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CHAPTER XXIII. AND LAST.
FINIS CORONAT OPUS.
AST scene of all which ends this strange, eventful history," says the melancholy Jaques--and we shall make bold to borrow the line of him for this occasion only--not that we hope our readers have been melancholy while reading our Heraldic lucubrations, or that our attempt to raise a laugh on the arid soil of the College of Heralds has proved an ignominious failure. We have also the less reluctance to "conveying," as the wise do call it, from Shakespeare, seeing that the divine "Williams" must have known all about the science, from the frequent allusions he makes to it in his plays.
    We have now come to the end of our Heraldic journey; the terminus is in sight, the passengers are collecting their rugs, coats, and umbrellas, previous to getting out of our antiquarian train of thought, and we hope they are satisfied with the trip they have made with us.
    Readers! we must part! It is hard, very hard, as the monkey remarked when they gave him a marble instead of a nut; but the best of friends have to do it, and why should not we? Still, if you have travelled thus far over a rather obscure domain of science, we hope you will have learned a little and have laughed a great deal more, in which case we shall have achieved the aim we had in view in narrating to you "YE COMIC HISTORY OF HERALDRY."


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