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mote as 300 years before the in- the departure of all earthly great

vasion of England by William theness.

Conqueror.

The object that claims the first and most general inquiry of the visitors is the humble dwelling

"His sacred foot, thro' many a distant day,

Has press'd the verge of Avon's wa

tery way."

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 heighten 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 of trees, from which the eye can

age crown'd,

No fluted remnants deck the hallow'd but at intervals catch a glimpse of the edifice, which at length,

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gliding by its base, alone disturbs the silence, presents a scene at once impressive and grand.

The fabric is principally of wholly expanding itself to the wood, and its outside presents to view, and seen in conjunction the eye a 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 worthy of observation, except the humble room where this great “painter of mankind” first drew his breath. Shakspeare did not always live on this spot; the latter part of his life was spent in a The pleasing simplicity which house situated in New Street, and every object assumes, and the adjoining the Guildhall. It is de-chaste style in which every orna→ scribed by Dugdale in his history ment is executed, contrasted and of Warwickshire, as being "a very mingled with the grandeur refair house, built of brick and timber."

In the interior of the building there is much to attract and fix the attention of the observer.—

flected from its lofty and highlycoloured windows, adds much to 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 habiand now lie buried in the dust," tation of death and the resting but the Collegiate Church still place of those whose hands have braves the wreck of ages, and forgotten their cunning. In this stands as a beacon to point us to situation the mind, 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.

I shall forbear trespassing longer on your pages, and only briefly notice in conclusion, that, to the honour of its inhabitants, every possible respect has been paid to the memory of its Bard. In September, 1767, a Jubilee was celebrate 1, under the direction of Garrick and several other gentlemen of distinction and a statue was erected to his memory in the town hall. But they who celebrated this festival, like the poet whose memory they cherished, have retired to "that bourne from whence no traveller returns," and their efforts may be forgotten; but his name is immortalized, his fame shall live in song, and beings

turally revert to the occurances of periods "long since gone by," whilst remembrance whispering to it that the spot then in view enshrines all that was mortal of the sweet poet of nature, of the matchless Shakspeare, raises it to the highest pitch of its feeling, and bids it seek his tomb to drop the tear of sensibility over his dust. This monument is situated in the chancel, against the north wall. In the bust which is intended to represent him he appears in the attitude of inspiration, with a cushion before him, holding a pen in his right hand, and his left resting on a scroll. The bust, with the ornaments, were originally painted to resemble the yet unborn, charmed with the colours of life, conformably to magic the prevailing taste of the times souls, in which the monument was erected; the eyes being of a light

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spell he holds over their shall, in his own words, unanimously exclaim,

"Take him for all in all,

hazel and the hair and beard au- We ne'er shall look upon his like again."

TROJAN WAR.

There are circumstances in the history of the British Islands, bearing so close an analogy to some of the most remarkable events in Homer's history of the Trojan War, which, as they afford

burn, The monument is fixed under an arch, between Corinthian columns of black marble, with gilded bases and capitals supporting the entablature; above which, and surmounted by a death's head, are carved his arms, and on each side is a small figure, in a sitting posture, one holding in his left hand a spade, the other, whose 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 design-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.*.

ers.

J. W. D.

SIR HUGH ACKLAND.

Bart. of Devon. apparently died The late Sir Hugh Ackland of a fever, and was laid out as such. The nurse, with two of the footmen, sat up with the corpse, and the weather being

sent them a bottle of brandy to drink in the night, one of the servants told the other that "the old boy, their master, dearly loved a little brandy when he was alive, and he resolved that he should

Exploits like that of Paris, were, in the 12th century, not uncommon in Ireland. In a lower line they have been frequent still in our days; but in that age popular opinion was so favourable to them, that even princes, like Jason, and Paris, gloried in such proofs of gallantry and spirit. Dermot king of Leinster, accordingly formed a design on Devorghal, a celebrated beauty, wife of extremely cold, Lady Ackland O'Ruark, king of Leitrim; and between force and fraud, he succeeded in carrying her offO'Ruark resented the affront, as might be expected. He procured a confederacy of neighbouring chieftains, with the king of Connaught, the most powerful prince of Ireland, at their head. Leinşter was invaded, the princess was recovered, and, after hostilities, continued with various success during many years, Dermot was expelled from his kingdom. Thus far the resemblance holds with exactness. The sequel differs for the rape of Devorghal, beyond comparison in celebrity had yet consequences far more important than the rape of Helen.a young gentleman who slept in The fugitive Dermot, deprived of the house that night, who got up every other hope, applied to the and went immediately to the room powerful monarch of the neighbouring island, Henry II.; and in return for assistance, to restore him his dominions, offered to hold them in vassalage of the crown of

take one glass now he was dead." The fellow accordingly poured out a bumper, and forced it down his throat. A gargling immediately ensued, with a violent emotion of the neck and upper part of the breast. The other footman and nurse were so terrified that they ran down stairs and the brandy genius hastening away with rather too much speed tuinbled down head foremost. The

noise of his fall and cries alarmed

• Mr. Hume; in his History of England, has written the name of the heroine of this story OMACH. Dr. Leland's History of Ireland is here followed, with which Mr. Hume's more sufficiently tallies. Lord Lyttleton, in his Hisabridged account, in all material circumstances writes the names nearly as Dr. Leland. tory of Henry 11. both wates the facts, and

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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.

Ivory Turners, who are esteemed very curious Artists.

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 their patient to health, and he lived several years afterwards. The Baronet often told the story, and when he really died, left the brandy footman a handsome annuity.

Travels.

S. T.

An Abridgement of the Travels of a
Gentleman through France, Italy,
Turkey in Europe, the Holy Land,
Arabia, Egypt, &c.

Having made a short stay in this place, about the middle of April we set out for Rouen, one of the largest, best peopled, and most ancient cities in France. This city stands on the river Seine, which is deep enough to admit ships of considerable burden close to the quay. The bridge, which was formerly of stone, is now of boats, paved like a street, and so artfully contrived, as to rise and fall with the tide. The 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 ciently 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 Port we could make was Dieppe. Dieppe, one of the best ports 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

gate of the church is a Triumphal arch in honour of king Henry the fourth, with emblems

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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 a triThere 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 waterworks is elegant, and the representations extremely natural.

Having received so much satisfaction at this place, we were easily induced to step out of our road,

We left Rouen, passed through Poissy, and arrived at St. Germain's, which is pleasantly situated on a hill near the Seine, about ten miles from Paris. Here 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. | ticularly delighted with the grand

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