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The sixth Volume of the “ OLIO” is now before our friends, and an opportunity is again afforded us of speaking of those improvements which we pledged ourselves to make, in the Preface to the preceding one. The beauty of our type will scarcely need mention, while the vast quantity of additional matter, given in consequence of printing on the once blank spaces at the back of the illustrations, must of course be obvious to every one : it affords us great pleasure to find that this arrangement has given general satisfaction to our subscribers.
The present volume will be found rich in ORIGINAL communications, comprising a large store of ROMANCES, HISTORIETTES, POETRY, Essays, MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS, HISTORICAL SCRAPS, ANECDOTES, &c.
In the CHRONOLOGY are registered upwards of One Thousand interesting events connected with the history of every country.
Of the beauty of our ENGRAVINGS it will be scarcely necessary to speak, but it may not be amiss to mention that the illustrations to the present Volume have cost the proprietors more than those of any that have preceded it.
Our best thanks are due to our writing friends, who have so kindly and so liberally afforded us their assistance. To three or four we are greatly indebted. To those whose favours have not obtained insertion, we again repeat that our decisions are dictated by the most strict impartiality, and that while we would check the rude and impertinent, we would stretch forth our arm to assist and encourage modest merit.
We have only to add that the greatly increased sale of our miscellany during the last half year has added to our zeal, and that, with the assistance of our friends, we hope to render the “ Olio” still more deserving the support and patronage of the public.
Jan. 1, 1831.
BY HORACE GUILFORD.
ILLUSTRATED ARTICLE. slowly returning from a visit to a sick
person in the neighbourhood. As he Tales of the Tapestry. passed by the large mill, which had not
long been erected by Sir William de ARMS AND AMOURS.
Hansacre, in the southern meadows of
the Trent, he could not help pausing, A TALE OF MALVESYN.
less to recruit his wearied limbs, than For the Olio.
to gaze on the exquisite scene of repose Nurse His name is Romeo, and a Montague,
before him. The only son of your great enemy.
A broad and yellow moonlight swayed
vast and ancient oak woods of Malvesyn Prodigious birth of love it is to me,
stood breathless in the gentle light, alThus forced to love y loathed enemy. ternately capped with silver and en
SHAKSPEARE. folded in sable shadow ; the ample All furnish'd-all in arms;
meadows, partly pastures of rich turf, All plamed, like estridges that wing the wind,
and partly waving with mowing grass,
sylvan ; the royal Trent poured his 2nd Part King Henry IV. abounding flood in silent sparkles, and
the buildings of the Manor Hall in the Midnight had already tolled from distance, lifted in'o the cloudless sky the great turret clock of Malvesyn Hall, their vast and picturesque outline and a beautiful summer midnight it large white swans were floating like was, when a brother of the Benedictine dreams on the moonlight river; the Priory of St. Giles at Blythburgh was great mill-wheel reposed its black disk, Vol. VI. A
still shining with moisture, against a ing his knightly eyrie on a fair hill in gable white with moonshine, while the its southern district. only sound that lulled the slumbers of The recent destruction of a magnithe tranquil scene, were the gurgling ficent game of swans, bearing on their of the sluice from the dam, the harsh, beaks the notch and crescent of Malrestless cry of the corncraik in the long vesyn, which was attributed of course grass, and the wild whoops of the owls to the malice of the rival house, had from the adjacent woods.
tended greatly to inflame the old quar“Ah!" said the poor Monk, " who rel; and the last drop had been poured would not deem that to be lord of all into the cup of wrath by the outrecin this fair domain were to be the patriarch dance, as it was termed, of De Hansacre of peace and benevolence,--rich and in presuming to build a large mill on happy in himself, and diffusing plenty his own bank of the Trent, whose outand happiness on all beneath his sway. wards were supposed to trespass on And yet who that knows what these that portion of the noble stream claimunhappy times have brought forth, ed by De Malvesyn. The importance would not rather be the poor Benedic- of a mill and fishery at that period, as tine, who if he hath nought to command constituting a leading feature in the hath as little to fear,—who, confined to manor or royalty, is well known; as the elevating duties of prayer and praise, also the high estimation attached to a enlivened only by the illumination of game of swans, and the jealous care books, the decorations of his convent, with which they were guarded by their the felling of timber in the woods, for owners. The outcries and tumult many a rich and quaint carving, or the which thus broke out in the dead waste care of fruits, flowers, and herbsmhath and middle of the night, were occasioned reason to be thankful for that blessed by a number of North Trentsmen, repeace which the world cannot give, tainers of De Malvesyn, who had beset though the world so often takes it away!" and fired the mill—that obnoxious token
So saying, the Benedictine moved on, of the insolence of De Hansacre. but had scarcely proceeded a quarter As the monk approached, the hurof a mile westward, through that long ried roar of the tocsin, or storm bell, and rich vale, when a loud tumult and was heard from the hill edifices of fearful strife of voices swelled from be- the South Trentsmen, and a trampling hind him down the clear, cool air of of numerous armed men, on the surnight. He turned and paused, but saw coat of whose leader the arms of Hannothing save the massive walls of Mal. sacre, ermine, three chessrooks gules, vesyn, now close at hand, and the more gleamed in the mingled glare of fire distant chimnies of De Hansacre's Mill and moonlight, came galloping from the peering in the moonlight over the clus- east. The Malvesyns, on this unwished tering foliage.
for apparition, ceased from the assault He continued, however, to gaze in and prepared for their defence. A that direction, arrested by the increas- gallant looking youth about sixteen, ing tumult, when suddenly a cloud whose tall form and well-turned limbs appeared to mantle over the distant already promised the thewes and building, at first white and fleecy, then prowess of manhood, habited in the darkening becoming swarthy-red- white and scarlet blazon of Malvesyn, dening-and, finally flinging aloft the was immediately recognised by the broad flag of conflagration, which wa monk as Florent de Fradley, the orvered fiercely over the landscape, make phan heir of a Staffordshire knight, ing the moon dim and ghastly. With- who, according to the fashion of the out a moment's hesitation, the monk chivalric ages, was brought up at Malhastily retraced his steps—when, on vesyn Hall as Damoisean to the brave his reaching the broad greensward in Sir Robert, in order to his regular adfront of the mill, a scene presented itself vancement to knighthood. This young which made him repent his precipitation. man seemed foremost in the business.
Violent feuds between the North “ St. Giles for the Malvesyn !” he and South Trentsmen had more or less cried; “ brave North Trentsmen, here agitated most of the Staffordshire fami come the insolent rooks that have dared lies at that period, (the early part of to build in our eyrie ;-grammercy, if we Henry the Fourth's reign) but no where do not quickly give their inaster checkhad they been carried on with such mate? Here be the fowls, brave Malanimosity as betweent he rich and rival vesyns, that would fain hatch swansNormans, Malvesyn and Hansacre; eggs ;-give the marauders a volley, the former dwelling in the fertile valley and let the grey shaft remind them that north of the Trent, and the latter build they are but geese!"