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MANSION AT PUNCKNOWLE, DORSETHIRE. Mr. URBAN, Mere, May 18.
a masterly though hasty pencil, and I WONDER Hutchins, in describ- represent castles, quays, sea-pieces, ing the parish of Puncknowle, near landscapes, and other subjects of a Bridport, in Dorsetshire, said so little character which induces me to refer of the mansion-house. I had much them to the hand of a Dutch artist, gratification from inspecting it.
The subject of one of them is Moses It stands on a knoll or eminence close taken from the bulrushes ; and that of to the church ; and is a large building, another, I think, is the Tor-hill at of two distinct eras, somewhat in the Glastonbury; but perhaps the eye of form of the letter T: the more ancient a traveller might recognise several obpart, or that which constituted the jects of continental scenery, in the original house, forming the body of others. The panels of the drawingthe letter; and a less ancient building, room (lighted by the upper window erected by the Napier family about the on the right hand in the wood-cut) middle of the seventeenth century, and
are also painted; each bearing a head represented by my wood-cut, making or mask, of which I have engraved a its head. These two parts are now
specimen : separated; the former being inhabited by the occupier of the farm, and the latter being retained by Miss Frome, sister of the Rev. G. C. Frome, the present possessor of the manor. One of the upper rooms of this building is called the Painted Room, different subjects being painted in oil on the panels of the wainscoting; perhaps something like, though of a less ancient character, the fresco paintings at Grovehouse, Woodford, described by A. J.K. in the Gentleman's Magazine for Nov. 1833. The paintings are executed by
ce is this in
The older part of the house. now: iņhabitants of Bexington, an adjoinclaims little attention from the anti- ing hamlet ; and a low square tower. ? quary, unless for its maşsy architec-: . In the transept is; a mural monuture, and its old hall wainscoted with ment to William Napier, Esq. above oak. To the north side of the house, the cornice of which are the arms of. however, is attached a square pro- Napier, and on the frieze is this injecting building, with an upper room, scription : having a floor of square bricks, and ***. Gulielmus Napier, armiger, nuper once lighted by two round holes cut hujus ecclesiæ patronus.'' in square : blocks of stone, which are
Below this, on a tablet, is a fine worked into the side walls ; and the tradition of the place states that it
old brass, representing the gentleman was a place of defence in the Crom- kneeling at a desk, in prayer, with wellian wars, and that the round holes
the following inscription in black lét
ter beneath him : were embrasures for cannon. This, however, could not be the case, as a “ Here lyeth William Napper, brother
unto Sr Robert Napper, knyght, who stone in the front wall bears the in scription N.-R.A.K. -1663 ; show- after xvi yeres travell in forayne landes, ing that it was not built till two or
married Anne Shelton, the daughter of ers after Cromwell's death. William Shelton, of Onger parke in Es
sex, ,esquier, by whom he had vi sonnes ; The mansion, moreover, was evidently
and now his sole beynge unto God, his never fortified; and that this particu
bodye here resteth in Jesu Christ, beynge lar portion was not built for defence
of the age of
yeres, deceased the is clear from the character of its ma
»Anno Domini 16:00 sonry Wood was carefully excluded
From the blanks for this.gentleman'sin its construction, and I consider it
age, and the time of his death, it to have been a malt kiln.
would seem that he had the brass en. In the churchyard is a' cross, of graved in his lifetime; and that his which I send you an engraving. executors or relations, with unbecom
ing inattention to his wishes, left it incomplete. Under the brass we read
« Prædictus Gulielmus Napper presentavit Gulielmum Carter, cler. ad hanc rectoriam xxy die. Junii, Anno Domini 1597, legavit et x libras, in usum perpetuum pauperum ibidem."
A mural monument in the nave, with a circular pediment on two Corinthian pillars, was erected by Sir Robert Napier, in 1691, in memory of his father, his mother Ann, and his mother-in-law Catharine.
Near this monument is another, on a tablet under a circular pediment, for Sir Robert Napier, who died 1700, having on the top the arms of Napier, with the motto “ Major Providentia Fato;' and underneath this odd though humble and christianly inscription.
* ΣΚΙΑΣ ΟΝΑΡ ΑΝΘΡΩΠΟΣ.” "NON MAGNA LOQUIMUR SED VIVIMUS."
" Reader, when thou hast done all that thou canst, thou art but an unprofitable servant. Therefore this marble
affords no room for fulsome flattery or The church. is a small building, con
vaine praise. sisting of a nave and chancel, parted
Sr R. N:", by a circular arch; a small south tran
-66 Johannes Hamiltonus, Scoto-Bri: scpt, rebuilt or built about 1660, by the
Sir C. Napier sold the Puncknowle the subterfuge, and practised on me estate to Wm. Clutterbuck, Esq. whose that art of Jesuitism in which he was daughter Arundel raarried the Rev. Geo. not inexpert. Frome. He left two sons; George, the
THE AUTHOR OF CURIOSITIES late Rector of Puncknowle, and Lord of
IN Article IV. of No. 3 of the Phi. children : George Clutterbuck, Arundel Lological Museum for May. 1832, on Mary, and Emilia (now deceased). “ Sir William Jones's division of the George Clutterbuck Frome, now Rector day,” the three verses well rememof Puncknowle, and owner of the ma.
bered by every lawyer, and given in nor, married Mary Sophia, daughter Sir Edward Coke's First Institute, are of E. M. Pleydell, of Whatcombe not stated from what source they House, Dorset, now deceased, by whom
were originally taken — 1 have no he has issue two daughters, Mary doubt, however, that they were paraSophia, and Elizabetha Arundel, now phrased from an old Greek Epigram. minors,
The three lines are as follows :-
Quatuor orabis, des epulisque duas ;
Quod superest ultrò sacris largire caAN anonymous but friendly corre
monis. spondent has communicated to me a
They are quoted in Coke, I. Inst. correction which will not be deemed
64 b; but it does not say whether that unimportant.
Great Oracle of the Law cited them In “Curiosities of Literature,” (9th from any other work, he merely calledit.) vol. V. p. 252, I have said,
ing them “ Ancient Verses," or that “ The Protestant persists in falsely
he was himself the author of them. imputing to the Roman Catholic pub- Although I am inclined to think the lic formularies the systematic omission
latter seems most probably to have of the second Commandment.” “Now
been the case; as for example, in our what is the fact ?” continues my correspondent. “ The Roman Catholics
day, Sir Walter Scott has given in
many of his novels original verses, have no authorised version of the Scrip
which he has therein feigned to be tures; and we know how averse they
taken from an « Old Play.” are to circulate them. In their Ver
The first and second lines may be sions the second Commandment is
thus rendered, either abridged or mutilated. In their Catechism Books it is often omitted,
Six hours on sleep, bestow the like on law, and the tenth divided to make up the
Four hours to prayer, and two allot to
meals. number. This may be proved; and
The idea contained in which is most these are chiefly the books allowed to be circulated among the people. I certainly derived from, or in other
words, this couplet is a paraphrase of, have now on my table proofs of what I have asserted." Thus far my anony.
a Greek epigram given in a work of Kir
cher, and likewise in the Anthologia. mous friend--and I entirely subscribe to his statement. Though several
Athanasius Kircher, in the Chapter years have elapsed since I composed
“ de Horologiis seu Sciathericis Vethis article on “ Political Forgeries
terum," observes—" notis literarum and Fictions,” I perfectly recollect the
singularum Horæ distinguebantur, ut
testatum reliquit Athenæus sequenti occasion of my positive assertion. In a conversation with the late Charles epigrammato. Butler, he assured me it was a calumny 'Εξ ωραι μόχθους έκανώταται, αι τε μετ' inflicted on the Romanists; for, he
αυτάς added, and I think showed them to Πράγμασι δεικνόμεναι, ΖΗΘΙ λέγουσι me, “We have the Ten Command- Bporois. ments as well as yourselves."
And which he goes on to explain in It is possible that that otherwise this manner- “ Sex horæ laboribus amiable Scholar might have concealed sufficiunt; sequentes negotiis desti
nuntur; ZHOI vero, id est, 7, 8, 9, 10, of the three Latin verses † (tristich) conales vocant. Ita ut A, B, C, id est, above cited, he must have read the 1, 2, 3, laboribus; A, E, s, id est, 4, original Greek epigram in the An. 5, 6, negotiis civilibus; Z, H, O, I, de- thologia, (as he was a goodly scholar, nique, id est, 7, 8, 9, 10 canali re- and had received his education within fectioni deputarentur.” Athanasii Kir- the classic walls of Trinity College, cheri Edip. Ægypt.) tom. II. pars. 2. Cambridge, nothing is more likely.) cap. VIII. s. 2. p. 229. Edit. Romæ. and that his three“ ancient verses" 1653.
were paraphrased by him from that Again, the same distich is given in ancient distich, for the sake of conthe Anthologia, but with the following veying his quaint advice to young slight variation :
lawyers “ for the good spending of 'Εξ ωραι μόχθοις ικανώταται αι δε μετ'
the day.” αυτάς
I will next briefly observe that Sir Γράμμασι δεικνύμεναι, ΖΗΘΙ λέγουσι the lawyer's day
William Jones, in this his version of βροτδις. Vide Anthologia Græca, edit. Ja
Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber
seven ; cobs. Lipsiæ, 1804, tom. II. p. 292.
Ten to the world allot, and all to Heaven ! This Epigram is thus translated into has rendered the division of the days Latin, in the edition of the Anthologia, more useful and more religious, as Interp. Eilhardo Lubino, p. 256. Lugd. well as the couplet more elegant. But Bat. 1604.
it is perhaps superfluous to have subSex horæ laboribus convenientissimæ.
stituted all to heaven," instead of Post illas verd,
“ four hours to prayer,
as it is in Literis demonstratæ, vive dicunt morta- the original, except for the rhyme ; as libus.
I can conceive no pious man would Which lines, being interpreted, are
spend four hours daily in prayer,
would not at the same time allot, Six hours are most convenient for work. But after them,
whatsoever might be his employment,
“all to Heaven:"—that is to say, that (The hours) marked by the letters (Z, H, O, 1,) say to mortals, (ZHOI) live.
whatsoever he was doing, he would
do it unto God, and make religion the It is scarcely necessary for me to guide of all his ways. King David, remark that this distich, as contained we remember, prayed three times a in the Anthologia, possesses its chief day, and thus sings-" In the evening point, or double signification, that is and morning, and at noon-day will I meant to be conveyed by ZHOI. The pray.” letters Z, H, O, I, as we learn from But I consider it to be the best Kircher, designate the four hours, maxim, and with which I will con7, 8, 9, 10, used on the ancient Greek clude this notice, that it matters little time-pieces or sun-dials, and were set how often we pray, or how many hours apart for refreshment* and amusement we consume in prayer, if only we be after work; which the letters them.
ZAOEOI, truly religious, and have God selves tell us to do by the word ZHOI, always in all our thoughts; and coni. e. live, or be merry. Whereas that tinually, I will add, ZHOI e Xploto quoted by the learned Kircher is not live in Christ. Yours, &c.' I. H. only difficult to be made sense of, but also loses the double force and point of Zhel. The Anthologia states the
# The late Mr. Butler speaks of them as
" the well-known verses of Lord Coke." epigram to be unknown as to its au
§ St. Ambrose (and I think, from his thor, though Kircher ascribes it to
example, St. Augustine) divided every Athenæus. Now it is clear, that if Sir
day into three tertias of employment: Edward Coke was himself the author
eight hours he spent in the necessities of (which I have much cause to think) nature and recreation ; eight hours in
charity and business; and the other eight . This would seem almost to corres- hours he spent in study and prayer. pond with our present fashionable din- See Jer. Taylor's Holy Dying, chap. 1. ner-hours !
Sect. 3. S. 2. Gent. MAG. VOL. IV.
POEMS BY LUCIUS, Cary, LORD FALKLAND.
“ See Falkland dies, the virtuous and the just." THIS eulogy by Pope is founded on the splendid character given of this nobleman in the pages of Clarendon, and which Walpole's flippant and paradoxical censures can neither tarnish nor destroy. It is vain that this eccentric biographer accuses Falkland of debility of mind, superstition, moderate understanding, weakness, and lastly infatuation; we learn from a far higher and better authority~" that he was a person of such prodigious parts of learning and knowledge, of that inimitable sweetness, and delight in conversation, of so flowing and obliging a humanity, and goodness to mankind, and of that primitive simplicity and integrity of life, that if there were no other brand upon this odious and accursed civil war than that single loss, it must be most infamous and execrable to all posterity.”
*** Clarendon also expressly says of him—" that he was a man of excellent parts, of a wit so sharp, and a jature so sincere, that nothing could be more lovely. That the most polite and accurate men of the University found in him such an immenseness of wit, and such a solidity of judgment, so infinite a fancy, bound in by a most logical ratiocination--such a vast knowledge, that he was not ignorant of any thing, yet such an excessive humility, as if he had known nothing; that they frequently resorted, and dwelt with him, as in a College situated in a fairer air, so that his house was an University in a less volume, whither they came not so much for repose as study, and to examine and refine those grosser propositions which laziness and consent made current in vulgar conversation.” In another place, Clarendon speaks of Lord Falkland's immense knowledge, his excellent understanding, and the wit and weight of his speeches. Now this is praise in solid and weighty ingots, and is not to be dissolved and melted away in the heat of Walpole's capricious imagination; for it is not only very exalted, but it is precise ; t delivered in chosen and appropriate language. As regards the change of his political life, we conceive that the same noble historian who has borne witness to the excellence of his private character, has, in a few words, explained it to all candid judges of human conduct. When placed in very per. plexing situations, and where the exact road of duty was difficult to discover and to keep, and where right motives were often pushed into wrong conclusions, and when the furious violence of faction had shattered, or severed the constitutional chain that bound together the patriots who had rallied round the liberties of their country--placed as Lord Falkland was, in such a position, and allowing, as we have a right to allow from the best authority, that he was a man of wise and temperate judgment, of great constitutional knowledge, of high principles, and a noble sense of duty and religion—we say that the reasons which Lord Clarendon has given for his conduct, are such as to remove from him the blame and suspicion that Walpole too unguardedly, and even coarsely, heaps upon him. But it is time to turn from such discussions, for our purpose is to consider Lord Falkland not as a politician, but as a poet ; a character in which we believe he is but little known; and we confess that we shall be disappointed if his poetry, though thrown out on casual hints, and being, as it were, only the off-flowering of his deeper studies, does not convey to
* See Walpole's Noble Authors, and Clarendon's History of the Rebellion, and Life ; Lloyd's State Worthies, vol. ii. p. 256 ; Granger's Biog. Hist. of England; Cibber's Lives of the Poets, &c. for an account of Lord Falkland. Lloyd calls him, • a knowing Statesman and a learned Scholar."
+ Granger says, that the character of Lord Falkland, by Clarendon, appears to be ken from near and repeated views.