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But that a ribald King and Court
words by King Charles II., my little salary ill paid, and no pros pect of a future subsistence, I was then discouraged in the begin ning of my attempt; and now age has overtaken me, and want. a more insufferable evil, through the change of the times, has wholly disabled me.”
Attention, with fix'd eye; and Fear,
Well has thy fair achievement shown,
· The New Forest in Hampshire, anciently so called.
· The “ History of Bevis of Hampton” is abridged by my friend Mr. George Ellis, with that liveliness which extracts amusement even out of the most rude and unpromising of our old tales of chivalry. Ascapart, a most important personage in the romance. is thus described in an extract :
“ This geaunt was mighty and strong,
Specimens of Melrical Romances, vol. ii. p. 136, I am happy to say, that the memory of Sir Bevis is still fragrant in his town of Southampton; the gate of which is sentineled by the effigies of that doughty knight-crrant and his gigantic associate.
Through Boldrewood the chase he led,
*[Partenopex de Blois, a poem, by W. S. Rose, Esq., was pube lished in 1808. — E..]
And Cheviot's mountains lone :
See Appendix. Note C. * It is perhaps unnecessary to remind my readers, that the donjon, in its proper signification, means the strongest part of a feudal castle; a high square tower, with walls of tremendous thickness, situated in the centre of the other buildings, from which, however, it was usually detached. Here, in case of the outward defences being gained, the garrison retreated to make their last stand. The donjon contained the great hall, and principal rooms of state for solemn occasions, and also the prison of the fortress; from which last circumstance we derive the modern and restricted use of the word dungeon. Ducange (voce DUNJO) conjectures plausibly, that the name is derived from these keeps being usually built upon a hill, which in Celtic is called Dun. Borlase supposes the word came from the darkness of the apartments in these towers, which were thence figuratively called Dungeons; thus deriving the ancient word from the modern application of it.