Dorothy Vernon's Steps.
In listening to this story, I could but think how "Love will find the way" in every age and land. He is a wonderful god; his kingdom reaches to the farthest boundaries of humanity; his altar rises in every heart; his litanies are chanted in every tongue; and his sacrifices, ah! where are they not found! His magic power transmutes every substance; glorifies every thought; deifies the loved one; and, when his potency is absolutely felt, it is as hopeless to resist him as to eliminate the sun from the universe by a breath, or to destroy the pyramids by a stroke of the hand. How perfect would his sovereignty be, were it always changeless and immortal! But, alas! how seldom do lovers see the realization of their beautiful ideal of lifelong constancy, and the fulfillment of their wish to pass hand in . hand into the sunset of life, and to be together when the night shall fall!
Dorothy Vernon's Footbridge.
Great centres of instruction and established armories of intellectual weapons have always had a fascination for scholastic minds, from the classic shades of Heliopolis and Plato's Academy to those of fair Harvard and its New World rivals. Hence, for those who have received a classical education and have adopted a professional or literary, rather than a commercial career, the two old University towns of England have a special charm. Stately in architecture, beautiful in their surroundings, and royally endowed with centuries of precious memories, they often lure American travelers to their precincts at the very outset of an English tour. Even apart from their literary associations, Oxford and Cambridge are impressive in their age and history. It is certain that in the former town King Alfred lived, a thousand years ago, and that before his time it was renowned as the seat of a monastery, founded in the eighth century. William the Conqueror built castles in both places; and at Oxford, which Henry II. made his residence for the greater part of his reign, Richard the Lion-hearted was born. Here, too, the visitor may see a time-worn building, known as the "Crown Inn," where Shakespeare used to spend the night when journeying between Stratford and London.
Jesus College, Oxford.
Gateway To New College, Oxford.
It is, however, the educational prominence of these towns for seven hundred years that explains their present influence over the minds of men. For centuries they held the sacred fire of learning, at which were kindled the individual torches of intelligence throughout the kingdom. Even in Chau-cer's time these Universities were already old, and Erasmus came from Germany four hundred years ago to study in them. Twenty-four colleges are scattered over the ancient town of Oxford, and nearly as many lend dignity to Cambridge, all beautiful with cloistered courtyards, crenelated walls, innumerable gables, and sculptured windows holding multicolored panes of emerald amethyst, and gold. What a historic background these old colleges possess! Thus, St. Edmund's Hall, at Oxford, dates from 1226; "Balliol," in front of which the reformers Latimer, Ridley, and Cran-mer were burned, was founded in 1263; even the institution known as New College was established as long ago as 1386; Jesus College was founded by Queen Elizabeth; and "Christ Church" was endowed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1525. The origin of these separate corporations was due to a desire to relieve poor scholars from some of the hardships of their life at the University, by providing buildings in which they could reside, in common, at a moderate cost; and at a very early period "hostels" or "halls" were established by wealthy and benevolent persons for this purpose. It gives a human interest to these ancient walls to think of those who have studied in the rooms which they enclose. Thus, Oriel College, founded in 1326, by Edward II., claims among its students Sir Walter Raleigh, Butler (author of the "Analogy"), Dr. Arnold of Rugby, Archbishop Whately, John Henry Newman, Bishop Wilberforce, and Thomas Hughes. Among those who received their education at "Christ Church" were Sir Thomas More, Sir Philip Sidney, John Locke, Ben Jonson, the Duke of Wellington, Canning, Peel, Ruskin, and Gladstone. "Lincoln" claims among her alumni John Wesley, founder of the Methodists; "Magdalen" has graduated Cardinal Wolsey, Bishop Latimer, John Hampden, Addison the essayist, and Gibbon the historian, as well as the novelists Charles Reade and Wilkie Collins; while "Balliol" has upon its books the names of Adam Smith the economist, Sir William Hamilton the metaphysician, Southey, Swinburne, Lockhart, Dean Stanley, Cardinal Manning, and Matthew Arnold.