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hold this figure of the venerable Wil- Oxford Brasscs). He was a son of
On the stall seats there are some which a small figure of the priest is
Though we have not exhausted all ences; and we find that the nine the remarks to which this volume plates (not
" torteaux") were the dif- might give rise, we have now exhausted ference of Sir Philip Courtenay, of
our space, and must conclude by rePowderham, the sixth son, the direct commending it to attention, as the ancestor of the present Earl of Devon. work of a diligent and investigating The mullets (there nine, not three, in antiquary, such as have in latter times number,) are again found on the se been rare in Kent, though it formerly pulchral brass of Edward Courtenay, more abounded in them than other at Oxford (engraved in T. Fisher's county in England.
. We believe the label was never entirely removed from the coat of the English Courtenays.
rable Wil- Oxford Brasses). He was a son of uested that Sir Hugh Courtenay, of Haccombe, e;" it was who was the third brother, and anburied at
cestor of the 10th, 11th, and 12th was a fact Earls. (See also our vol. XXI. pp.381, m the epi- 496, where the noble youth's other s not con- sepulchral effigy, at Haccombe, is en. would re- graved and described.) it. With
Wemust begexcuse for a few further Fervation's remarks on the explanations which Mr. Lly neces- Poste has received from his friend with ic” must respect to the paintings remaining in al sense, the recess of the tomb of John Wootaidstone, ton, the first Master of the College. the par
We told they represent John he will; Wootton's "exaltation to heavenly e a mis- bliss," and that the angel presents him cal date, to the Virgin Mary, “ bearing testiy occur mony to his merits;" but the fact is,
of the that it is a representation of the Auway. nunciation, in the usual manner, before re some which a small figure of the priest is Elic dif- kneeling as in prayer. Besides these erto re- figures there are those of two female
from saints, one of which has lost her church, symbol, and the other is shown by pposing her wheel to be Saint Katharine. At cifully either end of the tomb are a bishop - Poste and an archbishop; the latter of these,
we are told, “ is evidently Courtenay," oat of and the former some bishop, a friend mitres of Wootton. On the contrary, they se the are shown by their nimbi to be saints
. - ano- The archbishop is doubtless Saint 7ce is Thomas of Canterbury, and the bishop
Mr. is probably Saint Nicholas. We may creg- add, that we saw these paintings some Ehree fifteen years ago, and the archbishop er on had certainly then a cross-headed staff
, the the constant symbol of sainted archrch- bishops, and the usual ensign, we beght lieve, of archiepiscopal effigies, though on; Mr. Poste says that the effigies of Stratere ford, Courtenay, and Warham at Can. ose terbury have the ordinary crosier. Che The reason of this we are not able to n,* explain.
Though we have not exhausted all
the remarks to which this volume Ef- might give rise, we have now exhausted of our space, and must conclude by rect commending it to attention, as the
work of a diligent and investigating n antiquary, such as have in latter times
been rare in Kent, though it formerly ; more abounded in them than any other 3 county in England.
An Archæological Index to Remains of but they are not so elaborate as thos
Antiquity of the Celtic, Romano-Bri of some others of his plodding frater tish, and Anglo-Saxon periods. By nity. The present volume is hand John Yonge Akerman, F.S.A. 8vo. somely printed, and the plates are a pp. 204. 18 Plates.
neatly executed as they are instruc THE author introduces this work tively compiled, each plate containin to his readers by congratulating them from twenty to sixty objects repre that the senseless ridicule with which sented in outline. There is, however it was so long the fashion to assail the in the body of the work an occasione pursuits of the Antiquary is at length want of the scrupulous exactness whic hushed, “and the mute but eloquent we are wont to expect from the pains relics of Antiquity are now regarded taking antiquary. We speak particu with interest by all who aspire to be larly of the chapters relating to Ro informed of the manners and customs man monuments, and their inscriptions of those who have preceded us.” This Whilst Mr. Akerman has told us mucl change may be fairly ascribed not we cannot but feel that he could hav merely to the accession of intelligence told us much more.* and of taste which is now employed Some of the antiquities he describe on the study of archæology,—for there are so rare that the limits of his vo were always some who pursued the lume would admit of a catalogue rai subject with taste and intelligence,--- sonnée of all that are known. O but also particularly to the improved those which are of more frequent oc system and classification with which currence, such as the vases, fibula the objects of antiquarian research are pins, &c. that are found in sepulchra now treated. This classification is tumuli, he discourses with the expewhat is really required in order to ele- rience of an old barrow-digger, and vate the hobby of the virtuoso into the his scientific arrangement of these ar science of the true antiquary.
ticles will be of the greatest value to As regards our own country, Mr. those who are interested in that parAkerman has made an excellent com ticular line of research. In Romar mencement of such an arrangement in antiquities we think he may make the present manual, in which he has large improvements in a future edition lightly touched in succession on the His account of tesselated pavements several remaining monuments of the those most beautiful specimens of the Celtic, the Romano-British, and the domestic decorations of that people, i Anglo-Saxon periods.
particularly brief and unsatisfactory. One remarkable circumstance in re The student of the Roman antiquilation to this distribution will be no ties of Britain will, however, find the ticed by those who are conversant with Appendix acceptable, as it presents the lucubrations of our antiquaries of him with an annotated copy of the the last century. Where are all their Itinerary of Antoninus, followed by Danish antiquities,—those numerous monuments which they were induced to attribute to the period of the occu
* Thus the chapter upon Altars con
cludes with this remark : " But the most pation of Britain by its Danish in- interesting monument of this class is. vaders ? They seem to have vanished perhaps, the altar inscribed to the Genius into non-entity. We have before been of Britain, found in the last century in witnesses when the presumed Danish Scotland." (p. 80.) We would have said, barrows of the Bartlow hills have been at Auchindavy in Dumbartonshire, on the proved to be Romano-British, and the line of the wall of Antoninus Pius, in the Danish round towers of East Anglia year 1771: and some allusion should have have been shown to be post-Con- been made to the corresponding inscripquestal; and we presume that the re
tions which were noticed in our number sult of further investigation is, that
for last June, p. 593.-In p. 43, reference the Danes have not left any memo
is given only to the History of Dorset. rials in this country characterized by chalk-hill at Cerne Abbas, and none to
shire for the gigantic human figure on the features distinguishing them from their
the late Mr. Sydenham's separate publicaAnglo-Saxon contemporaries.
tion on the subject, entitled “Baal DuroThere is an elegance and good taste trigensis," reviewed in our vol. XIX. in the productions of Mr. Akerman, p. 294.
rely removed from the coat of the English
Ptolemy's geography of our island, the Of the Anglo-Saxon version, the Notitia, and the Itinerary of Richard only known copy is the Cottonian voof Cirencester. To these is added an lume already mentioned ; except that Index to such papers in the Archæo two chapters are also found in the celogia of the Society of Antiquaries, lebrated Codex Vercellensis. Of these, as belong to those early periods of which present very numerous our history which are the subject of riations, the editor has made a careful Mr. Akerman's pages, and under which collation. they are respectively classed, — fre The poetical legend of Saint Guthquently in necessary opposition to the lac, which is preserved in that singular views of their unenlightened writers. collection of Anglo-Saxon poetry the This catalogue would be improved by Codex Exoniensis, is also founded upon a more specific classification : indeed the same Latin life by Felix. we should recommend that references, By the addition of a translation, Mr. not only to the Archæologia, but to Goodwin has made this little volume the Archæologia Æliana and other an acceptable to the historical reader as tiquarian works should be appended well as the philologist. Several histo each division and chapter of the torical persons are mentioned, and we text. It will be seen, on the whole, have only to complain that the book that, whilst we consider Mr. Akerman's
wants an index, which could have been work as a great acquisition and a great supplied with very trifling trouble, as boon to the inquiring antiquary, we on counting the names we find they do think it is still capable of much im not exceed twenty-five. The only provement.
Crowland, Grantchester (incidentally), and Rep
ton. The remarkable passage describThe Anglo-Saxon Version of the Life ing Crowland has been already ex
of st. Guthlac, hermit of Crowland: tracted by Mr. Wright. Repton was the with a Translation and Notes by place where Guthlac received the Charles Wycliffe Goodwin, M.A. tonsure : Fellow of Catharine Hall, Cam
“ When he was four-and-twenty years bridge. 12mo.
old, he forsook all the pomps of the THIS is the editio princeps of a very world, and set all his hopes on Christ. interesting relic of Anglo-Saxon lite And after that he went to a monastery rature, and it is edited with great which is called Hrypadun, and there regrammatical and philological care. It ceived the mystical tonsure of St. Peter is not, however, ascertained at what the Apostle, under abbess Ælfthrytha." period it was written; for it is clearly A subsequent abbess of the same à translation from the Latin life of monastery provided for the holy man's St. Guthlac, and the editor remarks burial, that “ the style is not that of Ælfric, to whom it has been groundlessly venerable maid Ecgburh, abbess, the daugh
“ It happened also on a time that the ascribed.” The only MS. which is in
ter of Aldwulf the king, sent to the vene. the Cottonian collection, was supposed rable man Guthlac a leaden coffin, and by Wanley to be in the same hand- winding sheet thereto, and besought him writing, as the Bodleian Heptateuch, by the holy name of the Celestial King, which he assigned to a date shortly that after his departure they should place after the Conquest.
his body therein. The original work in Latin, of which This, from a subsequent passage, we we find five printed editions enume
find was duly performed. The hermit, rated by Mr. Wright in his Biographia who would not whilst he lived accept Britannica Literaria, vol. i. p. 249, was the luxury of a linen garment, decertainly written in the first half of
şired to be wrapped in the sheet sent the eighth century, being addressed to by Ecgburh, "for love of the maid of Alfwold king of the East Angles, who Christ.” The passage is worthy died in A.D. 749. The author's name remark as a record of funereal customs, was Felix, who is supposed to have and as a proof of the occasional use of been a monk of Crowland.
leaden coffins by the Anglo-Saxons.
1, the Of the Anglo-Saxon version, the hard only known copy is the Cottonian vo
lume already mentioned ; except that hæ0 two chapters are also found in the cearies, lebrated Codex Vercellensis. Of these, Is of which present very numerous var ct of riations, the editor has made a careful Thich collation, - fre
The poetical legend of Saint Guththe
lac, which is preserved in that singular ters. collection of Anglo-Saxon poetry the ed by
Codex Exoniensis, is also founded upon deed the same Latin life by Felix.
By the addition of a translation, Mr. ut to Goodwin has made this little volume
acceptable to the historical reader as ended well as the philologist. Several histhe
torical persons are mentioned, and we hole, have only to complain that the book nan's wants an index, which could have been great supplied with very trifling trouble, as , we on counting the names we find they do
not exceed twenty-five. The only
A Guide to the Castle of Newcastle 13th century, and it is designed by Jose upon Tyne. By J. C. Bruce. 12mo. Welland, esq. architect to the Ecclesi pp. 58.–Our readers have been informed, tical Commissioners for Ireland. The co by the statement which appeared in our will be 8,0001. of which 5001. is cont Magazine for last April, p. 405, that a buted by the Commissioners, and the restoration of the magnificent Keep of the mainder will be raised by public su New Castle upon Tyne is now in con scription. templation, with due regard to the true principles of its originalarchitecture. Some Wayside Verses. By W. J. Brock. five and thirty years ago it was rescued We can only afford room for one specime from destruction by public-spirited and so many other poetical rivals are crowdin well-meant efforts : but there was then less for admission. acquaintance than now with the purpose and meaning of the several component parts
NIGHT-BLOOMING FLOWERS. and features, and consequently less atten
Sweet flowers that ope at close of day, tion to their preservation in their integrity, And love to court the softer sway or restoration with propriety and consist
Of silence, making earth and air ency. These matters will now be duly Companion meet for breasts so fair. attended to ; and at such a time so sensible Who would have thought at such an hou and judicious a guide to the building as
To find a single blooming flower ? the present cannot fail to be acceptable. Our wond'ring eyes survey the ground, We always feel it a duty to distinguish And admiration knows no bound. between mere trading compilations and ori
Here Nature seems her shrine to rear, ginal works : and we have much pleasure in
And flowers her ministers appear : stating, that the present decidedly belongs The vespers breathe in silence now, to the latter class. The authorhas evidently Devotion sits on leaf and bough, studied not merely the subject of his pages, but military architecture in general, Pour radiance on the priests of light,
And stars which shine in glory bright, and he is therefore prepared to describe while dew-drops on each flower descend the structure in its various parts, and to
To wreath with pearls so fair a friend. discuss their several uses with critical dis. crimination. The book is illustrated with Sweet flowers, like many a holy mind, plans and sections, reduced from those Whose joy is not of carthly kind, published by the Society of Antiquaries, Who court the unfrequented shade, and by so many woodcut vignettes, (which For hallowed thoughts and feelings made well support the wonted credit of the Yet e'en in darkness give a smile, town and school of Bewick,) that when And pour instruction all the while; we add the whole is given for a single Each smiling petal seems to say, shilling, we do not know that we could The night hath flowers as well as day. point out a really cheaper work in these days of cheap literature, certainly not in Recollections of a Parish Priest wh the department of antiquities.
sometime held a Cure of Souls in Cam
bridge. By one of his Parishioners Ecclesiastical Sketch of the Parish of (Second Edition.) 89. 12mo. pp. 24.—Th St. Nicholas, Cork. sq. 12mo. 24 pp.- former edition of this little Essay ap This sketch, compiled by the Rev. John peared not long since in a Cambridg Woodroffe, the Rector, is accompanied by newspaper; and it is easy to conclude fron the form of prayer observed on laying the various other circumstances that the person foundation stone of a new church in the intended is Dr. Perry, who has recentl parish on the 11th Nov. 1847. In pre- sailed to Australia as Bishop of the new paring the foundation, portions of three see of Melbourne in that colony. Hi previous structures have been discovered, character, as here delineated, is such as i the last of which was built no longer justly suited to such an apostolic mission ago than 1720, but had fallen into great it has been marked by the free render decay, a state which was in part attributed himself and his substance to the service to a violent storm, which occurred at an of his Heavenly Master. He undertook early period of its existence, in the year we are told, the charge of a poor and 1726. Let us anticipate for the new struc- populous parish, the income of which ture greater permanence and increased perhaps only sufficed to pay his Curate utility. From a view prefixed, it seems and furnish his amount of support to the intended to be plain, but strictly ecclesi. parochial charities; he promoted the astical in appearance, and commodious in erection of two new churches, and a noble plan, having transepts and a tower and day-school; he laboured in his vocation spire attached to the western side of the with untiring zeal and assiduity; and north transept. The style is that of the finally, “ As he had quitted his college GENT. MAG. Vol. XXIX.
ton. The remarkable passage describLife ing Crowland has been already ex. ind: tracted by Mr. Wright. Repton was the s by place where Guthlac received the V.A. tonsure : Jam
“ When he was four-and-twenty years
old, he forsook all the pomps of the very world, and set all his hopes on Christ. lite And after that he went to a monastery reat which is called Hrypadun, and there re
It ceived the mystical tonsure of St. Peter hat
the Apostle, under abbess Ælfthrytha." rly
A subsequent abbess of the same of monastery provided for the holy man's ks burial. ic,
" It happened also on a time that the ly venerable maid Ecgburh, abbess, the daughin
ter of Aldwulf the king, sent to the vene. d
rable man Guthlac a leaden coffin, and
winding sheet thereto, and besought bim 19 by the holy name of the Celestial King,
that after his departure they should place his body therein."
This, from a subsequent passage, we find was duly performed. The hermit, who would not whilst he lived accept the luxury of a linen garment, desired to be wrapped in the sheet sent by Ecgburh, "for love of the maid of Christ.
The passage is worthy of remark as a record of funereal customs, and as a proof of the occasional use of leaden coffins by the Anglo-Saxons.
66 life at the call of duty, so he relinquished the beautiful effects of refracting light his parish, under the solemn conviction, from the objects around it which are ob. that God required of him to undertake a served in the different forms of the mirage." most important charge elsewhere, involv. ing onerous duties and great sacrifices."
Lays of Christmas. By the Rec. Tho• We have much pleasure in bearing testi
mas Boyles Murray, M.A. Rector of St. mony to the good sense and modesty with
Dunstan in the East, and Prebendary of which this character is delineated,-a
St. Paul's. 19mo.-Mr. Murray, whose somewhat delicate task, but the execution
efforts to recommend divine truths in the of which does much credit both to the
attractive form of simple verse have been head and the heart of the writer.
previously crowned with success in An
Alphabet of Emblems, and The Two City Facts from the World of Nature. By
Apprentices, (illustrated by Hogarth's InMrs. Loudon.-- The author informs us of dut
dustry and Idleness,) which we have already the intent of her work “to present the
introduced to the notice of our readers, wonders of creation as discernible in the
has prepared for the present season a corphysical world, and in the form of beasts,
s, respondent little book under the above birds, and fishes. It was originally in- title. It is, like the former, very prettily tended to add reptiles, insects, and plants,
embellished, and its contents are prepared but as these subjects are too extensive to
with the like care for the holy object in be compressed into narrow limits, it has
view. It is evident that the author's debeen thought better to confine the work
sire is rather to inculcate pious sentiments to a feu subjects treated upon at length,
than to manifest his own poetical skill. Of than to run the risk of making the whole
the latter, however, he need not be ashamed. book dry and uninteresting by too much
We have been particularly pleased with compression.” The work is arranged in
his lay on " Christmas Plants," of which four leading divisions: 1. Wonders of the Earth. 2. Wonders of the Waters. 3.
we quote a part. Atmospheric Phenomena. 4. Wonders of How I love thee, burnish'd HOLLY, Animal Life. The first division or book
Trim with berries red and bright; is erain divided into eight chapters, in.
Chasing thoughts of melancholy, cluding mountains, rocks, volcanoes, ca Sparkling like a sudden light. Cins, mines, &c. The second book is Happy childhood, thee surveying, dinded into six chapters- oceans, lakes, Looks for days of mirth to come ; rivers, icebergs, &c. The third book into Age, amidst its own decaying,
our chapters--optical phenomena, me. For a new unfading home. ters, winds, &c. The fourth or last book
Come, too, in this festal hour, into three chaptere---mammalia, birds, fishe* The si vle in which the book is
Paly-headed MISTLETOE ; wiitten is clear and adapted to the subject.
Welcome as the fairest flower The facts and opinions are in general In the Summer's richest glow. wwrrect, and the whole is both instructive Wintry winds have never nipp'd thee, and amusing. We extract one passage: Since at Yule-tide, with a frown, * This purus phenomenon (the mirage) From the oak the Druid clipp'd thee
ut when the surface of the earth With his brazen sickle down. ar benes uddenly much more howind than the atmosphere. The earth
Who can tell the solemn madness Nisfummiunietes its heat to the layer of
Of that superstitious time, #11 immaliately where it, and which thus
Ere the light of truth and gladness henkinen les lenne than the upper strata,
Settled on our favour'd clime ? w hen the ran of light pass through Christmas Ros E, thy leaf is waving # memelium to one less dense, they
Cheerly with the northern blast; besmie infoted and turn back, Sir David Well it bears the tempest's raving, Hipwater illustrated this phenomenon by
Firm and fragrant to the last. hubuting hented iron over a mass of water, and as the heat descendent, the density of Fables for Children, Young and Old, in the thai mually increased from the n
Humorous V'erse. By W. Edwards Staite. on f the bottom. He then withdrew the heat fran
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the powers of the author; who has been
led by the trammels of his verse into many suhe the per part of the air expressions either wsuited to the capacity ht, bring the lower part of the young, or bordering on vulgarity; * whole heame of the and whose notion of pleasing "children
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