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'Tis highest Heaven's command,
That guilty aims should sordid paths pursue;
That what ensnares the heart should maim the band,
And Virtue's worthless foes be false to Glory too.
But look on Freedom. See, through every age,
What labours, perils, griefs, hath she disdain'd!
What arms, what regal pride, what priestly rage,
Have her dread offspring conquer'd or sustain'd !




vii. James Perizonius, 1651, Dam, Bishop Cedd, 664. d. Yorkshire. Cal. in Holland.

Ishmael Abulfeda, 1331. Syria. 26.

John Maria Lancisi, 1654, Rome. Peter Ciaconius, 1581. d. Rome.
Christopher, Count of Schwerin, Sir Godfrey Kneller, 1723.
1684, Prussia ?

Westminster Abbey.
John Bowle, 1725, England. Lewis de Sacy, 1727. d. Paris.
Charles Francis Dupuis, 1742, Dr. Philip Doddridge, 1751.

Christian Frederic Schwartz, John Bowle, 1788. d. Idmin-

1726, Sonnenburg
George James Danton, 1759,

Don Miguel (of Portugal),

In the Odyssey, it is no longer the fire which animates the

whole of the Iliad, that height This commercial edifice was built equilaterally, sheltered

of genius which never debases from the north by a rock of itself, that activity which never freestone, and based on a sea reposes, that torrent of passions open to the western gale. Li- which hurries us away, that berty supporting a balance and crowd of fictions, happy and the sword, sat in the portal, with probable ; but as the ocean at the cross-keys’ at her feet.

the moment of its reflux, and when it leaves its shores, is

still the ocean, the old age of Obits of the Latin Church.

which I speak is still the old St. Evaristus, Pope, Mart. 112. age of Homer.- Longinus. Sts. Lucian and Marcian, Mar

tyrs at Nicomedia, 250. He went into Asia, a province abounding with riches and pleasures, where he left behind him no traces either of avarice or luxury. He behaved in such a manner in this important war, that he did many great actions without the general, the general none without him.

Cicero pro Murena. ------ 706 ----

“Take thine eyes off the bridge,” said he, "and tell me if thon yet seest any thing thou dost not comprehend." Upon looking up, " What mean,” said I, “ those great flights of birds that are perpetually hovering about the bridge, and settling upon it from time to time? I see vultures, harpies, ravens, cormorants, and among many other feathered creatures, several little winged boys that perch in great numbers upon the middle arches.” These," said the genius, “ are Envy, Avarice, Superstition, Despair, Love, with the like cares and passions that infest human life." I here fetched a deep sigh, “ Alas," said I, “man was made in vain! how is he given away to misery and mortality! tortured in life, and swallowed up in death!”

Vision of Mirza.


A VIOLENT frost begins, which continued during five months, A. D. 763. The foundations of Bagdad, on the Tigris, (near the 'Bag,' or garden, of Dad'a Christian hermit) were laid by the Caliph Almansor the year previously, Era of the Hegira, 145.

Donna Maria Pacheco (the widow of Padilla) retires into the citadel of Toledo, which she defends for four months against the royalists, 1522.

The private Theatre, or stage-room (domus scenica), at Blackfriars, then converted into a Catholic Chapel, fell during the sermon, by which eighty-one persons were slain, Sunday (5th November, N. S.), 1623. It appears to have been an upper room in Lord Hunsdon's the Chamberlain's House 'appropriated for the French Ambassador. This was the ' eyry' so humorously alluded to in Hamlet,” by the players.

Algernon Sidney writes, N. S. 1660 : I did positively oppose Cromwell, Bradshaw, and others who would have the trial to go on, and drew my reasons from these two points: first, the king could be tried by no court; and secondly, that no man could be tried by that court. This being alleged in vain, and Cromwell using these formal words, • I tell you we will cut off his head with the crown upon it ;' I replied : ' You may take your own course, I cannot stop you, but I will keep myself clean from having any hand in this business,' immediately went out of the room, and never returned.”—Marlborough takes Kinsale by storm, 1690.

Helen and Judith, the united twin sisters, exhibited near Charingcross in 1708, first saw the light on this day at Tzoni in Hungary, 1701. They were well shaped and intelligent with a musical genius, and died, 1723.

The French Convention resign, 1795. Hanover made a kingdom, 1814.

To all the arts and sciences nothing can be more hostile than the romantic or barbaresque taste; for this distorts nature itself, which is the universal prototype of the noble and the beautiful: and hence it is that the Spanish nation bas shown little feeling for the fine arts or the sciences.


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And first, within the porch and jaws of hell,
Sat deep Remorse of Conscience,' all besprent
With tears; and to herself oft would she tell
Her wretchedness, continually in fear,
Tossed and tormented with the tedious thought
Of those detested crimes which she had wrought:
With dreadful cheer, and looks thrown to the sky,
Wishing for death, and yet she could not die.

Mirrour for Magistrates.





Hester Chapone, 1727, Twywell. Marcus Brutus, B. C. 42. k. Cal.

Captain (James) Cook, 1728, (se) Philippi. 27.

Marton in Yorkshire. Eugenius II.(Pope), A.D.827. Admiral Rich. Strachan, 1760. Albert II. (Emperor), 1439.

Michael Servetus, 1553. burned,

Geneva. “I am sensible that secresy is Sir Ralph Winwood, 1617. St. not the characteristic virtue of

Bartholomew Parra. my sex: but surely our natural Giles-Personne, Sieur de Roberweakness may be strengthened

val, 1675. by a virtuous education, and by Abbé de Rancé, 1700. La honourable connexions; and

Trappe. Portia can boast that she is the Dr. Henry Hunter, 1802. d. daughter of Cato, and the wife

Bristol Hot-Wells. (Bunhill of Brutus. Yet even in these

Fields.) distinctions I placed no absolute Walter Blake Kirwan, 1805, d. confidence till I tried and found

Mount Pleasant, near Dublin. that I was proof against pain.” Andrew Thouin, 18:24.

Obits of the Latin Church. For the good of the commu

nity, Brutus, though an enemy St. Frumentius, Bishop and to Pompey, became his friend ;

Apostle of Ethiopia, 4th Cent. and though a friend to Cæsar, St. Elesbaan, King of Ethiopia, he became his enemy. His en(after) 527.

mity and his friendship arose St. Abban, Abbot in Ireland, from the same principle, which 6th Century.

was justice.- Plutarch.

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Oor legions are brim-full, our cause is ripe.
There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows, and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat;
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures. ---Brutus to Cassius.


Philippi. There were just twenty days between the deaths of Cassius the last of the Romans” and his friend Brutus in the two great battles at Philippi, B. C. 42.- See 7th October. This eventful day threw into the hands of two autocratical magistrates, of no tried reputation, and rivals by nature, the universal rule with the liberties of their country.

Valerian is elected in full senate to the restored Censorship, an office which had dropt with the life of Titus from the modesty of his successors, A. D. 251. The Roman virtue stood below correction.

Cuba is discovered by Columbus. He landed the next day, 1492. Queen Catharine is first formally visited by the two Legates, 1528.

Elizabeth excludes the Earls of Leicester and Pembroke from the Presence-chamber for furthering an intended proposition of the parliament respecting the succession without her majesty's allowance, 1566.

The two protestants Briquemaut and Cavannes, who were falsely accused of the Coligny conspiracy, are destroyed with their children, 1572.

An act for punishment of rogues, vagabonds, and sturdy beggars, passed in 1597 (repealed 12th Anne), including common players of interludes and minstrels wandering abroad (other than those properly authorized), is continued in force, 1601; excepting a provision therein respecting John Dutton, of Dutton in Chester, Esquire, who claimed the jurisdiction of licensing of minstrels,' unless he made certificate of such authority under some royal charter, or by prescription.

Banbury Castle surrenders, 1642. The second Newbury, 1644.

The capitulation of Limerick; but the gallant O'Nial is spared against the voice of the merciless Ireton, 1651.-See 25th November.

The Czar Peter's famous letter to Aleris his wretched son, 1715.
Treaty by France and Spain for the partition of Portugal, 1807.

I am a man, and conseqnently must die: to whom shall I leave the care of finishing what, by God's grace, I have begun, and of preserving what I have in part recovered ? To a son who, like that slothful servant in the gospel, baries his talent in the earth, and neglects to improve what God has committed to his trust ?

Peter the Great.

He seems, indeed, to be the model of that perfect character which, under the denomination of a sage or wise man, philosophers have been fond of delineating, rather as a fiction of their imagination than in hopes of ever seeing it really existing: so happily were all his virtues tempered together; so justly were they blended; and so powerfully did each prevent the other from exceeding its proper boundaries. Nature, as if desirous that so bright a production of her skill should be set in the fairest light, had bestowed on him every bodily accomplishment, vigour of limbs, dignity of shape and air, with a pleasing, engaging, and open countenance.

Hume's History.




V. Desiderius Erasmus, 1467, Rot- Maxentius (Emperor), A. D. Cal. terdam.

312. drowned, Tyber. 28.

Luigi Alamanni, 1495, Florence. Alfred the Great (of England),
St. Stanislas Kostka, 1550, Cas.

900. Winchester.
tle of Rostkou.

George Earl of Huntly, 1562.
Dr. Nicholas Brady, 1659, Cork. suffocated, Corrichie.
James Mathon de la Cour, 1712, Aldus Manutius, 1597. d. Rome.

Bishop (John) Hacket, 1670.
Sir David Dalrymple (Lord

Hailes), 1726, N.S. Edinb. Michael le Tellier, 1685. Paris.
John Wilkes, 1727, Clerkenwell. Dr. James Atkins, 1687. Edin-
Emanuel (Marshal) Grouchy, burgh.
1766, Paris.

John Wallis, 1703. Oxford.

John Locke, 1704. Churchyard His time, the day and night, of Oates, Esser. he distributed by the burning of Prince George of Denmark, certain tapers into three equal 1708. Il'estminster Abbey. portions : the one was for devo- Ezekiel Spanheim, 1710. Westtion, the other for public or pri- minster Abbey. vate affairs, the third for bodily Sir Step. Fox, 1716. d. Chiswick. refreshment.


Balthasar Gibert, 1741. died,

Obits of the Latin Church.

Samuel Klingenstierna, 1785.
St. Simon of Galilee, surnamed William Blackburn, 1790. died,

the zealot, Apostle, Martyr in Preston. (Bunhill Fields.)

George Louis Oeder, 1791.
St. Jude, Apostle, M. in Persia. John Smeaton, 1792. Austhorpe.
St. Faro, Bp. of Meaux, 672. Charlotte Smith, 1806, d. Til-

St. Neot of Cornwall,877, or 883. ford in Surrey.
Every man in the midst of his pleasures should remember the Roman execa-

Dr. Swift. ......... 710


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