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in the exploit, - to claim his father Witikind's property, the
broad lands on the Wear and the Tyne;' for Count Witikind is now dead, and the church had resumed her gift. The chapter of Durham is met, when their ghostly conferences are disturbed by the unwelcome intrusion of Harold. His entrance is not very gentlemanly, nor his address exceedingly ceremonious.
a giant hand
“ Now save ye, my masters, both rocket and rood,
A head and a hand on the altar he threw. pp. 110–12. Truly not without reason, saith the prelate, on the departure of Harold, never of counsel had bishop more need.' Three counsellors only give their opinion in this matter : the reader will be amused with the righteousness of the first two, and the wisdom of the third. Vinsauf proposes to invite him to a feast, make him drunk, and imprison him. Walwayn would make him a present of a certain refreshing cordial, of which we are told, one drop had been frenzy, and two had been death.'
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Anselm would treat him like a second Hercules, send him on an adventure' might cumber him long. The adventure follows.
« The Druid Urien had daughters seven,
have For husband King Adolf, the gallant and brave, And bred hate, and hate urged them to blows, When the firm earth was cleft, and the Areh-fiend arose ! * He swore to the maidens their wish to fulfilThey swore to the foe they would work by his will. A spindle and distaff to each hath he given, “ Now hearken my spell,” said the Outcast of heaven ; (" Ye shall ply these spindles at midnight hour, And for every spindle shall rise a tower, Where the right shall be feeble, the wrong
power, And there shall ye dwell with your paramour.” • Beneath the pale moonlight they sate on the wold, And the rhimes which they chaunted must never be told; Apd as the black wool from the distaff they sped, With blood from their bosom they moisten'd ihe thread. . As light danced the spindles beneath the cold gleam, The castle arose like the birth of a dream The seven
wers ascended like mist from the ground, Seven portals defend them, seven ditches surround.
Within that dread castle seven monarchs were wed,
sprung from the couch and his broadsword he drew,
pp. 125-133. Harold sets out upon the task. On his way he meets his father's ghost, who tells him, after rather too long a dialogue, to resist the next temptation to wrath. • If thou yield'st to thy fury, how tempted soever,
for thee NEVÉR.' Temptation soon occurs, nothing less than the marriageprocession of Metelill, and Lorit William. The witch, her mother, had deemed Harold dead, and, with the following gentle envoi to his soul,
• Evil repose may his spirit have,
And his waking be worse at the answering day!! had prepared her daughter for the wedding Harold, of course, overcomes, for the first time, his fury, spares Lord William, sleeps in the Castle of the Seven Shields, recognises a female in his page, and becomes a Christian knight and a Christian bridegroom :
• And of Witikind's son shall the marvel be said,
Art. VII. Advice on the Study and Practice of the Law; with Di.
rections for the Choice of Books. Addressed to Attorney's Clerks. By William Wright. 8vo. pp. 180. Taylor and Hessey. London.
1815. CONSIDERING that there is scarcely a family in the me
tropolis, among the iniddle classes of society, but has a relative, more or less immediate, connected with some branch of the profession of the law, and considering too the anxiety which parents very naturally and laudably feel, that those whom they have fondly selected as candidates for professional success, should possess all the advantages which can be derived from the preceptive information of the skilful and the experienced, a publication like that before us, can hardly be ranked among those which the inquisitive eye of literary curiosity passes over 'on the counter of the bookseller, as a matter of exclusive interest to the professional practitioner. This is not a period when the inquisitiveness of the human mind is limited to its own immediate concerns. Society at large very justly recognises its own interests as implicated in the general character of the learned professions, and the zeal and fidelity of the pulpit, the advancement of medical science, and the integrity and proficiency of lawyers, are all subjects on which the thinking part of mankind feel that they are more than speculatively concerned.
Devotedness 10 the legal profession may, from the most obvious causes, be stated as daily on the increase. Naval and military prospects cut off by a period of profound peace; reductions in every branch of the civil department, rendering official desks in the pay of government less accessible; mercantile establishments paralysed and retrenching; and church preferment, which has long ceased to hold out encouragement, to unconnected talent to incur the burden of university education, becoming more and more the subject of pecuniary barter, as the demands upon pecuniary resources become more widely extended by the increasing scale of modern expenditure : these and many more features of the present period, have united to point the attention of parents and relatives to the profession,' as one of the few remaining resources on which affectionate anxiety can place any thing like reliance. In a great measure, probably, has it been lost sight of, that the very circumstances which have occurred to point out this department as a preferable path for youthful hopes, are those identical circumstances which have rendered success in it considerably more equivocal. Taken in the aggregate, the scale of professional profit is most assuredly the scale of national prosperity. Its elevations and depressions are consequential. It is the general affluence attendant on national prosperity, that makes men bold and venturous in the pursuit of dubious rights, and vindictive in the resentment of real or suppose injuries. In the transfer of property, decidedly the most lucrative branch of the legal profession, the quantum of business is as distinctly governed by the national affluence, as the quantum of the taxes, or the profits of trade. But we are far from intending to imply that parents have judged altogether wrong, in electing the Law as the foundation for that competence which, as 30ciety is constituted, is, it is useless to deny, an essential ingredient of domestic happiness, or even domestic existence. Limited profits are better than a probability of starvation; and are better even than the temporary profuseness and sudden ruin which we so often behold in the mercantile world. But it would be folly to expect, that those causes which have straitened the avenues to wealth in every direction, have not had their due influence on professional incomes.
There was a tine, we can almost recollect it, when the great mass of society had no other idea of an attorney, than as a creature whose business it was to set people together by the ears, and to make the most he could of them in the mean time ;rob them, if he could do it with impunity; and to fleece them at all events. The quaint Characters which were so favourite a species of literary composition, about the reign of Charles 1. afford some curious specimens of the real or ascribed indiciæ of this order of men. • An Attorney' is thus portrayed by the well-known Bishop Earle. 6 His antient begin
ning was a blue coat, since a livery, and his hatching under a lawyer; whence, though but pen-feathered, he hath now
nested for himself; and with his hoarded pence purchased an • office. Two desks and a quire of paper set hiin up, where he
now sits in state for all comers. We can call hiin no great author, yet be writes very much, and with the infamy of the court maintained in bis libels. He has some smatch of a scholar, and yet uses Latin very hardly; and lest it should accuse him, cuts it off in the midst, and will not let it speak out. He is, contrary to great men, maintained by his .
followers, that is, bis poor country clients, that worship him 6. more than their landlord, and be they never such churls, he
looks for their courtesy. He first racks them soundly himself, and then delivers them to the lawyer for execution. His looks are very solicitous, importing much haste and dispatch; he is never without his hands full of business, that is of paper.
His • skin becomes at last as dry as bis parchment, and his face as • intricate as the most winding cause.
He talks statutes as fiercely as if he had “ mooted” seven years in the Inns of Court, ' when all his skill is stuck in his girdle, or in his office window.
Strife and wrangling have made him rich, and he is thankful
to his benefactor, and nourishes it. If he live in a country • village, he makes all his neighbours good subjects, for there
shall be nothing done but what there is law for. His business • gives him not leave to think of his conscience, and when the . time or “ term” of his life is going out, for doomsday he is
secure; for he hopes he has a trick to reverse judgement."'*
* Microcosmography, or a piece of the World discovered: first published in 1628.