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This it was which caused the unusual of the nave, which is of Irish oak, was spectacle of rich cavalcades winding their put up in 1493. The cathedral was the lonely way across wide wastes of land to repository of many treasures, and conthe Cathedral of St. David, bearing in tained the tomb of Edward Tudor, father their sumptuous train costly stuffs, and of Henry II, and the splendid effigy of gold and gems, with which to purchase Rhys, first Prince of Wales, besides nuthe favor of heaven, and secure the in

monuments of bishops and tercession of the saint.

princes, but its greatest treasure is the The cathedral occupied the site of an shrine of its founder. The power of its ancient church, said to have been founded bishops for several centuries was little by St. Patrick, in which St. David was less than regal, and its revenues were baptized, and in which his uncle, Gistil- enormous; it included twelve suffragans ianus, was one of the "Episcopi Men- within its pale, and was considered the evenses," or bishops.

chief seat of learning in Wales, if not in It is an imposing structure of many the island. periods, the greater part being of early In the twelfth century, under BernNorman architecture, constructed of ardus, the first Norman bishop, it passed dark purplish stone—now mellowed and into communion with Rome, and into mossgrown with the lapse of ages; the subordination to the See of Canterbury. ceilings and pendants are of fretted tim- Time has since done its devastating work, ber, marvelously wrought.

and ruin of the structure has followed It was several times assailed by Saxon the waning power of the bishopric. and Danish hordes, and its statues and Many of the statues over the arched carven chapels mutilated and ravaged by doorways have fallen down, and the plundering Norsemen, but it was restored storms of centuries have beaten through by Peter de Liea in 1180 to more than the great rose-window of the eastern pristine spleandor, and repaired at a later side, leaving blackened stalls and ruined period by Sir Gilbert Scott, at cost of altars; even the massive buttresses of the more than £39,000 ($175,000). Its di

nave are crumbling away; but the clock mensions are not extreme, being from upon the rood-loft, and the movable pul124 to 290 feet, and its massive square pit-visible through the choir—still retower, 127 feet in height.

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numerous chapels, The lady's chapel, perhaps the most shrines, monuments and effigies, all witsumptuous of them all, was begun by the

nesses of the departed grandeur and munificent prelate, Becke, and completed power of “Ty Dewi,” or “House of in 1293 by Bishop Morgan. In 1328 was David," to which reverent pilgrims still constructed the rood-loft, a series of wend their way, and which is priceless richly carved, pointed arches; and a cen

in its picturesque ruins to the hearts of tury later, numerous stalls and a rear- all true Welshmen. rangement of the choir · were accomplished under Bishop Tully. The episcopal throne—a work of rare beauty and Things are what they are, and the conseelaboration—was presented by Bishop quences will be what they will be. Why, then, Morgan, and the Chapel of the Trinity should we desire to be deceived ?-Bishop begun by him. The magnificent ceiling Butler.

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