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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
Shook oaken door and iron band,
Till oak and iron both gaye way,
Clash'd the long bolts, the hinges bray,
And ere upon angel or saint they can call,
Stands Harold the Dauntless in midst of the ha

“ Now save ye, my masters, both rocket and rood,
From Bishop with mitre to Deacon with hood!
For here stands Count Harold, old Witikind's son,
Come to sue for the lands which his ancestors won.
The Prelate look'd round him with sore troubled eye,
Unwilling to grant, yet afraid to deny,
While each Canon and Deacon who heard the Dane speak,
To be safely at home would have fasted a week ;-
Then Aldingar roused him and answer'd again,
“ Thou suest for a boon which thou canst not obtain ;
The church hath no fiefs for an unchristen'd Dane.
Thy father was wise and his treasure hath given
That the priests of a chantry might hymn him to heaven;
And the fiefs which whilolme he possess'd as his due,
Have lapsed to the church and been granted anew
To Anthony Conyers and Alberic Vere,
For the service Saint Cuthbert's bless'd banner to bear,
When the bands of the North came to foray the Wear.
Then disturb not our conclave with wrangling or blame,
But in peace and in patience pass hence as ye came."
• Loud laugh'd the stern Pagan—“ They're free from the
Of fief and of service, both Conyers and Vere,--
Six feet of your chancel is all they will need,
A buckler of stone and a corslet of lead.-
Ho, Gunnar !--the tokens !”-and sever'd anew,

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.'

VOL. VII. N.S.

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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,
Their skill could call the moon from heaven ;
So fair their forms and so high their fame,
That seven proud kings for their suitors came.
King Mador and Rhys came from Powis and Wales,
Unshorn was their hair, and unpruned were their nails ;
From Strath Clwyde came Ewain, and Ewain was lame,
And the red-bearded Donald from Galloway came.
• Lot, King of Lodon, was hunch-back'd from youth;
Dunmail of Cumbria had never a tooth;
But Adolf of Bambrough, Northumberland's heir,
Was gay and was gallant, was young and was fair.
• There was strife 'mongst the sisters, for each one would
Seven monarchs' wealth in that castle lies stow'd,
The foul fiends brood o'er them like raven and toad,
Whoever shall guesten these chambers within,
From curfew till matins, that treasure shall win.
But manhood grows faint as the world waxes old !
There lives not in Britain a champion so bold, '
So dauntless of heart, and so prudent of brain,
As to dare the adventure that treasure to gain.
The waste ridge of Cheviot shall wave with the rye,
Before the rude Scots shall Northumberland fly,
And the fint clifts of Bambro' shall melt in the sun,
Before that adventure be peril'd and won.
“ And is this my probation?” wild Harold he said,
" Within a lone castle to press a lone bed?--
Good even, my Lord Bishop - Saint Cuthbert to borrow,
The Castle of Seven Shields receives me tomorrow.

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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

shall have

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,
But six of the seven ere the morning lay dead;
With their eyes all on fire and their daggers all red,
Seven damsels surround the Northumbrian's bed.
• Well chanced it that. Adolf the night when he wed
Had confess'd and had sain’d him ere boune to his bed ;
He

sprung from the couch and his broadsword he drew,
And there the seven daughters of Urien he slew.
• The gate of the castle he bolted and seald,
And hung o’er each arch-stope a crown and a shield;
To the cells of Saint Dunstane then wended his way,
And died in his cloister an anchorite grey.

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,

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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,
May hemlock and mandrake find root in his grave,-
May his death-sleep be dogg'd by dreams of dismay,

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,
That on the same morn he was christened and wed.'

The gate

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.

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