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The waters issue from the mouth of a marble serpent, and amid the bustle of Stall Street, this poetical idea situated on one side of the room, where the poor
vale- of the ascent and descent of angels upon the ladder, tudinarians gather to quaff out of glasses tinctured, by sculptured in enduring stone on each side of the great the medicinal qualities of the water, a deep yellow west window, seems to realize some Scripture dream colour. During the season a fee is demanded of of one's youth, and to lead one back to those days strangers who visit the room while the band is playing, when the white-robed angels, with the brightness of but at all other times it is open as a public promenade. the celestial mansions still surrounding them, descended
As we leave the Pump-room, our footsteps are upon earth and formed a link between the Eternal naturally led towards the Abbey Church, the richly- and his earthly creatures. We fear all our praise embellished west-front of which the eye wanders over must be confined to the effect of the west front, as the with delight. There was a monastery situated here at a general design of the building is not beautiful, neither very early date, and a church dedicated to St. Peter and are the details particularly elegant. It was the last St. Paul, which was elevated into a bishopric in 1090, and abbey built in England, and with it Gothic ecclegranted to John de Villola, bishop of Wells, for the pur- siastical architecture, as a really living style, might be pose of enlarging that see; and the two Abbey Churches said to have died. Like the religion with which it and dioceses have ever since remained united under grew up, it had become so debased that its destruction the same episcopal head. This building having fallen was inevitable. Upon the dissolution of the religious into decay, the present church was commenced in 1195, houses, the Abbey was entirely stripped, by Henry's by Oliver King, bishop of the diocese, who, it is as- Commissioners, of the lead, glass, iron, and timber that serted, was prompted to the good work by a vision he it contained, and reduced, in fact, to its naked walls ; beheld in his sleep, wherein lie saw the Holy Trinity in which condition it remained until 1606, when it was with angels ascending and descending by a ladder, 10 restored by Bishop Montague, and converted into a which was a fair olive-tree supporting a crown. This parochial church. The Bathonians, with a singular dream tlie prelate construed into a command from notion of the beauties of Gothic ecclesiastical archiHeaven to restore the Cathedral Church; which he tecture, pride themselves upon the lightness of the immediately set about, but did not live to see it interior of its edifice, which, from its being lit by the completed. (Cut, No. 4.)
enormous number of fifty-two windows, is styled 'The Viewed from beneath the Pump-room Colonnade, Lantern of England.' The mid-day glare that meets
the eye in the nave, certainly warrants them in giving Each thought was visible that roll’d within, it this appellation ; but they should not deceive them- As through a crystal case the figured hours are seen : selves with the idea that this is a beauty. The early
And Heaven did this transparent veil provide, architects, whose aim seems to have been to produce
Because she had no guilty thought to hide :
All white, a virgin saint, she sought the skiesthat “dim religious light” which gives such solemnity
For marriage, though it sullies not-it dyes ! to our York and Westminsters, would indeed smile, could they witness the manner in which that simple High though her wit yet humble was her mind, daylight effect is praised, which they used all their As if she could not or she would not find marvellous art to modify and subdue. The Church is
How much her worth transcended all her kind.
Yet she had learn’d so much of Heaven below, crowded with cheap marble-slabs, which give it the
That when arrived she scarce had more to know; most meagre appearance; nay, almost turn it into a
But only to refresh the former hint, marble-mason's shop. Among the multitude of urns,
And read her Maker in a fairer print : sarcophaguses, weeping willows, and the like mediocre
So pious, as she had no time to spare emblems of grief, scarcely more than half a dozen For human thoughts, but was confined to prayer ; monuments deserve a better fate than to be ground up Yet in such charities she pass’d the day, into marble dust; and yet we can almost forgive them 'T was wondrous how she found an hour to pray. their existence, for the sake of the following capital A soul so calm, it knew not ebbs or flows, epigram to which they have given rise :
Which passion could but curl, not discompose!
A female softness with a manly mind, “ These walls adorn'd with monument and bust, Show how Bath waters serve to lay the dust."
A daughter duteous, and a sister kind,
In sickness patient, and in death resign'd!” Nash, who was buried here with great pomp,
has monument with an inscription, in which the visitor is Another interesting monument is that to the memory requested to consign to his remains "one grateful tear;" of Lady Jane Waller, wife of the Parliamentary General. what for we know not, as the Beau, during the latter On the tomb lies the effigy of the knight in armour, in part of his life, at least, was little better than a "hell
à mourning attitude by his wife's side, and two children keeper.” A more interesting monument is that of in the like position. The old sextoness, who shows Quin, the actor, which consists of a finely-carved head you the lions of the Abbey, draws your attention to a and bust of the deceased, in marble. Quin contested fracture in the knight's face, which, she informs you, for a short time the palm with Garrick, as a tragic actor, was made by James II., who passing through the but was soon driven from the stage by that genius ; church, and happening to espy Waller's obnoxious when he retired to Bath with a handsome annuity, effigy, drew his sword, and knocked off its nose. But and lived there many years the prince of good fellows, unfortunately for this very pretty tale, Pepys spoils it, and the sayer of good things. Bon mots were not the for he inspected the Abbey on his visit to Bath in 1668 only invention of his brain : he seasoned his viands as -long enough before James was king; and, as he tells well as his conversation, and his Blood-Sauce was a us, “ looked over the monuments, when, among others, famous condiment among his friends. As he grew feeble, Dr. Venner, and Pelling, and a lady of Sir W. Waller's; he used to be wheeled along the South Parade, where, as he lying with his face broken.” Warner, in his History he basked in the sun, he would declare " that Bath was of the city, gives another story respecting James and the finest place in the world for an old cock to go to the Abbey, which is perhaps true. It seems certain roost in." Garrick, who saw him off the great stage of that shortly after his succession to the throne, he visited life, as well as off that of London, wrote his epitaph ; and made some stay in Bath; and that, among his other but it is a poor hybrid affair. Dryden has one of his attendants, he brought with him his confessor and friend, beautiful mortuary inscriptions to Mary Frampton, Father Huddlestone, the Jesuit. As the tale goes, this which is quite delightful to read after the mass of friar, by James's orders, went to the Abbey and exhiaffected and strained lines which everywhere meet the bited on the altar all the paraphernalia of the Romish eye. So exquisite is this epitaph that we cannot for- ritual ; and then wrathfully denounced all heretics, at bear quoting it:
the same time exhorting them to an immediate change “ Below this humble monument is laid
from the errors of Protestantism, to the true faith from All tbat Heaven wants of this celestial maid :
which this country had apostatised. Among the numPreserve, O sacred tomb, thy trust consign'd!
ber of his listeners was Kenn, then bishop of the diocese, The mould was made on purpose for the mind ;
and the consistent and firm supporter of the Reformed And she would lose, if at the latter day,
religion. Fired with indignation at this open display One atom should be mix'd of other clay.
of hatred to his faith and to the established religion of Such were the features of her heav'nly face,
the land, the bishop, as soon as Huddlestone had conHer limbs were form’d with such harmonious grace,
cluded his sermon, mounted a stone pulpit which then So faultless was the frame,-as if the whole Had been an emanation of the soul,
stood in the body of the church, and desiring the departWhich her own inward symmetry reveal'd,
ing congregation to remain for a little while, he preached And like a picture shown, in glass anneald,
an extempore sermon in answer to Huddlestone, exOr like the sun eclips'd with shaded light,
posing his fallacies and displaying the errors of his Too piercing, also, to be sustain’d by sight.
church and the absurdity of its ceremonies in a strain
of such fervid eloquence as astonished his congregation | The tone of a city can generally be ascertained from
manner that prevailed towards the latter end of the last
who was all the fashion of the day, and something
other public performers, are excluded from its saloons,
suppose, of Dickens's barber, who refuses to shave a
remarking, we must draw the line someThe street being situated upon a slight ascent, a full where : we stops at bakers." It must be confessed, view of its bright scenes is gained from either extremity. however, that the term “public performers" is rather a