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they have at all lost of their innocence in runs in with silver bubbles and streams, the bed of the elements. There, on every a rustick fountain, who sees the pillows side, the flowers, having had no other of her head enameled with jessémines, gardener but nature, sent a sharp breath, orange trees, and mirtles, and the little that quickens and satisfies the smell. flowers that throng round about would The sweet innocence of a rose on the make one believe they dispute who shall eglantine, and the glorious azure of a view himself in the stream first; seeing violet under the sweet briars, leaving us her face so young and smooth as 'tis, not the libertie of choice, make us judge which discovers not the least wrinckle, that they are both one fairer than the 'tis easie to judge she is yet in her mother's other. The spring there composes all the breast, and those great circles which she seasons; there no venomous plant buds, binds and twines herselfe, by reverting but her breath soon betrays her safety; so often upon herselfe, witnesse that 'tis there the brookes relate their travels to the to her griefe, and against her will, that she pebbles; there a thousand feather'd voyces finds herselfe obliged to go from her namake the forrest ring with the sweet mu- tive home: but, above all things, I admire sic of their songs; and the sprightful her modesty, when I see her (as ashamed assembling of these melodious throats is to be courted so neere her mother) murso general, that every leaf in the wood mur and thrust back the bold hand that seems to have taken the shape and the touches her. The traveller that comes tongue of a nightingale; sometimes you hither to refreshe himselfe, hanging his shall hear them tickle a consort; another head over the water, wonders 'tis broad while theyle drag, and make their music day in his horizon when he sees the sunne languish ; by and by they passionate an in the antipodes, and never hangs over elegie, by interrupted sobbs; and then, the bank but he's afraid to fall into the again, soften the violence of their voyces, firmament.”— Bergerac. more tenderly to execute pitty; and, at last, raise their harmony; and, what with their crotclets and warbling, send forth their lives and their voyces together! Echo is se delighted with it, that she

WoTTON, SURREY. seems to repeat their aires only that she may learne hem; and the rivolets, jealous

[For the Year Book.] of their muique, as they fly away, grumble, much toubled that they cannot equall

Mr. Hone, them. On the side of the castle two

Having had occasion to go to walks discover themselves, whose con

Mickleham and Wotton churches, Surrey, tinued gren frames an emerald 100 big I made the following observations :for the sigt; the confused mixture of Mickleham church, which stands by the colours tha the spring fastens to a million road side, midway between Letherhead of flowers, scatters the changes of one and Dorking, presents good specimens of another; and their tincture is so pure, the Saxon, Norman, and Gothic styles of that one my well judge that they get so

architecture. In a small chapel, seemclose one o another, onely to escape the ingly used as a vestry, is a richly sculpamorous ksses of the wind that courts tured tomb of one of the Wyddowson them. Or would now take this meadow or, as Aubrey saith, the Wyddolkson, fafor a very alme sea; but when the least mily: it was erected in the early part of Zephyrus omes to wanton there, 'tis then the reign of Henry VIII., whose « livelie a proud oean, full of waves, whose face, povrtraitvre " fairly wrought in brass, tofurrowed ith frownes, threatens to swal- gether with that of the person who rests low up the little fools; but, because this below, are in most excellent preservation. sea has noshoare, the eye, as afrighted to The font is probably Norman; it is cut have run so long without finding any

out of a black hard stone, and highly pocoast, quikly dispatches the thought, to lished; there is a fine one somewhat of the end f the world, and the thought earlier date at Hendon, Middlesex, and anbeing doutful too, doth almost persuade other still more remarkable, at Brighton old himself the this place is so full of charms, church, Sussex. Among other interesting that it hah forced the heavens to unite objects I noticed a curious Saxon window, themselve to the earth. In the midst of and two crowned heads on either side of this, so yst, and yet so perfect, carpet, the western door, smirking pleasantly.

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The little village of Mickleham was formerly a place of some consequence; it is mentioned in Domesday—“Nigell holds Michelham of the bishop of Baieux. Ansfrig held it of king Edward. It has always been assessed at five hides. The arable is four ploughlands. There are two ploughs in the demesne, four villains, four bondsmen, and two ministers. Here is a church, two acres of meadow, and a wood of three hogs. In the time of the Confessor it was valued at three pounds, subsequently at fifty shillings, and it is now estimated at four pounds," &c.

Wotton church is chiefly remarkable from its containing the cemetery of the Evelyn family, which is situated in the north aisle of the chancel, and inclosed by a wooden railing. The tomb of the illustrious John Evelyn stands on the right hand side of the entrance. He lies above ground, in a stone coffin which is cased by a larger one of fair marble, on the slab of which the following epitaph is graven :-

Here lies the Body
of JOHN EVELYN, Ea.
of this place, second on

of Richard Evelyn, Eq. who, having served the Pblick in several employments, of wich that of Commissioner of the Privy cal in the

Reign of king James the 20. vas most honourable, and perpetuated iis fame

by far more lasting monumets than

those of Stone or Brass, his learned and useful Works, fell asleep orthe 27 day

of February 1705-6, being th 86 year

of his age, in full hope of a lorious Resurrection, thro’ faith in Jess Christ.

Living in an age of extraorinary
Events and Revolutions, belearnt
(as himself asserted) this 'ruth,
which pursuant to his intetion

is here declared, That all is vanily which is pohonest, and that there is no solid wdom

but in real Piety. Of five Sons and three Dachters

born to him from his mo:

virtuous and excellent we Mary, sole daughter and hecss

of Sir Rich, Browne, of Sayes peat the Apostle's creed, the Lord's Court near Deptford in Kent, prayer, the commandments, and part of onely one daughter, Susanna

the fifteenth chapter of Corinthians, and married to William Draper,

write in a legible hand two verses of the Esq., of Adscomb in this

said chapter. The surplus of an annual County, survived him ; the

bequest of £30 he ordered to be applied two orbers dying in the

to other charitable uses.
flower of their age, and
all the Sons very young, ex.

J. F. R. cept one, named John, who

Walworth, June 10th, 1831.
deceased 24 March, 1698-9,
in the 45 year of his age,
leaving one son, John, and

The Palace Of WORLDLY FELICITIE. one daughter, Elizabeth.

The palace was situated, or built, in a His “ virtuous and excellent wife” re- pleasant vallie upon the foote of a high poses in a like sepulchre on the left hand mountain, environed with hills on every side of the entrance, and the goodly effi- side, whereby it was not only defended gies of his ancestors surround the walls. from force of tempests which way soever Among these may be seen the twenty- the wind blew, but the very hills them. four children of George Evelyn, Esq., selves were very sightly and serviceable ; who died in 1603, kneeling on stony for on the one side was a goodly vineyard, cushions, with their hands clasped in the wherein grew grapes of sundry sorts ; on attitude of prayer, saving three or four the other side it yielded a great quantity infants who, strangely swathed with sundry of graine; on another side were proper bandages, are lying at the feet of their woods, which yielded a good store of brethren.

timber and trees, wherein bred all manner Besides those already mentioned, the of birds; on another side were warrens church contains several monuments, and conniborrowes full of hares and conamong which are two tablets to the me- nies ; in another place was a goodly park, mory of the earl of Rothes, and the de- wherein was no want of deer, red or falceased members of his family. His low. Beyond these hills were goodly lordship's eulogy, written by his countess, forests full of gentlemanly game for huntpaints his virtues in glowing colors; it ing. In the valley where the palace stood, concludes thus—“ His afflicted widow, was a marvellous faire greene meadow, and once happy wife, inscribes this through the middest whereof ran a river of marble; an unequal testimony of his fine fresh water, upon the brimmes whereworth and excellence, and her affection, of, on both sides along, grew apple trees, wishing that heaven to her may grace peare trees, plum trees, olive trees, elder supply, to live as well, and as prepared trees, oke trees, elm trees, and such like; to die.” On the opposite side is a fair fast by the goodly banke, also, grew many tablet, denoting the vault of the ancient young hasil trees full of nuts, at the time family of the Steeres, Ockley.

of the yeere ; and, by that againe, such The exterior of the church has been store of walnut trees; besides many ponds partly modernised; and were it not for the of fish, and excellent orchards of all kinds beauty of its situation, and the circum- of fruits, and goodly gardens also of sweet stance of its containing the ashes of John flowers. The river was not without great Evelyn, would little deserve attention. store of waterfouls; and, as for the wood, The porch represented in the accompa- there bred in it hawkes, hernes, pelicans, nying sketch is the interesting spot where phesants, cranes, woodcocks, bitterns, kites, he was taught to read by the village crows, cormorants, turtles, woodquists, schoolmaster.

eagles ; to be short, all kinds of birds It may not, perhaps, be generally possible, as might be perceived by the known, that Mr. William Glanville, one feathers, which fell from them to the of the clerks of the treasury, reposes be- ground pruning themselves; what should hind the church, and that yearly, on the I speak of pigin houses, and of such anniversary of his death, which happened bankitting places, fine and delicate ? why in January, 1717, forty shillings, in ac- it were but folly. Besides all this, you cordance to his last will, are or were paid to five poor boys of Wotton, upon * From the Voyage of the Wandering Knight, condition that they should, with their translated from the French by W. G., and hands laid on his tom), reverently re- dedicated to Sir F. Drake. (Black letter.)

VI.

VII.

IX.

1.

must think what there were of tennis courts, and other places of pastimes, the Three azure bars, with other three walls thereof were very high, insomuch Between, of virgin white, that it would have made one amazed, and which cunningly enwrought were borne, desire to look down from the top. There

By that redoubted knight, was also a marvailouse moate, and, fearful

Sir Henry, at Caerlaveroc,

When Edward led the fight.* to behold, the bridge whereof was not broad, and called Desperation, the passage

We sat within its quiet shade over being a long narrow plank, so that, if

And on the sunny scene, one went awrie, he fell in with hazard

More lovely by the contrast made, never to be recovered. The stables were And pleasingly serene, full of goodly horses, as hobbies, jennets, Gazed with a joy we scaree had known, barbed horses, geldings, hackneys, mules, Since life was young and green, camels, and colts; the kennels full of

VIII. dogs, as grey-hounds, otter-hounds, hare- Ere pleasure had been linked to painhounds, spaniels for land or water, mas- And asked ourselves the while, tives for bull, beare, and boare. We supt Why man should “ toil so hard to gain in! a banketting house, and our supper

“ A monumental pile"

That, whilst it craves the stranger's tear, excelled all the fare that ever I saw."

Provokes the scorner's smile.
FLITTON.

But now the grey old oaken door
[For the Year Book.]

Swung open to the touch,

And up and down the breezy aisle We passed the low stone wall, and stood

We passed, and pondered much ; Beside the beedless dead,

Nor, as we spoke of mortal man, That lay “unknowing and unknown'

Forgot that we were such. Each in his narrow bed

X. Oe'r which the mellow summer sun

For as we came within its walls
Its ev'ning glories shed.

So calm a freshness fell
II.

Upon our minds, we deemed that here
And on the sleek and verdant sod,

That perfect peace must dwell A lengthened shadow threw,

Which scatters, from its healing wings, Where'er an unpretending stone

Delights which none can tell ;
Or hillock rose to view ;
Trophies that proved death's kingly claim,

And feared that our unhallowed haste,
Beyond all pleading, true.

And sounding step, had scared
III.

The gentle spirit from its rest-
And there, the church-yard path beside,

Which, as it upward fared, A dial stood, to show

Had waked those stirrings in the air How, fleeter than the light-wing'd wings,

Whose influence we shared. Our minutes come and go,

XII. And certain and unceasing change

And hence, with staid and thoughtful mien, Await on all below.

We moved along the nave,

And through a stately iron gate.*
We gazed upon its tarnished face,

Just as the solemn chime
Rocked the grey tow'r whose sun-lit walls

Cacrlaveroc castle, in Scotland, was beRose on our gaze sublime

sieged by Edward I., in 1300. Amongst his And, to the well-tuned heart, it seemed followers was Henry de Grey, a inember of To say~" Redcem the time."

this honorable family. His arms, which are V.

precisely the same with those here described, And now we sought the welcome porch, are thus set forth in the old rhyming narra. Upon whose front are shown

tive of the siege : With russet moss that lies in spots,

· Henri de Grai, bi ie la And lichens overgrown,

avec son bon seigneur le compte, The bearings of my Lord de Grey,

Banier avoit il par droit conte Carved daintily in stone.t

De VI pieces, la vrai mesurFlitton church, Bedfordshire, was proba

Barre de argent e de ažur." bly built in the early part of the fifteenth The distinguished and amiable, but ill-fated century, by Reginald lord Grey, whose arms, lady Jane, came of this stock. quartering those of Hastings, are carved on † The Columbarium of the Greys is enthe porch.

tered from the navc. It consists of four

XI.

IV.

Where, o'er the Founder's *

grave,

For there how many baby-graves A costly monument appeared

Ranged side by side were seen!
Our poor regards to crave;

So thickly set, a living child
XIII.

Might scarcely pass between.
On which, in effigy he lay,

XIX.
A gay and gilded thing,

And there, we breathed a wish to lie
Though dimmed and sullied much by time, Remote from folly's noise-
Whose quick, but noiseless wing,

It seemed so fit a resting-place
Fanning the haughty brow, had soothed Between the care that cloys
Its winter into spring.

In such a hollow world as this
XIV.

And Heav'n's enduring joys !
And close beside, in silent state,

XX. Reposed his lady fair

Oh Death of Death! through whom alone Their faces gazing on the roof,

All perfect gifts descend, Their hands upraised in pray’r.

Give us that stedfast faith in Thee And others of the house and line

Which brings a peaceful end-
Of bold de Grey were there,

And whereso'er our bodies rest,
XV.

Our helpless souls befriend.
By love and grief so eulogized,

19. A. They seemed too good for earth, And yet, the language of the Fall Exbibited no dearth

august 12. Of words, to sound the deathless praise Of such unsullied worth !

12th August, 1662, died Charles SeyXVI. Now by a dark and winding stair,

mour, the proud Duke of Somerset. We gained the turret's height,

Charles II., in the last year of his reign, And feasted on the goodly view

made him a knight of the garter. James Which opened to our sight,

II. appointed him a lord of the bed chamIn all the greenness of the spring,

ber; and for refusing to introduce FerdiAnd summer's glory dight.

nando Dada, Archbishop of Amasia, the XVII.

Pope's nuncio, to the public audience at And on the still churchyard beneath- Windsor, discharged him from his place Whose soft and grassy sod,

in the palace ; and from the army, as So purely bright, it seemed that there colonel of the third regiment of dragoons. No human foot had trod

The duke concurred in the Revolution, but Was ruffled with the cells of thoset

kept in retirement at the beginning of WilWhose souls had gone to God

liam's reign. He afterwards took office XVIII. Whose souls had gone to God, though few

as president of the council, and a lord Their days on earth had been,

justice. Under Queen Ann he was master of the horse, a privy counsellor, and a commissioner for the Union; but at the

change of the ministry he was superseded. apartments in the form of a cross, the chancel-end of the church occupying the angle self into the council at Kensington, which

With the Duke of Argyle, he forced himformed by its south and west arms. This was Henry, earl of Kent, who built

had been summoned to deliberate upon the first room in 1605. He married Mary: the plans of the tories. George I. named

the death of the queen, and disconcerted daughter of sir John Cotton; and their effi. gies, splendidly habited and crowned, lie di- him a lord justice, and guardian of the rectly fronting the gates above mentioned. realm, and on his landing restored him to

The other apartments were subsequently all his employments; yet, on bail being erected.

refused for his son-in-law, Sir William + Wordsworth has

Wyndham, who was suspected of holding “ the ground beneath

intelligence with the Court of St. GerIs ruffled with the cells of death."

main's, he expressed his sentiments so These graves are on the north side of the warmly that he was removed from his church, in a spot which, I believe, is not easy

office of master of the horse. He had of access. There are but few gravestones in this part of the cemetery; the billowy ridges boundless pride. In the reign of Queen here adverted to (very many of which seem,

Ann he ordered his servants to wear the from their size, raised over the remains of same livery as her majesty's footmen; and infants), being, in most instances, the only shot their dresses from a cart into the memorials for the dead.

court of the palace. He claimed to be

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