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" Before my father went away,
fore you have proceeded ten vards troin “Entic'd by bad men e'er the sea,
the ship, getting a cold bith in the “Sister and I did nought but play;
cook's steep hole * “We liv'd beside yon great ash tree.
When on a hunting excursion, and “But then poor mother did sò cry, “And look'd so chang'd I cannot tell;
being close to a fine deer, after several • She told us that she soon should die, attempts to fire, discovering that your « And bid us love each other'well. piece is neither primed nor loaded, " She said, that when the war was o'er while the animal's four legs are emplos"Perhaps we might our father see; ed in carrying away the body. “ But if we never saw him more,
Setting out with a piece of new " That God our Father then would be. « She kiss'd us both, and then she died !
bread in your pocket on a shooting “ And we no more a mother have ! party, and when you feel inclined to “Here, many a day we've sat and cried eat it, having occasion to observe that “ Together on poor mother's grave. it is so frozen that your teeth will not ** But when my father came not here,
penetrate it. "I thought if we could find the sea,
Being called from table by intelli“ We should be sure to meet him there, << And once again might happy be.
gence that a wolf is approaching the
vessels, which, on closer inspection, “ We band in hand went many a mile, rë' And ask'd our way of all we met ;
proves to be a dog ; on going again And some did sigh, and some did'smilc below, detecting the cat in running off « And we of some did victuals get.
your dinner. “ But when we reach'd the sea, and found Returning on board your ship after
'Twas one great water round us spread; an evening visit in a contemplative “We thought that father must be drown'd, humour, and being roused from a pleas• And cried, and wish'd we both were dead.
ing reverie by the close embrace of a “So we return'd to mother's grave,
bear. '? And only long with her to be ; "For Goody when this bread she gave,
Sitting down in anticipation of a " Said father's ship was lost at sea.
comfortable breakfast, and finding that “ Then since no parent here we have, the tea, by mistake, is made of salt “ We'll go and search for God around :
water. « Oh! Madam, can you tell us where
OLD COMICAL. “ That God, our father, may be found ? “ He lives in heaven, mother said ;
A hole in the ice for steeping salt meat, &c. * And Goody says that mother's there : å So, if she knows we want his aid,
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which was placed before him. Altho' the hospital servants were as attentive as I could expect or hope for, how
often did I wish, that my mother from THE TIGER.
whom I had parted ten months before, The circumstances detailed in the had only been with mė, that just for following narration, are as fresh as once, she might gently lay my head yesterday in my memory, and are still on the pillow. My cure was considerremembered with an interest, which ably retarded, by my anxiety to join nothing else I have ever witnessed can the detachment of our regiment at produce.
Poonah, and this anxiety became ina After an uncommonly protracted supportable, when my two fellow sufvoyage, our regiment arrived at Bom- ferers, having rapidly recovered, came bay, in the hottest season of the year to bid me farewell. At last the sur1819; and many of the officers and geon permitted me to walk in the shade men, unaccustomed to the burning around the house, which having acatmosphere, soon became victims to complished with assistance, I deterthe frightful cholera, which both mined next day, and contrary to his amongst the Europeans and natives, advice, to proceed in a palanquin, bome raged with exterminating violence.-- by six natives, towards head-quarters. I had not been ten days on shore, Our path at first, winded along shore, when I was attacked by this dreadful and when the sea breeze occasionally distemper, and along with those of played with the light muslin curtain of two brother officers, my name was in the palanquin, I was delighted with serted in the sick list, and we were the magnificent scene. A shining together sent to the hospital. What summer ocean, was spread out in would be the issue of the attack, was motionless serenity before me; and in generally ascertained in three days, the distance, the hazy blue island of and altho' my case, was certainly one Salsette seemed suspended in the air of the severest, after this period the with its rugged outline. During the complaint receded, but left the patient second days journey, our pathway sudin a state of such extreme debility, denly diverged to the right, and ascend that he could not turn himself in bed ing the high ground, which rises a short nor stretch to a glass of rice-water distance from the shore, the sea became undistinguishable. The scene now be- and after having made two unsuccessfore us was by no means uninteresting. ful efforts to reach my sword, which An immense range of high mountains, was the only weapon I carried, I sunk which runs parallel with the shore, into a state of horror which I shall enclosed us on all sides, and a won- never forget. I knew most certainly derful variety of flowers and shrubs my situation, for I fixed my eyes freand trees—while some of the latter quently on the waving curtain and were adorned with the most delicious shuddered to recollect what lay within fruit, a tempting fountain played amid a few yards of me: but at tiines my this wilderness of sweets; and I ex- mind would wander to scenes of youth, claimed, “ Oh, if there be an Ely- and with my early friend, methought sium on earth, it is this—it is this !” | I stood on the brink of a precipice,
Instead of becoming fatigued with I thought he pushed me over, and in the journey, I found my strength ra- falling I saw below me an agitated sea pidly returning; and I inhaled the -but again, when I fixed my eye cool mountain air with inexpressible steadily it was only the waving curtain delight. In the morning of the fourth of the palanquin. Now, I stood by day, after the commencement of our a mighty waterfall
, and gazed upon it journey, I observed that the shrubs witla serenity; but suddenly the ground were frequently branching down upon below me gave way, and with a rushthe path, and that my palanquin bear- ing noise I was hurried onward. The ers were apparently proceeding with noise was only the wind breathing considerable difficulty. Their conver- among the hard leaves of the plants sation became more animated, and around me. I thought I gazed upon altho' I did not understand it, it was the sun but its color was so bright and easy to perceive that a matter of in- so red that I could not look long on terest and alarm was discussed. I was it but no. The breeze had raised not left long in doubt. In a moment the curtain and the bloody aspect of my palanquin was dashed to the ground, the animal was again revealed. How and the receding footsteps warned me long I remained in this deplorable too truly, that the whole of my com- state I cannot learn. Now I thought panions had deserted me. After the I heard the long low growl which is descent of the palanquin the breeze at always heard before the Tiger leaps intervals still breathed gently around on his prey. The sound died away. me, and wafting for a moment the thin Again I heard it, accompanied with curtain from its side, I saw an enor- shouts and other noises. It was not mous tiger with his glaring eyes fixed long before the curtain of the palanupon me, The curtain fell, but only I quin was raised, and I trembled when again to rise ; and then I observed the I observed, that one of the men who mouth of the dreadful animal covered had carried me to the place, was standwith blood, and its aspect of horror ing near me, in a direct line betwist was heightened by an awful grin, which the monster and myself. I could not seemed as if called up for the occasion, speak to warn him of his danger, but by his certainty of prey. I lifted up I placed my finger on my lip and remy soul in prayer, and became more mained immoveable. He smiled, and composed. Again the breeze removed departed. What was my astonishment the curtain, and again the gaze of the when I found my next visitor was - awful animal met mine.
Capt. A. who was one of the officers I now found my strength decaying, 'lately confined with me in the hospital.
My finger was stiil on my lip, and I in and before the time of the Saxons, endeavoured to look a warning to him did make panels of horne insteed of of his danger, to my surprise he laugh- glasse, and fix them in woodden caled heartily and exclaimed
But as horne in windows is now “ you afraid too? This Tiger which quite laid downe in everie place, so “ has alarmed you all so much, was our lattices are also
into lesse “ shot by me yesterday morning." use, because glasse is come to be so
plentifull, and within a verie little so
good cheape if not better then the A VIEW of COUNTRY LIFE DUR- other. The wals of our houses on
ING THE AGE OF SHAKES the inner sides in like sort be either PEARE ;-ITS MANNERS AND hanged with tapisterie, arras worke, CUSTOMS.-RURAL CHARAC
or painted cloths, wherein either diTERS.
verse histories, or hearbes, beasts, The mansion houses of the coun- knots, and such like are stained, or try-gentlemen were in the days of else they are seeled with oke of our Shakespeare, rapidly improving both owne, or wainescot brought hither out in their external appearance, and in of the east countries, whereby the their interior comforts. During the roomes are not a little commanded, reign of Henry the Eighth, and even made warme, and much more close of Mary, they were, if we except their than otherwise they would be. As size, little better than cottages, being for stooves we have not hitherto used thatched buildings, covered on the them greatlie, yet doo they now begin outside with the coarsest clay, and to be made in diverse houses of the lighted only by lattices ; when Har- gentrie.—Likewise in the houses of rison wrote, in the age of Elizabeth, knights, gentlemen, &c. it is not geson though the greater number of manor- to behold generally their great provihouses still remained framed of tim- sion of Turkie worke, pewter, brasse, ber, yet he observes, “ such as be fine linen, and thereto costly cupbords latelie builded, are comonlie either of of plate, worth five or six hundred or bricke or hard stone, or both; their a thousand pounds, to be deemed by roomes large and comelie, and houses estimation." of office further distant from their The house of every country-gentlelodgings.” The old timber mansions, man of property included a neat chatoo, were now covered with the finest pel and a spacious hall; and where plaster, which, says the historian, the estate and establishment were con
beside the delectable whitenesse of siderable, the mansion was divided the stuffe itselfe, is laied on so even into two parts or sides, one for the and smoothlie, as nothing in my state or banqueting-rooms, and the judgment can be done with more ex- other for the household; but in geactnesse;" and at the same time, the neral, the latter, except in baronial windows, interior decorations, and fur- residences, was the only part to be niture were becoming greatly more met with, and when complete had the useful and elegant. « Of old time addition of parlours ; thus Bacon, in our countrie houses,” continues Har- his Essay on Building, describing the rison,“ instead of glasse did use much household side of a mansion; says, "I lattisse, and that made either of wicker wish it divided at the first into a hall, or fine rifts of oke in chekerwise. I and a chappell, with a partition beread also that some of the better sort, Itweene ; both of good state and bigan nesse : and those not to goe all the nature of the provision, the wire fres length, but to have, at the further end, quently circulating only above the a winter, and a summer parler, both saltcellar, and the dishes below it, faire : and under these roomes a faire being of a co:urser kind than those near and large cellar, sunke under ground: the head of the table. So prevalent and likewise, some privie kitchins, with was this uncourteous distinction, that butteries and pantries, and the like.” | Shakespeare, in his Winter's Tale, It was the custom also to have win-written about the rear 1604 or 1610, dows opening from the parlours and designates the inferior orders of sopassages into the chapel, hall, and ciety by the term “ lower messes." kitchen, with the view of overlooking The luxury of eating and of good or controlling what might be going cooking were well understood in the on ; a trait of vigilant caution, which days of Elizabeth, and the table of may still be discovered in some of our the country-squire frequently groaned ancient colleges and manor houses, beneath the burden of its dishes ; at and to which Shakespeare alludes in Christmas and at Easter especially, the King Henry the Eighth, where he hall became the scene of great festividescribes His Majesty and Butts the ty; "in gentlemen's houses, at Christphysician entering at a window above, mas,” says Aubrey, “ the first dish which overlooks the council-chamber. that was brought to table was a boar's We may add, an illustration of this head, with a lemon in its mouth. At system of architectural espionage, that Queen's Coll. Oxon. they still retain Andrew Borde, when giving instruc- this custom, the bearer of it bringing tions for building a house in his Dic- it into the hall, singing to an old tune tarie of Health, directs “ many of an old Latin rhyme, Apri caput dethe chambers to trave a view into the fero, 8c. The first dish that was chapel :” and that Parker, Archbishop brought up to table on Easter-day was of Canterbury, in a letter, dated 1573, a red-herring riding away on horseback; says, “ if it please Her Majestie, she i. e. a herring ordered by the cook may come in through my gallerie, and something after the likeness of a man see the disposition of the hall in dyn- on horseback, set in a corn sallad. ner-time, at a window opening there- The custom of eating a gammon of baunto"
con at Easter (which is still kept up in The hall of the country-squire was many parts of England) was founded the usual scene of eating and hospita- on this, viz. to shew their abhorrence lity, at the upper end of which was of Judaism at that solemn commemoplaced the orsille or high table, a little ration of our Lord's resurrection." elevated above the floor, and here the Games and diversions of various master of the mansion presided, with kinds, such as mumming, masquing, an authority, if not a state, which al. dancing, loaf-stealing, &c. &c. were most equalled that of the potent baron. allowed in the hall on these days; and The table was divided into upper and the servants, or heralds, wore the coats lower messes; by a huge saltcellar, and of arms of their masters, and cried the rank and consequence of the visi-· Largesse' thrice. The hall was tors were marked by the situation of usually hung round with the insignia their seats, above, and below, the salt- of the squire's amusements, such as Cellar ; a custom which not only disa hunting, shooting, fishing, &c.; - but tinguished the relative dignity of the in case he were a justice of the peace, guests, but extended likewise to the it assumed a more terrific aspect