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nations they subjugated, with great success Welsh Raggedness.
as long as sun-worship held good. But at “ SCHYR MAWRICE, alsua the Berclay length they came to a people who, situated Fra the gret bataill held hys way,
on a rocky coast in a sultry climate, could With a gret rout of Walis men,
not in conscience submit to adore a being Quhareuir thai yeid men mycht thaim ken. alınost insupportable, and consequently odiFor thai wele ner all nakyt war,
ous to them; and durst propose to their Or lynnyn clathys had but mar.”
conquerors to quit their irrational idolatry, The Bruce, book xiii. p. 417. and to worship with themselves their mother
and goddess the sea, the inexhausted giver Pinkerton says,
" this anecdote of the of good things.”—Letter from North AmeWelch in the fourteenth century is curious. rica, in a Pocket of Prose and Verse, being a They appeared naked even to Scotish pea- Selection from the Literary Productions of sants."
Men Ornamented, not Women. The Douglas. " LORDINGS, he said, sen it
" A young man among the Indians is That we haff chasyt on sic maner,
dressed with visible attention; a warrior is That we now cummyn ar sa ner,
a furious beau, and a woman, the Asiatic, That we may not eschew the fycht,
the European, the African Doll, is with Bot giff we fouly tak the flycht;
them a neglected squat animal, whose hair Lat ilkane on his leman mene;
is stroked over those glistening eyes it dares And how he mony tym has bene
not uplift, and who seldom uses its aspen In gret thrang and weill cummyn away ;
tongue, and when it does, is scarcely loud Think we to do rycht sua to day.”
enough to be heard. When we reproach Ibid. book xy. 346. the Indians on this account, they point to
their animated woods, and tell us that they see not whence we have picked up a con
trary practice; but that they themselves Heart of Bruce. Douglas. “ The Bruce's heart, that on his breast
: « After answering many of the lady's ques.
tions, he looked into the yard through the win. Was hinging, in the field he kest.
dow very earnestly, where an aspen tree grew. Upon a penny-stone cast and more,
The lady asked him, 'What he was looking at And said, Now Pass THOU FORTH BEFORE so earnestly ??. He asked her, 'What tree she As THOU WAS WONT IN FIELD TO BE
called that in the yard ? She said, ' It was a And I SHALL FOLLOW OR ELSE DIE."
quaking asp.'. He replied in broken English,
Indian no call him quake asp.' 'What then ?' Ibid. xx.
asked the inquisitive hostess. Woman tongue, Woman tongue,' answered the sagacious war
rior, ' never still, never still, always go.'» Sun and Sea Worship.
HUNTER's Memoirs of his Captivity among the
North American Indians, p. 376. “The Emperors of Peru extended at last
I mentioned this soon after the publication of their dominions beyond the bounds of their Hunter's book to a Welsh friend, who told me local superstition. They set out with their that the aspen poplar bore the same name among arms and mission from a country where the the Cymry: -" Tafod y Merchen,” or Woman's
Tongue. This was on the Conway, and I noted sun was very welcome, and imposed the it down at the time; but I do not find it in Richworship of their father, the sun, on all the ard's Welsh Dictionary."-J. W. W.
have learnt their lesson from whatever carry to his nation an account, that he had moves around them, from the birds and the met with a tribe who could hunt men better beasts, whose males are lavishly adorned in than his own."-Ibid. denudation of their females, from the gay plumage of the turky cock, and the ornament-loaded head of the stag."-KELLET.
Teraphim. “ The manner how the Teraphim were
made is fondly conceited thus among the The Plaint of an Old Indian.
They killed a man that was a He observes, " that in the happy days of first born son, and wrung off his head, and youth, he was loved or feared by all ; that seasoned it with salt and spices, and wrote he could tomahawk his enemy and could not upon a plate of gold, the name of an unmiss his game; that every river was then an cleane spirit, and put it under the head upon inn to him, and every squah he met a wife ; a wall, and lighted candles before it, and but that now he was grown old, every one worshipped it.”. Godwin's Moses and hated and scorned him ; the deer bounded Aaron. away from his erring aim, and the girls covered themselves repulsively at his approach; nor was he any longer permitted
Defensive Fire. to paint and grace the glorious file of war:”
1159. HENRY II. “ destroied the strong and he concludes with ardent wishes, “ that castell of Gerberie, except one turret, which either nature had never disclosed him, or
his souldiers could not take, by reason of had gifted him with that power of renova
the fire and smoke which staide and kept tion which seemed so improperly granted to them from it."—HOLINSHED. the pernicious snake.”—Ibid.
Two Tribes Fighting.
Henry the Second's Cruelty. 1165. HENRY in his attempt upon
Wales “ Somewarriors of two tribes of American
“ did justice on the sons of Rice or Rees, savages met accidently on the banks of a
and also on the sonnes and daughters of river, and found they were strangers to one
other noble men that were his complices another. One of the parties demands of the
verie rigorouslie; causing the eies of the other, who they were and what about, and receives in answer their name, and that young striplings to be pecked out of their they were hunting of beavers ; and being and the eares of the yoong gentlewomen to
heads, and their noses to be cut off or slit; challenged in their turn, answered, that
be stuffed. their name was immaterial, but that their business was to hunt men. We are men,
“ But yet I find in other authors that in
this journie King Henrie did not greatlie was the immediate reply, go no further. They then put off by agreement to a small island in the river, destroyed their canoes
? Quoted in " Thalaba,” Book II., 5, on the
lineon both sides, and fought till only a few of the beaver hunters remained alive, and but
“A teraph stood against the cavern side,” &c. one of the man hunters, who was spared to
Poems, p. 224.
3 This is quoted to “Madoc in Wales,” B. II., ' From this I suspect originated,—"The Old
“ David, seest thou never Chikkasab to his Grandson."-Poems, p. 134.
Those eyeless spectres by thy bridal bed ?” &c. J. W. W.
Poems, p. 317.-J. W. W.
prevaile against his enemies, but rather lost “Quod potes instanter operare bonum, quià manie of his men of warre, both horssemen
mundus and footmen; for by his severe proceeding Transit, et incautos mors inopina rapit." against them, he rather made them more
To the other couplet this is affixed : eger to seek revenge, than quieted them in anie tumult."-Ibid.
“ Tumuli regis superscriptio brevis exor
Both are thus translated,
“ Of late King Henrie was my name, Upon the daie of young Henry's coro- which conquerd manie a land, nation, King Henry the father served his And diverse dukedoms did possesse, sonne at the table as sewer, bringing up the and earledoms held in hand. bore's head with trumpets before it, ac- And yet while all the earth cauld scarse cording to the manner.”—Ibid.
my greedie mind suffice, Eight foot within the ground now serves,
wherein my carcase lies.
Now thou that readest this, note well Fresh Meat strange Diet for England.
my force with force of death, Quære?
And let that serve to shew the state “ 1172. In Ireland, evill diet in eating of of all that yeeldeth breath. fresh flesh and drinking of water, contrarie Doo good then here, foreslowe no time, to the custome of the Englishmen, brought cast off all worldlie cares, the flix and other diseases in the King's For brittle world full soone dooth faile, armie, so that manie died thereof, for
and death dooth strike unwares." Gravissimum est imperium consuetudinis."
“ Small epitaph now serves to decke
this toome of statelie king :
And he who whilome thought whole earth Henry the Second stript when Dead.
could scarse his mind content, 1189. IMMEDIATELY upon his death, In little roome hath roome at large those that were about him applied their that serves now life is spent." market so busilie in catching and filching awaie things that laie readie for them, that the King's corps laie naked a long time, till a child covered the nether parts of his body
The Lady Breuse. with a short cloke, and then it seemed that “ We read in an old historie of Flanders, his surname was fulfilled that he had from written by one whose name is not knowne, his childhood, which was Shortmantell, being but printed at Lions by Guillaume Rouille, so called, because he was the first who 1562, that the Lady, wife to the Lord Wilbrought short clokes out of Anjou into liam de Breuse, presented upon a time unto England.-Ibid.
the Queene of England a gift of four hundred kine and one bull, of colour all white, the eares excepted, which were red. Al
though this tale may seem incredible, yet if His Epitaph.
we shall consider that the said Breuse was To the epitaph of Henry II. these con- a Lord Marcher, and had goodlie possescluding lines are in Holinshed, p. 27 : sions in Wales and on the marshes, in which
countries the most part of the peoples substance consisteth in cattell, it may carrie Thus in English, almost word for word, with it the more likelihood of truth. Touch- “ Wo be to that preest y borne, ing the death of the said ladie, he saith, That will not cleanelie weed his corne that within eleven daies after she was com- And preach his charge among : mitted to prison heere in England, in the Wo be to that shepheard, I saie, castell of Windsor, she was found dead, That will not watch his fold alwaie sitting betwixt her sons legs, who likewise As to his office dooth belong : being dead, sate directlie up against a wall / Wo be to him that dooth not keepe of the chamber, wherein they were kept From ravening Romish wolves his sheepe with hard pitance. As the fame went they With staffe and weapon strong.”—Ibid. were famished to death. William de Breuse himself escaped into France. A.D. 1210.1"Ibid.
Grand Sergeanty Tenure of Brienston.
“ BRIENSTON, in Dorsetshire, was held in Welsh Monk Hatred.
Grand Sergeanty by a pretty odd jocular “ The first abbeie or frierie that is read tenure; viz. by finding a man to before to have beene erected there in Wales) since the Kings army for forty days when he the dissolution of the noble house of Bangor,
should make war in Scotland (some records which savoured not of Romish dregs, was say in Wales), bareheaded and barefooted, the Twy Gwyn, which was builded in the in his shirt and linnen drawers, holding in yeare 1146.
Afterwards these vermine one hand a bow without a string, in the swarmed like bees, or rather crawled like other an arrow without feathers.”—GIBlice over all the land, and drew in with
son's Camden. them their lowsie religion, tempered with I
be alluded to in Madoc.?
Arabian Animals. had taught them (who writ in the yeare 540, when the right Christian faith (which “ In the places where we generally rested Joseph of Arimathea taught the ile of are found the jerboa, the tortoise, the lizard, Avalon) reigned in this land, before the and some serpents, but not in great number. proud and bloodthirstie monke Augustine There is also an immense quantity of snails infected it with the poison of Romish er- attached to the thorny plants on which the rors) in a certeine ode, a part whereof are camels feed. Near the few springs of water these few verses insuing.
are found wild rabbits, and the track of the 6 Gwae'r offeiriad byd,
antelope and the ostrich are frequently dis
coverable." — BROWNE's Travels in Africa,
Egypt, and Syria.
“ We dismounted and seated ourselves, Rhae bleidhie Rhiefeniaid,
as is usual for strangers in this country, on Ai ffon grewppa."
a misjed, or place used for prayer, adjoining This story more properly attaches to Bram- 9 See “Madoc in Wales,” B. II. - Poems, ber Castle.-j.W.W.
p. 317.-J. W. W.
the tomb of a Marabût, or holy person. In untur. Trajicitur tamen, miro ingenio et a short time the chiefs came to congratu- Indorum proprio; ponte prorsus junceo iplate us on our arrival, with the grave but si aquæ commisso, nullis fulcris nixo, sed in simple ceremony that is in general use modum suberis ponte supernatante, ac præ among the Arabs. They then conducted us levitate materiæ nunquam merso ; est vero to an apartment, which, though not very trajectio facillima et tutissima. Occupat commodious, was the best they were pro- | lacus ipse circuitum bis mille quadringenta vided with."-Ibid.
stadia ; longus est ferè nongenta, latus ubi maximè ducenta et viginti. Insulas habet olim habitatas et fertiles, nunc de
sertas, producit uberrimè junci genus, quod King of the Crocodiles.
indigenæ Totoram vocant, cujus plurimus "The people at Isna in Upper Egypt have ipsis usus est; nam et cibus est suibus, jua superstition concerning crocodiles similar mentis, ipsisq; hominibus perjucundus, et to that entertained in the West Indies; they domus et focus et vestis et navigium, et omsay there is a king of them
nia penè vitæ humanæ subsidia una Totora Isna, and who has ears but no tail ; and he
Uris præstat, hoc enim accolarum est nomen. possesses an uncommon regal quality, that li adeò se ab hominum cæterorum consorof doing no harm (“The king can do no
tio et opinione alienarunt, ut interrogati aliwrong.) Some are bold enough to assert quando, qui sint, seriò responderint, se non that they have seen him.”—Ibid.
homines esse, sed Uros, quod genus ab humano diversum esse sentirent. Urorum re
perti sunt populi integri in medio lacu haCamel.
bitantium scaphis quibusdam junceis, quibus The camel called ship of the land.
inequitant, simul connexis, et ex unâ aliquâ rupe aut stipite religatis. Unde interdum solventes totus populus subitò patriam mu
tat. Itaque aliquando conquisitus populus Camels for Souls.
urorum hesternis sedibus commutatis, ac ne “ Ali affirmed that the pious, when they vestigio quidem relicto, facile vestigantium come forth from their sepulchres, shall find studium curamque irrisit.”—Acosta de Naready prepared for them white-winged ca- turâ Novi Orbis. mels, with saddels of gold. Here,” says Sale, are some footsteps of the doctrine of the ancient Arabians."
Trichomata-Parastasis, or, Athenian Wig.
gery, No. 119, Bishopsgate-street-within, Lake Titicaca.
three doors from the London Tavern. “ Juvat de lacu Intiticacâ, falsò vulgò “Ross, by great labour and at vast exTiticacâ dicto, aliquid promere, qui in su- pence, has exerted all the genius and abilipernâ provinciâ Peruanâ Collao medius ja- ties of the first artists in Europe, to comcet. In hunc flumina plus decem, eaque satis plete his exhibition of ornamental hair in ampla confluunt; exitum habet unum, eum- all its luxuriant varieties, and particularly que non valdè latum, sed, ut opinio est, pro- the Sultana head dress, so much admired on fundissimum, quem neque ponte jungere the queen's birth-day. profunditas et latitudo sinunt, neque tutò “In this exhibition the elegance of nature scaphis trajici rapidi infernè vortices pati- and convenience of art are so combined, as
at once to rival and ameliorate each other. See Poems, p. 437, for the Ballad.–J.W.W. The room is secluded from the view of im