Notice of a tessellated pavement discovered in the churchyard, Caerleon, by O. Morgan, together with An essay on mazes and labyrinths, by E. Trollope, with notes by A. Way, Tom 8

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Strona 18 - Awake, my St. John! leave all meaner things To low ambition, and the pride of kings. Let us (since life can little more supply Than just to look about us and to die) Expatiate free o'er all this scene of man; A mighty maze! but not without a plan; A wild, where weeds and flowers promiscuous shoot; Or garden tempting with forbidden fruit.
Strona 16 - The ox hath therefore stretched his yoke in vain, The ploughman lost his sweat, and the green corn Hath rotted ere his youth attained a beard ; The fold stands empty in the drowned field, And crows are fatted with the murrain flock. The nine men's morris is filled up with mud ; And the quaint mazes on the wanton green, For lack of tread, are undistinguishable.
Strona 15 - DORSET very limited spaces, at once negatives the idea that any of them could have been originally the handywork of some local shepherd. Denying, therefore, their pastoral, as well as their presumed Roman origin, it now remains to be suggested, by whom they were created, for what purpose, and at what period. So far, I believe questions on these points would have been asked in vain, but France has lately presented a clue by which we may be guided to the solution of some of the difficulties connected...
Strona 8 - Litteraire de 1'Italie," this rule regarding the emperor's dress is given, — " Habeat et in diarodino laberinthum fabrefactum ex auro et margaritis, in quo sit Minotaurus digitum ad os tenens ex smaragdo factus ; quia sicut non valet quis laberinthum scrutare, ita non debet consilium dominatoris propalare.
Strona 19 - ... are separated from each other by little trenches nine inches wide. The diameter of the circle is 50 feet, and the outer margin is on a level with the surrounding ground, but the area of the maze gradually sinks towards its centre. Mr. Wright, in a note in his History of Essex, vol. ii. p. 124, states that " it has been a custom from time immemorial among the villagers, to hold a feast at this spot every three years about the time of Easter. It would seem most probable that such works originally...
Strona 15 - Suspicions, miratur inextricabile textum ; Sive illic Lemurum populus sub nocte choreas Plauserit exiguas, viridesque attriverit herbas ; Sive olim pastor fidos descripserit ignes, Verbaque difficili composta reliquerit orbe, Confusasque notas, impressaque cespite vota. It will be remarked that there is a very strong degree of similarity between the six circular designs given, of which, however, one is cut on marble in an Italian cathedral, and the other five are cut in turf on the green-sward of...
Strona 20 - Pliny, speaking of the great extent and intricacy of the Cretan labyrinth, observes (as translated by Holland), " neither must we thinke that these turnings and returnings were after the manner of mazes which are drawne upon the pavement and plaine floore of a field (ut in pavimentis puerumve ludicris...
Strona 14 - Essex ; Winchester, Hants; West Ashton, Wilts ; on the Cotswold Hills, Gloucestershire ; at Pimpern, and at Leigh in Yetminster, Dorset. The latter is called the " Miz-Maze." I will now refer more particularly to some of these. The first which I shall notice is the maze that formerly existed in Yorkshire on Ripon Common: it was ploughed up in 1827, but its plan having been fortunately preserved by Mr.
Strona 7 - Et nunc terga fuga nudant ; nunc spicula vertunt Infensi; facta pariter nunc pace feruntur. Ut quondam Creta fertur labyrinthus in alta Parietibus textum caecis iter, ancipitemque Mille viis habuisse dolum , qua signa sequendi Falleret indeprensus et irremeabilis error.
Strona 19 - Britain mosaic mazes are exceptional and late, but turf-cut mazes fairly common and early. They are mostly situated close to a church or chapel, so that not impossibly they served a penitential purpose. . . . Aubrey states that before the Civil War there were many mazes in England, and that the young people used on festivals to dance upon them, or, as the term was, to tread them.

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