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of the citizens, named Wolf, proposed article of food, that we remember so that all the children in the city, from lately as August, 1804, the then rector of seven to fourteen years of age, should be Boconnoc used to have turbot for
supper, clad in mourning, and sent as suppli- which he considered as a good foundation cants to the enemy. Procopius Nasus, for a large bowl of posca, a sort of weak chief of the Hussites, was so touched with punch drank in that country. Having this spectacle, that he received the young witnessed on this day in 1822, the grand supplicants, regaled them with cherries Alpine view of the lake of Geneva, and and other fruits, and promised them to the Swiss and Savoyard mountains behind spare the city.
it, from Mount Jura, we are reminded to The children returned crowned with present the reader with the following exleaves, holding cherries, and crying cellent lines which we have met with in “victory!”—and hence, the “ feast of “Fables, by Thomas Brown, the Younger," cherries" is an annual commemoration London, 1823. of humane feelings.*
VIEW OF THE ALPS AND THE LAKE OF
GENEVA FROM THE JURA.
'Twas late, the sun had almost shone
His last and best, when I ran on,
Anxious to reach that splendid view Native of Ponds! I scarce could deem
Before the daybeams quite withdrew; Thee worthy of my praise,
And feeling as all feel, on first Wert thou not joyous in the beam
Approaching scenes, where they are told Of summer's closing days.
Such glories on their eyes shall burst
As youthful bards in dreams behold.
'Twas distant yet, and as I ran, And be not drawn to fancy's lands,
Full often was my wistful gaze And not their pleasures crave ?
Turned to the sun, who now began
To call in all his outpost rays, Small as thou art to vulgar sight,
And form a denser march of light,
Such as beseems a hero's flight.
Oh! how I wished for Joshua's power
To stay the brightness of that hour ! The sun returns-his glory spreads
no, the sun still less became, In heaven's pure flood of light;
Diminished to a speck, as splendid Thou makest thine escape from beds,
And small as were those tongues of And risest with a bite.
flame Where'er thy lancet draws a vein,
That on the apostles' heads descended. 'Tis always sure to sweil; A very molehill raised with pain
"Twas at this instant, while there glowed
This last intensest gleam of light, As many a maid can lell.
Suddenly through the opening road Yet, for thy brief epitome
The valley burst upon my sight; Of love, life, tone and thrall ;
That glorious valley with its lake, I'd rather have a bump from thee,
And Alps on Alps in clusters swelling, Than Spurz-heim, or from Gall.
Mighty and pure, and fit to make
I stood entranced and mute as they
Of Israel think the assembled world Fish.
Will stand upon the awful day, It is noted by Dr. Forster, that to When the ark's light, aloft unfurled wards the end of July the fishery of Among the opening clouds shall shine, pilchards begins in the west of England. Divinity's own radiant zign! Through August it continues with that of Mighty Mont Blanc, thou wert to me mullets, red surmallets, red gurnards,
That minute, with thy brow in heaven,
As sure a sign of Veity and several other fish which abound on
As e'er to mortal gaze was given our south-west coasts. In Cornwall, fish
Nor ever, were I destined yet is so cheap and so commonly used as an
To live my life twice o'er again,
Can I the deepfelt awe forget, • Philips's Account of Fruits.
The ecstacy that thrilled me then.
"Twas all the unconsciousness of power
On his entering into the And life, beyond this mortal hour;
county at Croft-bridge, which separates Those mountings of the soul within it from the county of York, he was met At thoughts of heaven, as birds begin by the officers of the see, the mayor and By instinct in the cage to rise,
corporation of Stockton, and several of When near their time for change of skies;
the principal nobility and others of the That proud assurance of our claim
county. Here a sort of ceremony was To rank among the sons of light,
Mingled with shame! oh, bitter shame! performed, which had its origin in the At having risked that splendid right,
feudal times," &c. For aught that earth, through all its range
The origin of the ceremony above Of glories, offers in exchange!
alluded to is this. About the commence
ment of the fourteenth century, sir John 'Twas all this, at the instant brought, Conyers slew with his falchion in the Like breaking sunshine o'er my thought; fields of Sockburne, a monstrous creature, 'Twas all this, kiudled to a glow
a dragon, a worm, or flying serpent, that Of sacred zeal, whiclı, could it shine Thus purely ever, man might grow,
devoured men, women, and children. The
then owner of Sockburne, as a reward for Even upon earth, a thing divine, And be once more the creature made
his bravery, gave him the manor with its To walk unstained the Elysian shade.
appurtenances to hold for ever, on con
dition that he met the lord bishop of No, never shall I lose the trace
Durham, with this falchion, on his first Of what I've felt in this bright place : entrance into his diocese, after his election
And should my spirit's hope grow weak, to that see. And in confirmation of this
Sockburne church, the falchion just now
spoken of; and it is also cut in marble, That nature ever reared to thee,
upon the tomb of the great ancestor of Rekindle all that hope divine,
the Conyers', together with a dog and And feel my immortality.
the monstrous worm or serpent, lying at
into his diocese, he crossses the river
Tees, either at the Ford of Nesham, or
lord of the manor of Sockburne, or his
with the ancient falchion drawn in his
hand, or upon the middle of Croft-bridge; On the 30th of July, 1760, the materials and then presents it to the bishop, adof the three following city gates were dressing him in the ancient form of words. sold before the committee of city lands Upon which the bishop takes the falchion to Mr. Blagden, a carpenter in Coleman- into his hands, looks at it, and returns it street, viz.
back again, wishing the lord of the maAldgate, for
£177 10s. nor his health and the enjoyment of his
There are likewise some lands at
lands, held by a similar service, viz.
showing to the bishop one fawchon, at BISHOP AUCKLAND CUSTOM. his first coming to Auckland after his To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
consecration. The form of words made
use of is, I believe, as follows:
July 30, 1826. “ My Lord,-On behalf of myself as Dear Sir,-In the “ Times,” of the well as of the several other tenants of twenty-second instant, there is the follow- Pollard's lands, I do humbly present ing paragraph, copied from the Newcastle your lordship with this fawchon, at your paper. “ The bishop of Durham arrived first coming here, wherewith as the tradiat his castle at Bishop Auckland, on
dion goeth, Pollard slew of old, a great
and venomous serpent, which did much Briti h Cl ronologist.
harm to man and beast, and by the per
formance of this service these lands are lane, but whether on the same day or not holden."
I cannot say; how long these custorns The drawing of the falchion and tomb have existed, or whence they originated in Sockburne church, I have unfortunately I do not know; they were before I, or lost, otherwise it should have accompanied the oldest man in the town, can this communication : perhaps some of member. your numerous readers will be able to
A SHQEMAKER. furnish you with it.
By the “ Mirror of the Months,” the appearance of natural scenery at this season is brought before us.
« The cornThe editor joins in his respected cor fields are all redundant with waving gold respondent's desire to see a representa. -gold of all hues—from the light yellow tion in the Every-Day Book, of “ the of the oats, (those which still remain falchion and tomb in Sockburne church.” uncut,) to the deep sunburnt glow of the A correct drawing of it shall be accurately red wheat. But the wide rich sweeps of engraven, if any gentleman will be pleased these fields are now broken in upon, here to communicate one: such a favour will and there, by patches of the parched and be respectfully acknowledged.
withered looking bean crops ; by occasional bits of newly ploughed land, where
the rye lately stood; by the now darkenNATURALISTS' CALENDAR. ing turnips---dark, except where they are Mean Temperature... 63 • 57. being fed off by sheep flocks; and lastly
by the still bright-green meadows, now studded every where with grazing cattle, the second crops of grass being already gathered in.
“The woods, as well as the single timMAYOR OF BA ILEMASS.
ber trees that occasionally start up with
such fine effect from out of the hedge-rows, To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.
or in the midst of meadows and cornJuly 4, 1826.
fields, we shall now find sprinkled with
what at first looks like gleams of scattered Sir,-The following is a brief notice of sunshine lying among the leaves, but the annual mock election of the “ mayor what, on examination, we shall find to be of Bartlemass," at Newbury, in Berk- the new foliage that has been put forth shire.
since midsummer, and which yet retains The day on which it takes place, is the all the brilliant green of the spring. The first Monday after St. Anne's; therefore, effect of this new green, lying in sweeps this
year if not discontinued, and I believe and patches upon the old, though little it is not, it will be held on the thirty-first observed in general, is one of the most day of July. The election is held at the beautiful and characteristic appearances Bull and Dog public-house, where a din- of this season. In many cases, when the ner is provided; the principal dishes sight of it is caught near at hand, on the being bacon and beans, have obtained for sides of thick plantations, the effect of it it the name of the “ bacon and bean feast." is perfectly deceptive, and you wonder In the course of the day a procession takes for a moment how it is, that while the place. A cabbage is stuck on a pole and sun is shining so brightly every where, it carried instead of a mace, accompanied should shine so much more brightly on by similar substitutes for the other em- those particular spots.” blems of civic dignity, and there is, of course, plenty of “ rough music.” A
NATURALISTS' CALENDAR. justice” is chosen at the same time,
Mean Temperature. . . 63 · 60. some other offices are filled up, and the day ends by all concerned getting completely “ how came ye so.”
In the same town, a mock mayor and justice are likewise chosen for Norcutt
The “ Largess ”-cry, the “Harvest-home!”
enough to make themselves felt; and con terious union which already exists besequently when we have nothing to do tween them. but look around us, and be happy.” For “ The whole face of nature has underit is in this month that the year “ like a gone, since last month, an obvious change; man at forty, has turned the corner of its obvious to those who delight to observe existence; but, like him, it may still fancy all her changes and operations, but not itself young, because it does not begin to sufficiently striking to insist on being feel itself getting old. And perhaps there seen generally by those who can read no is no period like this, for encouraging characters but such as are written in a and bringing to perfection that habit of text hand. If the general colours of all tranquil enjoyment, in which all true hap- the various departments of natural scenery piness must mainly consist: with pleasure are not changed, their hues are; and if it has, indeed, little to do; but with hap- there is not yet observable the infinite piness it is every thing.".
variety of autumn, there is as little the The author of the volume pursues his extreme monotony of summer. In one estimate by observing, that “ August is department, however, there is a general that debateable ground of the year, which change, that cannot well remain unobis situated exactly upon the confines of served. The rich and unvarying green of summer and autumn; and it is difficult the corn-fields bas entirely and almost to say which has the better claim to it. suddenly changed to a still richer and It is dressed in half the flowers of the one, inore conspicuous gold colour; more conand half the fruits of the other; and it has spicuous on account of the contrast it a sky and a temperature all its own, and now offers to the lines, patches, and which vie in beauty with those of the masses of green with which it every where spring. May itself can offer nothing so lies in contact, in the form of intersecting sweet to the senses, so enchanting to the hedge-rows, intervening meadows, and imagination, and so soothing to the heart, bounding masses of forest. These latter as that genial influence which arises from are changed too; but in hue alone, not in the sights, the sounds, and the associa- colour. They are all of them still green; tions, connected with an August evening but it is not the fresh and tender green of in the country, when the occupations and the spring, nor the full and satisfying, pleasures of the day are done, and when though somewhat dull, green of the sumall, even the busiest, are fain to give way mer; but many greens, that blend all to that wise passiveness,' one hour of those belonging to the seasons just named, which is rife with more real enjoyment with others at once more grave and more than a whole season of revelry. Those bright; and the charming variety and who will be wise (or foolish) enough to interchange of which are peculiar to this make comparisons between the various delightful month, and are more beautiful kinds of pleasure of which the mind of in their general effect than those of either man is capable, will find that there is of the preceding periods : just as a truly none (or but one) equal to that felt by a beautiful woman is perhaps more beautiful true lover of nature, when he looks forth at the period immediately before that at upon her open face silently, at a season which her charms begin to wane, than like the present, and drinks in that still she ever was before. Here, however, the beauty which seems to emanate from comparison must end; for with the year every thing he sees, till his whole senses its incipient decay is the signal for it to are steeped in a sweet forgetfulness, and put on more and more beauties daily, till, he becomes unconscious of all but that when it reaches the period at which it is instinct of good which is ever present
on the point of sinking into the temporary with us, but which can so seldom make death of winter, it is more beautiful in itself felt amid that throng of thoughts general appearance than ever." which are ever busying and besieging us, in our intercourse with the living world. The only other feeling which equals this,
August 1. in its intense quietude, and its satisfying
LAMMAS DAY. fulness, is one which is almost identical Though the origin of this denomination with it, where the accepted lover is is related in vol. i. col. 1063, yet it seems gazing unobserved, and almost unconsci- proper to add that Lammas or Lambmas ously, on the face of his mistress, and day obtained its name from a mass or, tracing their sweet evidences of that mys- dained to St. Peter, supplicating his bene