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ed spouse, holding lighted torches in their for some time on the surface of the water. hands, (for in Turkey and Persia this The inhabitants rowed ont in boats, with ceremony of the church is celebrated at the intention of driving them into the night only), from whence they direct Straits, when the whales became quite their steps to the church, accompanied outrageous, leaping several yards into the with musical instruments of discordant air! and occasioning the surface of the sounds.

sea, to a considerable extent, to appear At the end of this rite, the officiating like a boiling cauldron. Several shots priest, muttering a benediction over it, were fired at them without any apparent gives a glass of wine to the new pair, effect. which they drink mutually ; after the dispensation of which, the clergyman

REAL HAVANNAH. fastens green and red coloured stuffs (in shape exactly like our suspenders) on the Wallack's Love's Ritornella, in the 'Bri

The following laughable parody of breast of the bridegroom, in a right angular direction from one over another ;

gand,' was sung by Harley on his

benefit: and he, in the meantime suspends on the neck of the bride a string of silk threads,

Real Havannah ! which are to be tied together three days

Precious cigar !

Gentle as manna, after their marriage. Then the bells of

Bright as a starthe church are rung, which is done in

Pleasant at fireside, publication of their union, because they

Cheery on roadhave no other method to spread such re

Best of all perfumes ports about than by the noise of the bells

At home or abroad.

Real Havannah ! in those countries. As soon as the bride

Puff away careand bridegroom reach the gate of their

Blow my misfortunes house, they find a plate of porcelain

Into thin air. placed on the threshold of the gate, which

Real Havannah 1 the bridegroom treads upon and reduces

O who would dare to pieces, in illustration of his having

Meerschaum or bookah

With thee compare ? trampled under his feet the head of Satan,

When thy bright tip by forsaking his wicked paths, --because

Any mortal may see, they are of opinion that celibacy is always

Thou art his choice guided by the devil. The hall is deco.

Aud a smoker is he. rated with every kind of oriental magni.

Real Havannah, &c. ficence, in which, when they enter, the

Real Havannah ! bride and bridegroom stand in a conspi.

Priment of stuff, cuous place, when a band of bearded

Sell me no humbug,

Vender of snuff ecclesiastics approach and congratulate

Think not on me them on their happy union ; after which,

You can cut any jokes the crowd follow their example. Soon

'Tis Tcper Thomas

Himself who now smokes. after these professions of joy for the suc

Real Havannah ! &c, cess of their union, the mother of the bridegroom steps forward and takes the

ANOTHER BATCH. bride by the hand, and carries her in the midst of her female companions into

Why is a lady of weak intellect like a another apartment, where they pass three part of a word? Because she is a sillydays in successive merriment and joy: blood horse? Do you give it up ?-Be

belle. Another-Why is a waiter like a so the friends of the bridegroom do in their quarter too.

At the expiration of cause he runs for the plate. The best of this period, they return to their respective all, and spick and span new-Why is roofs; and, according to the established Brighton like a person who gets als he custom of this nation, the bride is then can, and keeps what he gets ? Because it first formally delivered over by her pa

is a sell- fish town. rents to the impatient bridegroom,--that is three days after the solemnization of the

A WATCH. nuptials.

A watch may represent the mind of man,

While it assures him his life's a span';
Anecdotiana.

The wheels its powers, the balance i reason
Thoughts are the hands, declaring how it goes;

cience the regulator, sets it right; An extraordinary shoal of whales, to The chain reflection-wind up every night; the number of sixty or upwards, made with self-examination as the key; their appearance on the 16th ultimo, off Your words and actions hest its goodness prove, Corran Ferry, Linnie Loch, and continued Then strive by these to gain its Maker'a love.

shows;

SPRIGHTLY WHALES.

Сс

Diary and Chronology.

Wednesday, May 26. St. Augustine.- High Water 41 m after 4 Morn -2m after 5 After. St. Augustine -Our saint mentioned to-day was deputed by St. Gregory the Great to be the

apostle of England. He landed on the side of Kent in 596, and converted Ethel. bert, the powerful king thereof, with many of his subjects. St. Augustine after a

life of labour, ended his days A. D. 604. May 26 1827.-Expired the Rev. Mark Noble, F.A.S. Rector of Barming in Kent; a gentleman

well known in the literary world as an industrious compiler. Residing upon his living, he had leisure sufficient to bring forth numerous works, Many of his writings are extremely valuable for the research they display, as may be seen by consulting his Genealogical Histories of the present Royal Family of Europe, the History of the College of Arms, and the continuation of Granger.

Thursday, May 27.

St. Bede.-Sun rises 59m after 3---sets 2m after 8. St. Bede.-This saint is said to have been a prodigy of learning and plety, and is said also to

bave surpassed St. Gregory in eloquence. The Sonnet written upou Si. Bede by
Wordsworth, contains the following lines :--

Sublime recluse !
The recreant soul, that dares to shun the debt
Imposed on human kind, must first forget

Thy diligence, thy unrelaxing use
of a long life, and, in the hour of death,

The last dear service of thy passing breath. May 27, 1265.-Born on this day, the eminent Italian poet, Dante. His chief work, the Co

media Divina, is singular in its kind, both as to plan and sentiment, which are sublimely wild and romantic, often satirical and severe ; but the diction and har. mony 18 extremely classical, nervous, and poetical.

Friday, May 28. St, Caraumas, Martyr.-High Water 2m after 6 Morn-2im after 6 Aftern May 28, 1821. -Died Charles Alfred Stothard, son of Thonias Stothard. R.A. This eminent

artist and antiquary principally employed his pencil in delineating specimens of
ancient costume, and similar subjects, which were inost congenial to his predelic-
tions for antiquarian enquiry. Of this description is his Monumental Effigies of
Great Britain, a work of considerable interest, and supplying much information,
In 1819, Mr. S. exhibited to the Society of Antiquaries his drawings from the
Bayeux Tapestry, accompanied with an historical memoir. A short time previous
to his death, he had contemplated a work intended to illustrate the reign of Eliza-
beth. The calamitous accident that prematurely closed the career of this talented
artist happened as follows:- While copyiug a window in the church of Bere Fer-
rers, for a series of illustrations of the County of Devon, in Lyeon's Magna Britan-
pica, the ladder on which he stood broke, and, falling against a monument, he was
killed on the spot.

Saturday, May 29.
St. Maximinus.-Moon's First Quarter, 48m after 10 Morning.

Our saint, who was a native of Potetiers, was adinitted to holy orders in 332, and was one of the most illustrious defenders of the Catholic faith in the Council of

Sardica in 347. He is said to have died in Poiton in 349. May 23, 1643.-Died Louis XIII. at St. Gerinain en Lay. The character of this monarch ma

nifested that propensity to be governed which displays weakness of the heart, together with a coldness and indifference joined to a melancholy disposition, which rendered his attachments rather the effect of habit than of affection, and inspired all about him with weariness and disgust. One of his principal favourites said to a friend, “ How unhappy I am to live with a man who wearies me from norning to night." He was devout, but his devotion showed itself in minute observaaces, and submission to bis confessor. He had a share of judgment and solid sense, and did not want decision. For the administration of justice he was inclined to rigour, and thence, perhaps, acquired the epithet of the Just, though some ascribe it only to the circumstance of his being born under the sign of the Balance.

Whit-Sunday, May 30. Lessons for the Day, 1st lesson 13 chap. Deut. to v. 18; 2d lesson 14 chap. Acta v. 34 morn. 11 chap. Isaiah:

19 chap. Acts to v. 21 even. · St. Walstan, d 1016.-Sun rises 55m after 3-sets 5m after 8.

The solemn festival of Pentecost or Whitsuntide was instituted to commemorate the coming of the Holy Ghost upon the heads of the Apostles, in tongues as it were of fire, (Acts, 2, 3). Pentecost in Greek signifies the fiftleth, it being the fiftieth day from the Resurrection. It is also called Whitsunday, from the Catechumens, who were clothed in white, and admitted on the eve of this Feast to the Sacrament of Baptism. Verstegan says, it was antiently called Wied Sunday. i. e. Sacred Sunday, for wied or wived signifies sacred in the old Saxon.

Monday, May 31.
St. Cantius and others martyrs.-High Water 38m after 8 morn.-15m after 9 Aftern.
May 31, 1821-Expired at Cheshunt, pr. 79, Mr. Oliver Cromwell. This geutleman was a llueal

descendant of the protector, being great grandson of Heury, his fourth son, who
was Lord Deputy of Ireland and M.P. for Cambridge. Mr. C. was the author of a
recent work entitled Memoirs of the Protector Oliver Cromwell, and his song Ri.
chard and Henry, illustrated by original letters and other family -papers, with
portraits. At one period of his life he practised as a solicitor, but of late gears
relinquished all professional employment.
Part XXXIII. with four Engravings, is published with this Number.

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A TRADITYON OF TYROL.

Hlustrated Article.

It cost me cnsiderable trouble to make out

the date 1198, and the word UNDA. The UNDA;

romantic wildness of the spot, the evidences of some vast convulsion, and the

singular situation of the place itself, When the wanderer, traversing the together with these symbols apparently beautiful valley ealled the Ortzball, in denoting some fatal catastrophe, excited Tyrol, has passed the magificent waterfall my curiosity ; but neither my guide nor of Stuben, and the path, gradually becom- any of the persons whom I met with could ing narrower and steeper, winds on among give me further information than that this detached masses of rock, sometimes along was the burial-place of some people who fearful abysses on the one hand, and had been killed by lightning. The travelsometimes beneath immense perpendicular ler in these parts is accustomed to memowalls of stone on the other, he comes to a rials of such accidents, for he frequently rude, uncultivated track, where, at the meets with votive tablets, as they are foot of a beetling cliff, overhanging the called, upon which is to be seen painted foaming torrent of the impetuous Ortz. the melancholy story of one who has tach, there is a cavern almost closed by perished by the fall of a rock or a tree, a block of gigantic magnitude. Having or tumbled down a precipice, or been squeezed himself with difficulty through drowned by the sudden swelling of some the narrow aperture, he discovers in the mountain torrent. I conjectured, thereinterior, which is nearly choked up with fore, that the more modern crosses might rubbish, seven crosses of black wood; commemorate an event of this kind; but and, in the rock forming the side of the that there should be the same number cavern' are to be seen the same number of hewn in the rock with so ancient a date crosses, and an inscription now nearly and a long superscription, to me to be obliterated, cut in the decayed stone, and sure illegible, piqued my curiosity, and I bearing the stamp of very high antiquity. suspected that this might be the scene of 22-VOL. V. Y

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some great catastrophe or other remark. ted to her apartment, and would have able event.

clasped her in his arms, but, slipping I hoped to obtain information on this from his grasp, she darted down stairs subjeci from the priest at the parsonage with the speed of a chased deer. The of the contiguous village of Solden, knight followed, but his limbs refused where I experienced a Kind reception, their office; he fell in descending the but was referred to the archives of the stairs; his dagger, being displaced by neighbouring hospice. I took the trou. the shock, pierced his breast, and he was ble to turn over the not very copious found weltering in his blood. The weak, collection of manuscripts, and, among the delicate Unda, was accused of his several legends, I met with the following, murder. The emperor was enraged at which, on account of the date, the name the loss of his favourite ; and Unda, who of Unda, and the popular tradition, I protested her innocence, having no other could not help applying to this rude mau. witnesses but God and her own consoleum.

science, was doomed to die. When the emperor Frederic Barbarossa Justice seems to have been in those kopt his court at Wimpfen on the Necker days tolerably rapid in its movements, there lived at that place Unda von Wan- and to have begun with execution, and gen, an orphan adorned with all the finished with an investigation of the charms of youth, beauty, and innocence. alleged crime. On this point, however, Henry of Neiden, one of the first nobles the legend merely intimates that she was of the court, saw her by accident, con- made acquainted with the sentence. At ceived a passion for her, and from that this ceremony, Frederic of Reifenstein, moment never ceased to persecute her who had been sent to the emperor's court with his importunities. Peremptorily as by bis uncle, the bishop of Trent, had an she rejected the coarse advances of the opportunity of seeing the fair Unda. He knighi, he was not to be daunted. One was captivated by her beauty, enchanted evening, in a fit of inebriety, he penetra. by the innocence of her look and demean.

our, and deeply affected by her melan- impetuous Saleph. His second son, of choly fate. He vowed within himself to the same name, conducted the troops fursave her. But a few hours were left for ther into the Holy Land, and took part in the accomplishment of his design. He the siege of Acre, where many soldiers bribed the guards, procured the keys of and persons of distinction fell. "Our Frethe prison -how, my legend does not deric's brave band too was reduced to a explain and at midnight bore off the very small number, and, as the discord fainting Unda, who imagined that she was which divided the princes and the army to be led forth to die. Consigning her to prevented further progress, he prepared, the care of his faithful Bertram, he order- just at the moment of the arrival of a ed him to convey her to his castle of Na. fresh body of warriors, to return to his turns, in the Vintschgau. He himself country and to his family. remained for some time at court as if Unda lived meanwhile in close retire. nothing had happened ; he then returned ment in the castle of Naturns, and shed to his uncle, and flew to Naturns to many bitter tears on account of her belovreceive the thanks of the lovely Unda. ed consort, attending inass twice a day,

Bertram had meanwhile conducted the and offering up ardent prayers to heaven lady in safety to the castle, and delivered for the speedy return of her beloved Freher into the hands of the aged Buda, who deric. Ulric taught the boys to ride in had been the knight's nurse, and whose the castle-yard, while the lady Unda inassiduous attentions and kindness dried structed the girls in the innermost bower, her tears and silenced her apprehensions. and thus the time passed slowly and sadly The gratitude which she felt towards her away. deliverer was soon changed by the old

On the festival of St. Corbinian, Unda, woman's praises of her master into a in fulfilment of a vow, repaired to Mais, warmer feeling. Frederic arrived. My and, after performing her devotions in legend says not a word about raptures, the chapel dedicated to that saint, rested or love ; nor is it till seven years after herself in the shade of the lofty chesnutwards that I find Unda again mentioned tree which overhung it, contemplating, as a wife and the mother of several beside the solitary spring, the beautiful blooming children.

prospect presented by the surrounding This brings us to the precise period country. "Meek and pious as she was, when, Pope Urban III. having died of Unda nevertheless had, unknown to herfright and grief on receiving the melan- self, a most malignant foe. Hermgard, choly tidings of the conquest of Jerusa- the wife of Rudoiph of Vilenzano, had lem by the great Sultan Saladin, his suc once cherished hopes of obtaininy the hand cessor Celestine III. summoned all the of Frederic. He preferred Unda, and princes of the West to the rescue of the Hermgard, in despair, united herself with holy city from the hands of the Infidels. Rudolph, with whom she led a miserable The kings of England and France, with life. She accused Unda as the author of the bravest of their nobles, and the great her wretchedness, conceived the bitterest emperor Frederic Barbarossa, at the head hatred against her, and vowed signal of the flower of German chivalry, obeyed revenge. The tidings of her happiness the call. Reifenstein, with his men-at- only served to strengthen this vile passion, arms, prepared to join the latter. Unda, which was continually receiving fresh food bathed in tears and filled with sinister pre- from her own unfortunate situation. Her sentiments, strained her husband to her dark spirit did not meditate murder ; she bosom. He commended her and his sought a species of revenge of slower but children to the care of the Almighty and equally fatal operation ; she wished to of his trusty castellan, Ulric of Gruns. enjoy the gratification of seeing her hated berg, tore himself from her embrace, rival pining under a protracted decay. mounted his charger, hastened to Meran, Long had she waited for an opportunity : and with many of the neighbouring gen• the favourable moment seemed now 10 try joined the main army on the Austrian ' have arrived. She too had gone on the frontiers. He assisted to strike terror same day to Mais, not indeed to perform into the Greeks, participated in the glory religious duties": but, inquisitive respectof the victory over the Seldjukes, was ing every movement of Unda's, she had engaged in the storming of Acre, entwin- gained information of her intended joured his brow with 'laurels, and bore seve. ney, and it was only on such an occasion ral scars as tokens of his valour.

that she could see her, for Ulric cautiousNot far from the spot where the cold ly guarded the entrance to Naturns, and waters of the Cydnus had well nigh his mistress never ventured beyond the caused the death of Alexander the Great, precincts of the castle. the emperor Frederic perished by impru With syren look and speech she ap: dently bathing in the equally cold and proached the pious pilgrim, whom Ulric

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