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"Michaelmas Term, -th Geo. III. "YORKSHIRE, to-wit-Richard Roe was attached to answer John Doe of a plea wherefore the said Richard Roe, with force and arms, &c., entered into two messuages, two dwelling-houses, two cottages, two stables, two out-houses, two yards, two gardens, two orchards, twenty acres of land covered with water, twenty acres of arable land, twenty acres of pasture land, and twenty acres of other land, with the appurtenances, situated in the parish of Yatton, in the County of Yorkshire, which TITTLEBAT TITMOUSE, Esquire, had demised to the said John Doe for a term which is not yet expired, and ejected him from his said farm, and other wrongs to the said John Doe there did, to the great damage of the said John Doe, and against the peace of our Lord the King, &c.; and Thereupon the said John Doe, by OILY GAMMON, his attorney, complains,"That whereas the said TITTLEBAT TITMOUSE, on this -th day of August, in the year of our Lord 1813, at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, had demised the same tenements, with the appurtenances, to the said John Doe, to have and to hold the same to the said John Doe and his assigns from thenceforth, for and during, and unto the full end and term of twenty years from thence next ensuing, and fully to be completed and ended: By virtue of which said demise, the said John Doe entered into the said tenements, with the appurtenances, and became and was thereof possessed for the said term, so to him thereof granted as aforesaid. And the said John Doe being so thereof possessed, the said Richard Roe afterwards, to wit, on the day and year aforesaid, at the parish aforesaid, in the county aforesaid, with force and arms, &c., entered into the said tenements, with the appurtenances, which the said TITTLEBAT TITMOUSE had demised to the said John Doe in manner and for the term aforesaid, which is not yet expired, and ejected the said John Doe from his said farm; and other wrongs to the said John Doe then and there did, to the great damage of the said John Doe, and against the peace of our said lord the now King. Wherefore the said John Doe saith that he is injured, and hath sus tained damages to the value of £50, and therefore he brings his suit, &c.
"LEATHERHEAD, for the Plaintiff. Pledges of John Den.
IIIIIWITTY, for the Defendant. } Prosecutor. Richard Fenn.
"MR JACOB JOLTER,
"I am informed that you are in possession of, or claim title to, the premises mentioned in the Declaration of Ejectment mentioned, or to some part thereof: And I, being sued in this action as a casual ejector only, and having no claim or title to the same, do advise you to appear, next Hilary Term, in His Majesty's Court of Common Pleas at Westminster, by some attorney of that Court; and then and there, by a rule to be made of the same Court, to cause yourself to be made defendant in my stead; otherwise, I shall suffer judgment to be entered against me by default, and you will be turned out of possession. "Your loving friend, "Richard Roe. "Dated this 8th day of December 18—.'
You may regard the above document in the light of a deadly and destructive missile, thrown by an unperceived enemy into a peaceful citadel, attracting no particular notice from
the innocent, unsuspecting inhabitants-amongst whom, nevertheless, it presently explodes, and all is terror, death, and ruin.
HYMNS OF A HERMIT.
O'ER throngs of men around I cast mine eyes,
Here busy dwarfs gigantic shadows chase,
There lives, like glittering bubbles mount the sky,
And burst and vanish in the moon's clear gaze:
Or torn by passion, swoln with falsest pride,
Alone it loves to bleed and groan apart,
And scorn the crowd who stir the seething mart,
And yet, O God! within each darken'd soul
Is life akin to thy creation's whole,
That needs but will to see, and straight would find
In all things round one sacred Power would know,
A truth too vast for spirits lost in sloth,
By self-indulgence marr'd of nobler growth,
Oh! grant the crowds of earth may read thy plan, And strive to reach the hope design'd for man; Though now, shorn, stunted, twisted, wither'd, spent, We dare not dream how high thy love's intent.
Oh, God! 'twere more than life to mouldering dust, The hour that kindled men to thoughtful trustThat taught our hearts to seek thy righteous will, And so with love thy wisdom's task fulfil.
Redeem'd from fear, and wash'd from lustful blot,
THE stream of life from fountains flows,
But straight below the torrent's leap,
And waves that thunder'd down the steep
And 'mid the pool, disturb'd yet clear,
A living picture, smooth and true,
The lake of fresh and silver dew
That paints and drinks the stormy shower.
So Thought, with crystal mirror, shows
Do Thou, who pourest forth our days,
ETERNAL MIND! Creation's Light and Lord!
The darken'd world and soul are bright with day.
In storm, and flood, and all decays of time,
The headlong cataract and tempest's roar,
But most, O God! the inward eyes of thought
And hearts whose peace by shame and grief was bought,
For still on earthly pain's tormented ground
Fair sight it is, and med'cinal for man,
This to have known, my soul be thankful thou!-
WHEN up to nightly skies we gaze,
But could we rise to moon or sun,
'Tis vain to dream those tracts of space,
This earth, with all its dust and tears,
The rock, the wave, the little flower,
And is this all that man can claim?
To be like all things round-no more
Can man, no more than beast, aspire
Not this our doom, thou God benign!
We view those halls of painted air,
Is he whose thoughts to thine accord.