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and died, and taught their children how to enjoy life and meet death, as befitted the " free-born Englishman."

We have culled trom poets and writers who lived in the "Olden time," and from a few of our own day who have studied the past, some deicriptions of the sports, the pastimes, and the occupations of our forefathers, even when living amid wars and rumours of wars, civil distensions, and much perhaps that might well have been spared for history to record. Our pen and pencil "sketches of the olden times" are not submitted as finished pictures; our object is merely to present to this utilitarian age some features of the "merrie days" of our ancestors.

E. McD.

THE TERRACE, CAMBERWELL.

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Initial Letters and Ornaments designed by Harry Rogers and T. Macquoid. The Drawings by Joseph Nash, copied upon Wood by J. F. Skill.

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MERRIE DAYS OF ENGLAND.

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COTTAGE HOMES.

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&HERE are few, if any scenes in England which are more suggestive of the "merrie" days of the past, than the picturesque villages which are to be met with in every part of our country. Not only do they convey to the mind pleasant pictures of rural life, of healthy occupations, of simple pleasures, and contented minds; but they carry us back in imagination to the days when poets sang the charms of peasant life, and Spenser told the loves of shepherdesses, and the wooings of "gentle herdsmen." Who has not been charmed with the sight of an English village, nestling amid the

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