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No more the virgins shall delight to rove
By Sargis' banks, or Irwan's shady grove;
On Tarkie's mountains catch the cooling gale,
Or breathe the sweets of Aly's flowery vale:
Fair scenes ! but, ab! no more with peace possest,
With ease alluring, and with plenty blest!
No more the shepherds' whitening tents appear,
Nor the kind products of a boanteous year.- Eclogues.


ÇArts. A supposed accessary to the murder of the virtuous Probus, his predecessor : be was flattered but feared, and miraculously perished in his bed by a stroke from heaven (or a guilty disease), A. D. 283.

The deposition of the Illyrian general Vetranio, who had assumed the western throne of Constans, in opposition to his murderer, Magnentius, A.D. 350. That tyrant fell by the power of Constantius, who thus became like his father sole Emperor, 10th August, A. D. 353.

Clovis. The solemn baptism or spiritual coronation of Clovis in the cathedral of Rheims was a glorious day among the Franks, A. D. 496. The Letter of his primate and counsellor Saint Remi is perhaps unrivalled for its Christian wisdom, and stands an imperishable rule for governors and princes worthy of the Apostolic age, and adapted for every clime.

CHARLEMAINE. Charles Augustus is anointed pacific Emperor of the West at St. Peter's, arrayed in the Patrician robes, A. D. 800. It was the commencement of a new Roman æra, dissolved by the rod of Napoleon, after recording its millennium. It flatters an Englishman to identify an illustrious Yorkshire scholar as the favourite preceptor of the great Charles. Alcuin survived the inauguration about three years.

The elevation of Michael the Stammerer to the Eastern throne forms a most interesting portion of a loose period. One with “ a dagger at your breast,” who drops through a trap-door, finds no pity, A. D. 820.

St. Edmurd, “a youth of fourteen years, but of great hopes,' is crowned at Bures on the Stour, supposed by Hearne to be Sudbury, A. D.855. That year is most memorable for the eleemosypary grant by King Ethelwolf (weak in the shoulder) and his council of a tenth of all the lands of England, to be held in fee by the clergv. He then made a pilgrimage to Rome with Alfred, his little blessing, who was consecrated there by Leo, the poosiff. The Picts of Scotland were subjugated and united by King Kenneth (son of Alpin), the scourge of England in the year 842. Bred, the last of the Picts, fell at Fortez ist, Kenneth's fature capital.

What have the raragias Otromans dose for glory!- locking.-Toltaire.

Happy insect! happy thou !
Dost neither age nor winter know;
But when thou'st drunk, and danc'd, and sung
Thy fill, the flowery leaves among
(Voluptuous, and wise withal,
Epicurean animal!)
Sated with thy summer feast,
Thou retir'st to endless rest.


The coronation of Charles the second Emperor, called the Bald, of France, A. D. 875. Charles the Fat was inaugurated Emperor at St. Peter's, same day, A. D. 881. The former dropped by poison, and the latter was chased from his throne. How well had Consuls perished !

Constantine Ducas was succeeded by the usurper, Romanus Diogenes, who married his widow Eudoxia. He nobly withstood the power of the Turks, and upon his release from captivity was destroyed by a wavering people, to make way for the race of Ducas, August, A. D. 1071.

An earthquake in England, about the time of the building of Newcastle by Robert the Norman (the Saxon Monk-cester), A. D. 1081,

The inauguration and election of William the Conqueror in Westminster Abbey, 1066. The “ Curfew,” which he established here, is a curious institution, leading us to the origin of • Bells,' and the first making of fire' by Prometheus. That year is the date of the Tower of London.

The settlement of the English Crown upon Maud (originally Adela), daughter of the first Henry, a descendant of the great Egbert, and the mother of King Henry II. by Geoffrey, the first Plantagenet, 1126.

Roger, Duke of Apulia, called the great count, the nephew of Robert Guiscard, is crowned first King of Sicily, at Palermo, A. D. 1130.

Philip Augustus reaches Fontainebleau from Palestine, 1191. It was upon this festival that Richard entertained the expedition at Messina. Humbert, Count of Dauphiny, who voluntarily ceded his inheritance as an act of atonement to the French Empire in 1343, was anointed upon this day of the order of Dominicans, with a Patriarchal title, 1351.

The execution at Nantes of the famous Gilles de Rets, the “ Blue Beard" of Perrault for his horrible crimes, 1440. The ruins of his Castle' (La Verrière) stand on the banks of the Erdre in the Lower Loire. .

Birth of Isaac Newton, a character which neither praise can multiply, nor the keenest inspection draw from its prismatic lustre, 1642.

Man for thee does sow and plough;
Farmer he, and landlord thou !--- The Grasshopper.

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Himself in some diviner mood,
Retiring, sat with her alone,
And plac'd her on his sapphire throne;
The whiles, the vaulted shrine around,
Seraphic wires were heard to sound,
Now sublimest triumph swelling,
Now on love and mercy dwelling,
And she, from out the veiling cloud,
Breath'd her magic notes aloud.- Enthusiasm.


Sir William Hollis, formerly Mayor of London, gave and bequeathed unto the Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Coventry and to the commons of the same £200. sterling, to the intent and purpose thereafter enjoined, that is to say, to make a new Cross within the City, 1541. This beautiful Gothic structure was completed in 1544. The apex contained a figure of “ Justice ;” and among the Saints we find a statue of “ King John.

A flood at Bremen swept off several hundred persons, 1617.
Fountainhall: the Edinburgh Collegians burn the Pope in effigy.

From the 29th of Juve, 1698, to the 25th of December, 1707, 6,750 Negroes in forty-nine vessels were imported into Antigua, and at Montserrat, 1,604 in eighteen vessels. The population stood :--Antigua, 2,892 whites ; 12,892 negroes :—Montserrat, 1,545 whites ; 3,570 negroes.

A great dearth in France during a very severe frost, 1709.
An Iris Lunaris is seen at Glapwell Hall in Derbyshire, 1710.
The peace of Dresden between Prussia, Austria, and Poland, 1745.
Gibbon accepts the Protestant communion at Lausanne, 1754.
Captain Cook names the uninhabited Island of Christmas,1777.
An earthquake at the Grecian Mistrà, near to Sparta, 0. S. 1820.

A hurricane in Iceland, which overthrew the churches, 1822. The new volcano, Oefields-Jökkelen, spouted burning stones and ashes.

To the strange and wondrous bird Halcyon we offer a kindly welcome. Aristotle tells us that it is of the bigness of the sparrow, with a variegated mixture of colours, azure, green, and purple, and that unlike most other birds, it only impregnates in the winter. Hence, when that season is husht and tranquil the days are called “halcyon.' He observes also that she builds her nest in the first seven days (before the tropic), and the postsolstitial week is occupied in production and noursling her brood.

The great angel " St. Michaelis a representative of the Church. That word means who is like God? The holy tribes are archangels, cherubim, powers, princes, thrones, angels, seraphim, dominations, virtues.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

Accomplish'd thus, he wing'd his way,
And zealous rov'd from pole to pole,
The rolls of light eternal to display
And warm with patriot thoughts the aspiring soul.
On desert isles it was he that rais'd
Those spires that gild the Adriatic wave,
Where Tyranny beheld amaz'd
Fair Freedom's Temple, where he mark'd her grave.




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Sprendlingen, near Franckfort. Admiral Beaumont, dr. 1703. Thomas Gray, 1716, No. 41, Honoré Tournely, 1729. Cornhill, London.

Anthony Houdart de la Motte, Dr. Geo. Butt, 1741, Lichfield. 1731. d. Paris.

Everard Titon de Tillet, 1762.

Dr. John Fothergill, 1780. The Indians, Persians, Goths,

Winchmore-hill. and Egyptians, philosophize, Hen. Home, Lord Kames, 1782. and firmly believe the immor-John Wilkes, 1797. Grosvenor tality of the soul and future re

Chapel, Westminster. compenses, which, before the Mary Robinson, 1800. Windsor. resurrection, the greatest philo-Joel Barlow, 1812. d. Poland. sophers had denied, or doubted of, or perplexed with their disputes.---Jerome.

If the Greek philosophy be prohibited, it immediately ra.

nishes ; whereas, from the first Obits of the Latin Church.

preaching of our doctrine, kings St. Stephen, the first Martyr.

and tyrants, governors and preSt. Dionysius, Pope, d. 269.

sidents, with their whole train, St. Comman, Abbot, Founder and with the populace on their of the Church of Roscommon.

side, have endeavoured with St. Jarlath of Connaught, ist their whole might to exterminate Bishop of Tuam, about 540. it; yet doth it flourish more and

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Thou shalt have no other gods before me.-Decalogue.

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When lovely woman stoops to folly,

And finds too late that men betray,
What charm can soothe her melancholy,

What art can wash her guilt away?
The only art her guilt to cover,

To bide her shame from ev'ry eye,
To give repentance to her lover,

And wring his bosom-is, to die.


Saint STEPHEN. This the great Proto-martyr sealed his brief mission in the year of the Crucifixion at Jerusalem. The day of deliverance is the completion (when it may come) of a long age of exile and adversity. There is not the slightest curvature in rectitude that stands unavenged, were our eyes but retined enough to watch the mildew as it falls. How heavy then the retribution for innocent blood, and how protracted without some manifold repentance! The first step in sin is ever but a prologue.

John Baliol performs homoge to King Edward at Newcastle, 1292. Charles V. raises the siege of Metz, with a loss of 30,000 men, 1552. The Pretender lands at Peterhead (or Montrose) in Scotland, 1745.

Everard Titon, in his plan of the Purnassus to the honour of Louis XIV, introduced the principal French poets of that day, Corneille, Moliere, Racan, Segrais, Fontaine, Chapelle, Racine, and Boileau, with Lully the musician, as the nine · Muses.' Louis was their Apollo.

The peace of Presburg is signed between France and Austria, 1805. The ancient republic of Venice was annexed to Napoleon's kingdom of Italy. By the treaty the Emperor is supposed to have lost in subjects 2,700,000 souls, and a revenue of sixteen million forins.

Henry IV. of France is stabbed by John Chastel at the Louvre, 1594.

The representation of Shakspeare's surpassing Tragedy of “ King Lear” at Whitehall, upon this St. Stephen's night, 1606.

Dr. Campion's ‘ Masque' is performed at Whitehall, to commemorate the celebrated nuptials of Lady Frances Howard with Car, the Earl of Somerset, 1613. The nonce of this affair has been sufficiently blown, while Donne's • Eclogue' lives against him like a 'statue of ice,' in the form of a profligate renegade. But mark the 'fate' of all the persons interested in this tragi-comedy, princes, ay and pimps, not a name (save one heart) that is not rotten. The Stuarts, to say the best, were unhappy.

Lord Byron defeats the Parliamentary forces at Middlewick, 1643. Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness (of any thing) that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : thou shall not bow down thyself to them, por serve them.-Decalogue.

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