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west window, and fine clustered columns, with their rich
Passing under the unsightly organ-gallery to the choir,
, too, are the tombs of King John and Arthur
, such grave-gear being chosen by the king,
, priors, curates, secular priests, clerks and
rows of saintly figures in their
white rose. Amongst
token-flowers of England, France, and Spain-roses, fleur
‘Here lyeth buried Prince Arthur, the first begotten
of his father's raygne, and in the yeere of oure Lord God one thousonde five hundred and two.'
The Lady Chapel, with its tall, thin, insulated shafts of Purbeck marble, clustered, or standing singly, is different in style both from the choir
, as well as the more decidedly Norman parts of the church.
Amidst the numerous mural tablets in this part of the cathedral, is one small tablet, which, in these simple, loving words, tells a sweeter story than the finest sculpture.
M. S. Here lyeth buryed soe much as could dye of Ann, the wife of
who was a woman of remarkable prudence, and of the Primitire Piety ; her great and generall knowledge being adorned tian meekenesse, as made her worthy of a more memore with such true humility, and blest with soe much Chris
She dyed (alas ! that she is dead,) the
Study to be like her.'
Then there are two stone slabs, said to be those of Wok stan and Oswald, and ancient tombs of knight and abbess
placed opposite the more delicate triumphs of the modern
, is the one most generally admired as a won-
What a charm there is in a cloister walk! and it is felt even in the ruinous quadrangle at Worcester. Very curious rude specimens of sculpture adorn the groined roof ; figures of the blessed Mother and Child ; the four evangelists ; angels and crowned kings, and groups illustrating some familiar Scripture story. On a small stone in the pavement at the north cloister door, is carved the single word Miserrimus,
a mournful record of the last resting-place of a clergyman who, upon refusing to acknowledge the supremacy of William of Orange, was deprired of his preferment, and died a pensioner upon Jacobite charity. It was at his own request that the plain slab, with its single word so expressive of sád meaning,
should be placed over his grave.
"Miserrimus and neither name nor date,
, text, or symbol graven upon the stone,
Glancing into the chapter-house, built in 1372, we may notice the cathedral library founded by that good and true wife of Leofric the Mercian, the Ladye Godiva, and to the guesten hall of the monks, used for the entertain containing several manuscripts of great value ; then on
ment of strangers, a beautiful old building, with a finecarved roof well worthy of ample restoration.
No remains of the fine old castle which once covered beveral acres of ground to the south of the cathedral can now be traced by the antiquary, except that noble entrance to the college green, known as Edgar's Tower, a fine old structure, built by Ethelred the Second, and called by him after his father's name; boasting, too, in its palmier days, of a statue of this monarch, and in niches on either side of him, figures of his two queens. These have long mouldered away, together with a piece of rude sculpture representing Christ crowning His mother ; and we can only rejoice that the tower itself has so long weathered the storms of time; the oldest, and one of the very few relics of the good Saxon rule once held in ancient Worcester.
(To be continued.)
THE EARTH AS IT IS.
The variations in the Earth's surface not only give pleasure to the eye by the beauties of scenery which they produce, but have far greater purposes to serve; they influence the temperature, fall of rain, drainage, distri
bution and growth of animals and plants. Mountain ranges have a very great effect upon the climate of : of the north, or, running in an opposite direction, shelter country, whether they form a screen from the cold blasts it from the rays of the sun, while they leave it exposed to those piercing winds. Again : the winds stopped in their progress by gigantic walls, are diverted from their course, and defying control, burst forth in counter-currents in various directions, helping to clear and freshen the atmosphere. The clouds, arrested by the same ob
stacle, and attracted to the earth, have their vapours con-
. According to the direction of the mountains, must
, that all the principal rivers are found in continents, and not in islands.
On the nature of the mountains, too, depend the mineral riches of a country; if they are composed of granite or slate
, gold and silver, tin and copper, may be found within them ; if of limestone, they are likely to contain lead mines ; and coal when they are made up of sand or gritstone
, while the chalk and clay hills forbid all hope of coal
, lead, or any other valuable mineral ; and, of course,
The usual arrangement of mountains is in groups, call-