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BY SOUTHEY. “Cursed,” say the Rabbies," be he who keepeth a pig, or who teacheth his son Greek!” If Latin had been included in the anathema, many a poor boy in Christian countries might have wished himself a Jew, so that he might have come under the benefit of the saving malediction. The cruelty by which barbarous times are characterized, and which reaches far into more civilized ages, is not more strongly marked in the laws of every European people than in the history of scholastic education. It began in cloisters, and this alone might explain wherefore it was originally conducted upon a principle of severity. The children who were thus brought up were devoted to a religious life; and, whether this were to be secular or monastic, the first thing which the preceptors deemed necessary was to subdue the will, and break the spirit to the yoke of a rigorous discipline. We continually read in our hagiologists of children running to the shrines of the saints, in the hope of there obtaining protection against the cruelty of their masters. A boy in that hope clung to the tomb of St. Adrian, at Canterbury; and the master, disregarding in his anger the sanctity of the spot, chastised him as he clung there: the first

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