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now saw.

All these pre

This preparatory ceremony being com- An annotator, on the margin, calls this pleted, the prayers were renewed, and “ a piece of foolish witchcraft.” fresh incense cast upon the fire.

“ Now,"

63. A confection for one that cansaid the magician to the boy, “ Call the

not eate well. - Take the juice of fensacred bull.” • The sacred bull,” the

nell two partes, and the third of honye, boy exclaimed, and he was asked what he

" I see a great many people and seeth them together tyll it be as leading forth a bull. Now they are pre- thicke as honye, and put pepper to it, paring to sacrifice him. Now they are and take everye day fasting two or eating him.” This procession being past, three spoonefulls thereof, &c. the boy was told to call for the Sultan. 71. For to get a stomache. Take The Sultan at the call appeared, attended rosa solis halfe a pinte, rose water with a troop of horsemen, and himself halfe a pinte, a quarter of a pinte of riding upon a splendid black charger, dragon water, and two spoonefulls of from which he alighted, and ascended a

sallet oyle, and halfe a pinte of wormethrone, his court falling off on each side

wood water, and one nut megge beaten in the form of a crescent. paratory incantations being duly perform; little while, and after that take five

to powder; boyle all these together a ed, the conjurer said to me, for what you choose, for anything lost, or

leaves of liverworte, of lungworte three any person dead or alive, and the boy leaves, and two races of ginger beaten will see them on the ink-spot in his hand to powder, and put these to the foreand describe them to you." One of the sayde and drinke of it, eveninge and party had lost some jewelry, and on ask- morninge, twoe spoonefulls at a time, ing for it, the boy said it was on the per- five dayes together. son of one of the party, who confessed he had it, and that he had taken and Indolence and sickly constitutions, gave kept it by way of a joke. Many illus- people bad appetites formerly as well as trious dead were invoked, and the boy now. The prescriptions for getting a good invariably described them as appearing to appetite abound in the manuscript we him in the costume of the age and nation are quoting from. But beside the indoto which they belonged.

One of the lent who will not take exercise to create a party asked for a friend who had been desire for food, and the sickly, to whom some time dead ; and he was described as nature has denied the pleasure of eating, appearing with both his arms, of which how many gourmonds are there who, inthe magician was told he had lost one

stead of eating to live, live to eat, and long before he died. " That might be,”

are constantly exciting the rapacity of was the answer ;“ but all who come at medical avarice by fees for tonics, stimuour command, come perfect persons, as

lants, and dinner pills. God created them.” We cannot lengthen 78. Forone that is or will be dronken. this note, except by exclaiming—Happy -Take swallowes and burne them, long forgotten dead, who escaped from and make a powder of them; and give this world in that blessed obscurity which the dronken man thereof to drinke, exempts your repose from being disturbed and he shall never be dronken hereby the earthly agents of evil spirits ! after. Wretched, ye wise and mighty of the dead, whose names are emblazoned on the pages We recommend this recipe to the conof history, and whose spirits are subject sideration and patronage of the Tempeto be touched with madness, and tor. rance Societies. What the appearance, the mented with devils, to gratify the curio. constituent parts, or the taste of the sity of those idle and unfeeling, who not ashes of a swallow may be, we know not, only ransack the graves, but harass the for we have neither seen, analysed, nor souls of their forefathers ! What would tasted a specimen of them. But if they Henry Cornelius Agrippa say to all this? would cure drunkenness, the swallowers Formerly men went to get instructions in of drink would certainly decrease, howmagic of the devil, in certain caves in the ever gnats might increase in the fens of 'neighbourhood of Toledo, in Spain. Now England, or midges in the moors of Scotit is found that the art, as known in the land, by the increased demand for swalfirst ages of the world, was never lost in lows. Man settles in marshes, and takes Egypt.

drams and tobacco to correct the effects

of the bad air he lives in; and swallows 54. A medicine against all manner

haunt fens and water sides for the winged of infirmitys.—Take and drink a cup

insects they produce, so that for a consifull of the juice of betonye, the first derable part of the year, from the latter Thursday in May, and he shall be de

end of April to some time in September, livered from all manner of diseases the sots that inhabit straths, and moors,

and marshy sea-side countries, may easily

a

for that yeare.

obtain ashes of swallows to cure them of 104. For one that hath loste his the malady of drinking.

minde.-Takė and shave off the hayre 102. To cause hair to growe.

of the moulde of his heade, then take Take the water of flower-de-leuce, archangell and stampe it, and binde it

to his heade where it is shaven, and and washe thy heade therewith, and it shall cause hayre to growe. Also

let him take a sleep therewithall, and

when he awaketh he shall be righte the water of rosemary hath the same

weake and sober enoughe. vertue. If thou wash thy head with the same water, and let it drye on agayne Philips gives as one meaning of mould by itselfe, it causeth hayre to growe if _" the dent in the upper part of the thou be balde.

head ;'' and Ainsworth renders in Latin,

“ the mould of the head," by Sutura. This may prove a desirable cosmetic to

Johnson had not found an example of elderly dandies. We can, however, safely the word. It were well, if shaven scalps, aver that the fairies communicated no

covered with a plaster of archangel, were piece of idle superstition to the Vicar of for a while made fashionable in certain Warlingham, when they affirmed that

political circles.

V. H. water of rosemary was good for the hair, for it nourishes and refreshes it much.

(To be continued.)

ALTAR WINDOW OF ST. DUNSTAN IN THE WEST, FLEET STREET.

DESIGNED BY Thomas WILLEMENT, F.S.A.

(With a Plate.) A STRIKING feature in this newly building. The figures displayed on erected church is the altar window, a the window were in fact only reprefinely executed composition in stained sentations of the statuary of the time. glass, which for richness of colouring They were coloured representations of and propriety of design, is entitled to painted statues. The niche, with its rank with many of the works of an. pedestal and canopy, were retained, cient days, whilst, at the sametime that and drawn in as good perspective as the ancient style of design has been the age could afford; at the same time, preserved, the superiority of modern in the execution it is observable that drawing has not been forgotten. greater freedom is displayed in the

The window which contains the drawing of the figures, showing that glass is a simple design frequently met the painter had assumed a greater with in buildings of the latter part of scope of his genius than the sculptor, the fifteenth century; it is divided by for it must be remarked that the acmullions into four lights, the mould. tual statue was generally far more stiff ings of the central mullion, which is and formal than its representation on larger than the others, diverging at glass. the upper part of the design, and form. In the present subject the paintings ing two subarches, which, as well as of the four Evangelists are varied both the spandrils above them, are in their in the style and colours of their turn subdivided into smaller lights. dresses, and also in their positions, The artist, in filling up the voids of happily avoiding that appearance of this window, has very judiciously in- tameness which some old designs postroduced the representations of the The saintly character of each of four Evangelists in the larger lights, the figures is marked by the nimbus and filled the smaller divisions with which encircles the head, the invareligious emblems, instead of forming, riable accompaniment in old examples as is often the case, an historical pic- of a sainted personage.

Each figure ture, the effect of which must be de- looks towards the centre of the design, cidedly injured, and its unity destroy- and is elevated on a pedestal of an ed, by the interposition of the stone octangular form, with traceried comwork.

partments in the sides, and having It is evident that the designers of an uniform cap and base. Each pethe majority of the ancient church destal is fronted by a shield, over windows were the architects of the which is a ribbon containing the name

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of the Saint represented above. The banner Argent ensigned with a cross canopies over the head of each figure Gules. are uniform, hexagonal in plan, and Above the principal figures, and surmounted by a filiated cupola be- 'occupying the minor compartments of tween two pinnacles. The canopies the subarches, are the well-known are relieved with a background of a symbols of the Evangelists, deduced cerulean blue, and each of the effigies from the prophecies of Ezekiel and with a richly diapered curtain, or the Visions of St. John; they are so hanging, of cloth of gold. So far the arranged as to be placed nearly over general features of the whole resemble the figures of the Saints to whom they each other. The particular descrip- relate. It is almost needless to add, tion of each statue is as follows: that these emblems are an Angel, a 3. Matheus.

Lion, a Calf or Bull, and an Eagle. An aged man with grey beard and bald They are here represented white on a forehead, clothed in a tunic or surcoat

red ground. In the spandrils are the of scarlet with blue sleeves, a white sacred monograms, A 2 and 1. 9. D. cope or mantle lined with yellow, Above is the descending Dove. fastened at the throat; he holds his

The donors of this splendid window Gospel on his left hand, a richly bound

have caused a very simple memorial of and clasped volume in the antique

their beneficence to appear in the design. style ; on the shield below, the emblem

At the bottom of the window, on a ribof the Trinity, which may be thus

bon, is the following inscription. blazoned heraldically:- Gules, an orle

Deo et Ecclesiæ Fratres Hoare dicaveand a pall conjoined Argent, thereon

runt, I'. D'ni M.DCCC.XXX.III;

and this, almost hidden by the ornafour bezants, two in chief, one on the

ments of the altar, is the whole record fesse point, and one in base, the two

of the donation of this splendid window. in chief inscribed : the dexter with the word Pater,” and the sinister with

In consequence of this modest reFilius, the one on fesseDeus,

tiring feeling, the artist was left to and the one on base, S'c't's Sp's ;'

form his own design, and he shows

throughout a close resemblance to on each of the three parts of the orle

ancient examples, on which sacred the words non est,and on each of

emblems alone formed the ornamental the parts of the pall the word est.

detail. No vain display of family 5. Marcus.

pride, no pomp of heraldry is visible. In a long green robe with red sleeves, The only record of the donors is a surmounted by a white chasuble; he simple inscription, set up not for the holds his Gospel in his right hand. gratification of vanity, but for the The shield is Azure, on the fesse point information of the historian. the Star of Bethlem within the crown Will the day never arrive when so of thorns, between three Rails all pleasing, so appropriate, so innocent Proper—a shield of the Passion. an embellishment to our churches, as $. Lucas.

stained glass, shall be universally Attired in a blue robe with a white

introduced ? Let us hope that it will mantle, his Gospel in his right hand; the surplus wealth of the times dedi

—that one day we shall see a little of the shield, Gules, a spear in bend, surmounted with a staff, with the sponge

cated to the decent and appropriate

embellishment of the house of God. in bend sinister Proper; over all a

When that period arrives, it is to be cross Argent, having a scroll on the fesse point, charged with the letters hoped that windows like the present

will be constructed, instead of those I. N. R. I. Also a shield of the

vain displays of corporate and indiPassion. D. Johannes.

vidual heraldry which we too often

meet with on the altar windows of The youthful appearance of this

our ancient churches, in situations Saint is preserved ; his robe is grey, where those ornaments alone should surmounted by a white cope, his Gos

be introduced, which may harmonize pel in his right hand. The shield

with the sacred character of the place, Azure, on a mount Or, the Agnus Dei

and accord with the feelings which Argent, the head regardant and encir

ought solely to predominate. cled with a nimbus Or, bearing a

E. I. C.

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