Imágenes de páginas
PDF
EPUB

Thou art not form'd of lifeless mould,
With breast inanimate and cold :
To thee the gods a forin complete,
To thee the gods a fair estate
In bounty gave, with art to know
How to enjoy what they bestow.
Can a fond nurse one blessing more
E'en for her favourite boy implore.-Albius.

Acts.

BRUMALIA. This vinal festival of 30 days, commencing with Posideon, and ending at the Solstice, was an institution of Romulus.

Persius. He studied with his friend Lucan under the Stoic Cornutus, whose fostering patronage was requited by a bequest of his library, and 25,000 crowns, which were not accepted. See 4th December.

Eclipse. By the calculations of Hodgson, Halley, Whiston, and Gale Morris, it is demonstrated (says Voltaire) that the great solar eclipse, mentioned by Phlegon and in the Grecian monuments (referred to by Eusebius), as having happened in Ol. 202. 4, took place upon this day in the first year of that Olympiad, A. D.30. Phlegon is made to say that the day was changed to night at the sixth hour (noon), the stars were seen, and an earthquake overthrew several edifices at Niceas, in Bithynia. The natural eclipse ascertained by our mathematicians was visible in that city at a quarter past eight for nearly an hour-seven-eighths of the sun's disk: between Cairo and Jerusalem it was wholly obscured for about two minutes : and at Jerusalem the middle of the eclipse happened an hour and fifteen minutes after noon. That the darkness' which happened at our Saviour's Crucifixion was caused by a supernatural eclipse, rests entirely upon the two letters of Dionysius the Areopagite (an ocular, enlightened, and disinterested witness), which letters, although impugned by Voltaire, are yet considered to be authentic.

The possessions of the Knights Templars in England are appropriated by the crown in obedience to a papal mandate in trust for the knights hospitallers, 1213. That distinguished order was instituted in 1118, and consisted originally of nine poor knights, who for Christ's love protected the avenues of his shrine from infidels and robbers.

Horrox first observes the transit of Venus over the sun's disk, 1639. Gen. Grey and Admiral Jervis receive the freedom of the city, 1807. Lord Wellington establishes his head-quarters at Freynada, 1812.

'Tis holiday; provide me better cheer;
"Tis holiday, and shall be round the year.- Persius.

To me, 0 tby divine infusion grant
That I may sing thy everlasting works,
Thy unexhausted store of providence,
In thought effulgent and resounding verse.
O could I spread the wondrous theme around,
Where the wind cools the oriental world,
To the calm breezes of the Zephyr's breath,
To where the frozen byperborean blasts,
To where th' boist'rous tempest-leading south
From their deep hollow caves send forth their storms.-Glover.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

vii. Cardinal (Jacques Davy) du Lucius III. (Pope), 1185. d. Cal. Perron, 1556, France.

T'erona. 25.

Lopez de la Vega, 1562, Madrid. Andrew Doria, 1560. d. Genoa.
Joseph Louis La Grange, 1736, Richard Crakanthorp, 1624.
Turin.

Black Notley.
Edward Alleyn, 1626. Chapel

of Dulwich College.
I appeal to any man, whether Henry Ireton, 1651.

d. Limerick. the scriptural representation of Dr. Thomas Comber, 1669. things be not very proper and

Stonegrare in Yorkshire. suitable to that great day, where. Nicholas Steno, 1687. Schwerin. in He who made the world shall

Archbishop (John) Tillotson, come to judge it? And whether

1694. d. Lambeth House. the wit of man ever devised any Ismael Bullialdus, 1694. Paris. thing so awful, and so agreeable Dr. Isaac Watts, 1748. died, to the majesty of God, as the

Stoke Newington. solemn judgment of the whole

Tillotson.
world?

Dr. 2. Grey, 1766. d. Ampthill.
Philip Morant, 1770.
Henry Baker, 1774. Strand.

Eusebius Amort, 1775. Bararia,
Obits of the Latin Church.

Francis Bedos de Celles, 1779.

Francis Vivares, 1780.
St. Catharine of Alexandria, Richard Glover, 1785. West-
Virgin, Martyr, 4th Century.

minster.
(See English Church Calen- Don Charles de Maur, 1785.
dar.)

John Henderson, 1785. Abbey. St. Erasmus (or Elme), Bishop John de Saint-Non, 1791. Paris.

in Syria, Martyr, 4th Cent. Joseph Wilton, 1803. London.

Man is naturally a beneficent creature. - Marcus Antoninus.

The description which Virgil makes of the Elysian fields, and the infernal regions, how infinitely do they fall short of the majesty of the Holy Scripture, and the description there made of heaven and hell, and of the 'great and terrible day of the Lord ! so that in comparison they are childish and trifling; and yet perhaps he had the most regular and most governed imagination of any man that ever lived, and observed the greatest decorum in his characters and descriptions. But who can declare the great things of God, but he to whom God shall reveal them?

Tillotson.

Acts.

Upon the twenty-fifth of the Hebrew month Casleu (Apelleus), which corresponds with our Christmas,' was celebrated, during eight days, the feast of dedication of the Temple, repaired and purified by the care of Judas Maccabæus, B. C. 165; being the anniversary of its profanation three years before (foretold in Daniel) by the order of Antiochus Epiphanes.—See 1 Macc. iv. 52. Christ honoured this festival of human institution with his presence.—John x. 22. It was called otherwise the feast of Lights, because every one illuminated his door with candles. The miserable exit of Herod the Great is placed upon the present day.

St. Catharine. A poet's description of the ruthless execution of this fair martyr creates an added 'catholic' sympathy. Her miraculous story is considered to have supplied in England the first religious spectacle. The play was written by Geoffrey, a learned Norman, afterwards Abbot of St. Albans, and represented at Dunstable Priory.

The separate coronation of Elizabeth Plantagenet, the surviving branch of the “ White Rose,” at Westminster, Sunday, 1487. She was dressed in white cloth of gold of damask, with a mantle of the same furred with ermine. “Her fair yellow hair hung down plain behind her back, with a caul of pipes over it.” –Stanislaus resigns the Polish crown, 1795.

The discomfiture of the Scots at Solway Moss, 1542.-See 14th Dec.

Queen Mary is removed from Tutbury to Coventry, consequent to the insurrection of the three northern counties in her cause, 1569.

Jonson's “ Every Man in his Humour” is produced at the Rose, 1596. The Bill is passed imposing a duty upon malt liquors, 1690.

The Vanity of Human Wishes” is purchased by Dodsley for fifteen guineas ; reserving to its author the right of printing one edition, 1748.

The Terms. These the ordinary terms at Westminster are now changed and regulated by an act of parliament recently passed, 1 William IV.

The only riches is a clear, an uncorrupted, an honourable, Independence.

Even the iron-pointed pen,
That notes the tragic dooms of men,
Wet with tears stilld from the eyes
of the flinty destinies,
Would have learn'd a softer style,
And have been asham'd to spoil
His life's sweet story by the haste
Of a cruel stop ill-plac'd.-Crashaw.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

VI.

Melech-Saleh (Sultan), 1249. Prince William, 1120. wrecked, Cal. Sir James Ware, 1604, Dublin. Race of Alderney. 26.

John Christopher Wagenseil, Isabella (of Castile), 1504. d. 1633, Nuremberg.

Medina del Campo in Leon, Dr. William Derham, 1657, Henry Somerset, Earl of WorStoughton near Worcester.

cester, 1549. Ragland. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, Alice Owen, 1613. Islington.

N. S. 1708, Westminster. Bishop (Richard) Kidder, 1703.
William Cowper, N. S. 1731, killed, Wells.
Berkhamstead.

Dr. John Hudson, 1719. Oxford.
Hilkiah Bedford, 1724. London.

Robert Bolton, 1763. Reading. Judges ought, above all, to Jerome David Gaubius, 1780. remember the conclusion of the John Elwes, 1789.d. Marcham.

Roman twelve tables, Salus Dr. Jos. Black, 1799. Edinbro'. populi suprema Ler.'-Bacon. Dr. Thomas Denman, 1815.

Obits of the Latin Church.

When friendships were the

noblest things in the world, St. Peter, Martyr, Bishop of charity was little, like the sun Alexandria, 311.

riven into a chink, or his beams St. Conrad, Bishop of Constance, drawn into the centre of a burn976.

ing glass; but Christianity is St. Nicon (surnamed Metanaite) friendship expanded like the of Pontus, 998.

face of the sun, when it mounts St. Sylvester Gozzolini, Abbot of above the eastern hills. Osimo, d. 1267.

Bishop Taylor.

Beware of sodden change in any great point of diet, and if necessity enforce it, fit the rest to it; for it is a secret both in nature and state, that it safer to change many things than one.

Bacon on Regimen.

As, when in tumults rise th' ignoble crowd,
Mad are their motions, and their tongues are loud;
If then some grave and pious man appear,
They hash their noise, and lend a list'ning ear :
So, when the Father of the flood appears,
And o'er the seas his sov'reign trident rears,
Their fury falls: he skims the liqnid plains,
High in his chariot, and, with loosen'd reins,
Majestic moves along, and awful peace maintains.-Virg. lib. 1.

Acts.

GREGORY NAZIANZEN is installed in the see of Constantinople by the hand of Theodosius upon the removal of Demophilus. The military commission to Sapor, the Emperor's Lieutenant, dated the 10th of January, A. D. 381, perfected the fall of Arianism in the East.

The loss of Henry's legitimate hope upon the Catteraze was an event which plunged the father in an irrecoverable grief, but it was not, from the notorious iniquities of that young prince, the subject of an English sorrow. This the very period of Romance is clogged with its vices.

A Parisian festival in memory of the miracle des Ardens when a gigantic pestilence was stayed by the relics' of St. Genevieve, 1129.

James de Molai, Grand-Master of the templar knights, is conducted before the papal commissioners, charged with heresy, &c. 1308.

The fall of Roger Mortimer by a parliamentary sentence, 1330. Wykeham publishes his charter founding the New College,' 1379. The 4 Cardinal and 3 Christian Virtues are by Jervas and Reynolds.

“Mr. Willm. Shakespeare, his History of King Lear, as it was played before the King's Majesty at Whitehall, upon St. Stephen's night, at Christmas last, by his Majesty's servants playing usually at the Globe on the Bank-side,” is entered, 1607. A fiery meteor appears, 1758.

The College of Physicians at Edinburgh this day is erected, 1681.

The memorable epistle of James II. addressed to the Pope from Dublin, acknowledging his determination to spread the Catholic religion, not only in the three kingdoms but over all our American Colonies, 1689.

The Great Storm.. It happened upon the present night, and is supposed to be the most violent on record since the universal tempest. The Eddystone Light-House was overthrown with its architect, Winstanley, 1703. The acts of the French Republican Æra are first dated, 1793; but a retrospective record was preserved from the foundation, 22 September, 1792.

O Rome, O 'Mother, be thou th' impartial judge
If this be Virtue, which yet wants a name.-Lee's Junius Brutus.

« AnteriorContinuar »