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the knew them well, they inspired Shelley, R’yal Suvriu. The waves carr’ed her whether he was aware of it or not, slap on to the top o' the beach, and with much of the descriptive poetry tbeer her stuck. Many a one's bin in “ Alastor,” and “Prometheus Ungrounded into matches agin our beach ; bound.” St. Leonard's Forest is very but o’ry one, as I knows on, 'as bin different, no doubt, from “the lone carr’ed to the top on ul and left theer." Chorasmian shore " or the.“ Etherial He paused so long that we prepared cliffs of Caucasus.” But it is so

a paralo take our departure; the sun had dise of wildernesses ; and we all already taken his, and the shadows know how the eye of genius enlarges were turning on the beach to a deep and expands what it beholds into a purple. The old fellow bad talked him- wonder - world, large and luminous self almost into geniality, to which we enough to satisfy its own transfiguring attributed his parting piece of advice, imagination. As a boy, Shelley must tinged though it was with a spice of bave often wandered under what would professional jealousy : “You kin goo seem to him a boundless canopy of and zee the Noo Church up yender, if leaves, and through bracken that sugyou like ; but 'lis all noo-like open gested to him the growth of tropical L'anybody ; aud no un to talk and tell jungles. He was never in the East, 'ee nothun about nothun."

and his descriptions of semi-tropical Accompanied by the cradles, their scenery are descriptions, for the most owner emitting an occasional gruff bar part, of English forests, made more or two to intimate he was still on duty, grandiose and colossal to suit the aswe returned up the lane. Our driver sumed locality. But even here, how - his knocking knees matched his un-English Shelley was, and how much weak shoulders — freely proffered to more accurately he afterwards deconduct us to the New Church, as he scribed Italian landscape, sea, and sky, let down the steps of our vehicle. To than he did those of the land of his his evident relief, as also to the evi- own race ! He seemed at birth to be dent gratification of our late guide, who impregnated with the spirit of that lingered to hear the result, we declined year, 1792, in which he was born, and further questing of churches, for that to be a true cosmopolitan son of the day at least. As we turned to give French Revolution. One cannot help a last look, Narrowseas Church had thinking of him once again, when in again apparently sunk into the earth; the county of his origin, and driving but we could bear the lulling voice of through the scenes amid which his its ancient enemy plashing rhythmi- childhood was passed.

Has it ever cally against the pebble terraces of its been remarked that Sussex gave birth rampart.

to no less than four of our English
poets, - Otway, Fletcher, Collins, and
Shelley ? That, I suppose, should be

set down to its honor. But in none of
From The Spectator. them perhaps were blood and judg-
HAUNTS OF ANCIENT PEACE.

ment so commingled ” as they might And one, an English home. Grey twilight poured have been. Pacem summa tenent. Se

On dewy pastures, dewy trees,
Softer than sleep; all things in order stored,

renity sits upon the heights ; and the A haunt of ancient peace.

loftiest minds are haunts of ancient TENNYSON, “The Palace of Art.”

peace. The indulgent Chaucer, bis

strong, healthy English imagination lit To see one familiar with the leafy by a luminous smile ; the high-bred solitudes, the casual runnels, and the Spenser, an English gentleman, if ever entangled boughs of St. Leonard's For- there was one, and the author of the est, so accessible from Field Place, it! memorable line :

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The noblest mind the best contentment | much as by their genius. Sussex, it

must be owned, produced none of the catholic Shakespeare, so catholic these, meet nurse though indeed it that, in an age of furious theological is for a poetic child, with its pastoral controversy, you cannot say whether downs, as little changed since the time he was a Catholic or a Protestant; the of Egbert as the sea itself on which austere Milton, a trifle too austere per- they look, with its undulating stretches haps, yet making amends for his aus- of silent woodland, and, perhaps, most terity by the sublime uses to which he of all, with its deep-rutled miry laues, put it; Wordsworth, the proud and where hedgerow and wild flower have blameless recluse, who loved England it all their own way, and in late sumwith almost too narrow and insular a mer or early autumn, call it which you passion ; and finally, he whom we lost will, have a special and surprising but yesterday, and who, when a great charm for the loiterer. Never have I politician was once announced, ob- seen such bramble-flowers, whether of served : “I suppose I must see him ; the blackberry or of the dewberry, as but I dislike these fellows, they do not in the lanes round Storrington, where love their country ; are not these I passed a couple of reposeful days. the names we think of, when we want The pink-llowered bramble was everyto recall those who have the most where entangled and intertwined with accurately expressed the mind and the wild jessamine, doubly christened heart of England, have the most maiden's bower and traveller's joy, fondly, yet faithfully, described its - maiden's bower, if you halt to rest ; scenery, and have the most strikingly traveller's joy, if you resume your reflected in their lives its weighty and pack and trudge on again. The days. unwayward character ? For there is a are yet fairly remote when it will be poetic as well as an apostolic succes- known by neither designation, and sion ; and contrasted with the long live children with no dread of winter will of those supreme pontiffs of English playfully call it old man's beard. Chilpoetry, will not Shelley figure, notwith-dren were already about, for hoppingstanding his unsurpassed lyrical genius, time was soon to be here, and the almost as a brilliant heresiarch ?

elementary schools liad hardly set them Such, at least, was the question free from their tasks ; and everywhere which, without presuming 'to answer there were signs that they had passed, it; one perhaps not unnaturally pro- by hazel-nuts gathered before they pounds when driving through scenes were ripe, and by wild flowers plucked where a great Sussex poet learned in but to be fung away. : That, perhaps, suffering, if of a somewhat imaginary secms peculiarly childish in its bootless. kind, what he taught in song. I wantonness. But is it not better than thought, loo --- for one cauuot well help gatliering artificial weeds, as too many moralizing as one leisurely traverses grown-up children do, only likewise to one's native land in genial August throw them away ? I was startled by Weather what a fortunate circum- seeing approach a monk in long white stance it has been for the English peo- habit, bareheaded and tonsured, and ple, that they can respect as well as for a moment I thought I must have admire their greatest writers; whose been dreaming, and that was not in names are not Rabelais, La Fontaine, Sussex, but in Tuscany. The lane was Voltaire, Rousseau, who, by reason of so

we could not well have so much that is unpleasing in them, passed each other without a greeting, must be held to wear their laurel with even had either desired to do so. But a difference; but Chaucer, Spenser, he had the line manners, as well as the Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Ten- saintly look, of the monastic recluse, nyson, all good reputable citizens, all and we soon in intimate disa pillars of the Commonwealth, strength- course. His order, he told me, was the ening England by their conduct'as | Premonstratentiani — from Pré Montré,

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'in France, where their founder, St. This aspect of ancientness, which Norbert, though not a Frenchman, I perforce is associated with the feeling thiuk, centuries ago established their of peace, and which greets you almost head house — aud his own little abbey everywhere in the counties through or convent was close by. Would I not which we drove, is most noticeable, I see it ?

His name was Brother Ga-thiuk, just when summer is passing briel, for he was as yet not ordained into autumn. The year then is begin. priest, and he rather thought, but was ning, like the scene, to wear the touch not quite sure, he should start that of age, and the two conspire without night for America. He named this as effort to deepen the sense of quietude. simply as I should have named my In a place like Midhurst, which seems next driving stage, and it seemed no to have admitted a new dwelling or more important to him. Such, I con- two under protest, the beautiful ruin clude, is the result of holy obedience. of Cowdray deepens the spell of longHe took me in, showed me the little transmitted tranquillity. How is it chapel, the little refectory, the little that when country houses of some library, and then said he must notify to pretension have to be built or rebuilt, the prior what he had done, who would the architect is not bidden humbly to bimself bid me welcome. The prior, copy some fair original such as Cowand the remaining members of the dray must liave been, or as Shaw community, a mere haudful, are of House and Bramshill, for instance, still French nationality, and have all the are? It grieves one to see fair opporcourtesy of their race. I kuow that tunities of completing the grace of Kent and Sussex have always been stately park or antique chase thrown homes of anti-Papal Puritanism, and I away by a too liberal toleration of doubl if they have abated their repug- pseudo-originality. When an art bas dance to Ronie. But here, in a Sussex once reached perfection, novelly, save village, were these foreign monks within very narrow limits, must be walking about in their habit at every necessarily a deviation rather than an hour of the day, while at the same time advance; and new forms of Englislı I saw a group of youvg Englishmen, domestic architecture, like new Euwho are being coached ” for the army, glish metres, are samples rather of the for the Indian Civil Service, and what ingenuity of the individual than of the not, and who were, for the moinent, adequacy of the work. The character sitting on the village doorsteps, smok- and confines of English prosody were ing cigarettes, previously to setting off long ago, I imagine, settled by the nato a cricket-match. How large, how ture of the English language ; and the hospitable, how magnanimous, in the true artist is well content to work literal sense, is this England of ours ! within these limits, and does not feel I do the Premonstratentians at Stor- hampered by them; and I cannot but rington no wrong when I say they think that, where an Englishman is regard proselytism as a duty; and forced by circumstance to build himself Brother Gabriel himself told me that a lordly pleasure-house, he would do even a bribe of five shillings a night well to walk more or less meekly in the could not induce a good, stout Puritan footsteps of his Tudor, Elizabethan, or peasant-woman there to sit up with Queen Anne ancestors. So deferenone of their. “converts." But they tially treading, he avoids striking a themselves wander about, unmolested false note in the harmony of the Enand uprebuked, .exiled by law from glish landscape, and gives beneficent “Catholic France," but placidly tol- evidence of the true historic sense. erated in this bappier land, and with For the formless fields and meandering their monastic inclosure, their belfry, lanes do not tell us more significantly their garb, their active charity, making of our ancestry, than do rough herringSlorrington, still more than it naturally bone Saxon masonry, Norman tower, is, a haunt of ancient peace.

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aisle, Tudor manor-house, and Jaco- somewhat of its ancientness. As it bean mansion. Analytical experts may was, its principal denizens seemed to go to Syria or Byzantium for the origin be Alfred the Great, William of Wykeof our architecture. To the plain, un- ham, or, at latest, Jane Austen, who lettered eye it is of native growth, bone ended here her quiet days. Is it fanciof our bone, almost flesh of our flesh, ful to feel that all the best specimens as expressive of us as our literature or of our race have close kinship with that our farming This it was which made Perpendicular architecture of which, I almost every village through which suppose, Winchester Cathedral is a we passed, and certainly every village supreme example, and which attests by where we halted, like East Meon, for its downright character, while Gothic instance, with its solid, stern Norman was elsewhere wandering into the tower, its font brought from afar, and Flamboyant, the country of its origin its silvery runnel sweetening the vil- and exclusive prevalence? It used to lage street, so insinuatingly attractive. be said, Nemo potest exuere patriam. They all seemed, if not as if they were But I fear that is not quite true, for one's home, at least as if they might could one not name some well-meaning have been, with their English charac- citizens who seem to have got rid of teristics of domesticity and undemon- everything peculiarly distinctive of strativeness. The only town through England except its language? If they which I passed in my circle of three would but quit for a time their controhundred miles was equally, by the ac-versies, and wander with quiet eye and cident of the season, a haunt of ancient receptive heart through liaunts of anpeace ; for it was Winchester, but cient peace, surely a due understandWinchester empty of its vigorous strip- ing and a deeper love of their native lings, who, when there, must robit land would return to them.

ALFRED AUSTIN.

INDIAN COURTING BY MUSIC. — Court- | When it becomes perfectly apparent to the ing by means of the flute is very popular father that his daughter is the object of among the Sioux Indians. The flute is this musical attention he steps to the edge made of willow or some other wood that of his wigwam, and, if it is dark, issues has a bark easily detached, and is usually forth and cautiously creeps behind the about a foot in length. It has several youth and ascertains who he is. Then he perforations through the bark, each of returns to his daughter and makes known which represents

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musical note. The his wishes in words something like this : sound produced, though somewhat shrill “Go, my child, he is a worthy Dakota, and and fife-like, is not unpleasant to the ear. will make you a good master;" or, The Indian youth who desires a wife first main, my daughter ; he is not a desirable mentally fixes his choice

upon some person.” The maiden, in obedience to her maiden of his tribe. Then, some pleasant parent's wish, advances timidly toward her evening, he takes his flute and strolls lover if he is favored, or if the paternal through the village in the direction of the judgment condemn him, withdraws into tepee of the maiden's father. He stations the dark recess of the tepee. In case the himself in a convenient spot, about fifty or suit is favored and the maiden has gone sixty yards from her abode, and then draw- out to meet the warrior, the young man, ing the reed from beneath his blanket upon seeing her approach gives à triumbegins to play a plaintive strain. While phant “toot” upon his flute, and then, the young man is discoursing these strains throwing down the instrument, rushes forthe maiden has remained quietly within ward to greet her whom he has so easily her father's lodge, listening to the serenade with characteristic Indian composure.

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CONTENTS.
I. EAST AND WEST. By Elisée Reclus, Contemporary Review,
II. A VERY LIGHT RAILWAY. By Jane
Barlow,

National Review,
III. FRANCIS THOMPSON : A STUDY IN TEM-
PERAMENT,

London Quarterly Review,
IV. AN ANTIQUARIAN RAMBLE IN PARIS.
By Frederic Harrison,

Fortnightly Review, .
V. THE NEW JAPANESE CONSTITUTION.
By C. B. Roylance-Kent, .

Macmillan's Magazine,
VI. AN UNRESOLVED DISCORD. By W. E.
Norris,

Longman's Magazine,
VII. THE COUNTRY SUNDAY,

Cornhill Magazine, VIII. WHAT DROWNING FEELS LIKE,,

British Medical Journal, IX. THE HUMORS OF HERALDRY, .

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