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Betwixt the Wasps and us; the wind grew high,

And a rough storm raged so impetuously,
No. II.

Our Bees could scarce keep wing; then fell such rain,

It made our Colony forsake the plain,
[From the Parliament of Bees," a And Ay to garrison : yet stil He stood,

Masque, by John Day, printed 1607. And 'gainst the whole swarm made his party good;
Whether this singular production, in And at each blow he gave, cried out His Vow,
which the Characters are all Bees, was His Vow, and Arcthusa l-On each bough
ever acted, I have no information to And tender blossom he engraves her name
determine. It is at least as capable of With his sharp sting. To Arethusa's famo
representation, as we can conceive the He consecrates his actions; all his worth
“ Birds” of Aristophanes to have is only spent to character her forth.

On damask roses, and the leaves of pines,
Ulania, a female Bee, confesses her pas-

I have seen him write such amorous moving lines sion for Meletus, who loves Arethusa.

In Arethusa's praise, as my poor heart

Has, when I read them, envied her desert; - not a village Fly, nor meadow Bee,

And wept and sigh'd to think that he should be
That trafficks daily on the neighbour plain,

To her so constant, yet not pity me. .
But will report, how all the Winged Train
Have sued to me for Love; when we have flown
In swarms out to discover fields new blown,

Porrex, Vice Roy of Bees under King Happy was he could find the forward'st tree,

Oberon, describes his large prerogative, And cull the choicest blossoms out for me ; Of all their labours they allow'd me some,

To Us (who, warranted by Oberon's love, And (like my champions) mano'd me out, and home:

Write Ourself Master Bee), both field and grove, Yet loved I none of them. Philon, a Bee

Garden and orchard, lawns and flowery meads, Well-skill'd in verse and amorous poetry,

(Where the amorous wind plays with the golden heads As we have sate at work, both of one Rose, *

Of wanton cowslips, daisies in their prime, Has humm'd sweet Canzons, both in verse and prose,

Sun-loving marigolds ; the blossom'd thyme, Which I ne'er minded. Astrophel, a Bee

The blue-vein'd violets and the damask rose; (Although not so poetical as he)

The stately lily, Mistress of all those); Yet in his full invention quick and ripe,

Are allow'd and giv'n, by Oberon's free areed, In summer evenings, on his well-tuned pipe,

Pasture for me, and all my swarms to feed. Upon a woodbine blossom in the sun, (Our hive being clean-swept, and our day's work done),

- the doings, Would play me twenty several tunes ; yet I

The births, the wars, the wooings,
Nor minded Astrophel, nor his melody.
Then there's Amniter, for whose love fair Leade

of these pretty little winged creatures (That pretty Bee) Aies up and down the mead

are with continued liveliness portrayed With rivers in her eyes; without deserving

throughout the whole of this curious Sent me trim Acorn bowls of his own carving,

old Drama, in words which Bees would To drink May dews and mead in. Yet none of these, talk with, could they talk; the very air My hive-born Playfellows and fellow Bees,

seems replete with humming and buzzing Could I affect, until this strange Bee came;

melodies, while we read them, Surely And him I love with such an ardent flame,

Bees were never so be-rhymed before, Discretion cannot quench.

C. L. He labours and toils, Extracts more honey out of barren soils Than twenty lazy Drones. I have heard my Father, Steward of the Hive, profess that he had rather Lose half the Swarm than him. If a Bec, poor or weak,

John Scot, a Fasting Fanatic. Grows faint on his way, or by misfortune break

In the year 1539, there lived in Scotland A wing or leg against a twig; alive,

one John Scot, no way commended for his Or dead, he'll bring into the Master's Hivo

learning, for he had none, nor for his good Him and his burthen. But the other day,

qualities, which were as few. This man, On the next plain there grew a fatal fray

being overthrown in a suit of law, and

knowing himself unable to pay that wherein • Prettily "pilfered from the sweet passage in the he was adjudged, took sanctuary in the Midsummer Night's Dream, where Helena recounts to

abbey of Holyrood-house; where, out o. Hermia their school-days' friendship:

discontent, he abstained from all meat and We, Hermia, like two artificial Gods,

drink, by the space of thirty or forty days Created with our needles both one flower,

together. Both on one sampler, sitting on one cushion,

Fame having spread this abroad, the

Biographical Memoranda.

king would have it put to trial, and to that REV. THOMAS COOKE.
effect shut him up in a private room within
the castle of Edinburgh, whereunto no

The verses at the end of the following man had access. He caused a little water

letter may excuse the insertion of a query,

which would otherwise be out of place in a and bread to be set by him, which he was found not to have diminished in the end of

publication not designed to be a channel thirty days and two. Upon this he was

of inquiry dismissed, and, after a short time, he went

To the Editor. to Rome, where he gave the like proof of his fasting to pope Clement VII.; from Sir, I should feel much obliged, if the whence he went io Venice, carrying with Table Book can supply some account of a him a testimony of his long fasting under clergyman of the name of Thomas Cooke, the pope's seal; and there also he gave the who, it is supposed, resided in Shropshire, like proof thereof. After long time, return, and was the author of a very beautiful ing into England, he went up into the poem, in folio, (published by subscription, pulpit in St. Paul's Church-yard, where he about ninety years since,) entitled “The gave forth many speeches against the Immortality of the Soul.” I have a very divorce of king Henry VIII, from his queen imperfect copy of this work, and am de Katherine, inveighing bitterly against him sirous of ascertaining, from any of your for his defection from the see of Rome; multifarious readers, whether or not the whereupon he was thrust into prison, where poem ever became public, and where it is he continued fasting for the space of fifty probable I could obtain a glimpse of a perdays : what his end was I read not.-Spots fect impression. Mine has no title-page, wood, &c.

and about one moiety of the work has

been destroyed by the sacrilegious hands of • HART THE ASTROLOGER.

some worthless animal on two legs! There lived in Houndsditch, about the

The list of subscribers plainly proves year 1632, one Alexander Hart, who had that Mr. Cooke must have been a man of been a soldier formerly, a comely old man, good family, and exalted conections. On of good aspect, he professed questionary one of the blank leaves in my copy, the astrology and a little of physic; his greatest following lines appear, written by Mr. skill was to elect young gentlemen fit times

Cooke himself; and, considering the tramto play at dice, that they might win or get mels by which he was confined, I think the money. Lilly relates that “ he went unto verses are not without merit ; at any rate, him for resolutions for three questions at the subject of them appears to have been a several times, and he erred in every one." beautiful creature, He says, that to speak soberly of him he By giving this article a place in the was but a cheat, as appeared suddenly

Table Book, you will much oblige after; for a rustical fellow of the city,

Your subscriber and admirer, desirous of knowledge, contracted with

G. J. D. Hart, to assist for a conference with a Islington-green. spirit, and paid him twenty pounds of thirty pounds the contract. At last, after many

AN ACROSTIC delays, and no spirit appearing, nor money returned, the young man indicted him for a On a most beautiful and accomplished cheat at the Old Bailey in London. The

young Lady, London, 1748. jury found the bill, and at the hearing of the cause this jest happened ; some of the Meekness-good-humour-each transcendent grace, bench inquired what Hart did ? “ He sat I s seen conspicuous on thy joyous face ; like an alderman in his gown," quoth the Sweet's the carnation to the rambling bee, fellow; at which the court fell into a laugh. S o art thou, CHARLOTTE! always sweet to me! ter, most of the court being aldermen. He was to have been set upon the pillory for C an aught compare successfully with those this cheat; but John Taylor the water High beauties which thy countenance compose, poet being his great friend, got the lord A 11 doubly heighten'd by that gentle mind, ehief justice Richardson to bail him, ere he Renown'd on earth, and prais'd by ev'ry wind? stood upon the pillory, and so Hart fled Lov'd object ! no—then let it be thy care presently into Holland, where he ended his of fawning friends, at all times, to beware days.*

To shun this world's delusions and disguise,

T he knave's soft speeches, and the Aatt'rer's lies, S.. : • Autobiography, vol. -i. Lilly's Life.

E steeming virtue, and discarding vice!

Go where I may, howe'er remote the clime,

It's NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND. W here'er my feet may stray, thy charms sublime, I llustrious maid! approv'd and prais'd by all,

At Chester, in the beginning of the year L ike some enchantment shall my soul enthrall.

1790, a reputable farmer, on the evening of L ight ev'ry path-illuminate my mind

a market-day, called at the shop of Mr. I nspire my pen with sentiments refin'da

Poole, bookseller, and, desiring to speak A nd teach my tongue on this fond pray'r to dwell, with him at the door, put a shilling into * M ay Heav'n preserve the maid it loves so well!" his band, telling him, “he had owed it to

Thomas CookE. " him many years,” The latter asked, for

what? To which the farmer replied, that

" When a boy, in buying a book-almanac Varieties.

at his shop, he had stolen another-the reCURIOUS PLAY BILL.

flection of which had frequently given him

much uneasiness," If any one who sees - The following remarkable theatrical an- this ever wronged his neighbour, let him be nouncement is a mixed appeal of vanity encouraged by the courage of the farmer of and poverty to the taste and feelings of the Chester, to make reparation in like manner, inhabitants of a town in Sussex,

and so make clean his conscience. (Copy.) At the old theatre in East Grinstead, on Saturday, May, 1758, will be represented (by particular desire, and for the benefit of

CONSCIENCE. Mrs. P.) the deep and affecting Tragedy

There is no power in holy men, of Theodosius, or the Force of Love, with Nor charm in prayer-nor purifying form magnificent scenes, dresses, &c.

Of penitencenor outward look-nor fastVaranes, by Mr. P., who will strive, as Nor agony-nor, greater than all these, far as possible, to support the character of

The innate tortures of that deep despair, this fiery Persian Prince, in whieh he was

Which is remorse without the fear of hell, so much admired and applauded at Hast..

But all in all sufficient to itself ings, Arundel, Petworth, Midworth, Lewes,

Would make a hell of heaven--can.exorcise

From out the unbounded spirit, the quick sense &c. Theodosius, by a young gentleman from

Of its own sins, wrongs, sufferance, and revenge

Upon itself; there is no future pang the University of Oxford, who never ap

Can deal that justice on the self-condemn'd peared on any stage.

He deals on his own soul.

Byron. Athenais, by Mrs. P. Though her present condition will not permit her to wait on genilemen and ladies put of the town with tickets, she hopes, as on former occa

EPITAPH. BY Dr. Lowth, late bishop of sions, for their liberality and support.

London, on a monument in the church of Nothing in Italy can exceed the altar, in Cudesden, Oxfordshire, to the memory of the first scene of the play. Nevertheless, his daughter, translated from the Latin : should any of the Nobility or Gentry wish Dear as thou didst in modest worth excel, to see. it ornamented with flowers, the More dear than in a daughter's name-farewell! bearer will bring away as many as they Farewell, dear Mary--but the hour is nigh " choose to favour him with.

When, if I'm worthy, we shall meet on high; . As the coronation of Athenais, to be in- Then shall I say, triumphant from the tomb, troduced in the fifth act, contains a number “Come, to thy father's arms, dear Mary, come !" of personages, more than sufficient to fill all the dressing rooms, &c., it is hoped no gentlemen and ladies will be offended at ..INSCRIPTION being refused admission behind the scenes. N. B. The great yard dog, that made

From the book at Rigi, in Switzerland. so much noise on Thursday night, during Nine weary up-hill miles we sped the last act of King Richard the Third,

The setting sun to see;
will be sent to a neighbour's over the way; Sulky and grim he went to bed,
and on aceount of the prodigious demand Sulky and grim went we.
for places, part of the stable will be laid
into the boxes on one side, and the granary Seven sleepless hours we past, and then,
be open for the same purpose on the other.

The rising sup to see,
Vivat Rex.*

Sulky and grim we rose again, ..

Sulky and grim rose he. * Boaden's Life of Mrs. Siddons,


Antiquarian Hall, ALIAS WWII. WWill-be-so, of Lynn.

A goose-herd in the sen-lands; next, he
Be-doctor'd Norfolk cows; much vext, he
Turn'd bookseller, and poetaster,
And was a tolerable master
Of title-pages, but his rhymes
Were shocking, at the best of times,
However, he was very honest,
And now, poor fellow, he is—" non cst."

When about four years old, he narrowly escaped drowning; for, in his own words,


For the Table Book. WILLIAM HALL, or as he used to style himself, “Antiquarian Hall,” “ Will. Will. be-so,” and “ Low-Fen-Bill-Hall," or, as he was more generally termed by the public, “ Old Hall," died at Lynn, in Norfolk, on the 24th of January, 1825. From some curious autobiographical sketches in rhyme, published by himself, in the decline of life, it appears that he was born on June 1, O.S. 1748, at Willow Booth, a small island in the fens of Lincolnshire, near Heckington Ease, in the parish of South Kyme.

“Kyme, God knows, Where no corn grows, Nothing but a little hay;

And the water comes,

And takes it all away." His ancestors on the father's side were all “ fen slodgers," having lived there for many generations; his mother was

“ a half Yorkshire,
The other half was Heckington,!
Vulgar a place as any one.".


"overstretching took a slip,
And popp'd beneath a merchant's ship;*
No sonl at hand but me and mother;

Nor could I call for one or other.” She, however, at the hazard of her own life, succeeded in saving her son's. At eleven years old, he went to school, in Brothertoft chapel, for about six months, in which time he derived all the education he ever received. His love of reading was so great, that as soon as he could manage a gunninge boat, he used to employ his Sundays either in seoking for water-birds' eggs, or to

"shouve the boat
A catching fish, to make a groat,
And sometimes with a snare or hook;
Well, what was't for?-to buy a book,

Propensity so in him lay." Before he arrived at man's estate, he lost his mother, and soon afterwards his father

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married again. Will. himself, on arriving “The rheumatism, (dreadful charm,) at man's estate, married “Suke Holmes,"

Had fix'd so close in my left arm, and became a “gozzard,” or gooseherd;

So violent throbb'd, that without stroko that is, a keeper and breeder of geese, for.

To touch-it absolutely broke 1 which the fens were, at that time, 'famous

Went with a spring, made a report, throughout the kingdom, supplying the

And hence in cowleech spoil'd my sport;

Remain'd so tender, weak, and sore, London markets with fowls, and the warehouses with feathers and quills.

I never dare attempt it more.”

In these parts, the small feathers are plucked from T hus disqualified, he removed to Lynn, ihe live geese five times a year, at Lady-tide, and opening a shop in Ferry-street, comMidsummer, Lammas, Michaelmas,' and menced his operations as a purchaser and Martinmas, and the larger feathers and vender of old books, odds and ends, and quills are pulled twice. Goslings even are old articles of various descriptions ; from not spared, for it is thought that early whence he obtained the popular appellaplucking tends to increase the succeeding tion of “Old Hall.” On a board over the feathers. It is said that the mere plucking door, he designated this shop the hurts the fowl very little, as the owners are careful not to pull until the feathers are

“ Antiquarian Library,'' ripe : those plucked after the geese are and thus quaintly announced his establish. dead, are affirmed not to be so good. The ment to the public: number of geese kept by Will, must have been very great, for his “brood geese,"

- " In Lynn, Ferry-street, alone, required five coombs of corn for

Where, should a stranger set his feet, daily consumption.

Just cast an eye, read • Antiquary!"
The inundations to which the fens were

Turn in, and but one hour tarry, then liable, from breaches, or overflowing

Depend upon't, to his surprise, sir, of the banks, overwhelmed him with difficul

He would turn out somewhat the wiser." ties, and ruined his prospects.

He had great opportunity to indulge in “ The poor old geese away were floated, « Bibliomania,” for he acquired an extenTill some high lands got litrally coated ; sive collection of scarce, curious, and valuNor did most peasants think it duty

able books, and became, in fact, the only Them to preserve, but made their booty; dealer in “old literature” at Lynn. He And those who were not worth a goose,' versified on almost every occasion that On other people's liv'd profuse.”

seemed opportune for giving himself and After many vicissitudes and changes of his verses publicity; and, in one of his residence, he settled at Marshland, in Nor- rhyming advertisements, he alphabetised folk, where his wife practised phlebotomy the names of ancient and modern authors, and midwifery, while he officiated as an by way of catalogue. In addition to his auctioneeer, cowleech, &c. &c. Indeed he bookselling business, he continued to prace appeared to have been almost bred to the tise as an auctioneer. He regularly kept doctoring profession, for his own mother a book-stall, &c. in Lynn Tuesday-market,

from whence he occasionally knocked down - "a good cow-doctor,

his articles to the best bidder; and he anAnd always doctor'd all her own,

nounced his sales in his usual whimsical Being cowleech both in Aesh and bone."

style. His hand-bill, on one of these occaHis mother-in-law was no less skilful, sions, runs thus : for in Will.'s words

« Lynn, 19th SEPTEMBER, 1810.
“She in live stock had took her care,
And of recipes had ample share,

“ First Tuesday in the next October,
Which I retain unto this day.”

Now do not doubt but we'll be sober!

If Providence permits us action, His father-in-law was an equally eminent

You may depend upon practitioner; when, says Will.,

“ I married Sukey Holmes, her father

At the stall
Did more than them put altogether;

That's occupied by: WILLIAM HALL.
Imparted all his skill to me,

To enumerate a task would be,
Farrier, cowleech, and surgery,

So best way is to come and see ;
All which he practised with success."

But not to come too vague an errant,
Will. tells of a remarkable and surprising We'll give a sketch which we will warrant.
accident, which closed his career as a cow: “ About one hundred books, in due lots,

And pretty near the same in shoe-lasts ;


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