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graces,” not to be found in the text, Original Letter of Sir Jonathan Trea plausible excuse has been offered in lawny, Bart. Bishop of Winchester, the consideration of the difference of to Mr. Archdeacon Echard. the two languages, and the amplifica
Chelsea, Feb. 1., 1718-9. tion which rhyme requires. Thus he
OU having in one of the newshas rendered the following verse in papers, acknowledged a mis. this manner :
take in relation to the Hampdeu Fa“Ty'll go byw ou aúow, wpis pers xal mils *, I am sure, by your very valuvñgas melow."-lliad, A. 29.
able History +, you have that true
concern for the honour of our Church, « Till time shall rifle ev'ry youthful grace, that you will not refuse to do justice And age dismiss her from iny cold em. to the seven tower'd Bishops (at brace.”
least, to me and the rest of us who This, though it is an amplification of were sent to the Tower), whom you the original, is yet very beautiful; have represented to have invited over but in his translation of the concluding the then Prince of Orange. To conlives of the same book, he appears to
that you have been misled, have totally forgotten the sense of I send you a copy of my letter, wrote one verse. The learned Reader will to the late Bishop of Worcester # on judge :
that subject, and bis Lordship’s an
swer by his son, the Chancellor of «Ζευς δε προς δν λέχος ήτ’ Ολύμπιος Worcester, he not being able to write å sepotnin's,
himself. "?', "Ενθα σάρος κοιμά9), ότε μιν γλυκύς “I leave this to your consideration; υπνος εκάνοι
and am your affectionate friend and "Ενθα κάθευδ' ανασαςσαρά δέ, χρυσόθρο- brother, waga ,
JONAT. WINCHESTER. yos "Hpn.”—Iliad, A. 609-611.
“ I have very good authority to
believe not one Bishop of England « Jove on his couch reclin'd his awful wrote to invite him over, thougb in head,
his Declaration they were said to And Juno slumber'd on the golden bed.”
have done so." It is evident that the line "Eyda wapos, &c. is left unnoticed by the Trans
De ThirLEWALL states, that about the lator. A judicious expansion or de
20th Eliz., Katherine, daughter and sole coration of the text may in some
heir of Nicholas Carus of Kendal, Esq. cases be allowed, but an omission of
was married to Rowland Philipson of Cal. the sense in translating, is an unpar- Esq. He would be grateful to any of
garth in the county of Westmoreland, donable fault. The following lines, our Correspondents to say, who his moperhaps, though inferior to the
ther aud grandmother (by the father's beauty of Pope, may come nearer to side) were. the original :
“ An occasional Correspondent,” (p. " The accustom'd couch receiv'd the 194), enquires respecting an Essay on Olympian King,
Duelling; T. W. presumes be must alWhere late the power of Sleep, with balmy
lude to Mr. Iley's two Prize Essays on The god compress’d, while near the splen. Duelling and Gaming, published at Cam. did bed
bridge, in separate pamphlets, thirty years A golden couch supports his coosort's ago ; and which are now reprinted with a
third Essay on Suicide, in a single 8vo Yours, &c.
* The following appeared in the Post-Poy, Feb. 7, 1718-19:
6. Whereas I have been some tine since inform'd in Publick, and of late Private, that I have given offence to the family of the Hampdens, in the second volume of my History of England, page 415, line 28, &c. in which I was misled by Mr. Sanderson's History of King Charles the First, page 623; I here freely acknowledge my error ; and I promise to expunge that passage in the next edition of my History. I farther promise to do the same with respect to any other mistake or fault that shall before that time be fairly and justly charged upon me, since no man ought to be ashamed of doing justice, I shall ever think the retracting of an error less dishonourable, than the persisting in it.
Lav. Echard." + " The History of England."
1819.] East Meon Church, Hants, described.
297 Mr. URBAN, Dec. 24, 1816. a side-aile, both to the nave and chanThe village of East Meon is situ. cel. This side aile has evidently been
ated in a beautifully romantic added since the erection of the Church. country; diversified with large and It is divided from the nave and chanlofly hills, which are scattered in the cel by pointed arches. The length most picturesque manner. From their of the Church is about 110 feet, ihe summits, beautiful views open in va. breadth about 36 feet, the length of rious directions. The soil at their the transept about 61 feet. At the base consists of rock and marl, jotersection of the body and tran. abounding in cornua ammonis, and septs rises from massive piers and other inaride remaios, bolh in their arcbes below, an elegant Norman natural and fossil stale.
tower. The windows of the tower Immediately above the Church, on are richly embellished with the chevron the North side, rises a steep bill of and billet mouldings, the whole style considerable height (part of which greatly resembling that of the tower appears in the View), on the side of Winchester Cathedral, erected by of which the Church stands. (See Walkelin, about 1080 *. In one of Plate I.)
the windows on the South side, hangs East Meon is a vicarage, of which the Tintinnabulum, or Saint's Bell, the Bishops of Winchester have been which is quite plain, and without any from time immemorial the appro- ioscription. Above the windows are priators and patrons *. It is one of circular apertures richly ornamented ihe most extensive parishes in the in the same style as the windows county. The appellation of Meon, themselves. The spire (which apMean, Mene, or Menes, is of remote pears to be of considerable antiquity) antiquity. Camden supposes it to is an iocongruous addition to the have been derived from the Mean- Norman tower, though it forms a vari, “whose country,” says be, "to- beautiful object in the surrounding gether with the Isle of Wight, Edil- scenery. The South and West doors walch, King of the South Saxons, re- are both Norman, the former plain, ceived from Wulpher, King of the the latter more ornamented. At the Merciaos, who was bis godfather; West end of the pave is some antient and at his baptism, gave him this, as carved and painted wood-work, evia token of adoption. Their country dently removed from · some other is now divided into three hundreds, place; and which, I conjecture, was with a very little change from the part of the rood-loft. Fragments of original name, viz. Meansborough ibis, elegantly carved, still exist in (now Meonstoke), East Meon, and other parts of the Church. Against West Meon +." Gale, quoted by the N. W. pier of the tower stands an Camden, supposes the name to have elegant stone pulpit. The readingbeen derived from the appellation desk is ornamented with pointed Iceni-Magni, or Ceni Magni, men- arches. As reading-desks are of comtioned by Cæsar 1. A late eminent paratively modern introduction, i. e. Antiquary informs us that “the two since the Reformation t, this, pervillages of the name of Meon, now haps, is sumewhat singular. The distinguished by East and West, were, East window is large and handsome. in the Confessor's and Conqueror's It conlains a fine piece of painted time, koown by the general name of glass, bearing the arms of the sce of Mene or Menes, and gave their name Winchester, impaled with Argent, a to this hundred 5.”.
Lion rampant sable. On each side The Church is cruciform. It has of this window, on the outside, are
shields, the one bearing the arms of * “ They are entered in that antiept re.
the see of Winchester , the other, cord Domesday as the property of the those of Bishop Langton, who died Bishops of Winchester.” Gough, Archæol. in 1500 ; from which, as well as vol. XUL p. 183.–See Warner's Domes. from the style of the great Eastern day for Hampshire, pp. 48-50. + Camden's Brit. vol. I. p. 217, edit.
* Milner's Winchester, vol. I. p. 194. Gibs. 1772.
+ See Wheatly on the Common Prayer, Bell. Gall. lib. 5. p. 17. Gough, Archæol. vol. X. p. 183.
See Grose's Antiq. vol. II. p. 224. Gent. Mag. October, 1819.
window, it may be conjectured that antient mansion, which are in several he rebuilt this part of the Church. respects very interesting ; of which I The side-aile of the chancel, or side- may send you an account hereafter. chancel, appears to have been used Yours, &c.
CHARLES WALTERS. as a Chapel ; as the steps of the altar, and the bracket for supporting the Mr. URBAN, Froxfield, Feb. 7, 1816. holy water-bason, are still remaining. "HE village of East Meon, Hants,
The Church has undergone con- is of high antiquity, situated at siderable alterations, probably at va. the foot of a lofty and stupendous rious periods. Only one of the ori- hill, at the side extremity of a valley, ginal 'circular-headed windows re- interspersed with rich meadows, numains; and the Pointed style prevails merous woodlands, and extensive throughout, excepting in the piers downs. Though we possess no auand arches supporting the tower. thentic resources from which we may
But the most interesting object in learn its state in the time of the this Church is the antieot Font, which Saxons, yet it seems pretty generally from-its celebrity, is probably known acknowledged that even at this to many of your Aotiquarian Readers, early period, the very large and exas one of the most curious in the tensive parish to which it gives a kingdom. It consists of a block of Dame, with the addition of a fine black marble about three feet square,
tract of land to the South-west, was and 15 inches deep; and exhibits on considered of some importance. its South and West side, the history
When the Saxon power was superof the creation and fall of man, and seded by that of the Normans, this his expulsion from Paradise, displayed Parish appears to have engaged the in rude sculpture. To avoid tres- particular attention of Walkelyn, the passing on your valuable pages, I Conqueror's cousin ; and this circummust refer, for a full account of this stance may, perhaps, be accounted interestiog relick of antiquity, to for by the intimate connexion subArchæologia, vol. X. p. 183, where is sisting between the Parish and the a detailed account by, Mr. Gough, opulent see of Winchestert. Howaccompanied by a plate. I would ever this may be, it is a fact well observe, however, that the figures autbeaticated, this enterprizing prewhich he there styles dragons, birds, late evioced his liberality and taste by &c. are well elucidated by Dr. Mil. erecting the present Church in a style ner, who, in describing the celebrated of elegance, which, after a lapse of Font at Winchester Cathedral (which seven centuries, will not fail to comthis greatly resembles), denominates mand universal admiration. similar figures, salamanders, emblems This structure is built in the form of fire; and doves breathing into the of a cross, and consists of nave, chausacred chrism, descriptive of the Holy cel, South aile, and transepts, with a Ghost; alludiog to the words of si. tower at the intersection. The inteMatthew, “He shall baptize you rior length of the Church is 108 feet, with the Holy Ghost, and will fire*.” and the breadth of the paye and South The same eminent Antiquary réfers aile 36 feet. At the West front of to the portal represented on this font the building, the attention of the as a specimen of the architecture of stranger will be arrested by au oriour Saxon ancestors, at a period an- gipal door-way which presents us tecedent to the Norman conquest, and with a fine specimen of the Normau even as early as the ninth centary t. arch, elegantly ornamented with From the will of the pious and
Chevron and billeted moulding, supmunificent Wykeham, it appears that ported by clustered columos. This East Meon partook of his bounty, door-way was formerly intercepted “ Item lego consimili modo Ecclae from view. by a small mean-looking de Estmeone unum aliud portiforium porch, which, within the last few dictæ capellæ meæ, et unum calicem.”
At a small distance S. E. of the * Bede, Ecc. Hist. lib. iv. c. 13. Church, there are the remains of an
f From time immemorial, the Bishops of Winchester have been the patrons of
the living. The customary tenants hold * St. Matt. chap. iii. v. 2.- See Hist.
their lands by virtue of a fine certain ; and of Winchester, vol. II. p. 76.
no tenant forfeits his estate except in case + Eccles. Archit, pp. 29 and 31. of felony, or treason.