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now," and the head did so fall, and she carried it in her “lappe” until she placed it in her husband's, Roper's" vault, at Canterbury.*
The king took possession of these fair grounds at Chelsea, where had so frequently been gathered "a choice company of men distinguished by their genius and learning,” and by him was presented to Sir William Pawlett, and ultimately to Sir Hans Sloane, who obtained it in 1738, and after keeping it but two years razed it to the ground; an unhappy want of reverence on the part of the great naturalist for the home of so many great men. There is a print of it by J. Knyff, in 1699, which we copy; it shows some old features, but it had then been enlarged and altered. Erasmus has well described it as it was in More's lifetime. It had a "chapel, a library, and a gallery, called the New Buildings, a good distance from his main house, wherein his custom was to busy himself in prayer and meditation whensoever he
ROPER'S HOUSE. was at leisure." Heywood, in his I Moro, (Florence, 1556,) describes “the from the advantages of its site, for from garden as wonderfully charming, both one part almost the whole of the noble
city of London was visible; and from the - The Ropers lived at Canterbury, in St. Dun- other the beautiful Thames, with green stan’s-street. The house is destroyed, and a brewery occupies its site ; but the picturesque meadows and woody eminences all around; old gateway, of red brick, still remains, as seen
and also for its own beauty, for it was in the above engraving. Margaret Roper, crowned with an almost perpetual verthe noble-hearted, learned, and favorite daugh. dure.” At one side was a small green ter of More, resided here with her husband until her death, in 1544, nine years after eminence to command the prospect. After the execution of her father, when she was confiscating the remainder of his propburied in the family vault at St. Dunstan's, erty, the king indulged his petty tyranny where she had reverently placed the head of
still further by imprisoning Sir Thomas's her father. The story of her piety is thus told by Cresacre More, in his life of his grandfather, daughter Margaret, “ both because she Sir Thomas : “ His head having remained about kept her father's head for a relic, and that a month upon London Bridge, and being to be she meant to set her father's works in cast into the Thames, because room should be print.” made for divers others, who in plentiful sort suffered martyrdom for the same supremacy
We were calling to mind more minute shortly after, it was bought by his daughter particulars of the charities and good deeds Margaret, lest, as she stuutly affirmed before of this great man, when, standing at the the council, being called before them after moment opposite a grave where some for the matter, it should be food for fishes; loving hand had planted two standard which she buried where she thought fittest." Anthony-a-Wood says that she preserved it in a
rose-trees, we suddenly heard a chant of leaden box, and placed it in her tomb " with children's voices, the infant scholars singgreat devotion;" and in 1715 Dr. Rawlinson ing their little hymn—the tune, too, was a told Herne, the antiquary, that he had seen it well-known and popular melody, and very there "enclosed in an iron grate." This was fully confirmed in 1835, when the chancel of
sweet, yet sad of sound—it was just such the church being repaired, the Roper vault music as, for its simplicity, would have was opened, and several persons descended into ' been welcome to the mighty dead; and it, and saw the skull in a leaden box, some- |
as we entered among the little songsters, thing like a bee-hive, open in the front, and which was placed in a square recess in the
the past faded away, and we found ourwall, with an iron grating before it.
| selves speculating on the hopeful present.
FLORAL FESTIVAL AT THE CRYSTAL show, was an event which could not have hap
pened anywhere out of London, and the fact PALACE, SYDENHAM.
says more for the pecuniary resources of the
capital of the world than could be conveyed by ATE English papers give accounts of the most labored statistical table that ever
a remarkable Horticultural Exhibition emanated' from the muddled brain of political at the Crystal Palace, which has been
economist. There they were, hustling each removed from Hyde Park, and is to re
other, as if at the pit door of a theater, every
man looking as if his check for a thousand or main permanently at Sydenham.
so would not cause surprise at his banker's." The flower-show, it is said, was unequaled in the number of specimens ex
Among other attractions on the occasion hibited, their rare beauty, and the admira- referred to was the playing of the founble arrangement of the different classes, tains, at which John Bull seems disposed which the capabilities of the building per
to grumble, because they do not equal mitted the managers to achieve. For
those of his French neighbors at Versailles. the accommodation of these precious gems
The News says : from Flora's casket, the two naves, a por- “ The Crystal Palace Company promised in tion of the transept, and the long open their prospectus that they would eclipse Vercorridor facing the terrace, had been laid sailles ; but they certainly have not done so as under contribution ; and on every side the still incomplete works, are they ever likely to
yet, nor, judging from the appearance of their eye was dazzled with a perfect sea of The display of Saturday was from the color, and the sense almost oppressed upper range of fountains; and, as far as it went, with the fragrant odors of the products of had an exceedingly pleasing effect. The jets
were of a fair altitude, had a steady and conThe splendid azalia-fit
tinuous flow, and the play was kept up for ornament for regal vestibule - glowed nearly an hour without intermission. But they literally in piles upon the stands; and the were merely so many gigantic squirts all going stalwart cactus in all its varieties bristled together, without the sea and river gods, the
Tritons, and other poetic forms that give such in its best attire, attracting crowds of
infinite and grotesque variety to the Grandes spectators by the strange forms which its
Eaux. At Versailles, the visitor wanders skillful cultivators had caused it to assume. through endless park-like alleys, surprised at The pelargoniums were of unusual extent every turn by some new device in water, their
beauty and extent culminating as he goes along, and variety. The orchid family-numer
until at last he comes to the great • Basin of ous as that of a Welsh curate, but far Neptune,' the triumph of the artist, where the more gayly clad—was well represented ; sovereign of the deep, enthroned in the center and the innumerable tribe of geraniums of a vast platform, keeps court, surrounded by
the lesser marine deities, and all pour forth in contributed delicate little that spark
an innumerable variety of jets and streams; led in every convenient corner.
in short, a complete and beautiful design in -the queen of flowers-the theme of the
water, which could hardly be realized by those poet in every clime, and the chartered who never saw anything beyond the monotonous inamorata of the nightingale in the sunny
upright projection of the fluid which formed the
display of Saturday last, and seems to be the land of Hafiz—sent representatives fit, only thing contemplated in the general design. though few—the breezes of the last month The Sydenham fountains, then, will not eclipse having been too rough in their wooing for Versailles; our French friends need not fear the the delicate texture of its corolla. Mod- fading of their watery laurels; but they will est pansies twinkled in trim order ; while tractions of the place, and, being the only thing
form a very important addition to the other atthe gaudy calceolaria flared like a rich of the kind in England, may possibly draw burgher's wife in all the splendor of its enough of visitors on their own account to summer finery. Beauty there was in justify the enormous expense of their erection abundance-grace of form, glow of color, will be limited in number, for there is nearly
and maintenance. Their gala-days, it is true, and delicacy of fragrance.
one-third of every summer in this country in As to the visitors to this great fête, the which the suggestion of artificial waterworks, Nllustrated News remarks :
as an amusement, would be considered an ex
ceedingly unkind .cut' by the patrons of that “We have often heard of the great shilling truly English institution, the waterproof umpublic, and a great shilling crowd may be col- brella; but, when the day is very hot, and the lected almost anywhere ; but here, a great company very numerous, the pipes all in order, guinea public awoke from its aristocratic lassi- and the aquatic purveyors sufficiently liberal tude, pouring itself in thousands upon thousands in their supply, there is reason to hope that into the great conservatory. Thirty thousand the fountains at Sydenham will form a welcome people to get up one fine morning in one great addition to the amusements of its fashionable and pay &
uinea each to see a flower visitors."
its popularity; the popular mind seldom plain-worded pages as it does beautifully appreciates them, but hastens eagerly from in the pictures of our artist. picture to picture of its individual scenes. Bunyan had an adroit skill in introA golden crown may be perfect and ducing such pictures. They almost albeautiful ; but a single jewel in it may be ways have the effect of contrast. Poor worth all the rest of its precious material Christian and Hopeful have just passed a hundred times over.
through the trying persecutions of “Vanity We present a couple of illustrations of Fair." Christian had had a sore time of one of his charming scenes—The River of it there, and his companion Faithful had the Water of Life with its Meadow of been “scourged," " buffeted,” his flesh Lilies. It opens as refreshingly on his “lanced with knives," "stoned with
stones," "pricked with their swords;" the judgment which overtook her did and at last, when they could not well in- make her an example within sight of flict more tortures upon his failing life, where they are ; for they cannot choose
was burned to ashes at the stake." but see her, did they but lift up their Christian, terrified at what might await eyes.” himself, was reserved in prison ; but he “It is a thing to be wondered at," escaped, and Hopeful, who had witnessed rejoins Christian, " and it argueth that the sufferings and courage of Faithful, their hearts are grown desperate in the professed the faith, and joined Christian case; and I cannot tell who to compare on the pilgrim route.
them to so fitly as to them that pick Safe from this scene of terror, they pockets in the presence of the judge, or journey on, comforting each other. They that will cut purses under the gallows. pass rapidly by the temptations of Byends, It is said of the men of Sodom that they Demas, and their com
were sinners exceedrades, but meet with
ingly, (Gen. xiii, 10another alarming scene,
13,) because they were “ a sudden and amazing
sinners before the Lord, sight,” which they rea
that is, in his eyesight, son about with anxious
and notwithstanding the concern. It is the pet
kindnesses that he had rified body of Lot's wife,
showed them; for the with the admonitory in
land of Sodom was now scription, Remember
like the Garden of Eden Lot's wife.”
heretofore. Bethinking them of
voked him the more to their manifold perils,
jealousy, and made their they converse trem
plague as hot as the blingly on the subject.
fire of the Lord out of “Let us,” says Chris
heaven could make it. tian, “take notice of
And it is most rationally what we see here, for
to be concluded, that our help for time to
such, even such as these This
are, that shall sin in the escaped one judgment,
sight, yea, and that too for she fell not by the
in despite of such exdestruction of Sodom ;
amples that are set conyet she was destroyed
tinually before them to by another;
caution them to the consee, she is turned into
trary, must be partakers a pillar of salt.”
of severest judgments." “True,” Hopeful re
“ Doubtless," says plies, “and she may be
Hopeful, “thou hast to us both caution and
said the truth; but example: caution, that
what a mercy is it that we should shun her sin,
neither thou, but espeor a sign of what judgment will overtake cially I, am not made myself this example! such as shall not be prevented by this cau
This ministereth occasion to us to thank tion. So Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, with God, to fear before him, and always to the two hundred and fifty men that perish- remember Lot's wife.” ed in their sin, did also become a sign or And now, after their perilous escapes example to others to beware, (Num. xxvi, and melancholy talks, dawns before them 9, 10 ;) but above all, I muse at one thing, the scene of beauty and repose-the river to wit, how Demas and his fellows can of the water of life and its tranquil ineastand so confidently yonder to look for that dow of lilies. God giveth his beloved treasure, which this woman but for looking rest. behind her after (for we read not that “I saw then,” says the unrivaled old she stepped one foot out of the way) was dreamer, " that they went on their way to turned into a pillar of salt ; specially since a pleasant river, which David the king
MEADOW OF LILIES.