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THE SLUICE-HOUSE.
Ye who with rod and line aspire to catch
Leviathans that swim within the stream
Of this fam'd River, now no longer New,
Yet still so call'd, come hither to the Sluice-house .
Here, largest gudgeons live, and fattest roach
Resort, and even barbel have been found.
Here too doth sometimes prey the rav'ning shark
Of streams like this, that is to say, a jack.
If fortune aid ye, ye perchance shall find
Upon an average within one day,
Ai least a fish, or two; if ye do not,
This will I promise ye, that ye shall have
Most glorious nibbles : come then, haste ye here,

And with ye bring large stuck of baits and patience. From Canonbury tower onward by the there. The“ barn” itself is the assembly. New River,is a pleasant summer afternoon's room, whereon the old roof still remains. walk. Highbury barn, or, as it is now This house has stood in the way of all called, Highbury tavern, is the first place of passengers to the Sluice-house, and turned note beyond Canonbury. It was anciently many from their firm-set purpose of fisha barn belonging to the ecclesiastics of ing in the waters near it. Every man Clerkenwell; though it is at present only who carries a rod and line is not an Isaac known to the inhabitants of that suburb, Walton, whom neither blandishment noi by its capacity for filling them with good obstacle could swerve from his mighty ibings in return for the money they spend end, when he went forth to kill fish.

He was the great progenitor of all

partee, which few can equal. One of That war upon the tenants of the stream, ivo instances may somewhat depict He neither stumbled, stopt, nor had a fall When be essay'd to war on Jace, bleak,

JEMMY GORDON. bream, Stone-loach or pike, or other fish, I deem.

The Sluice-house is a small wooden building, distant about half a mile beyond Highbury, just before the river angles off towards Newington. With London anglers it has always been a bouse of celebrity, because it is the nearest spot wherein they have hope of tolerable sport. Within it is now placed a machine for forcing water into the pipes that supply the inhabitants of Holloway, and other parts adjacent. Just beyond is the Eel-pie house, which many who angle thereabouts mistake for the Sluice-house. To instruct the uninformed, and to gratify the eye of some who remember the spot they frequented in their youth, the preceding view, taken in May 1825, has been engraved. If the artist had been also a portrait painter, it would have been well to have secured a sketch of the present keeper of the Sluice-house ; his manly mien, and mild expressive face, are worthy of the pencil : if there be truth in physiognomy, he is an honest, goodbearted man. His dame, who tenders Barcelona outs and oranges at the Sluicehouse door for sale, with fishing-lines froin two-pence to six-perce, and rods at a penny each, is somewhat stricken in years, and wholly innocent of the metro polis and its manners. She seems of the times

Gordon meeting a gentleman in the · When our fathers pluck'd the blackberry received the honour of knighthood, Jemmy

streets of Cambridge who had recently And sipp'd the silver tide.”

approached him, and looking him full in

the face, exclaimed, An etching of the eccentric indi- "The king, by merely laying sword on, vidnal, from whence the present engraving

Could make a knight of Jemmy Gordon." is taken, was transmitted by a respect

At a late assize at Cambridge, a man able “Cantab,” for insertion in the Every- Damed Pilgrim was convicted of horseDay Book, with the few particulars stealing, and sentenced to transportation. ensuing

Gordon seeing the prosecutor in the

street, loudly vociferated to him, “ You, James Gordon was once a respectable sir, have done what the pope of Rome solicitor in Cambridge, till “ love and cannot do; you have put a stop to Pil iquor"

grim's Progress !“ Robb'd him of that which once enriched of rather indifferent character, who pitied

Gordon was met one day by a person him, And made him poor indeed !"

Jemmy's forlorn condition, (he being

without shoes and stockings,) and said, He is well known to many resident and“ Gordon, if you will call at my house, í Bon-resident sons of alma mater, as a will give you a pair of shoes." Jemmy, déclamateur and for ready wit and re assu ning a contemptuous air, replied,

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-Ne! excuse me, I would not stand presbos foe ai the woria!" se Doctis , Jeany had the

ne to iza toa a bas-soft, bereia be a reered in the net, and broke es; suce then be bas reposed in a

case No man's life is acre cal

-To sdon a soral, and to point a tale."

N. These leier Doranda soffice to beETS ? pecc.xar indindcal. James Gde a ore tae possessed " fame, casad Soors Dow_bis “fame” as a Bress soterey; all the “ wealtb" t-2 rez2:3 to tia is a foron that might Lave bee less care on bad he been less citess: ts socou is - air-thin air," .bagba, tis jests, his fashes of mer. rze, were wost to set the table in

Do longer en ren te plenteous banquet: * Deserted in his utmost need

By sea kis former bounty fed." tie bitter morse! for his life's support is narsa dole. The savest of the gay" is i quen in his age-in the darkness of se; wearection on what oras, cannot terer via is. Bizant circies of acç arapce sparkle with frivolity, but See tas no place within them. T:e pudecce of sensuality is selfishness.

A Crab ..... butcher
A Salroon ....a linendraper
A Leech..... . a fruiterer
A Pike......... a milkman
A Sole .........a shoemaker
A Wood.. a grocer
A Field

a confectioner
A Tunnell .a baker
A Marsh .......a carrier
A Brook... .a turf-dealer
A Greenwood ..a baker
& Lee... an innkeeper
A Bush. .a carpenter
A Grove

.a shoemaker
A Lane .. a carpenter
A Green.. a builder
A Áill.

.a butcher
A Harcock .... a publican
A Barne.. ..a grocer
A Shed ..a butler
A Hutt .... a shoeblack
A Horel.... ..a draper
A Hatt.... .a bookseller
A Capp.. ..a gardener
A Spencer a butcher
A Bullock a baker
A Fox.

a brazier A Lamb

a sadler A Lion.

a grocer A Mole... ....a town-crier A Roe.

an engraver A Buck

. a college gyp. A Hogg ..

....... a gentleman
A Bond ..a grocer
A Binder. .. fruiterer
A Cock

. a shoemaker
A Hawk. a paperbanger
A Drake. • a dissenting minister
A Swan .a shoemaker
A Bird. ..an innkeeper
A Peacock ... a lawyer
A Rook

a tailor A Wren .. a bricklayer's labour et A Falcon.

.a gentleman A Crow

........ a builder
A Pearl ..a cook
A Stone ..... . a glazier
A Cross .. a loatwright
A Barefoot an innkeeper
A Leg..

.......a mantua-maker White....... . a shoemaker Green.

a carpenter Brown

a fishmonge Grey

. a painter Pink

a publican Tall... . a printer Short

.. a tailor Long

a shopkeeper

The Cambridge communication conEti James Gordon is accompanied ty an amusing list of names derived from “Een and things." Personaga end their Callings at Cann

öridge in 1825.
A kag... is.... a brewer
A Bishop .a tailor
A Baron. a horse-dealer
A Kairi .......a turf-dealer
A Proctor ......a tailor
A Marshall , a cheesemonger
An Earl.. ..a laundress
A Butler. ..a picture-frame maker
A Page .a bookbinder
A Pope ...

.an old woman
Aa Abbott . .a bonnet-maker
A Monk.. ..a waterman
A Nua.... ..a borse-dealer
A Moor .a poulterer
A Sarage... , a carpenter
A Scott

an Englishman
A Rose ......... a fishmonger
A Lilly

a brewer

Map 26.

Christmas an ironmonger

FLORAL DIRECTORY. Summer.. a carpenter

Common Avens. Geum Urbanum. Sad a barber

Dedicated to St. Urban ! Grief

a glezier Peace

..a carpenter Bacon... a tobacconist. A Hard-man A Spear-man St. Philip Neri, A. D. 1595. St. AugusA Wise-man A Hill-man

tine, Abp. of Canterbury, A. D. 604 A Good-man A Wood-man

St. Eleutherius, Pope, A. D. 192. St. A Black-man A Pack-man

Quadratus, Bp. A.D. 125. St. Oduvald, A Chap-man A Pit-man

Abbot, A. D. 698.
A Free-man

A Red-man
A New-man
A True-man.

St. Philip Neri.
A Bov-man

He was born at Florence in 1515, became recluse when a child, dedicated

himself to poverty, and became miraFLORAL DIRECTORY. Lilac. Syringa vulgaris.

culously fervent.

“ The divine love,” Dedicated to St. Julia.

says Alban Butler, “ so much dilated the breast of our saint, that the gristle

which joined the fourth and fifth ribs on Map 24.

the left side was broken, which accident

allowed the heart and the larger vessels St. Vincent of Lerins, A. D. 450. Sts. Donation and Rogatian, A. D. 287.

more play; in which condition he lived

fifty years. St. John de Prado.

According to the same authority, his body was sometimes raised

from the ground during his devotions FLORAL DIRECTORY.

some yards high. Butler relates the same Monkey Poppy:

of St. Dunstan, St. Edmund, and many Papaver Orientale. Dedicated to St. Vincent.

other saints, and says that “ Calmet, an author still living, assures us that he

knows a religious man who, in devout Map 25.

prayer, is sometimes involuntarily raised

in the air, and remains hanging in it withSt. Mary Magdalen of Fazzi, A. D. 1607. out any support; also that he is person

St. Urban, Pope, A. D. 223. St. Ad- ally acquainted with a devout nun to heln, or Aldhelm. St. Gregory VII., whom the same had often happened.” Pope, A. D. 1085. Sts. Marimus, or Butler thinks it probable that they themMaure, and Venerand, Martyrs in Nor- selves would not determine whether mandy, 6th Cent. St. Dumhade, Abbot, they were raised by angels, or by what A. D. 717.

other supernatural operation. He says, St. Aldhelm.

that Neri could detect hidden sins by the He founded the abbey of Malmesbury, smell of the sinners. He died in 1595 : and was the first Englishman who culti- the body of such a saint of course worked rated Latin and English or Saxon poesy.

miracles. Among his other mortifications, he was ac

St. Philip Neri founded the congregacustomed to recite the psalter at night, tion or religious order of the Oratory, in [plunged up to the shoulders in a pond of 1551. The rules of this religious order water. He was the first bishop of Sher

savour of no small severity. By the borne, a see which was afterwards re

“ Institutions of the Oratory,” (printed at moved 10 Salisbury, and died in 709.*

Oxford, 1687, 8vo. pp. 49.) they are reHe turned a sunbeam into a clothes- quired to mix corporal punishments with peg; at least, so say his biographers: of November to the feast of the resur

their religious harmony :-“From the first this was at Rome. Saying mass there in the church of St. John de Lateran, he put things shall be heightened by a concert or

rection, their contemplation of celestial off his vestment; the servant neglecting to take it, he hung it on a sunbeam, music; and it is also enjoined, that at whereon it remained, “ to the wonderful certain seasons of frequent occurrence, admiration of the beholders." +

they all whip themselves in the Oratory.

After half an hour's mental prayer, the • Butler. + Purter, Golden Legend.

officers distribute whips inade of smal,

cords full of knots, put forth the children, his historical character, it is to be ob if there be any, and carefully shutting the served that, according to his biographers, doors and windows, extinguish the other he worked many miracles, whereof may lights, except only a small candle so be observed this :placed in a dark lanthorn upon the altar, St. Augustine came to a certain forn, that the crucifix may appear clear and inhabited by wicked people, who “revisible, but not reflecting any light, thus fused hys doctryne and prechyng uterly, making all the room dark: then the priest, and drof bym out of the towne, castyng in a loud and doleful voice, pronounceth on hym the tayles of thornback, or lyke the verse Jube Domine benedicere, and fysshes; wherefore he besought Almyghty going through an appointed service, God to shewe hys jugement on them; comes Apprehendite disciplinam, &c.; at and God sent to them a shamefull token; which words, taking their whips, they for the chyldren that were born after in scourge their naked bodies during the the place, had tayles, as it is sayd, tyll recital of the 50th Psalm, Miserere, and they had repented them. It is said the 129th, De profundis, with several comyply that this fyll at Strode in Kente; prayers; at the conclusion of which, but blyssed be Gode, a: thys daye is no upon a sign given, they end their whip such deformyte."* It is said, however, ping, and put on their clothes in the dark that they were the natives of a village in and in silence."

Dorsetshire who were thus tail-piecedot

Another notable miracle is thus related. Oratorios.

When St. Augustine came to Compton, in The Oratorio commenced with the Oxfordshire, the curate complained, that fathers of the Oratory. In order to draw though he had often warned the lord of the youth to church, they had hymus, psalms, place to pay his tythes, yet they were withand spiritual songs, or cantalas, sung held, “ and therefore I.” said the curate, either in chorus or by a single favourite

“have cursed hym, and I fynde him the voice. These pieces were divided into

more obstynate." Then St. Augustine two parts, the one performed before the demanded why he did not pay his tythes sermon, and the other after it. Sacred to God and the church; whereto the knight stories, or events from scripture, written answered, that as he tilled the ground, he in verse, and by way of dialogue, were ought to have the tenth sheaf as well as set to music, and the first part being per

the ninth. Augustine, finding that he formed, the sermon succeeded, which

the could not bend this lord to his purpose, people were induced to stay and hear, then departed and went to mass; but before that they might be present at the per he began, he charged all those that were formance of the second part. The sub- accursed to go out of the church. Then jects in early times were the good Sama- a dead body arose, and went out of the ritan, the Prodigal Son, Tobit with the church into the churchyard with a white angei, his father, and his wife, and similar cloth on his head, and stood there till histories, which by the excellence of the mass was done; whereupon St. Augustine composition, the band of instruments, went to him, and demanded what he was; and the performance, brought the Ora- and the dead body said, “ I was formerly ter into great repute; hence this spe- lord of this town, and because I would cies of musical drama obtained the general not pay my tithes to my curate, he cursed appenation of Oratorio.

me, and then I died and went to hell."

Then Augustine bade the dead lord bring St. Augustine.

him to where the curate was buried,

which accordingly he did, and Augustine This was the monk sent to England by commanded the dead curate to arise, who & Gregory the Great, to convert the thereupon accordingly arose and stood English; by farour of Ethelbert, he be- before all the people. Then Augustine

ve archbishop of Canterbury. Chris- demanded of the dead curate if he knew tants, bowerer, had long preceded Au. the dead lord, who answered, “Would Festine's arrival, for the queen of Ethel- to God I had never known him, for be bit, previous to his coming, was accus

was a withholder of his tythes, and, more ito par ber devotions in the church over, an evil-doer." Then Augustine as Martin just without Canterbury. delivered to the said curate a rod, ano This most ancient edifice still exists. Not ratieing more at present concerning • Golden Legend. Porter's Flowers

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