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Old Chaucer, like the Morning Star,
To us discovers day from far,
His light those mists and clouds dissolv'd,
Which our dark nation long involv'd;
But be descending to the shades,
Darkness again the age invades.
Next (like Aurora) Spenser rose,
Whose purple blush the day foreshows;
The other three, with his own fires,
Phæbus, the poet's god, inspires.- Denham.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

VI. John Kepler, 1571, Wiel, near Saint John, the Evangelist, Cal. Wirtemberg.

A. D. 100. Ephesus. 27.

James Bernouilli, 1654, Basil. Peter de Ronsard, 1585. St.
Bishop (Chas.) Trimnell, 1663, Cosme Priory, near Tours.
Ripton-Abhots.

Thomas Cartwright, 1603. War-
Dr. Conyers Middleton, 1683, wick Hospital.

Richmond in Yorkshire, Capt. John Davis, 1605, killed, Pius VI. John Angelo Bruschi near Malacca.

(Pope), 1717, Cesena. Samuel Clarke, 1669. Oiford ? Arthur Murphy, 1727, Clooni- Dr. Peter Halle, 1689. d. Paris.

quin in Roscommon, Ireland. Law. Nattier, 1763. Petersburg. Ludwig Beethoven, 1770, Bonn. Henry Pitot, 1771. d. Aramont.

Prince Lee Boo (of Pelew), Well (said I, rolling up the 1784. Rotherhithe Churchscroll), the people will now be yard ! happy, which they should have Dr. John Monro, 1791. d. Hadbeen a century ago. Who would ley, near Barnet. have supposed two hearts living Dr. Hugh Blair, 1800. Edinbro'. in one house, and for all that Miss Joanna Southcott, 1814. time eating the same mutton, John Keats, 1820. d. Rome, without exchanging compliments.-Murphy.

Commerce has therefore its

bounds; and every new import, Obits of the Latin Church. instead of receiving encourageSt. John of Galilee, Apostle,

ment, should be first examined St. Theodorus Grapt, d. Apa- whether it be conducive to the mea, in Syria, about 840.

interest of society.—The Bee.

Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.-Decalogue.

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The world is still deceiv'd with ornament.
In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt,
But, being season'd with a gracious voice,
Obscures the show of evil? In religion,
What damnd error, but some sober brow
Will bless it, and approve it with a text,
Hiding the grossness with fair ornament?

acts.

ANCIENT DRAMA. A list in chronological order of the recorded satirical dramatists of Greece will but shadow the palmy state of the liberty men.' The three habits of “ Comedyare denoted by the manners, or those laws' (of course evaded by refinement) which restrained the license of some particular mode of scenic abuse.

Old Comedy. Its father is EPICHARMUS of Sicily, the Pythagorean. The next in sequence are Phormis, a contemporary, Dinolochus, Euetes, Euxenides, Mylus, Chionides, Magnes, Cratinus, Crates, Ecphantides, Pisander, Epilycus, Callias, Hermippus, Myrtilus, Lysimachus, Hegemon, Sophron, Phrynichus, Lycis, Leucon, Lysippus, Eupolis, ArisTOPHANES, Aristomenes, Ameipsias, Teleclides, Pherecrates, Plato, Diocles, Sannyrio, Philyllius, Hipparchus, Archippus, Polyzelus, Philonides, Xenophon, Arcesilaus, Autocrates, Eunicus, Apollophanes, Nicomachus, Cephisodorus, Metagenes, Nicophon, Cantharus, Nicochares, Strattis, Alcæus, Xenarchus, and Theopompus.

Middle Comedy. Eubulus we find exhibiting, B.C. 375, Araros, Antiphanes, Anaxandrides, Calliades, Nicostratus (or Philetærus), Philippus, Anaxilas, Ophelion, Callicrates, Heraclides, Alexis, Amphis, Axionicus, Cratinus, Eriphus, the plagiary, Epicrates, Stephanus (B. C. 332), Strato, Aristophon, Euphron, Sotades, Augeas, Ephippus, Heniochus, Epigenes, Mnesimachus, Timotheus, Sophilus, Antidotus, Nau(si)crates, Xenarchus, and the valued Dromo.

New Comedy. Aristotle blends with it the preceding class. Philippides, who takes the lead, flourished B.C.335, Philemon, MENANDER, Apollodorus Geloüs, Diphilus, Dionysius of Sinope, Timocles, Theophilus, Sosippus, Anaxippus, Demetrius, Archedicus, Sopater, Damox. enus, Hegesippus (or Crobylus), Philemon, Plato junior, Theognetus, Bathon, Diodorus of Sinope, and Posidippus. Comedy then passed into Roman hands, Livius Andronicus, Nevius, Ennius, Pacuvius, Cecilius, Accius, Plautus, and Terence, of all the most refined.

The millennial voice shuts the page of folly, blood, and superstition.

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it boly.-Decalogue.
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Ne was there none of the muses nine,
But at this wedding, plainly for to tell,
Was Cerberus, chief porter of hell:
And Acheron, father to Hatred,
Was there present with his whole kindred,
His wife also with her brows black,
And her daughters, sorrow for to make,
Hideously cheered, and ugly for to see,
Megara and Tisiphone,
Alecto eke; with cruel Death in his rent weed.–Lydgate's Jocasta.

V.

Day.
Births.

Deaths.
John Dussaulx, 1728, Chartres. Thos. Holand, Earl of Kent,
Cal. Sir James Eyre, 1734, Wilis. 1360.
28.

Peter Sue, 1739, Paris. St. Francis of Sales, 1622.
Philip Francis Fabre d’Eglan- Giovanni Baglione, 1644.
tine, 1755, Carcassone. Sir John Banks, 1664. Orford.

Mary II. (of England) 1694.

d. Kensington.(Westminster.)

Peter Bayle, 1706. Rotterdam A prince of Argos begging

on the Meuse. his bread—The man, lately so

Joseph Piton de Tournefort, celebrated for his great talents,

1708. d. Paris. high birth, and exalted rank,

Admiral Victor Marie d'Estrées, was now reduced to the lowest

1737.d. Paris. state of human wretchedness, an

Dr. John Campbell, 1775. St. object of commiseration to every body who beheld bim. Such of John Logan, 1788. d. London.

George the Martyr, Westm. us who extended the hand to

Dr. C. Burney, 1817. Deptford. him, or consoled him with the

John Thomas Serres, 1825. words of pity for his miserable condition, could not leave him without abundance of tears. I am not of that opinion to

Moschion. conclude a poet's liberty within

the narrow limits of laws, which either the grammarians or phi

losophers prescribe. For before Obits of the Latin Church. they found out those laws, there The Holy Innocents. St. Theo- were many excellent poets that dorus, Abbot of Tabenna, 367. fulfilled them.

Jonson on Sophocles.

Honour thy father and thy mother. -Decalogue.

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Instead of knives we're arm'd with naked swords,
And swallow firebrands in the place of food :
Daggers of Crete are serv'd us for confections,
And for a plate of pease, a fricasee
Of shatter'd spears: the cushions we repose on
Are sbields and breastplates, at our feet a pile
Of slings and arrows, and our foreheads wreath'd
With military ensigns, not with myrtle.-The Bravos.

Acts.

Tragedy. It seems convenient to trace here by a catalogue the pro. gress of the Tragic muse of Greece. Thespis, the inventor, first exhibited in his waggon, B.C. 535. The successive race are Chærilus, Phrynicus (son of Phradmon), Æschylus, Pratinas, and Sophocles, Aristarchus, Ion Chius, Achæus, Neophron, Euphorion, Cleomachus, and Euripides, Aristeas, Chæremon, Theognis, Nicomachus, Philocles, Agathon (who first exhibited and was crowned B.C. 416), Antiphon, Carcinus, Notbippus, Acestor, Pythangelus, Xenocles, Sthenelus, Morsimus, Melanthius, Morychus, Iophon, Cleophon, Astydamas, Meletus, Apharens, Diogenes, Euripides junior, Dionysius tyrannus, Astydamas junior,

junior, Dicæogenes, and Theodectes, who died about B.C. 334. This illusory species of representation did not thrive among a people who were accustomed to the atrocities of the Circus. The greatest Roman tragedian (Æsop) was an intimate of Cicero.

The twenty-eighth of the Hebrew month Thebet was a feast for the exclusion of the Sadducees from the Sanhedrim, the seat of all their power. This sect, in opposition to the Pharisees and Essens, denied fatoliiy; or the interference of providence with human affairs; serted the soul's oblivion, or the brutality of man.

ChildERMAS. The Herodian massacre attested by St. Matthew, is mentioned also by Macrobius. In former days the society of the Middle Temple observed certain follies upon this christian anniversary.

Roman festivals to the god • Phæbus,' from yesterday of three days.

The Primate's injunction to the nunnery at Godstow that public prayers on this day should not any more be said by little girls, 1278.

Wickliff divulges his opinions upon the Pope's mandate, 1377.
Robert Earl of Leicester's triumphal entry at the Hague, 1585.
A Spanish ordinance, establishing stamped paper in America, 1638.

Thou shalt not Kill. 1. By hatred. 2. By revengeful anger. 3. By reproaches. 4. By occasioning of bloodshed. 5. By contriving man's death. 6. By actual murder. 7. By neglecting the preservation of man's life.

Decalogue.

and as

Is there a man just, honest, nobly born ?---
Malice sball hunt him down. Does wealth attend him?
Tronble is hard bebind...Conscience direct ?...
Beggary is at his heels: is he an Artist ?---
Farewell repose ! An equal upright Judge ?---
Report shall blast his virtues: is he strong ?...
Sickness shall sap bis strength ; account that day,
Which brings no new mischance, a day of rest,
For what is man?-Sotades.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

IV. John Baptist Massac, 1687, Archbishop (Thomas) Becket, Cal. Paris.

1170. assass. Canterbury. 29.

Sebastian Castalio, 1563. d.

Basil.
Miracles must not be com- John Chastel, 1594. erec. Paris.
pared to common natural events; Henry Cundall, 1627. buried,
or, to events which, though un- Aldermanbury.
common, are similar to what we Viscount (William) Stafford,
daily experience; but to the 1680. erecuted, Tower.
extraordinary phenomena of na- Dr. Thomas Sydenham, 1689.
ture, and then the comparison St. James's, Westminster.

will be, between the presumption George Matthias Koenig, 1699.
against miracles, and the pre- Dr. Brook Taylor, 1731. Soho.
sumption against such uncom- Joseph Saurin, 1737. d. Paris.
mon appearances, suppose, as Gabrielle Susanne Barbot de
comets, and against there being Villeneuve, 1755.
any such powers in nature as Toussaint Gaspard Taconnet,
magnetism and electricity. 1774. d. Paris.
Bishop Butler. Daniel Wray, aged 82, 1783.

John George le Franc de Pom

pignan, 1790. d. Paris. Obits of the Latin Church.

M. David, 1825. d. Brussels. St. Marcellus, Abbot of the Acc

Dowe know what we are about, metes, c. 486. St. Evroul (or Ebrulpus),

when we endeavour to promote

Abbot of Ouche in Normandy, 596. the good of mankind in any Saint Thomas, Martyr, 1170.

ways, but those which He has directed ?-Of the nature of Virtue.

Thou shalt not commit adultery.- Decalogue.

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