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" When the worns comes sometimes forgot his office, and indulged in sallies rather unbecoming a minister, but

To pick up their crumbs, nevertheless he was a sincere Christian.

They'll have in 1

A rare Frank Fry!” The following anecdotes are well known in Craven, and inay amuse elsewhere. One The worms have had, in Frank, a lusty of Mr. Alcock's friends, at whose house he subject-his epitaph is recorded only in the was in the habit of calling previously to

Table Book. his entering the church on Sundays, once took occasion to unstitch his sermon and

A MODERN MYSTERY. misplace the leaves. At the church, Mr. Alcock, when he had read a page, dis

To the Editor. covered the joke.“ Peter,” said he, “thou

Blackwall, April 13, 1827. rascal! what's thou been doing with my

Sir,--As I perceive you sometimes insert sermon ?" then turning to his congregation in your Table Book articles similar to the he said, “ Brethren, Peter's been misplacing enclosed original printed Notice, you may the leaves of my sermon, I have not time perhaps think it worthy of a place in your to put them right, I shall read on as I

amusing miscellany; if so, it is much at find it, and you must make the best of it that you can ;” and he accordingly read through the confused mass, to the astonish

F. W. ment of his flock. On another occasion,

(Literal Copy.) when in the pulpit, he found that he had forgotten his sermon; nowise disappointed

NOTICE.

Aturday 30 and on Sunday 31 of the nas, I have left my sermon at home, so

corrent, in the Royal Theatre of St. Charles hand us up that Bible, and I'll read 'em a

will be represented by the Italian Comchapter in Job worth'ten of it.", Jonas, pany the famous Holy Drama intitled like his master, was an oddity, and used to make a practice of falling asleep at the

IL TRIONFO DI GIUDITTA, commencement of the sermon, and waking in the middle of it, and bawling out“ amen, LA MORTE D'OLOFERNE. thereby destroyed the gravity of the con

In the interval of the frist to the second gregation. Mr. Alcock once lectured him for this, and particularly requested he of the coinposition of John Baptista Gia

act it shall have a new and pompous Ball would not say aimen till he had finished his discourse. Jonas promised compliance, nini, who has by title : but on the following Sunday made bad IL SACRIFICIO D'ABRAMO, worse, for he fell asleep as usual, and in the in which will enter all the excellent corp of middle of the sermon awoke and bawled Ball

, who dance at present in the said out “ Amen at a venture!”. The Rev. Mr. Royal Theatre ; the spetacle will be Alcock is, I think, buried before the com finished with the second act and Ball anamunion-table of Skipton church, under a log to the same Drama, all with the nessesslab of blue marble, with a Latin inscrip- sary decoration. tion to his memory.

This is who is offered to the Respectable T. Q. M. Publick of whom is waited all the procte

tion and concurrence :

It will begin at 8 o'clok.
REMARKABLE EPITAPH.

Na Officina de Simão Thaddeo Ferreira. 1811. Com
For the Table Book.
FRANK Fry, of Christian Malford, Wilts,

ODD SIGN. whose bones lie undisturbed in the church

For the Table Book. yard of his native village, wrote for himself

At West-end, near Skipton in Craven, the following

Yorkshire, a gate hangs, as a sign to a “ Epitaph.

public-house, with this inscription on it-,

This gate hangs well,
Who did die;

And hinders none;
I lie did

Refresh and pay,
As I die did,

And trayel on.
Old Frank Fry!

J. W.

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SNUFFERS.

purchased, with some miscellaneous articles,

by a person who has no clue to their former Perhaps there is no implement of domes- possessors, but who rightly imagined that tic use that we are less acquainted with, in an archæological view they would be its old form, than snuffers. I have now acceptable to the Table Book. before me a pair, which for their antiquity and elegant workmanship seem worth attention : the engraving on the other side represents their exact size and construction. After some research, I can only meet

Garrick Plays. with particulars of one other pair, which were found in digging the foundation of a

No. XVIII. granary, at the foot of a hill adjoining to Cotton Mansion-house, (formerly the seat of the respectable family of the Mohuns,) [From “ David and Bethsabe;" further

Extracts.] in the parish of St. Peter, Portisham, about two miles north-east from Abbotsbury in

Absalon, rebelling. Dorsetshire. They were of brass, and

Now for the crown and throne of Israel, weighed six ounces. “ The great differ

To be confirm'd with virtue of my sword, ence,” says Mr. Hutchins, 66 between these

And writ with David's blood upon the blade. and modern utensils of the same name and

Now, Jove,* let forth the golden firmament, use is, that these are in shape like a heart

And look on him with all thy fiery eyes, fluted, and consequently terminate in a

Which thou hast made to give their glories light. point. They consist of two equal lateral To shew thou lovest the virtue of thy hand, cavities, by the edges of which the snuff is

Let fall a wreath of stars upon my head, cut off and received into the cavities, from Whose influence may govern Israel which it is not got out without particular With state exceeding all her other Kings. application and trouble. There are two Fight, Lords and Captains, that your Sovereign's face circumstances attending this little utensil, May shine in honour brighter than the sun ; which seem to bespeak it of considerable And with the virtue of beauteous age: the roughness of the workmanship, Make this fair Land as fruitful as the fields, which is in ail respects as rude and coarse That with sweet milk and honey overflowed. as can be well imagined, and the awkward God in the whissing of a pleasant wind ness of the form.” There is an engraving Shall march upon the tops of mulberry trees, of the Dorsetshire snuffers in the history of To cool all breasts that burn with any griefs ; that county.

As whilom he was good to Moyses' men, The snuffers now submitted to notice are

By day the Lord shall sit within a cloud,

To guide your footsteps to the fields of joy ; superior in design and workmanship to those found in Dorsetshire. The latter

And in the night a pillar bright as fire

before like a second sun, seem of earlier date, and they divide in the

Wherein the Essence of his Godhead is ; middle of the upper as well as the lower

That day and night you may be brought to peace, part, but in one respect both pairs are

And never swerve from that delightsome path alike: they are each “in shape like a

That leads your souls to perfect happiness : heart," and they each terminate in a point This he shall do for joy when I am King. formed exactly in the manner shown by the

Then fight, brave Captains, that these joys may fly present engraving. The print likewise shows

Into your bosoms with sweet victory. that the box of the snuffers bears a boldly chased winged head of Mercury, who had more employments and occupations than

Absalon, triumphant. any other of the ancient deities. Whether

Absalon. First Absalon was by the trumpet's sound as the director of theft, as the conductor of

Proclaim'd thro' Hebron King of Israel; the departed to their final destination, as an

And now is set in fair Jerusalem interpreter to enlighten, or as an office

With complete state and glory of a crown. bearer constantly in requisition, the portrait Fifty fair footmen by my chariot run ; of Mercury is a symbol appropriate to the

And to the air, whose rupture rings my fame, implement before us. The engraving shows

Wheree'er I ride, they offer reverence. the exact size of the instrument, and the pre- Why should not Absalon, that in his face sent appearance of the chasing, which is in

Carries the final purpose of his God, bold relief, and was, originally, very elegant. (That is, to work him grace in Israel),

These snuffers are plain on the underside, and made without legs. They were

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Endeavour to achieve with all his strength

Alvida. And wilt thou then not pity my estate ? The state that most may satisfy his joy

Cilicia. Ask love of them who pity may impart. Keeping his statutes and his covenants sure ?

Alvida. I ask of thee, sweet; thou hast stole my His thunder is intangled in my hair,

heart. And with my beauty is his lightning quench'd.

Cilicia. Your love is fixed on a greater King. am the man he made to glory in,

Alvida Tut, women's love it is a fickle thing. When by the errors of my father's sin

I love my Rasni for my dignity: He lost the path, that led into the Land

I love Cilician King for his sweet eye.
Wherewith our chosen ancestors were blest.

I love my Rasni, since he rules the world :
But more I love this Kingly little world.

How sweet he looks !-0 were I Cynthia's sphere, [From a "Looking Glass for England and

And thou Endymion, I should hold thee dear:

Thus should mine arms be spread about thy neck, London,” a Tragi-comedy, by Thomas

Thus would I kiss

my Love at every beck. Lodge and Robert Green, 1598.]

Thus would I sigh to see thee sweetly sleep; Alvida, Paramour to Rasni, the Great

And if thou wak'st not soon, thus would I

weep : King of Assyria, courts a petty King of And thus, and thus, and thus: thus much I love thee. Cilicia. Alvida. Ladies, go

[From "Tethys' Festival," by Samuel sit

down amidst this bower,

you And let the Eunuchs play you all asleep :

Daniel, 1610.)
Put garlands made of roses on your heads,

Song at a Court Masque.
And play the wantons, whilst I talk awhile.
Ladies. Thou beautiful of all the world, we will.

Are they shadows that we see
(Eseunt.)

And can shadows pleasure give?Alvida. King of Cilicia, kind and courteous;

Pleasures only shadows be, Like to thyself, because a lovely King ;

Cast by bodies we conceive ; Come lay thee down upon thy Mistress' knee,

And are made the things we deem And I will sing and talk of Love to thee.

In those figures which they seem.Cilicia. Most gracions Paragon of excellence,

But these pleasures vanish fast, It fits not such an abject wretch as I

Which by shadows are exprest:To talk with Rasni's Paramour and Love.

Pleasures are not, if they last; Alvida. To talk, sweet friend! who would not talk

In their passing is their best. with thee?

Glory is most bright and gay Oh be not coy: art thou not only fair ?

In a fash, and so away. Come twine thine arms about this snow-white neck,

Feed apace then, greedy eyes, A love-nest for the Great Assyrian King.

On the wonder you behold ; Blushing I tell thee, fair Cilician Prince,

Take it sudden as it fies, None but thyself can merit such a grace.

Tho' you take it not to hold : Cilica. Madam, I hope you mean not for to mock me.

When your eyes have done their part, Alvida. No, King, fair King, my meaning is to yoke

Thought must lengthen it in the heart. thee,

C. L.
Hear me but sing of Love: then by my sighs,
My tears, my glancing looks, my changed cheer,
Thou shalt perceive how I do hold thee dear.

Cilicia. Sing, Madam, if you please; but love in jest.
Alvida. Nay, I will love, and sigh at every jest.

ANCIENT AND PRESENT STATE.
(She sings.)

Incidit in Scyllam, cupiens vitare Charybdis.
Beauty, alas! where wast thou born,
Thus to hold thyself in scorn,

This Latin verse, which has become
When as Beauty kiss'd to wooe thee ?

proverbial, is thus translated :-
Thou by Beauty dost undo me.
Heigho, despise me not.

He falls on Scylla, who Charybdis shuns.
I and thou in sooth are one,

The line has been ascribed to Ovid ; it is
Fairer thou, I fairer none :

not, however, in that or any other classic Wanton thou; and wilt thou, wanton,

poet, but has been derived from Philippe Yield a cruel heart to plant on ?

Gualtier, a modern French writer of Latin Do me right, and do me reason;

verses. Charybdis is a whirlpool in the Cruelty is cursed treason.

straits of Messina, on the coast of Sicily, Heigho, I love; Heigho, I love;

opposite to Scylla, a dangerous rock on the Heigho, and yet he eyes me not.

coast of Italy. The danger to which marii Cilicia, Madam your Song is passing passionate. ners were exposed by the whirlpool is thus

Scylla and Charybdis. .

He says,

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described by Homer in Pope's transla- about with great rapidity, without obeying țion :

the helm in the smallest degree. When the

weather is calm, there is little danger; but Dire Scylla there a scene of horror forms,

when the waves meet with this violent curAnd here Charybdis fills the deep with storms; When the tide rushes from her rumbling caves,

rent, it makes a dreadful sea.

there were five ships wrecked in this spot The rough rock roars ; tumultuous boil the waves :

last winter. We observed that the current They toss, they foam, a wild confusion raise, Like waters bubbling o'er the fiery blaze;

set exactly for the rock of Scylla, and Eternal mists obscure the aërial plain,

would infallibly have carried any thing And high above the rock she spouts the main. thrown into it against that point; so that it When in her gulfs the rushing sea subsides,

was not without reason the ancients have

It She drains the ocean with the refluent tides, painted it as an object of such terror. The rock rebellows with a thundering sound ; is about a mile from the entry of the Faro, Deep, wondrous deep, below appears the ground, and forms a small promontory, which runs

a little out to sea, and meets the whole 'Virgil imagines the origin of this terrific force of the waters, as they come out of the

narrowest part of the Straits. The head of That realm of old, a ruin huge, was rent

this promontory is the famous Scylla. It

must be owned that it does not altogether In length of ages from the continent. With force convulsive burst the isle away;

come up to the formidable description that Through the dread opening broke the thund'ring sea :

Homer gives of it; the reading of which At once the thund'ring sea Sicilia tore,

(like that of Shakspeare's Cliff) almost And sunder'd from the fair Hesperian shore;

makes one's head giddy. Neither is the And still the neighbouring coasts and towns divides passage so wondrous narrow and difficult With scanty channels, and contracted tides, as he makes it. Indeed it is probable that Fierce to the right tremendous Scylla roars, the breadth of it is greatly increased since Charybdis on the left the flood devours,

his time, by the violent impetuosity of the Pitt.

current. And this violence too must have : A great earthquake in the year 1783 breadth of the channel increased.

always diminished, in proportion as the diminished the perils of the pass.* Thirteen years before this event, which renders rocks that show their heads near the base of

Our pilot says, there are many small the scene less poetical, Brydone thus de

the large ones. These are probably the scribes

dogs that are described as howling round SCYLLA.

the monster Scylla. There are likewise May 19, 1770. Found ourselves within many caverns that add greatly to the noise half a mile of the coast of Sicily, which is of the water, and tend still to increase the

horror of the scene.

The rock is near two low, but finely variegated. The opposite hundred feet high. There is a kind of coast of Calábria is very high, and the castle or fort built on its summit; and the mountains are covered with the finest verdure. It was almost a dead calm, our ship

town of Scylla, or Sciglio, containing three

or four hundred inhabitants, stands on its scarce moving half a mile in an hour, so that we had time to get a complete view of south side, and gives the title of prince to a

Calabrese family. the famous rock of Scylla, on the Calabrian side, Cape Pylorus on the Sicilian, and the

CHARYBDIS. celebrated Straits of the Faro that runs between them. Whilst we were still some small promontory or neck of land that runs

The harbour of Messina is formed by a miles distant from the entry of the Straits, off from the easť end of the city, and sepawe heard the roaring of the current, like the noise of some large impetuous river the Straits. The shape of this promontory

rates that beautiful basin from the rest of confined between narrow banks. This in- is that of a reaping-hook, the curvature of creased in proportion as we advanced, till which forms the harbour, and secures it we saw the water in many places raised to from all winds. From the striking resema considerable height, and forming large blance of its form, the Greeks, who never eddies or whirlpools. The sea in every gave a name that did not either describe other place was as smooth as glass. Our the object or express some of its most reold pilot told us, that he had often seen markable properties, called this place Zancle, ships caught in these eddies, and whirled

or the Sickle, and feigned that the sickle of

Saturn fell on this spot, and gave it its form. # Bourn's Gazetteer.

But the Latins, who were not quite so fond

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