Publications Volume 82, V. 1

Publications Volume 82, V. 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ...and showed hospitality to all in Such education as was then known-and it is the fashion now rather to underrate it--the monks of Kelso cultivated and promoted. They had schools in the town of Roxburgh as early as the reign of William the Lion;' and they furnished instruction within the monastery to a higher class than those who benefited by their burghal schools. In the thirteenth century, the widowed Lady of Molle resigned a part of her dowery lands to the convent, on the condition that they should maintain " her son among the scholars of the best rank in their " poor's house." That the arts were cultivated within the Abbey walls, we may conclude without much extrinsic evidence. The beautiful and somewhat singular architecture of the ruined church itself, still gives proof of taste and skill and some science in the builders, at a period which the confidence of modern times has proclaimed dark and degraded; and if we could call up to the fancy the magnificent Abbey and its interior decorations, to correspond with what remains of that ruined pile, we should nnd works of art that might well exercise the talents of high masters. The erection of such a structure often extended over several hundred years. Kelso bears marks of having been a. full century in building; and during all that time at least, perhaps for long afterwards, the carver of wood, the sculptor in stone and marble, the tile-maker and the lead and iron-worker, the painter, whether of scripture stories or of heraldic blazonings, the designer and the worker in stained glass for those gorgeous windows which we now vainly try to imitatemust each have been put in requisition, and each, in the exercise of his art, contributed to raise the taste more

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