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LORDINGS, it chanced about the time
When Richard came from Palestine,
Three lusty friars, in joyous mood,
Came through the glades of gay Sherwood,
'Twas evening, and the cloudless sun
Wheeled slowly down the horizon,
Ànd gnarled oak, and plashing stream
Were redden'd with its slanting beam;
The red deer sought the sheenest glade:
The feather'd tribes the woodland shade;
The bee well laden homeward few;
And, as the welkin deeper grew,
The glow-worm lit her glimmering lamp,
To guide the royer o'er the swamp;
And sweet the dews of twilight feil,
O'er coppice, glade, and bushy dell.

Cheering their way with jest and song,
Our sleeky trio paced along.
The first and merriest of the three,
Who made the welk in ring with glee,-
Who brawl'd and carrol'd, danc'd and swore,
And with his staff rang o'er and o'er
Saint Mary's chimes and each poor wight
Whose costard crossed his path that night,--
Possessed a trunk like mountain ash,
Unscath'd by storm or lightning-flash;
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A light blue eye, where freakish wiles
And laughter lurk'd 'mid bantering smiles;
In golden rings his flaxen hair
Half-veil'd a visąge bland and fair,
Though slightly bronz'd from time to time,
Ip hot Arabia's desart clime.

Oh, Santa Maria !' quoth he,
His sparkling eye-balls lit with glee,
• Was e'er so curs'd-so vile a sight,
As this reveal'd to heav'n's fair light!
Oh, brother, most profane and foul,
Shame to thine order and thy cowl,
Knowest thou not what heav'n fore-dooms
To he, who, in vile rigadoons,
In filthy songs, ungodly sights,
Wearing thy sacred garb, delights ?'

Nay, hark thee,' said the questioned man,
And tell me truly, an thou can;-
Thinkest thou, Ned the tanner's dame
Will speed her to Saint Mary's fane,
As well tbou knowest I strongly urged
The blessedness of being purged,
From past misdeeds and time mis-spent,
And holy church's blest intent,
To those who conscience struck, alas'

• Nay, hold thee, gossip, by the mass,' Quod he who the discourse begun, Thou'lt choke me an thou'lt

not ha' done. Out on thee! think'st an honest quean Would venture through the forest green, When thieves and knaves infest the road, Androgues like thou are seen abroad? An Ned be not a brainless wight, She'll pass not from her home to-night. But soft, wbat's yonder knave in green, Lurking behind yon hazel screen ?

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Just as he spoke, a jovial band,
With bow and cloth yard shaft in hand,
Like lightning from the coppice flew,
And pounced upon the weaker two;
The other, with his thyrsus, laid
Five sprawling on the forest glade;
When one, the leader of the train,
His bugle blew with might and main,
And scarce had died away the sound,
Ere bush, and tree, and dingle round,
Sent archers forth, and straightway stood
Before the friars bold Robin Hood !

A goodlier form in sooth than he,
No man would ere desire to see ;
A coat of Lincoln green he wore,
With silver flowerings blazoned o'er,
And on his brow a morion shin'd,
Whose light plume danced along the wind;
His buckler bright, his sbiniug sword,
His quiver well with arrows stored,
His yew-tree bow well tried and strong,
Right gaily on his shoulder hung.

How's this the sturdy'archer cried, As the vanquish'd forresters he eyed, "A score well armed with bow and blade, By three fat churchmen prostrate laid ; And thou to view it, kinsman John, Shame-where's your wanted prowess gone?'

* Percbance, sir forrester,' rejoined The friar, thou would'st some hardship find, So easily to overthrow Each of us three by dint of blow; If any doubt my word, and dare A bout for courtesy-prepare.'. With that he threw his cowl aside, And straight the wondering band espied

A sturdy form in steel arryed,
Looming amid the evening shade.

Scarlock, whose brow grew red with rage,
Doff'd cap and jerkin to engage,
But when the other 'gan reveal
His sinewy limbs begirt in steel,
The wight resumed his Lincola green,
And slunk amid the crowd unseen;
Not greatly relishing the fight,
With one in iron garb bedi bt.

A pause of wonderment ensued, When thus exclaim'd bold Robin Hood : • Sirs, whence ye come or where ye go, None here about ye, seek to know, If here to stay till darkness dies, And morning lightens up the skies Ye list, right welcome shall ye be To join our merry revelry.' • Lead on then,' quoth the quondam friar,

And straight the merry archer train Through shady av'nue bush and briar,

And dingle tripp'd with might and main. One palid gleam was all that now Hover'd on dusky twilight's brow, To mark the spot where late the sun Had fash'd his fiety gonfalon When incense breathing night unfurl'd Her sapphire pennons round the world, O'ergemm'd with myriad stars, and soon Shone forth in silvery blaze the moon, Illuming with her halcyon beam.

The dewy sward, the distant'tower, The sombre oak, the plashing stream,

The love-sick maiden's jassmine bower, Wherein the mouşaful songstress pour'd

Calm, undisturb'd, her plaintive tale,

Till furthermore our will be known.'

And who art thou?" the prisoner cried. Behold,' the sturdy knight replied, And straight to every eye reveal'd The face his vizor had concealed. The baron met the lion gaze As ineets the owl the sun-beam's blaze. The outlaw and his merry train Fell on their knees with wild acclaim, And Cour de Lion hail !, all hail ! Mingled alond in every gale. And, lordings, now my tale is done, God save us all and every one, T. F:

THE PASSOVER OF THE JEWS,

WITH REMARKS.

(For the Olio.)

Save when the roying owlet show'red

His startling cailence on the gale. A night more glorious and serene Ne'er greeted damsel's love-lit eyne.

Now onward sped the jovial crew Through copse and dingle wet with dew, 'Mid tangled brushwood's leafy shade Through which the brilliant moonlight play'd, And cloth'd in fairy gleams the ground Which lay beneath in rest pro

Anon a lovely spot they gain'd
Where Dian might herself have reign'd,
"And safely veil'd from mortal eye
Pursued her silver revelry.
Surrounded by a woodbine skreen
An oak of giant growth was seen,
Whose pondrous branches waving shade
O'er-canopied an ample glade;
Nigh drunk with dew, and sprinkled o'er
With many an incense-breathing flow'r,
Its twisted roots trail'd o'er the green,
And ?mid them leap'd a babbling stream,
Now silver white, now veil'd in gloom,
As through the foliage flash'd the moon.
Beneath the tree the banquet board
With many a good fat haunch was stor'd.
The portly flavon fajr to see
Foaming with sherris and burgundy,
And last of all this dainty cheer
The black-jack charg'd with nut-brown beer.
The gallant outlaw gave command,
When strai:ht the merry archer band
Arranging round the rustic board,
Began dispatch its dainty board.
: Sir Knights,' quoth Robin Hood, anon
While gaily sped the jest and song,

Behold where yonder sparkling star
Its powerful radiance flings afar,
Beneath its opal cresset soars
Sir Artbur Vernon's moss-grown towers,
Here may'st thou view its tallest vane
Flashing its glow on Charlie's wain
Now wheeling up the northern sky
In all his golden panoply.

.It chanced some few short hours agone
Scarlock, myself and little John,
Roving beneath its gloomy wall,
Heard something 'mid the brushwood fall;
We sought and straight an arrow found,

To which this clerkly scroll was bound;
Read it Sir Knight and straight ye'll know
The enterprise on which we go-
Your ald! O gentle strangers lend,
An helpless maiden to berriend,
A wicked priest at yonder shrine
Awaits at midnight hour to join
"In sacred wedlock's holy band
Mine and my treacherous kinsman's band;
Await till then beneath the tower,
And free me from his tyrant power.'
Thus read the Knight, and straightway came
Clanging from far, St. Mary's fane
The appointed' hour-Away, our aid
We join to free the prisoner maid,'
Exclaim'd the Knight, and every one
Brush'd o'er the dewy sward anon.

Screen'd by an hazle copse, the train
Awaited now to free the dame
And presently a tramp of steeds
Came loudly booming in the breeze,
Each from his well-stor'd quiver drew
A goodly shaft, and forward few
Like lightning from his chosen stand
To intercept the advancing band.
Anon they metalhe stalwart Knight
The last to fee, the first in fight,
- Freed from her kinsman's grasp the maid,
And stretch'd him wprawling on the glade.
• What stripling have we bere,' quoth be,
In tone of bantering raillery,
As pale, and nigh in terror drown'd,
They rais'd the baron from the ground.
Go bide him in yon tarret's gloom

So much interest is taken in behalf of the Hebrew nation, in the City, in the British Senate, and with Jiberal-ininded men of all persuasions, without touching upon polemical points, we ga her a few observations for the “ Olio," which refer immediately to the “ Feast of the Passover,” it having been kept with due interest and care by the most ancient people (the Welch, of course, excepted) that are scattered nearly over the world.* The word “ Passover”-Pascha signifies « God's own,”

to pass by, to leap over, or pass over. The following stanza, though not of very extraordinary poetic beauty, or likely to be owned for

Byron's in the controversy between Campbell and Moore, is applicable, at least, to the purpose of its paraphrase :

Untill this people overpasst
sball be, which purchas.ed thou hart,

Thou wilt bring in and plant them sure,
in mount of thine inheritance;
in place which for thy habitance

thou, o Iehovah, doost procure. The word Passover, however, is used in three particular acceptations. First, from the yearly solemnity, celebrated the 14th of Nisan, alias Abib, the Passover of the Lamb, because on that day toward evening, the Israelites were coinmanded, according to their families, to roast a Lamb, and eat it in their private houses. 2ndly, The yearly festivity, celebrated the 15th of Nisan, called simply the Passover. Towards this feast, Josiah gave tɔ the people sheep, lambs, kids and bullocks. 3dly, It is taken for the whole solemnity, beginning the 14th of Nisan and ending the 21st of the same month.

* A custom, we believe, prevails to this day of the Readership in the synagogue being put up at auction and disposed of to the highest bidder, during the Passover; and cakes, as large as platts, with koles prieked through them, and very thin, are given generally by the Jews to the Gentile brethren with whom they deal and have fellowship, to preserve a good understanding in social and business Intercourse.

Though the feast of unleavened bread was more, was an allowable offering ,-in the distincıly kept, yet, properly speaking, idea that nothing was perfect till the it also consisted of the Passover. This Sabbath had passed over it. The time was first kept the 14th of the first month appointed for the Lamb to be slain were at even. This was the second sacrament between the sun declining and the sun in which, although they were enjoined to setting, as between the two evenings. The eat unleavened bread with the Lamb, yet bitter herbs eaten with the Lamb were the feast of the unleavened bread began dipped in sauce, thick like mustard. The not till the morrow following, being the sop given to Judas was dipped in like 15th of the same month, and lasted seven manner. It was made of the palm-tree days; of which the first and last only branches, or of dry figs, or raisins, were holy convocations, wherein they stamped and steeped in vinegar, seasoned might do no servile work.t

and made like clay, and brought to the Secondly. The Passover, in the age table in the night of the Passover. following its first institution, might not Four preparations to this feast were rebe solemnized in any other place, save quired : first, their cleansing the vessels only where the Lord placed his name, and household implements. 2ndly, The which afterwards was at Jerusalem. searching after leaven in the rooms of

The rites and ceremonies in the eating their houses, even to the mouseholes, with of the Paschal Lamb agreed with their a wax candle. 3dly, A burning of the usual solemnities. They blessed the cup leaven about dinner time,-at which fol. and the bread, and divided among the lowed the last degree, “ the cursing of guests,-washing their feet who sat at the leaven, of a threefold degree, -10 be table. The question was thus put to a cut off from his heavenly inheritance,child,“ What does this service mean ?" that God would cut off such by an unTo which the answer implied, “ How timely death,—that he shouid die without different is this night to all other nights, children, agreeably with their proverb, when we wash but once, in this twice. a man childless is lifeless." In others, we eat leavened or unleavened By the instance of Barabbas, it is evibread, in this only unleavened. In others, dent it was a custom with the Jews on the we eat any sort of herbs, inç this night Passover to free or enlarge a prisoner. bitter herbs. In others, we eat or drink, Some think this commemorated of Jonasitting or lying, but in this we lie along;than, rescued from his father's hands. The catechist then declared, “that the Others say that the feast might be more Passover was in respect that the Lord joyfully celebrated ; and others, in token passed over the houses of their fathers in of their deliverance from Egyptian bondEgypt.” He held up the bitter herbs in age. his hand and said, “ These are in respect Lastly, There was a second Passover that the Egyptians made the lives of our for those who by reason of their distance fathers bitter in Egypt.” Then he held could not be present at the first. The the unleavened bread and said, “ This distance afar off was computed at fifteen which we eat is in respect that the dough miles from the walls of Jerusalem. of our fathers had not time to be leavened The properties of the Lamb for the when the Lord appeared and redeemed Passover were thus defined, and thus them out of the hand of the enemny. eligibly partaken :The Lamb, after it was eight days old or

1. One of the flock.

2. Without blemish. The Hebrew word Lechem is sometimes used for many loaves, or cakes-wave bread,'

3. To be sacrificed and roasted. two, Maimony thus observes of the bread 4. His bones being not broken. brought with the sacrifice to Confession, -a 5. About the evening. custom borrowed in part by the Papists : 6. The dour-posts were to be sprinkled He (the priest) took 20-tenths or pottles of fine four, and made of them ļen pottles,

with blood. leavened and ten unleavened.

7. That the punishing angel might pass were leavened, he made of them ten cakes.

over them. And the ten that were unleavened, he made of them thirty cakes equally, ten cakes of

8. It was eaten in their several families. every sort, -to wit, teu cakes baked in the

9. The whole Lamb. oven, and ten wafers, and ten cakes hastily 10. Without leaven. fried. These thirty cakes were made with the 11. With bitter herbs. quantity of half a log of oil; a fourth part thereof, for the cakes bastily fried ; an eighth

12. In haste, and in the manner of trapart for the baked cakes, and an eighth part vellers. for the wafers, &c. And the priest took one 13. Only by the circumsised. of all four cakes, one of every sort." Rum is the only spirit, and that only upon which the

DYLADES. priest has set bis seal as genuine, allowed to be drunk during the Passover.

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THE ENGLISH TAR AND FRENCH under such a promising combination of SAILOR.

circumstances as those which distinguish(For the Olio.)

ed the present Bridal of Argenteins.

Youth, beauty, birth, and affluence, On Portsmouth beach, an English tar And naval Frenchman ta'en in war,

every thing which the world deems desirHappen'd to meet together;

able, accompanied this match, but it was of chance and fate; as on they walk'a, mutual love and long intimacy, and all Of fame and honor, much they talk'd, those amiable qualities that the world too of prizes, wind, and weather.

often leaves out of the question, that first The hostile Tars in conflict warm,

set it on foot. Were furious as the angry storm,

Sir Arthur Heveningham, the silver. Each urged his point was right.

headed lord of Argenteins, was the twenAt length observ'd the enrag'd Monsieur, “ You English, 'midst your bold career,

ty-sixth of that name, whose lineage des. . For wealth in prizes tight.

cended to the reign of Canute ; and his

house had, at this period, attained the Debas'd by no such sordid view,

summit of its wealth and grandeur. His “ For honor only fight our crew, “ Honor our country's boast."

heir, the gallant and accomplished cour" Why true," quoth Jack, " for once you're tier of his day, was the bridegroom. And right,

never did the brown and homely peasant “ English as well as Frenchmen fight, "For what they want the most."

clasp, with more affectionate and simple St. Margaret's, near Dovor. H, Ince. truth, the wife whom he had won by his

prowess on the yillage green, than John

Heveningham, when, in the glittering cirTales of the Tapestry ; cle of high-born and proudly apparelled OR,

personages, Katherine Mordaunt vowed

to be his for ever. EVENINGS AT ARGENTEINS.

The solemn festival now commenced, BY HORACE GUILFORD.

and each day saw some new pageant, or (For the Olio.)

invented some rare device ;-a company The very walls of their apartments were

of His Majesty's players had been hired hung with romantic bistories. Tapestry was by his permission-the waits filled the anciently the fashionable furniture of our old quadrangles with their music, and houres, and it was chiefly filled with lively re

mummers and masquers intermingled their presentations of this sort, The Stories of the Tapestries in the Royal Palaces of Henry the gaudy exhibitions. These had lasted some Eighth are still preserved.

days, and at length (in spite of invention's WARTON'S HIS. ENG. POETRY. skill,) began to pall. Had it not been,

indeed, that a noble sheet of water in the INTRODUCTION.

Keteringham woods afforded admirable opportunities for falconry, it is to be

doubted whether even courtesy due to the For round about the walls yclothed were host and the occasion would have sup

With goodly arras of great majesty, Woven with gold and silk so close and near,

ported some of the guests through the That the rich metal lurked privily,

fortnight prescribed for this stately festiAs faining to be hid from envious eye; vity. Yet here and there, and every where, unwares It was at the close of a beautiful au

It show'd itself and shone unwillingly,
Like a discoloured snake, whose hidden spareg

tumn day, that a party of the guests, who Tbrough the green grass, his long, bright, bur. with Sir Arthur, had passed the morning nished back declares. FABRY QUEEN. with unusual success in hawking, were

slowly returning to the manor-house. Ir was on the Vigil of Saint Martin, High and animating debates on the exploits 1624, near the close of King James the of the morning were not slightly mixed First's reign, that the large and magnifi. up with sundry (of course, unexpressed,) cent manor-castle of Argenteins in Nor. misgivings as to the spiritless repetitions folk; beheld a gorgeous bevy of noble, of gaudy spectacles, or twice-told-tales knightly, and gentle guests congregated that they might expect in the evening. A in its towered halls.

sudden expression of delight that burst Rarely had such splendid trains gleam- from the lips of Sir Robert Vernon, aled through the majestic vista of the ave tracted the attention of the party. He nue; rarely had the broad moat mirrored

was a young knight of Staffordshire, a such coloured pageantry of costly rai. stranger to Argenteins, though he had ment, and still more rarely had the old visited Sir Arthur at his stately hall of mansion of Argenteins been the theatre Aston, and had been invited on this occaof such auspicious festivity. It is not sion, from his near relationship to the frequently, indeed, that alliances between bride, Lewis, Lord Mordaunt being his high and opulent families are concerted uncle.

ARGENT'EINS AND ITS GUESTS.

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