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upon every lock that is worn, not being seven foot long, upon every health that is drank, not being of a glass five feet deep, &c.
"Item. No knight of this order shall put out any money upon strange returns, or performances to be made by his own person; as to hop up the stairs to the top of St. Paul's, without intermission, or any other such like agilities or endurances, except it may appear that the same performances or practices do enable him to some service or employment, as if he do undertake to go a journey backward, the same shall be thought to enable him to be an ambassador into Turkey.
"Item. No knight of this order that hath had any license to travel into foreign countries, be it by map, card, sea, or land, and hath returned from thence, shall presume, upon the warrant of a traveller, to report any extraordinary varieties; as that he hath ridden through Venice, on horse-back, post; or that, in December, he sailed by the cape of Norway; or that he hath travelled over most part of the countries of Geneva; or such like hyperboles, contrary to the statute, Propterea quod qui diversos terrarum ambitus errant el vagantur, Sec.
"Item. Every knight of this order shall do his endeavour to be much in the books of the worshipful citizens of the principal city next adjoining to the territories of Peerpoole; and none shall unlearnedly, or without looking, pay ready money for any wares or other things pertaining to the gallantness of his honour's court, to the ill example of others, and utter subversion of credit betwixt man and man.
"Item. Every knight of this order shall endeavour to add conference and experience by reading; and therefore shall not only read and peruse Guizo, the French Academy, Galiatto the courtier, Plutarch, the Arcadia, and the Neoterical writers, from time to time; but also frequent the Theatre, and such like places of experience; and resort to the better sort of ordinaries for conference, whereby they may not only become accomplished with civil conversations, and able to govern a table with discourse, but also sufficient, if need be, to make epigrams, emblems, and other devices appertaining to his honour's learned revels
"Item. No knight of this order, in walking the streets or other places of resort, shall bear his hands in his pockets of his great rolled hose, with the Spanish wheel, if it be not either to defend his hands from the cold, or else to guard forty shillings sterling, being in the same pockets.
"Item. No knight of this order shall lay to pawn his collar of knighthood for a hundred pounds; and, if he do, he shall be ipso facto discharged, and it shall be lawful for any man whatsoever, that will retain the same collar for the sum aforesaid, forthwith to take upon him the said knighthood, by reason of a secret virtue in the collar; for in this order it is holden for a certain rule that the knighthood followeth the collar, and not the collar the knighthood.
"Lastly. All the knights of this honourable order, and the renowned sovereign of the same, shall yield all homage, loyalty, unaffected admiration, and all humble service, of what name or condition soever, to the incomparable empress of the Fortunate Island." When the king at arms had read the articles of the order of the knighthood, and all had taken their places as before, 1 there was variety of concert-music: and in the mean while the knights of the order, who were not strangers, brought into the hall a running banquet in very good order, and gave it to the prince, and lords, and others, strangers, in imitation of | the feast that belongelh to all such honorable institutions.
This being done, there was a table set in the midst of the stage, before the prince's seat, and there sat six of the lords of his privy council, who at that time were appointed to attend in council the prince's leisure. Then the prince required them to advise him how he should best qualify himself for his future government, and each of them gave advice, as appeareth elsewhere at length, but in brief to the effect here set forth,— The first counsellor advised war. The second counsellor advised the study of philosophy.
The third counsellor advised the gaining of fame by buildings and foundations.
The fourth counsellor advised absoluteness of state and treasure.
The fifth counsellor advised the practice of virtue, and a gracious government.
The sixth counsellor advised to immediate pastimes and sports.
The prince, being unresolved how to determine amidst such variety of weighty counsel.resolved meanwhile to make choice of the last advice, and deliberate afterwards upon the rest; and he delivered a speech to that effect, and then arose from his speech to revel, and took a lady to dance withal, as likewise did the lord ambassador, and the pensioners and courtiers; so that the rest of the night was passed in such pastimes, which, being carefully conducted, did so delight the nobility and other gentle visitors, that Graya recovered its lost dignity, and was held in greater honor than before.
Upon the following day, the prince, attended by his courtiers, and accompanied by the ambassador of Templaria, with his train, made a progress from his court of Graya to the lord mayor's house, called Crosby Place, in Bishopsgale Street, whither he had been invited by his lordship to dinner. His highness was bravely mounted upon a rich foot-cloth; the ambassador likewise riding near him; the gentlemen attending with the prince's officers, and the ambassador's favourites going before, and the others coming behind the prince. Every one had his leather in his cap, the Grayans using while, and the Templarians using ashcolored feathers. The prince's attendants were to the number of fourscore, all bravely appointed, and mounted on great horses, with foot-cloths according to their tank. Thus they rode very gallantly from Gray's Inn, througlrChancery Lane, Fleet Street, and so through Cheapside and Cornhill, to Crosby Place, where was a sumptuous and costly dinner for the prince and all his attendants, with variety of music and all good entertainment. Dinner being ended, the prince and his company revelled a while, and then returned again in the same order as he went; the streets being filled with people, who thought there had been some great prince in very deed passing through the city. This popular show greatly pleased the lord mayor and his commonalty, as well as the great lords, and others of good condition.
Shortly after this show the ambassador of Templaria was gracefully recalled to give an account of his mission, and was honorably dismissed, and accompanied homeward by the nobles of Peerpoole.
The next grand night was upon Twelfth
Day, at night. When the honourable and | worshipful company of lords, ladies, and knights, were, as at other times, assembled and conveniently placed, according to their condition; and when the prince was enthroned, and the trumpet had sounded, there was presented a show concerning his highness's state and authority, taken from the device of the prince's arms, as as they were blazoned in the beginning of his reign, by his king at arms.
First, six knights of the helmet, and three others attired like miscreants, whom, on returning from Russia, they had surprised and captured, for conspiracy against his highness's government, but could not prevail on them to disclose their names. Then entered two goddesses. Virtue and Amity, who informed the prince that the captives were Envy, Malcontent, and Folly, whose attempts against the state of Graya had been frustrated by these goddesses, who now willed the knights to depart with the offenders. On their departure, Virtue and Amity promised support to his highness against all foes, and departed to pleasant music. Then entered the six knights in a stately masque, and danced a newly devised measure; fend afterwards took to them divers ladies and gentlemen, and danced the galliards, and then departed with music.
Then to the sound of trumpets entered the king at arms to the prince, and pro claimed the arrival of an ambassador from the mighty emperor of Russia and Muscovy, on weighty affairs of state. And, by order of the prince, the ambassador was admitted, and he came in the attire of Russia, with two of his own country in like habits, and, making his obeisance, humbly delivered his letters of credence to the prince, who caused them to be read aloud by the king at arms; and then the ambassador made his speech to the prince, soliciting, on behalf of his sovereign, succor from the state of Graya, against the Tartars, and announcing the entrance of a ship richly laden, as a present to the prince. To which speech his highness vouchsafed a princely answer; and, the ambassador being placed in a chair near the throne, there was served up a running banquet to the prince, and the lords and ladies, and the company present, with variety of music.
Then entered a postboy with letters of intelligence concerning the state, from divers parts of his highness's provinces, and delivered them to the secretary, who
'made the prince acquainted therewith, and caused them to be read openly and publicly. The first letter, from the canton of
i. Knighlsbridge, complained that certain
j foreigners took goods by force. The second letter, from sea, directed to the lord high admiral, advised of an invasion of Peerpoole by an armada of" amazons; also letters from Stapulia and Bernardia, and Low Holborn, informed of plots and rebellion, and insurrection in those parts. After these letters were read, the prince made a long speech, complaining of the cares of his government, and appointed certain lords to suppress these disorders, and then declared his intention of going to Russia. Then, at the end of his
j speech, the prince, for his farewell, took a lady to dance, and the rest of the courtiers consorted with ladies, and danced in like manner; and, when the revel was finished, the pnnce departed on his journey to Russia, and the court broke up.
His highness remained in Russia until Candlemas, and after glorious conquests, of which his subjects were advised, they purposed to prepare for him a triumphant reception when he should return. But these good intentions were frustrated by the readers and ancients, who (on account j of the term) had caused the scaffold in the hall (of Grays Inn) to be taken away and enjoined that they should not be rebuilt. Yet, notwithstanding this discomfiture, order was taken by the prince's faithful adherents to make his arrival known, by an ingenious device as followeth:—
Upon the 28th of January, the readers and all the society of the Inn being seated at dinner in the hall, there suddenly sounded a trumpet, and, after the third blast, the king at arms entered in the midst and proclaimed the style and title of his sovereign lord Sir Henry, the right excellent and all-conquering Prince of Portpoole, and in his highness's name commanded all his officers, knights, pensioners, and subjects to attend his person at his port of Blackwallia on the first of February, there to perform all offices of obedience and subjection as became their loyalty to so gracious a sovereign.
When the coming of the prince from Russia was thus noised abroad, and it became known that his highness would come up the Thames by Greenwich, where the queen (Elizabeth) then held her court, it was expected that his highness would
land there and do homage to her majesty of England, and the rather because in Christmas there was expectation of his going thither to offer some pastime, which he had not done.
Upon the first of February the prince and his train came in gallant show upon the river Thames, and were met at Blackwall, where, being so near his own territories, he quitted his navy of ships and went with his retinue on board fifteen barges gallantly furnished with standards, pendants, flags, and streamers. Every barge had music and trumpets, and others ordnance and ammunition; and thus bravely appointed they proceeded towards the stairs at Greenwich, where the ordnance was discharged, and the whole fleet sailed round about; and the second time, when the admiral, in which the prince was, came directly before the court stairs, his highnessdespatched two gentlemen with the following letter to Sir Thomas 11 encage, then there with her majesty, "Henry, Prince of Portpoole, to the Right
Honourable Sir Thomas Heneage, u Most Honourable Knight,
"I have now accomplished a most tedious and hazardous journey, though very honourable, into Russia, and returning within the view of the court of your renowned queen, my gracious sovereign, to whom I acknowledge homage and service, I thought good, in passing by, to kiss her sacred hands, as a tender of the zeal and duty I owe unto her majesty; but, in making the offer, I found my desire was greater than the ability of my body, which, by length of my journey and my sickness at sea, is so weakened, as it were very dangerous forme to adventure it. Therefore, most honourable friend, let me entreat you to make my humble excuse to her majesty for this
fresent: and to certify her highness that do hope, by the assistance of the divine providence, to recover my former strength about Shrovetide; at which time I intend to repair to her majesty's court (if it may stand with her gracious pleasure), to offer my service, and relate the success of my journey. And so praying your honour to return me her majesty's answer, I wish you all honour and happiness. "Dated from ship-board,
At our Ark of Vanity,
The 1st of'February, 1A94." The letter being delivered and her majesty made acquainted with the contents, flie gniuiously observed of his highness, "That, if the letter had not excused his passing by, he should have done homage before he had gone away, although he had been a greater prince than he was: yet," she said, "she liked his gallant shows, that were made at his triumphant return;" and added," if he should corneal Shrovetide, he and his followers should have entertainment according to his dignity."
The prince and his company continued their course to the Tower, where, by the queen's command, he was welcomed with a volley of great ordnance by the lieutenant of the Tower: and, at Tower Hill, his highness's landing was awaited by men with 100 choice and great horses, gallantly appointed for all the company. So the prince and his company mounted, each of his retinue being in order according to his office, with the ensign thereof; and they rode gallantly through Tower Street, Fenchurch Street, Gracechurch Street, Cornhill, and St. Paul's church-yard, where, at St. Paul's school, one of the scholars entertained his highness with a Latin oration (as set forth in the prince's history), and the prince rewarded the speaker bountifully, and thanked all the scholars for their goodwill, and marched on his way by Ludgate and through Fleet Street, where, as during the entire progress, the streets were so thronged with people that there was only room for the horsemen to pass. In this state his highness arrived at Gray's Inn, where he was received with a peal of ordnance and sound of trumpets, and all the entertainment that his loving subjects could make.
After the prince had been thus received, and supper ended, his highness entered the hall and danced and revelled among the nobles of his court.
In like manner the day following was spent, but there was no performance because of the want of the stage and scaffolds.
At shrove-tide, the prince, in discharge of his promise, went with his nobles to the court of her majesty (queen Elizabeth), and represented certain sports, consisting of a masque in which the chief characters were an esquire of his highness's company attended by a Tartarian page; Proteus, a sea-god, attended by two Tritons; Thamesis and Amphitrite, attended by their sea-nytnphs. These characters having delivered speeches, Proteus struck a rock of adamant with his trident, and they all entered the rock, and then
the prince and seven knights issued from the rock, richly attired, in couples, and before every couple there were two pigmies with torches. On their first coming on the stage, they danced a newly devised measure, and then took ladies, and with them they danced galliards, courants, and other dances. Afterwards they danced another new measure, at the end whereof, the pigmies brought eight escutcheons with the masker's devices thereon, and delivered them to the esquire, wno offered them to her majesty; which being done, they took their order again, and, with a new strain, went all into the rock; and there was sung at their departure into the rock another strain, in compliment to her majesty.
It was the queen's pleasure to be gracious to every one, and her majesty particularly thanked his highness the prince of Peerpoole for the good performance, with undoubted wishes that the sports had continued longer; insomuch that, when the courtiers danced a measure immediately after the masque ended, the queen said, "What! shall we have bread and cheese after a banquet?"
The queen having willed her lord chamberlain that the gentlemen should be invited on the next day, and that he should present them unto her; this was done, and her majesty gave them her hand to kiss with gracious commendations in general, and of Grays Inn, as a house she was much beholden unto, because it always studied for sports to present unto her.
On the same night there was.fighting at the barriers; the earl of Essex and others being the challengers, and the earl of Cumberland and his company the defenders ;—into which company the prince of Peeipoole was taken, and behaved so valiantly, that to him was adjudged the prize, which was a jewel set with seventeen diamonds and four rubies, and worth 100 marks. Her majesty delivered it to his highness with her own hands, saying "That it was not her gift, for if it had, it should have been better; but she gave it to him as that prize which was due to his desert and good behaviour in those exercises; and that hereafter he should be remembered with a better reward from herself."
And thus, on Shro-» Tuesday, the sports and revels of Gra_, i Inn and the reign of the mock prince, were ended at the court of her majesty queen Elizabeth.
The infant in arms makes known its desire for fresh air, by restlessness; it erits—for it cannot speak its want,—is taken abroad, and is quiet.
All children love to "go out:" they prefer the grass to the footpath; and to wander, instead of to " walk as they ought to do." They feel that
God made the country, and man made the town.
While they are conducted along the road, their great anxiety is to leave it.—" W hen shall we get into the fields?"
They seek after some new thing, and convert what they find to their own use. A stick, placed between the legs, makes a horse; a wisp of grass, or a stone, drawn along at the end of a string, is a cart. On the sides of banks, and in green lanes, they see the daily issues from the great treasury of the earth,—opening buds, new flowers, surprising insects. They come home laden with unheard-of curiosities, wonderful rarities of their newfound world; and tell of their being met
by ladies whom they admired, l ad who spoke to them.
As children increase in years they proceed from particulars to generals—observe the weather, sun-rising and sun-setiin?, the changing forms of clouds, varied scenery, difference of character in persons. In a short time they know so much as to think they know enough. They enter upon life,and find experience—thekchoolmaster is always at home.
In manhood the instincts of childhood, recollections of ourold love, return. We would throw ourselves upon the bosom of Nature—but we are weaned.
We cannot see her as we did: yet
we recall, and keep representations of her features; throw landscapes and forests into portfolios, and place Claudes and Poussins in our rooms. We turn from nature herself to look at painted shadows 01 her; and behold pictures of graceful human forms till we dream of human perfection, and of our being, still, "a little lower than the angels.