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cence, to be dissipated and wasted in the voluptuous pleasures and base gratifications of the court and its followers."

“Here forty abbots have ruled and onc,
Twenty with palle and mitre on,
And bowed them to the Pope alone.
Their hundred monks, in black arrayed,
The Benedictine rules obeyed;
O'er distant lands they held their sway;
Freed from Peter's-pence were they ;
The gift of palle from Pope they claimed,
And cardinal-abbots were they named;
And even old Canterbury's lord
Was long refused the premier board ;
For this was the first British martyr's bier,
And the Pope said ' His priest shall have no peer:'
Now know ye $t. Alban's bones rest here!
Kings and heroes here were guests
In stately halls, at solemn feasts.
But now, nor dais nor halls remain ;
Nor fretted window's gorgeous pane
Twilight illuminated throws,
Where once the high-served banquet rose."—Anne RADCLIFFE.

APPENDIX.*-1. The present roof of the Abbey was erected at the expense of Abbot Whethamstead, after the original, which is said to have been of stone, had been blown down in a tempest. The “Wallingford Screen" was built, in 1480, by the Abbot of that name, at an expense of eleven hundred marks. It reaches from the ground to the eastern window, and for beauty and magnitude is said to surpass everything else of the kind in Europe. It was adorned, in the palmy days of the Abbey, with “a profusion of gold and silver ornaments;" but in its present condition, stripped of all such glittering ornaments, and its elegant simplicity so much more apparent, it is thus “unadorned, adorned the most.”

2. The Abbey Church of St. Albans was “ chiefly erected by Paul, the first Norman Abbot, early in the reign of William Rufus, at which period the


* The woodcut here introduced, shows the north en- through which there is a common passage leading to trance, with part of the interior, of the LADY-CHAPEL, the town, called the ante-chapel.

edifice erected by Offa had become extremely ruinous. The Norman architecture is consequently preserved in the greater part of the building, particularly in the choir, nave, transepts, and great tower; but a very considerable portion has been rebuilt in the various styles of the times when repairs became necessary, the particulars of which may be seen in the lives of the different Abbots. For the purposes of repair, the materials were chiefly furnished by the ruins of Verulam ; among which was a profusion of Roman brick." —Archt. of St. Albans.

3. We are aware of the difference of opinion which once subsisted among writers as to the true era and character of the round and pointed arches which distinguish the Abbey Church. But the round arches which were formerly considered Norman, have been lately, we understand, pronounced Saxon by a distinguished architect, who has bestowed great pains in the investigation; and has at last, it is to be hoped, settled the question

“And proved, when Mercian Offa was anointed,

Arches were broad and round--not lancet-pointed."

4. P. 87.—The epitaph on the two hermits, Roger and Sigarius, states, that thinking themselves unworthy to rest within the church, they chose a restingplace in the wall below. Legendary inscriptions on the clustered pillars are still dimly visible through the modern whitewash.

5. This Abbey Church, venerable alike for its antiquity, and admirable for its design and workmanship,“ possesses all the magnitude and dignity of the largest Cathedral. It is cruciform, measures from east to west, including the Lady Chapel, six hundred and six feet in length; the extreme breadth, at the intersection of the transepts, is two hundred and seventeen feet. The height of the body is sixty-five feet, and that of the tower is one hundred and forty-four feet.”




AUTHORITIES:—M. Paris.—Grafton.—Harding. -Weever.— Willis.— Tyrrell.— Burnet.— Dugdale.— Holinshed.-Speed.—Camden. Archäologia.— New- Visit to St. Albans, January 1842, MS. Notes by an

Clutterbuck.–Topography of Great Britain. Artist, MS. -Guide to St. Albans Abbey.–St. Augustine. The Society of Antiquaries has published very splenRadcliffe's St. Albans Abbey.—Holcroft's Margaret of did illustrative plans, elevations, and sections of the Anjou.- Memoir of Lord Bacon.-Blome's Britannia Abbey Church of St. Albans.

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