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MYR RHA.

Myrrha. I have stolen upon his rest, if rest it be Which thus convulses slumber : shall I wake him?

No, he seems calmer. Oh, thou God of Quiet!

Whose reign is o'er sealed eyelids and soft dreams,
Or deep, deep sleep, so as to be unfathom'd,
Look like thy brother, Death,—so still—so stirless-
For then we are happiest, as it may be, we
Are happiest of all within the realm
Of thy stern, silent, and unwakening twin.
Again he moves-again the play of pain
Shoots o'er his features, as the sudden gust
Crisps the reluctant lake that lay so calm
Beneath the mountain shadow; or the blast
Ruffles the autumn leaves, that drooping cling
Faintly and motionless to their loved boughs.
I must awake him-yet not yet: who knows
From what I rouse him? It seems pain; but if
I quicken him to heavier pain? The fever
Of this tumultuous night, the grief too of
His wound, though slight, may cause all this, and shake
Me more to see than him to suffer. No:

Let Nature use her own maternal means,

And I await to second, not disturb her.

BYRON

CARTmel, or Kertmel, is a town in Lancashire, century, at which time he conceives fresh win14 miles N.W. by N. from Lancaster, and 254 dows to have been inserted, with painted glass, a N.N.W. from London. The name is supposed to few fragments only remaining to the present day. be derived from two British words-kert, a camp, The nave he believes to have been wholly rebuilt and mell, a fell, or hill. According to Camden at a somewhat later period. From the absence of this town was given, in 677, to St. Cuthbert, by a great western door, he suspects that the west Egfrid, king of Northumberland.

end was not included within the priory close.

This structure is cruciform, in the early style of

In a subsequent age, George Preston, whose English architecture. The tower is of singular ap- monument still remains, and who died in 1640, pearance. The basis of it was probably one of

appears to have repaired Cartmel church: “The those low central lanterns rising little above the said George (says the inscription on a wooden roof, but supported on massy clusters of columns, tablet), out of his zeal to God, at his great which would sustain a much greater weight. A charges, repaired this church, being in great decentury or two perhaps after the original foun- cay, with a new roof of timber, and beautified it dation, it was deemed expedient to raise this within very decently with fretted plaster-work, tower ; and four cross arches were constructed adorned the chancel with curiously carved woodwithin the upper courses of the lantern, springing work, and placed therein a pair of organs of great from the middle point of each side, and closing the value. He bequeathed further, by his will, £100 entire angle between that and the contiguous towards binding poor men's sons of this parish wall. On this a bell tower of moderate height apprentices, besides divers other acts of charity was erected, which stands a square diagonally in- and piety, through the whole course of his life ; to scribed within a square.

whose pious memory Thomas Preston, his son, Dr. Whitaker imagines the choir and transept hath caused this to be made, 1646.” Mr. to be of the first foundation ; though the windows Preston, however, received from the vestry forty are probably of later insertion. There are two marks, and as much of the old lead as could be semicircular arches on each side of the choir,

spared. But his expenses were doubtless not

covered by this grant, round which and the transepts à triforium has extended, interrupted by the great eastern win

There are a variety of monuments here. The dow. The principal choir is called the Lady's oldest, probably, is a tomb of prior William de choir ; to the north of which there is a narrow Walton ; a beautiful and perfect slab of grey chapel, anciently called the Piper choir ; and on marble, inscribed with a flowered cross, and inthe south the Town choir, which has been con

cluded within a plain arch on the north side of siderably widened, and has in the sout wall two the high altar. On the opposite side is the magstone sedilia,

nificent monument of a Harrington, supposed to According to Dr. Whitaker, a general alteration be sir John Harrington (with his lady), who actook place in this church about the fourteenth companied Edward I. into Scotland,

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