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Yet he cannot be said to have fallen prematurely whose work was done ; nor ought he to be lamented, who died so full of honours, and at the height of human fame. The most triumphant death is that of the martyr; the most awful, that of the martyred patriot; the most splendid that of the hero in the hour of victory: and if the chariot and the horses of fire had been vonchsafed for Nelson's translation, he could scarcely have departed in a brighter blaze of glory. He has left as a name which is our pride, and an example which will continue to be our shield and our strength. Thus it is that the spirits of the great and the wise continue to live and to act after them.
Southey's Life of Nelson. Day. Births.
XII. G. Ernest Stahl, 1660, Anspach. Ambrose of Portico, 1439.
Dr. Caleb Hillier Parry, 1755, Agen on the Garonne.
Dr. Laurent Joubert, 1583. d.
Montpellier. The death of Nelson was felt John Wigand, 1587. d. Saxony. in England as something more Anthony Montchrestien, 1621. than a public calamity: men
slain near Falaise. started at the intelligence, and Henry Lawes, 1662. Abbey. turned pale; as if they had Edmund Waller, 1687. Beaheard of the loss of a dear friend. consfield, near Windsor. An object of our admiration and James Gronovius, 1716. Leyden. affection, of our pride and of Dr. Tobias Smollett, 1771. Lego our hopes, was suddenly taken horn. from us; and it seemed as if William Clarke, 1771. Amport. we had never, till then, known Samuel Foote, 1777. d. Dorer. how deeply we loved and re. (London.) verenced him. Southey. Alexander Runciman, 1785.
Dr. Anthony Petit, 1794. died,
Olivet, near Orleans.
Marshal (Frederic) Cavendish,
1803. d. Twickenham. Si. Ursula, Patroness of the Col
Admiral (Horatio) Nelson, lege of the Sorbonne, and her Coinpanions, Virgins, Mar
1805. killed, Trafalgar Bay. tyrs in the Netherlands, 453.
(Cathedral of St. Paul.) St. Fintan (Munnu, or Mun
dus), Abbot in Ireland, 634. The victory of Trafalgar was celebrated, indeed, with the usual forms of re. joicing, but they were without joy; for such already was the glory of the British navy, through Nelson's surpassing genius, that it scarcely seemed to receive any additions from the most signal victory that ever was achieved upon the seas.
And then at last our bliss
But now begins; for from this happy day
Not half so far casts his usurped sway,
The siege of Antioch is opened by the Crusaders.-See 3d June. Bald. win founded the principality of Edessa, in that year, A. D. 1097.
Margery Jourdemain, the witch of Eye, is condemned to be burnt for furnishing love-potions to Eleanor Cobham, wife to that Duke of Gloucester so eminent as a patron of science and letters, 1441.--See 2 Henry VI.
Alphonso II. of Portugal recovers from the Moors the fortress of Alcazar-do-Sal, after a great battle, in which William, Earl of Holland, generously assisted with a portion of the feet and forces bound for the Crusade, 1217.-The peace between Austria and the Porte, 1606.
Edward VI. confers knighthood on William Cecil, 1551.
Henry Lawes, originally a choir-boy of Salisbury church, first introduced the Italian style of music in England, ‘ not to scan with Midas' ears, committing short and long. He composed the notes for 'Comus.'
TRAFALGAR. Nelson's character is so entirely appreciated by the English patriot, and his mighty energies as a naval guardian so felicitously blazoned in Mr. Southey's 'Life,' that there is left neither space nor occasion for any but an inspired voice to proclaim them. Another passage may roll up the holyday : “ The people of England grieved that funeral ceremonies, and public monuments, and posthumous rewards, were all which they could now bestow upon him, whom the king, the legislature, and the nation, would have alike delighted to honour; whom every tongue would have blessed ; whose presence in every village through which he might have passed would have awakened the church bells, have given schoolboys a holiday, have drawn children from their sports to gaze upon him, “and old men from the chimney corner' to look upon Nelson ere they died.”
The tremendous hurricane at St. Lucie, 1817. A chart in sections marking the known cavities of the earth, by some Humboldt or Cuvier in geological science, is one of the desiderata perhaps in human philosophy.
The gods have placed labour before virtue; the way to her is at first rough and difficult, but grows more smooth and easy the further you advance in it.--Hesiod.
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Oh Hesper! thou, the favourite light
Or ber who sprang from azure sea;
As yonder moon's more bright than thee!
Who wandering seeks her shepherd swain ;
XI. Frederic Lewis Norden, 1708, Charles Martel, (of France),
A, D. 741. 22.
John Reinhold Forster, 1729, John the Great (of Portugal),
Dirschau in Polish Prussia. 1495.
Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovel,
Dr. Sam. Arnold, 1802. Abbey.
Obits of the Latin Church.
The golden age was before St. Mark, Bishop of Jerusalem, architecture : Arts came in with Martyr, 156.
luxury, and we do not hear of St. Philip, Bp. of Heraclea, and any philosopher, that was either
Companions, Martyrs, 304. a lock-smith or a painter. Who St. Mello (or Melanius), Ist was the wiser man, think
you, Bishop of Rouen, Patron of he that invented a saw, or the
Pontoise (before), 314. other, who, upon seeing a boy St. Donatus, Bp. of Fiesoli in drink water out of the hollow of
Tuscany, (after) 816. his hand, broke his pitcher, thus Sts. Nunilo and Alodia, Vir- checking himself ; • What a fool
gins (Sisters), Martyrs in am I, to trouble myself with suSpain, 851, or 840. perfluities.'
Seneca. Waking, sleeping, eating, drinking, chattring, lying, life went by; While of dying little thinking, down I dropp'd, and here I lie.-Greek Epitaph.
Me serv'd a'prenticeship, who sets yp shop;
The Latin feast of Salome, mother of the apostles James and John.
King James confers a Baronetcy upon Hugh Middleton, 1622.
The interment of Oliver Cromwell, 1658. Evelyn notes, “Saw the superb funeral of the Protector. He was carried from Somerset House in a velvet bed of state drawn by six horses, houssed with the same ; the pall held by his new lords ; Oliver lying in effigy in royal robes, and crowned with a crown, sceptre, and globe, like a king. The pendants and guidons were carried by the officers of the army; the imperial banners, achievements, &c. by the heralds in their coats; a rich caparisoned horse, embroidered all over with gold; a knight of honour armed cap-apie, and after all, his guards, soldiers, and innumerable mourners. In this equipage they proceeded to Westminster : but it was the joyfullest funeral I ever saw, for there were none that cried but dogs, which the soldiers hooted away with a barbarous noise, drinking and taking tobacco in the streets as they went.”
Dean Berkeley to Pope, from Naples, 1717: “ The island Inarime is an epitome of the whole earth, containing, within the compass of eighteen miles, a wonderful variety of hills, vales, ragged rocks, fruitful plains, and barren mountains, all thrown together in a most romantic confusion. The inhabitants of this delicious isle, as they are without riches and honours, so are they without the vices and follies that attend them ; and were they but as much strangers to revenge, as they are to avarice and ambition, they might in fact answer the poetical notions of the golden age. But they have got, as an alloy to their happiness, an ill habit of murdering one another on slight offences.”
A hurricane at Jamaica which destioyed fifty vessels, 1726.
The second month, Brumaire, of the French Republican Calendar began, about the time (to-morrow) when the sun enters Scorpio.
A prodigal fire is only capable of large remains.-Dryden.
So have I seen, upon a Summer's even,
John V. (of Portugal), 1689. Olybrius (Emperor), A.D. 472.
Nicolas of Lyra, 1340. d. Paris.
John Foi Vaillant, 1706.
John Leclair 1764. assassinated,
William Cochran, 1785. Glas.
gou. St. Severin (or Surin), Patron
of Bourdeaux, 5th Century. St. Romanus, Abp. of Rouen, T'he heartiest counsels, and 639.
the greatest union of minds of St. Ignatius, Patriarch of Con- which brave men and women stantinople, 878.
are capable. St. John of Capistran, 1456. Bishop Taylor to a Lady.
I've heard, that souls departed have sometimes