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and child, his scarcely half mised hut was haga signified a hedge or any enclosure. pulled down during a heavy rain, and his Hag afterwards signified a bramble, and wife and child left in the lane shelterless. hence, for instance, the blackberry-bush, A second application for a home in the or any other bramble, would be properly workhouse was rejected, with still stronger denominated a hag. Hagbush-lane, thereassurances that he had been illegally fore, may be taken to signify either Hawdisturbed, and with renewed advice to thornbush-lane, Bramble-lane, or Hedgebuild again. The old man has built for bush-lane ; more probably the latter. the third time; and on the site of the Within recent recollection, Whitcombcottage represented in the engraving, street, near Charing-cross, was called erected another, wherein he dwells, and Hedge-lane. sells his small beer to people who choose Supposing the reader to proceed from to sit and drink it on the turf seat against the old man's mud-cottage in a northerly the wall of his cottage; it is chiefly in direction, he will find that the widest request, however, among the brickmakers part of Hagbush-lane reaches, from that in the neighbourhood, and the labourers spot, to the road now cutting from Holon the new road, cutting across Hagbush- loway. Crossing immediately over the lane from Holloway to the Kentish-town road, he comes again into the lane, which road, which will utimately connect the he will there find so narrow as only to Regent's-park and the western suburb, admit convenient passage to a man on with the eastern extremity of this im- horseback. This was the general width mensely growing metropolis. Though im- of the road throughout, and the usual mediately contiguous to Mr. Rath, the land- width of all the English roads made in lord of “Copenhagen-house," he has no ancient times. They did not travel in way assisted in obstructing this poor crea- carriages, or carry their goods in carts, as ture's endeavour to get a morsel of bread. we do, but rode on horseback, and conFor the present he remains unmolested in veyed their wares or merchandise in packhis almost sequestered nook, and the saddles or packages on horses' backs. place and himself are worth seeing, for They likewise conveyed their money in they are perhaps the nearest specimens the same way. In an objection raised in to London, of the old country labourer the reign of Elizabeth to a clause in the and his dwelling.
Hue and Cry bill, then passing through
parliament, it was urged, regarding some From the many intelligent persons a travellers who had been robbed in open stroller may meet among the thirty thou- day within the hundred of Beyntesh, in sand inhabitants of Islington, on his way the county of Berks, that “ they were along Hagbush-lane, he will perhaps clothiers, and yet travailed not withe the not find one
a question great trope of clothiers; they also carried that will occur to him during his walk. their money openlye in wallets upon their “Why is this place called Hagbush- saddles."* The customary width of their lane?” Before giving satisfaction here to roads was either four feet or eight feet. the inquirer, he is informed that, if a Some parts of Hagbush-lane are much Londoner, Hagbush-lane is, or ought to lower than the meadows on each side; be, to him, the most interesting way that and this defect is common to parts of every he can find to walk in ; and presuming ancient way, as might be exemplified, him to be influenced by the feelings and were it necessary, with reasons founded motives that actuate his fellow-citizens to
on their ignorance of every essential conthe improvement and adornment of their nected with the formation, and perhaps city, by the making of a new north road, the use, of a road. he is informed that Hagbush-lane, though It is not intended to point out the tornow wholly disused, and in many parts tuous directions of Hagbush-lane; for the destroyed, was the old, or rather the old chief object of this notice is to excite the est north road, or ancient bridle-way to reader to one of the pleasantest walks he and from London, and the northern parts can imagine, and to tax his ingenuity to of the kingdom.
the discovery of the route the road takes. Now for its name-Hagbush-lane. Hag This, the ancient north road, comes into is the old Saxon word hæg, which became the present north road, in Upper Hol. corrupted into hawgh, and afterwards loway, at the foot of Highgate-hill, and into har, and is the name for the berry of the hawthorn; also the Saxon word
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went in that direction to Hornsey. From proprietor, whether freeholder or lord of the mud-cottage towards London, it pro- a manor, can any person legally dispossess ceeded between Paradise-house, the resi- the public of a single foot of Hagbushdence of Mr. Greig, the engraver, and the lane, or obstruct the passage of any indiAdam and Eve public-house, in the Hol- vidual through it. All the people of loway back-road, and by circuitous wind- London, and indeed all the people of ings approached' London, at the distance England, have a right in this road as a of a few feet on the eastern side of the common highway. Hitherto, among the City Arms public-house, in the City-road, inhabitants of Islington, many of whom and continued towards Old-street, St. are opulent, and all of whom are the Luke's. It no where communicated with local guardians of the public rights in the back-road, leading from Battle-bridge this road, not one has been found with to the top of Highgate-hill, called Maiden. sufficient public virtue, or rather with lane,
enough of common manly spirit, to comHagbush-lane is well known to every pel the restoration of public plunder, and botanizing perambulator on the west side in his own defence, and on the behalf of of London. The wild onion, clowns- the public, arrest the highway robber. wound-wort, wake-robin, and abundance Building, or what may more properly of other simples, lovely in their form, and be termed the tumbling up of tumbleof high medicinal repute in our old herb- down houses, to the north of London, is als and receipt-books, take root, and seed so rapidly increasing, that in a year or and flower here in great variety. How two there will scarcely be a green spot long beneath the tall elms and pollard oaks, for the resort of the inhabitants. Against and the luxuriant beauties on the banks, covering of private ground in this way, the infirm may be suffered to seek health, there is no resistance; but against its evil and the healthy to recreate, who shall say? consequences to health, some remedy Spoilers are abroad.
should be provided by the setting apart Through Hagbush-lane every man has of open spaces for the exercise of walking a right to ride and walk; in Hagbush- in the fresh air. The preservation of lane no one man has even a shadow Hagbush-lane therefore is, in this point of right to an inch as private pro- of view, an object of public importance, perty. It i
a public road, and public Where it has not been thrown into priproperty. The trees, as well as the road, vate fields, from whence, however, it is are public property; and the very form recoverable, it is one of the loveliest of of the road is public property. Yet bar- our green lanes; and though persons from gains and sales have been made, and are the country smile at Londoners when said to be now making, under which the they talk of being “rural" at the distance trees are cut down and sold, and the of a few miles from town, a countryman public road thrown, bit by bit, into pri- would find it difficult to name any lane vate fields as pasture. Under no con- in his own county, more sequestered or of veyance or admission to land by any greater beauty.
WRITTEN IN HAGBUSUI-LANE.
A scene like this,
llad I a cottage here
I have my books
I have old friends,
Make me amends
For coldnesses in men: and so,
And with the living breeze,
Dedicated to B. Ruingurda.
hygrometer and the vane under his daily
notice.” St. Ladislus I., king of Hungary, A. D. 1095. St. John, of Moutier, 6th
FLORAL DIRECTORY. Cent.
Perforated St. John's Wort. Hypericum
Dedicated to St. John, Mr. Howard, in his work on the weather, is of opinion, that farmers and others, who are particularly interested in
June 28. being acquainted with the variations in St. Irenæus, Bp. of Lyons, a. d. 202. St. the weather, derive considerable aid from the use of the barometer. He
Leo II., Pope a.d. 683. Sts. Plutarch
says, fact, much less of valuable fodder is
and others, Martyrs, about A.D. 202.
Sts. Potamiana and Basilides, Martyrs. spoiled by wet now than in the days of our forefathers. But there is yet room
CHRONOLOGY. for improvement in the knowledge of our 1797. George Keate, F.R.S., died, aged farmers on the subject of the atmosphere. sixty-seven. He was born at Trowbridge in It must be a subject of great satisfaction Wilts, educated at Kingston school, called and confidence to the husbandman, to to the bar, abandoned the profession of the know, at the beginning of a summer, by law, amused himself with his pen, and the certain evidence of meteorological re- wrote several works. His chief producsults on record, that the season, in the tion is the account of “Capt. Wilson's ordinary course of things, may be ex- Voyage to the Pelew Islands;" his pected to be a dry and warm one; or to “Sketches from Nature," written in the find, in a certain period of it, that the manner of Sterne, are pleasing and popular. average quantity of rain to be expected for the month has already fallen. On the other hand, when there is reason, from the same source of information, to expect
Blue Cornflower. Centaurea Cyanus.
Dedicated to St. Irenæus. much rain, the man who has courage to begin his operations under an unfavour
Now, able sky, but with good ground to conclude, from the state of his instruments
A hot day. and his collateral knowledge, that a fair Now the rosy- (and lazy-) fingered interval is approaching, may often be Aurora, issuing from her saffron house, profiting by his observations; while his calls up the moist vapours to surround cautious neighbour, who waited for the her, and goes veiled with them as long as weather to settle,' may find that he has she can ; till Phæbus, coming forth in his let the opportunity go by. This supe- power, looks every thing out of the sky, riority, however, is attainable by a very and holds sharp uninterrupted empire moderate share of application to the sub- from his throne of beams. Now the iect; and by the keeping of a plain diary mower begins to make his swecping cuis of the barometer and raingauge with the more slowly, and resorts oftener to the
beer. Now the carter sleeps a-top of his countenances that seem to expostulate load of hay, or plods with double slouch with destiny. Now boys assemble round of shoulder, looking out with eyes wink- the village pump with a ladle to it, and ing under his shading hat, and with a delight to make a forbidden splash and hitch upward of one side of his mouth. get wet through the shoes. Now also Now the little girl at her grandmother's they make suckers of leather, and bathe cottage-door watches the coaches that go all day long in rivers and ponds, and by, with her hand held up over her sunny follow the fish into their cool corners, and forehead. Now labourers look well, rest
say millions of 6
my eyes !” at “ tittleing in their white shirts at the doors of bats.” Now the bee, as he hums along, rural alehouses. Now an elm is fine seems to be talking heavily of the heat. there, with a seat under it; and horses Now doors and brick-walls are burning drink out of the trough, stretching their to the hand; and a walled lane, with yearning necks with loosened collars; dust and broken bottles in it, near a and the traveller calls for his glass of ale, brick-field, is a thing not to be thought having been without one for more than of. Now a green lane, on the contrary, ten minutes; and his horse stands wincing thick-set with hedge-row elms, and havat the flies, giving sharp shivers of his ing the noise of a brook “ rumbling in skin, and moving to and fro his inef- pebble-stone,” is one of the pleasantest fectual docked tail; and now Miss Betly things in the world. Now youths and Wilson, the host's daughter, comes stream- damsels walk through hay-fields by chance; ing forth in a flowered gown and ear- and the latter say, “ ha' done then, Wilrings, carrying with four of her beautiful liam ;” and the overseer in the next field fingers the foaming glass, for which, after calls out to “ let thic thear hay thear the traveller has drank it, she receives bide;" and the girls persist, merely to with an indifferent eye, looking another plague“ such a frumpish old fellow.” way, the lawful two-pence: that is to say, Now, in town, gossips talk more than unless the traveller, nodding his ruddy ever to one another, in rooms, in doorface, pays some gallant compliment to ways, and out of windows, always beginher before he drinks, such as “ I'd rather ning the conversation with saying that the kiss you, my dear, than the tumbler,"— heat is overpowering. Now blinds are or “ I'll wait for you, my love, if you'll let down, and doors thrown open, and marry me;" upon which, if the man is flannel waitcoats left off, and cold meat good-looking and the lady in good-hu- preferred to hot, and wonder expressed mour, she smiles and bites her lips, and why tea continues so refreshing, and peosays “ Ah-men can talk fast enough;” ple delight to sliver lettuces into bowls, upon which the old stage-coachman, who and apprentices water doorways with tinis buckling something near her, before he canisters that lay several atoms of dust. sets off, says in a hoarse voice,“ So can Now the water-cart, jumbling along the women too for that matter," and John middle of the streets, and jolting the Boots grins through his ragged red locks, showers out of its box of water, really and doats on the repartee all the day after. does something. Now boys delight to Now grasshoppers " fry," as Dryden says. have a waterpipe let out, and set it bub. Now cattle stand in water, and ducks are bling away in a tall and frothy volume. envied. Now boots and shoes, and trees Now fruiterers' shops and dairies look by the road side, are thick with dust; pleasant, and ices are the only things to and dogs rolling in it, after issuing out of those who can get them. Now ladies the water, into which they have been loiter in baths; and people make presents thrown to fetch sticks, come scattering of flowers; and wine is put into ice; and horror among the legs of the spectators. the after-dinner lounger recreates his head Now a fellow who finds he has three with applications of perfumed water out miles further to go in a pair of tight shoes, of long-necked bottles. Now the lounger, is in a pretty situation. Now rooms with who cannot resist riding his new horse, the sun upon them become intolerable; feels his boots burn him. Now bucks and the apothecary's apprentice, with a skins are not the lawn of Cos. Now bitterness beyond aloes, thinks of the jockies, walking in great coats to lose pond he used to bathe in at school. Now Alesh, curse inwardly. Now five fat peomen with powdered heads (especially if ple in a stage coach, hate the sixth fat thick) envy those that are unpowdered, one who is coming in, and think he has and stop to wipe them up hill, with no right to be so large. Now clerks in
offices do nothing, but drink soda-water to spread ; and the dragoons wonder wheand spruce-beer, and read the news- ther the Romans liked their helmets; and paper. Now the old clothes-man drops old ladies, with their lappets unpinned, his solitary cry more deeply into the areas walk along in a state of dilapidation; and on the hot and forsaken side of the street; the servant-maids are afraid they look and bakers look vicious; and cooks vulgarly hot; and the author, who has are aggravated : and the steam of a ta- a plate of strawberries brought him, finds vern kitchen catches hold of one like the that he has come to the end of his writbreath of Tartarus. Now delicate skins ing.--Indicator. are beset with gnats; and boys make their sleeping companion start up, with In the “ Miscellanies,” published by playing a burning-glass on his hand ; and the Spalding Society of Antiquaries there blacksmiths are super-carbonated ; and is a poem of high feeling and strong coblers in their stalls almost feel a wish expression against man's cruelty 16 to be transplanted ; and butter is too easy man:"
Why should mans high aspiring mind
Burn in him, with so proud a hreath;
In this world, yields to death
The rich, the poor, and great, and small,
To strew, his quiet hall,
Where gold, and bribery's guilt, prevails;
Kicks oer, the unequal scales.
Of Power,-and, their own weakness hide,
To end the Farce of pride.-
From e'en a giant's sinewy strength,
Gocs, but a pigmy length,
With all its pomp, of hurried flight,
Outmeasured, in its height.
Shall fade, before deaths lightest stroke;
Whose pride, oertopt the oak.
Dispeopled worlds, with wars alarms,
By poor, despised worms.
And awe slaves' murmurs, with a frown;
To sap the Babels down
Will quickly meet, the ground agen:
Shall drop at last, to men ;
Blood purchased Thrones, and banquet Halls.
As hare, as prison walls,