurs; pro on the Supreme Being was represented, cured admission to Baudricourt, the go- grasping the globe of earth, and survernor; informed him of her inspirations rounded with flower-de-luces. and intentions; and conjured him not to The English affected to speak with deneglect the voice of God, who spoke rision of the maid, and of her heavenly through her, but to second those heavenly commission; and said, that the French revelations which impelled her to this king was now indeed reduced to a sorry glorious enterprise. Baudricourt treated pass, when he had recourse to such ridicuher, at first, with some neglect; but, on sous expedients. As the convoy approached her frequent returns to him, he gave her the river, a sally was made by the garrisome attendants, who conducted her to son on the side of Beausse, to prevent the the French court, which at that time re- English general from sending any detach. sided at Chinon.
ment to the other side: the provisions It is pretended, that Joan, immediately were peaceably embarked in boats, which on her admission, knew the king, though the inhabitants of Orleans had sent to she had never seen his face before, and receive them : the maid covered with her though he purposely kept himself in the troops the embarkation : Suffolk did not crowd of courtiers, and had laid aside venture to attack her; and Joan entered every thing in his dress and apparel which the city of Orleans arrayed in her military might distinguish him : that she offered garb, and displaying her consecrated him, in the name of the supreme Creator, standard. She was received as a celestial to raise the siege of Orleans, and conduct deliverer by all the inhabitants, who now him to Rheims, to be there crowned and believed themselves invincible under her anointed ; and, on his expressing doubts influence. Victory followed upon victory, of her mission, revealed to him, before and the spirit resulting from a long course some sworn confidants, a secret, which of uninterrupted success was on a sudder was unknown to all the world beside transferred from the conquerors to the himself, and which nothing but a heavenly conquered The maid called aloud, that
the garrison should remain no longer on bis side in complete armour, displaying the defensive. The generals seconded her her sacred banner, which had so often ardour: an attack was made on the Eng- dissipated and confounded his fiercest lish intrenchments, and all were put to enemies. The people shouted with un, the sword, or taken prisoners. Nothing, feigned joy on viewing such a complicaafter this success, seemed impossible to tion of wonders, and after the completion the maid and her enthusiastic votaries; of the ceremony, the maid threw herself yet, in one attack, the French were re at the king's feet, embraced his knees, pulsed; the maid was left almost alone; and with a flood of tears, which pleasure she was obliged to retreat; but displaying and tenderness extorted from her, she her sacred standard, she led them back to congratulated him on this singular and the charge, and overpowered the English marvellous event. in their intrenchments. In the attack of The duke of Bedford, who was regent another fort, she was wounded in the during the minority of Henry VI., endeaneck with an arrow; she retreated a mo- voured to revive the declining state of his ment behind the assailants; pulled out affairs by bringing over the young king of the arrow with her own hands; had the England, and having him crowned and wound quickly dressed ; hastened back to anointed at Paris. The maid of Orleans, head the troops ; planted her victorious after the coronation of Charles, declared to banner on the ramparts of the enemy; the count of Dunois, that her wishes were returned triumphant over the bridge, and now fully gratified, and that she had no was again received as the guardian angel farther desire than to return to her foriner of the city. After performing such mi- condition and to the occupation and racles, it was in vain even for the English course of life which became her sex: but generals to oppose with their soldiers the that nobleman, sensible of the great adprevailing opinion of supernatural influ- yantages which might still be reaped from ence: the utmost they dared to advance her presence in the army, exhorted her to was, that Joan was not an instrument of persevere, till, by the final expulsion of God, but only the implement of the devil. the English, she had brought all her proIn the end the siege of Orleans was raised, phecies to their full completion. In purand the English thought of nothing but suance of this advice, she threw herself of making their retreat, as soon as pos- into the town of Compiegne, which was sible, into a place of safety ; while the at that time besieged by the duke of BurFrench esteemed the overtaking them gundy, assisted by the earls of Arundel equivalent to a victory. So much had the and Suffolk ; and the garrison, on her apevents which passed before this city pearance, believed themselves thenceforth altered every thing between the two na- invincible. But their joy was of short tions! The raising of the siege of Orleans duration. The maid, next day after her was one part of the maid's promise to arrival (25th of May,) headed a sally upon Charles: the crowning of him at Rheims the quarters of John of Luxembourg ; she was the other: and she now vehemently twice drove the enemy from their intrenchinsisted that he should forthwith set out ments; finding their numbers to increase on that enterprise. A few weeks before, every moment, she ordered a retreat ; such a proposal would have appeared the when hard pressed by the pursuers, she most extravagant in the world. Rheims turned upon them, and made them again lay in a distant quarter of the kingdom; recoil; but being here deserted by her was then in the hands of a victorious friends, and surrounded by the enemy, enemy; the whole road which led to it she was at last, after exerting the utmost was occupied by their garrisons; and no valour, taken prisoner by the Burgunman could be so sanguine as to imagine dians. The common opinion was, that the that such an attempt could so soon come French officers, finding the merit of every within the bounds of possibility. The victory ascribed to her, had, in envy to enthusiasm and influence of Joan pre- her renown, by which they themselves vailed over all obstacles. Charles set out were so much eclipsed, willingly exposed for Rheims at the head of twelve thousand her to this fatal accident. men : he passed Troye, which opened its A complete victory would not have gates to him: Chalons imitated the ex- given more joy to the English and their ample: Rheims sent him a deputation with partisans. The service of Te Deum, its keys, before his approach to it; and which has so often been profaned by the ceremony of his coronation was there princes, was publicly celebrated on this performed, with the maid of Orleans by fortunate event at Paris. The duke of