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He was the great progenitor of all
partee, which few can equal. One or That war upon the tenants of the stream, two instances may somewhat depict He neither stumbled, stopt, nor had a fall When he essay'd to war on dace, bleak, Jemmy Gordon.
bream, Stone-loach or pike, or other fish, I deem.
The Sluice-house is a small wooden building, distant about half a mile beyond Highbury, just before the river angles off towards Newington. With London anglers it has always been a house of celebrity, because it is the nearest spot wherein they have hope of tolerable sport. Within it is now placed a machine for forcing water into the pipes that supply the inhabitants of Holloway, and other parts adjacent. Just beyond is the Eel-pie house, which many who angle thereabouts mistake for the Sluice-house. To instruct the uninformed, and to gratify the eye of some who remember the spot they frequented in their youth, the preceding view, taken in May 1825, has been engraved. If the artist had been also a portrait painter, it would have been well to have secured a sketch of the present keeper of the Sluice-house ; his manly mien, and mild expressive face, are worthy of the pencil : if there be truth in physiognomy, he is an honest, goodbearted man. His dame, who tenders Barcelona nuts and oranges at the Sluicehouse door for sale, with fishing-lines froin two-pence to six-pence, and rods at a penny each, is somewhat stricken in years, and wholly innocent of the metropolis and its manners. She seems of the times—
Gordon meeting a gentleman in the “When our fathers pluck'd the blackberry received the honour of knighthood, Jemmy
streets of Cambridge who had recently And sipp'd the silver tide."
approached him, and looking him full in
the face, exclaimed, An etching of the eccentric indi
“ The king, by merely laying sword on,
Could make a knight of Jemmy Gordon." vidnal, from whence the present engraving is taken, was transmitted by a respect
At a late assize at Cambridge, a man able“Cantab,” for insertion in the Every- named Pilgrim was convicted of horseDay Book, with the few particulars stealing, and sentenced to transportation. ensuing :
Gordon seeing the prosecutor in the
street, loudly vociferated to him, “ You, James Gordon was once a respectable sir, have done what the pope of Rome solicitor in Cambridge, till " love and cannot do; you have put a stop to Pilliquor"
grim's Progress !" « Robb'd him of that which once enriched of rather indifferent character, who pitied
Gordon was met one day by a person nim, And made him poor indeed !"
Jemmy's forlorn condition, (he being
without shoes and stockings,) and said, He is well known to many resident and “ Gørdon, if you will call at my house, I non-resident sons of alma mater, as a will give you a pair of shoes.” Jemmy, déclamateur, and for ready wit and rc- assu ning a contemptuous air, replied,
“ No, sir ! excuse me, I would not stand in your shoes for all the world !"
Some months ago, Jemmy had the misfortune to fall from a hay-loft, wherein he had retired for the night, and broke his thigh; since then he has reposed in a workhouse. No man's life is more calculated “To adorn a moral, and to point a tale."
N. These brief memoranda suffice to memorialize a peculiar individual. James Gordon at ore time possessed “ fame, wealth, and honours :" now-his “ fame" is a hapless notoriety; all the “ wealth" that remains to him is a form that might have been less careworn had he been less careless; his honour is “ air-thin air," “ his gibes, his jests, his fiashes of merriment, that were wont to set the table in a roar,” no longer enliven the plenteous banquet :" Deserted in his utmost need
By men his former bounty fed," the bitter morsel for his life's support is parish dole.
“The gayest of the gay" is forgotten in his age-in the darkness of life; when reflection on what was, cannot better what is, Brilliant circles of acquaintance sparkle with frivolity, but friendship has no place within them. The prudence of sensuality is selfishness.
butcher A Salmon ...,
a linendraper A Leech.. a fruiterer A Pike.
a milkman A Sole
a shoemaker A Wood.. .. a grocer A Field
......., a confectioner
......, a carrier
...,,.,,.carpenter A Grove
........a shoemaker A Lane ......... a carpenter A Green....
...... a builder A Hill.,
..,,a butcher A Haycock.
..... a publican
.a bookseller A Capp
.a gardener A Spencer
,a butcher A Bullock a baker A Fox.
a brazier A Lamb.
.. a grocer A Mole., .. a town-crier A Roe
••,,, an engraver A Buck
•,...,.college gyp, A Hogg
........a gentleman A Bond
........8 grocer A Binder.
.......a fruiterer A Cock
a shoemaker A Hawk. a paperhanger A Drake a dissenting minister A Swan
.a shoemaker A Bird. ..an innkeeper A Peacock
..... a lawyer A Rook A Wren
a bricklayer's labourer A Falcon ....
«a gentleman A Crow
a builder A Pearl
a cook A Stone
•!......a glazier A Cross. .. a boatwright A Barefoot ..... an innkeeper A Leg..... ........a mantua-maker
a shoemaker Green
.. a fishmonger Grey
a painter Pink
a printer Short
. a tailor Long
.. a tailor
A Baron ......
The Cambridge communication concerning James Gordon is accompanied by an amusing list of names derived from
men and things." Personages and their Callings at Cam
bridge in 1825. A King ... is..., a brewer A Bishop
. a tailor
a horse-dealer A Knight
.......& turf-dealer A Proctor
......a tailor A Marshall .
..... a cheesemonger An Earl
...a laundress A Butler .. a picture-frame maker
.........a bookbinder A Pope
.an old woman An Abbott . ..a bonnet-maker
..& carpenter A Scott
an Englishman A Rose
. a fishmonger A Lilly
A Monk ....
Christmas s....an ironmonger
FLORAL DIRECTORY. Summer....**..a carpenter
Common Avens. Geum Urbanum. Sad.
Dedicated to St. Urban Grief
.......... a glezier Peace ..........a carpenter Bacon. a tobacconist.
Map 26. A Hard-man
A Spear-man St. Philip Neri, A.D. 1595. St. AugusA Wise-mán A Hill-man
tine, Abp. of Canterbury, A. D. 604. A Good-man A Wood-man
St. Eleutherius, Pope, A.D. 192. St. A Black-man A Pack-man
Quadratus, Bp. A. D. 125. St. Oduvald, A Chap-man A Pit-man
Abbot, A. D. 698.
St. Philip Neri.
He was born at Florence in 1515, be
came recluse when a child, dedicated FLORAL DIRECTORY.
himself to poverty, and became miraLilac. Syringa vulgaris.
culously fervent. « The divine love," Dedicated to St. Julia.
says Alban Butler, so much dilated the breast of our saint, that the gristle which joined the fourth and fifth ribs on the left side was broken, which accident
allowed the heart and the larger vessels St. Vincent of Lerins, A. D. 450. Sts.
more play; in which condition he lived Donatian and Rogatian, A. D. 287.
fifty years. According to the same auSt. John de Prado.
thority, his body was sometimes raised
from the ground during his devotions FLORAL DIRECTORY
some yards high. Butler relates the same Monkey Poppy. Papaver Orientale.
of St. Dunstan, St. Edmund, and many Dedicated to St. Vincent.
other saints, and says that “ Calmet, an author still living, assures us that he knows a religious man who, in devout prayer, is sometimes involuntarily raised
in the air, and remains hanging in it withSt. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi, A. D. 1607. out any support; also that he is person
St. Urban, Pope, A.D. 223. St. Ad- ally acquainted with a devout nun to helm, or Aldhelm. St. Gregory VII., whom the same had often happened.” Pope, A. D. 1085. Sts. Maximus, or Butler thinks it probable that they themMauxe, and Venerand, Martyrs in Nor- selves would not determine whether mandy, 6th Cent. St. Dumhade, Abbot, they were raised by angels, or by what A. D, 717.
other supernatural operation. He says, St. Aldhelm.
that Neri could detect hidden sins by ths He founded the abbey of Malmesbury, smell of the sinners. He died in 1595 ; and was the first Englishman who cult the body of such a saint of course worked vated Latin and English or Saxon poesy.
miracles. Among his other mortifications, he was ac
St. Philip Neri founded the congregacustomed to recite the psalter at night, tion or religious order of the Oratory, in plunged ap to the shoulders in a pond of 1551. The rules of this religious order water. He was the first bishop of Sher
savour of no small severity.
* Institutions of the Oratory," (printed at borne, à see which was afterwards removed to Salisbury, and died in 709.*
Oxford, 1687, 8vo. pp. 49.) they are reHe turned sunbeam into a clothes quired to mix corporal punishments with peg: at least, so say his biographers; their religious harmony "From the first this was at Rome. saying mass there in of November to the feast of the resurs the church of St. John de Lateran, he put rection, their contemplation of celestial off his vestment; the servant neglecting things shall be heightened by a concert of to take it, he hung it on a sunbeam, music; and it is also enjoined, that at whereoti it remained, “ to the wonderful certain seasons of frequent occurrence, admiration of the beholders." +
they all whip themselves in the Oratory.
After half an hour's mental prayer, the • Butler † Porter, Golden Legend.
officers distribute whips made of small
cords full of knots, put forth the children, his historical character, it is to be ob-
Dorsetshire who were thus tail-pieced.t.
Another notable miracle is thus related.
When St. Augustine came to Compton, in The Oratorio commenced with the Oxfordshire, the curate complained, that fathers of the Oratory. In order to draw though he had often warned the lord of the youth to church, they had hymus, psalms, place to pay his tythes, yet they were with- . and spiritual songs, or cantatas, sung
" and therefore 1." said the curate, either in chorus or by a single favourite
“ have cursed hym, and I fynde him the voice. These pieces were divided into
more obstynate." Then St. Augustine two parts, the one performed before the demanded why he did not pay his tythes sermon, and the other after it. Sacred to God and the church; whereto the knight stories, or events om scripture, written answered, that as he tilled the ground, he set to music, and the first part being
per could not bend this lord to his purpose, in verse, and by way of dialogue, were ought to have the tenth sheaf as well as
the ninth. Augustine, finding that he formed, the sermon succeeded, which the people were induced to stay and hear, then departed and went to mass; but before that they might be present at the per- he began, he charged all those that were formance of the second part. The sub- accursed to go out of the church. Then jects in early times were the good Sama- a dead body arose, and went out of the ritan, the Prodigal Son, Tobit with the church into the churchyard with a white angei, his father, and his wife, and similar cloth on his head, and stood there till histories, which by the excellence of the mass was done; whereupon St. Augustine composition, the band of instruments,
went to him, and demanded what he was; and the performance, brought the Ora- and the dead body said, “ I was formerly tory into great repute; hence this spe
lord of this town, and because I would cies of musical drama obtained the general not pay my tithes to my curate, he cursed appellation of Oratorio.
me, and then I died and went to hell.",
Then Augustine bade the dead lord bring
him to where the curate was buried,
which accordingly he did, and Augustine
thereupon accordingly arose and stood came archbishop Canterbury. Chris- demanded of the dead curate if he knew tianity, however, had long preceded Au- the dead lord, who answered, “ Would gustine's arrival, for the queen of Ethel to God I had never known him, for he bert, previous to his coming, was accus was a withholder of his tythes, and, moretomed to pay her devotions in the church
over, an evil-doer."
then the dead lord kneeling, received previously put to death the philosopher penance thereby; which done, Augustine Boëtius, who, according to Ribadeneira, commanded the dead lord to go again to after he was beheaded, was scoffingly his grave, there to abide until the day of asked by one of the executioners, “ who judgment; and forthwith the said lord hath put thee to death?". whereupon entered his grave, and fell to ashes. Then Boëtius answered, “wicked men," and Augustine asked the curate, how long he immediately taking up his head in his had been dead; and he said, a hundred own hands, walked away with it to the and fifty years. And Augustine offered adjoining church. to pray for him, that he might remain on
St. Bede earth to confirm men in their belief; but
The life of “ Venerable Bede" in the curate refused, because he was in the Butler, is one of the best memoirs in his place of rest. Then said Augustine, “Go biography of the saints. He was an in peace, and pray for me and for holy Englishman, in priest's orders. It is said church;" and immediately the curate re of him that he was a prodigy of learning turned to his grave. At this sight, the in an unlearned age; that he surpassed lord who had not paid the curate his Gregory the Great in eloquence and tythes was sore afraid, and came quaking copiousness of style, and that Europe to St. Augustine, and to his curate, and scarcely produced a greater scholar. He prayed forgiveness of his trespass, and
was a teacher of youth, and, at one time promised ever after to pay his tythes.
had six hundred pupils, yet he exercised
his clerical functions with punctuality, CHRONOLOGY.
and wrote an incredible number of works On the 26th of May, 1555, was a gay in theology, science, and the polite arts. May-game at St. Marttin's-in-the-fields, It is true he fell into the prevailing crewith giants and hobby-horses, drums and dulity of the early age
wherein he guns, morrice-dances, and other min- flourished, but he enlightened it by his strels,*
erudition, and improved it by his unfeigned piety and unwearied zeal.
Not to ridicule so great a man, but as Rhododendron. Rhododendrum Ponticum.
an instance of the desire to attribute Dedicated to St. Augustine. wonderful miracles to distinguished chaYellow Azalea. Azalea pontica.
racters, the following silly anecdote conDedicated to St. Philip Neri.
cerning Bede is extracted from the “Golden
Legend.” He was blind, and desiring to Map 27.
be led forth to preach, his servant carried St. John, Pope, A. D. 526. St. Bede, A. D. him to a heap of stones, to which, the 735. St. Julius, about A. D. 302. good father, believing himself preachir.g St. John, Pope.
to a sensible congregation, delivered a This pontiff was imprisoned by Theo- noble discourse, whereunto, when he had doric, king of the Goths, in Italy, and finished his sermon, the stones answered died in confinement. This sovereign had and said " Amen !"
Methinks that to some vacant hermitage
My feet would rather turn—to some dry nook
Scooped out of living rock, and near a brook
In the soft heaven of a translucent pool;
Thence creeping under forest arches cool,
Perchance would throng my dreams. ` A beechen buur),
Crisp yellow leaves my bed ; the hooting Owl
My nightwatch : nor should e'er the crested fowl
Indulging thus at will the creeping feet
* Sirype's Memoria!s.