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The priory church, dedicated to St. Peter and four beautiful roses in squares ; and over the west St. Paul, seems to have been a large and mag- door, under the arch, three beautiful niches. The nificent tabric; for Henry VIII. pitched upon it upper west face of the tower is made up of a comfor a cathedral church, and is said to have in position of flints, &c. The buttresses of the tower tended Dr. Day as the first bishop. But, this de- had six niches and images : half of one remains. sign not being carried into effect, a great part of The south tower is also hexagon. it was demolished; and that left standing is but This church was originally in the form of a from the west end to the choir entrance, consisting cross, with a tower in the centre. Two of the only of a nave and two side aisles; each of the great pillars which supported it are still to be seen latter extending from the western door to the at the east end. beginning of what was the choir, being in length The six arches on each side of the nave are about 120 feet. On the south side of the church circular and lofty, two on each side making the stood (according to Willis) the prior and convent's present choir: the south-west one is stopped up. apartments, of which there are no remains but two The east end terminates in a flat wall. These arched portals. There were probably cloisters, arches consist of four mouldings, the outer of zigfrom which was an entrance into the east part of zag carved, the inner in some failing at different the church specially appropriated to the monks. distances, and a pilaster in the middle

between the The architecture combines some portions in the arches. The arches of the upper windows are also Norman, with others in the early and later round. The aisles at the east end have groined English styles.

round arches. All their windows are of a later The west front of this church is singular, with date, and the walls mended with brick. A beau. a greater and lesser door. The steeple is attached tiful stone rood-loft of four pointed arches, with to one side, and had formerly another tower cor- clustered columns, ranges over the west door, and responding to it. Both fell down in 1221, and has a rich wooden screen under it. The roof is destroyed the prior's hall and part of the church. oak, beautifully carved with knots, flowers, &c., The body, from the altar to the cross and north- in the decorated style; the beams supported by west door, was repaired in 1273 by the parish, one angels horizontal and perpendicular. A pew on Henry Chadd being at the principal charge. the south side of the chancel had a rich canopy of

The great western door has tour pillars on each oak, the pillars charged with the five wounds, side, with capitals supporting nine mouldings, of bleeding hearts, pomegranates, lilies in a pot, which the outermost is zigzag; the second has tendrils of vines and grapes, Aeurs-de-lis

, &c.; angels in alternate rounds; the fourth, beasts' but a gallery has been built upon heads jessant foliage; the sixth, the signs of the The tower in the centre seems to have been zodiac, of which Pisces and Capricorn, with a narrow, and once stood on four lofty arches, the spread eagle, still remain ; the eighth, flowers: the western pillars of which remain clustered, and rest are square mouldings. The capitals have having hexagon capitals. Doors, almost filled David playing on the harp; a figure prostrate to to the top, opened to the north aisle and choir. him; a bishop in pontificalibus, with mitre and Over the communion-table is a painting of the crosier, with a bearded man in a cap; two more Lord's supper, by sir James Thornhill. bearded men, holding a scroll perpendicularly, on An ancient altar-cloth belonging to this church whose top is a headless beast, &c. This door was, till is preserved, and is said to be now in the posses1776, concealed by a wooden porch. The lesser door sion of John Miller, of Bedford, or his representahas seven mouldings on five pillars, exclusive of tives. It is a fabric of the richest crimson and the inner, composed of roses and laced-work nail-gold brocade, so exquisitely wrought as almost to headed quatrefoils. The arck between the two defy a discovery of the mode in which it was doors is half a zigzag and half a straight mould- manufactured. It still retains its original freshness. ing, and these are interlaced arches within it resting There are several monuments in Dunstable on capitals charged with grotesque figures : the Hat church, especially to the Chew family, who were between these doors is charged with roses cut in. great benefactors to the town. It may be added Above are three rows of arches; the first row of that, some years ago, a stone coffin and various seven flat arches with pedestals for statues: the relics of antiquity were found on the eastern side second six open a gallery leading to the bell of this building: tower, with rich' laced arches and two taller

It ought to be remembered that it was in the pointed, and a seventh arch between them placed Lady chapel bere that archbishop Cranmer proover the door, all on treble clustered pillars : the nounced in 1583, the sentence of divorce between third row has five pointed flat arches, with single Henry VIII. and Katherine of Arragon, pillars, Under the west windows of the tower are

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THE NEW

MONTHLY BELLE ASSEMBLÉE.

May, 1848.

THE DREAM OF THE AFFIANCED.

BY MRS. ABDY.

(Concluded.)

" Anna's funeral had taken place before my tainly her health and spirits derived much benefit return. It had been, by Claudine's desire, as from change of air and scene. At the expiration magnificent as though it had been for a daughter of our tour, we repaired to London, where Mr. of the house; and her own mourning attire was as Delamere engaged a ready-furnished house. deep as if it had been worn in memory of a sister. Wedding-clothes were ordered, settlements were Claudine received me with pleasure and affec- drawn, and the day appointed for our marriage tion; but I evidently saw that her mind was per- drew near. The eve of the bridal I passed in petually dwelling upon the idea of Anna, and the society of Claudine, who was far more inthat the sorrow she felt for her death was no teresting to me than she had been in the gayest transient and evanescent sensation.

days of her beauty and happiness. The loss of “Such deep sorrow,” observed Dr. Walwyn, Anna had given a pensiveness to her counte" appears strangely inconsistent both with Clau- nance and manners more charming than their dine's natural coldness and self-command, and former brilliancy; and her haughty self-possesalso with the provocation which Anna, it must be sion was softened to timid gentleness. Her candidly owned, had given her. I should rather love for myself was unchanged, undiminished; imagine that she assumed it with the purpose of and I may safely and truly say that I ferappearing interesting in your eyes.”

vently loved her, and that I should have re“Such was not the case,” said D'Arcy: garded any event that threatened to deprive me " Claudine's emotion was evidently genuine and of her as a severe and bitter calamity: I took unaffected. On one occasion í entered the leave of her as the clock was striking eleven, redrawing-room unexpectedly, and found her paired to my apartments, which were in an adweeping bitterly over a sketch of poor Anna's, joining street

, and shortly after midnight became which she had unexpectedly discovered in the buried in sleep. I awoke in two hours, and in drawer of her work-table; and soon afterwards, the interim I had experienced this distinct and while driving through the neighbouring town, remarkable dream" she burst into irrepressible and convulsive sobs Dr. Walwyn drew his chair close to that of on hearing a street musician play, in very dis- his friend, and put on the look of a most atcordant and scraping tones, the favourite song tentive listener, when suddenly a loud knock reof Anna, ‘All that's bright must fade."" sounded at the street-door. Now in the same

“I give you warning, D'Arcy,” said the Doc- way that “the thief sees an officer in every tor,

that I have absolutely fallen in love with bush,” the medical practitioner expects a sumyour stately Claudine, and that I intend to be mons in every knock; and I must do the gentlevery severe upon you for deserting one whose men of the faculty the justice to say, that in character combined spirit and sensibility in so general they bear these mal-apropos interrupremarkable a degree.

tions with remarkable equanimity, quitting the D'Arcy shook his head mournfully, and con- attraction of the moment, whether a Spanish tinued "As every object in the vicinity ap- dance, a French dish, or an Italian canzonet, peared so painfully' to keep alive in the mind of without uttering a single murmur on their hard Claudine the remembrance of her beloved Anna, ' fate. Dr. Walwyn was as calm and composed Mr. Delamere and myself agreed to propose to on these occasions as the greatest philosopher her a tour through Wales for a few weeks: after | among them, and it had become maiter of hissome difficulty we won her consent, and cer- tory with his friend", that, when he was present

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at the first representation of “ Der Freischutz,” ment, took the glass in her hand, and seemed as he left the house, without a minute's delay, in if doubtful and undecided what course to purthe very middle of the casting of the fifth bullet, sue : a sudden movement of the sleeper, howto obey the summons of a nervous lady-patient, ever, appeared to determine her : she hastily from whom he had parted in perfect health three filled the glass from a crystal flask that stood hours before, but ho had just taken an un- near it, and bending over Anna, presented it to accountable fancy that it was absolutely impos- her as she awakened. I saw in iny dream that sible to straighten her little finger. Nevertheless Anna, with a look and smile of grateful recog. the Doctor, on the present occasion, could not nition, took the glass from her, and put it to her resist a fretful exclamation of disappointment at lips, and I was on the point of calling out to her the idea that he must delay the gratification of to dash to the ground the deadly, potion, when listening to the dream which he had previously the violence of my emotions awoke me. What so scornfully derided, and it was an inex- I felt in the succeeding hour I should vainly atpressible relief to him when the servant entered tempt to describe.” with a book which a friend of D'Arcy's had bor- "I have frequently heard,” said Dr. Walwyn, rowed from him, and had called in his way home," that a remarkable dream has been repeated to return.

three times; was that the case with you?" Left again to themselves, Dr. Walwyn uttered “ That may very well take place," replied that emphatic “Well!” which speaks volumes of D'Arcy, “when a dream is unaccompanied by impatience in an auditor, and D'Arcy proceeded circumstances of horror; but I would defy any in his narrative:

one to sleep again on the same night when they “A room presented itself before me which I had experienced so awful a visitation as mine. ! had never before beheld, but every object in had a light in my chamber : I arose and dressed which impressed itself on my sight with the myself, and attempted to direct my attention to most exact and startling minuteness. It had no a book; but in vain: my dream, instead of claim to the dignity of being called a boudoir, fading from my mind, appeared momentarily to but bore evident marks of feminine and elegant acquire additional vividness and distinctness. occupation. The walls were painted a light green felt that it was a supernatural warning that I colour, and hung with unframed pencil draw- should put aside my marriage with Claudine

. ings and landscapes in water-colours: a guitar My very soul revolted at the idea of uniting my lay on a chair ; some old-fashioned book-shelves fate with that of a murderess! and yet what were occupied by a number of volumes mostly reason could I assign for my change of feelings half-bound. Painted screens ornamented the The story of a dream would be generally derided mantleshelf, and a fire blazed brightly in the and disbelieved; and if a few gave credit to it, grate : it was evidently the apartment of one of what right had í to affix so fearful a stain to the slender means, but of refined tastes. A sofa character of Claudine, and to influence the world was placed near the fire, on which reclined a to believe that I at least deemed her branded with graceful girlish figure, wrapped in a loose white the most awful species of guilt that can disgrace dress. Her eyes were closed in sleep. Wal. human nature ? Day broke, and I felt that no wyn, it was Anna Welford on whom I gazed !” time ought to be lost. I addressed a few hurried D’Arey paused for a moment, overcome by pain- lines to Mr. Delamere: he must have thought ful recollections, and then continued: “It ap-me a contemptible and worthless scoundrel. I peared to me as though I were earnestly looking told bim that no dispute had arisen between on this room for many minutes, taking note of Claudine and myself—that I had no cause to every article of furniture that it contained, and find fault with word, look, or deed on her partwatching the slumbers of the fair invalid on the that there was not a woman living whom I presofa, near to which stood a small circular table, ferred to herself; but yet that there was a cause on which were phials of medicine, and flasks of which would prevent me from ever claiming her cooling drinks. At length a tall and stately female promised hand. I sent this note to Mr. Delafigure entered with a light and stealing step: she mere at eight o'clock, and then immediately, oradvanced to the sofa, looked on the sleeping dered a post-chaise, that I might carry into girl, and then turned to the table by her side. execution a strange and wild idea that struck me. Her features became revealed to me; they were Southland House was about twenty miles from those of Claudine Delamere! She took from London, and I was most anxious to visit it, and her bosom a small packet containing a powder

, to inspect the private apartment that had bewhich she shook into one of the glasses on the longed to Anna, which I had never seen during table. My eyes fell on the paper envelope; my residence there. If I found the furniture several words were written on it, in a small, up- and appointments of it totally different to those right hand, and in a foreign language; but be- I had beheld in my dream, I felt that it would be neath them, in the same hand, I plainly dis- possible it might gradually fade

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from my cerned, in large and legible letters, the word mind, and that I might confide it to Claudine, • Poison !'"

and entreat her pardon for my folly; but if, on "Impossible, D'Arcy! this is too horrible !" the contrary, all was in accordance with the exclaiined Dr. Walwyn.

scene represented before me in sleep, I deemed “I thought, in my dream,” pursued D'Arcy, that it would be my duty to regard it as a supera “that Claudine advanced to the fire, and threw natural intimation, and to pay fitting reverence the paper in it ; that she then paused for a mo- I and obedience to it. The astonishment of the

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