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Ah, Ignorance! soft salutary power
Prostrate with filial reverence I adore.
Oh, say, successful dost thou still oppose
Thy leaden ægis 'gainst our ancient foes ?
Still stretch, tenacious of thy right divine,
The masssy sceptre o'er thy slumbering line ?
If any spark of wit's delusive ray
Break out, and flash a momentary day,
With damp, cold touch forbid it to aspire,
And huddle up in fogs the dangerous fire.---Hymn.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

III. Dr. Wm. Cullen, 1712, Hamil- Michael VIII. Paleologus (EmId, ton, in Lanarkshire.

peror), 1282. 11.

Paul Joseph Barthez, 1734, Thomas Sutton, 1611. d. Hack.
Montpelier.

ney. (Chartreuse Chapel.) Dionysius Petavius, 1652. d.

Clermont College, Paris. Affliction sitting on the sea. Joachim Kuhnius, 1697. died, shore, traced on the sand, with Strasburg.

a branch of willow, a figure Sir Roger L'Estrange, 1704. St.
which she called a man, and Giles' in the fields.
Jupiter passing that way, in-Charles XII.(of Sweden), 1718.
spired it with life. A contest killed, Frederickshall.

presently arose for this new crea. Theodore Newhoff (of Corsica),
tion. Earth claimed the figure 1756, St. Anne's, Westminster.
as having furnished the mate Sir William Trelawney, 1772.
rials; Affliction, as having traced Jamaica.
it; Jupiter, as having inspired it. Francis Rene Mole, 1802.

Thomas King (Actor), 1805.
Obits of the Latin Church.
Sts. Fuscian Victoricus and Gen- The question was referred to

tian, Martyrs at Amiens, 287. an assembly of the Gods, where St. Damusus, Pope, 384. it was decided that " Man" St. Daniel of Maratha, the Sty- should be the property of Africlite, 494.

tion during his life time, return to Earth when dead, and his spirit to Jupiter, who gave it.

Dr. Sheridan.

Reflect on the busy dream of the day.

808 como

How calm, how beautiful, comes on
The stilly bour, when storms are gone !
When warring winds have died away,
And clouds, beneath the glaring ray
Melt off, and leave the land and sea
Sleeping in bright tranquillity,---
Fresh as if day again were born,
Again upon the lap of morn!--Lalla Rookh.

Acts.

The Halcyon Days. They were fourteen in number, until the vigil of Christmas. The first appearance and incubation of “the modest Halcyon”the social bird that wooes the shore, called by Ovid the Wintry Queen, was supposed by the Greeks to be the harbinger of some calm and happy state ; the departure rather of Pan, and the birth of Thalia, which is the Pastoral Muse. It is properly a record of the dispersion of all the ruder elements of nature at the solstice when the sun returns. Now of the “ Seasons,” whose emblems may be seen among the Towneley terracottas. Winter is in complete vest, bearing dead game. Spring, with her head uncovered, simply adorned with a flower, clasps the bearded grain. The matron Summer, her hair dressed, carries in either hand provisions. Young Autumn brings the fruits.

The Roman · Agonaliawere repeated upon the present day.

Julian the new Emperor's triumphal entry into the eastern capital, A. D. 361. The young general had traversed with victory the whole continent of Europe, from the shores of the Atlantic.-See 3rd Nov.

LLEWELLYN. Edward received the head of the last sovereign of Wales at Rhuddlan : it was removed to London, and fixed upon the Tower, encircled with a wreath of willows, in solemn mockery, 1282.

The plague began at Whitechapel, 1625.—Trial of Louis, 1792.

Charles Radcliffe, brother to the Earl of Derwentwater, escapes from his prison at Newgate, and retires into France, 1716.

CHARLES XII. The Mars of the North fell by a cannon-shot on the temple, St. Andrew's eve, 0. S. 1718. Perhaps he was the only man, most certainly he was the only king, that ever lived without failings. Severe to himself as well as to others, he little regarded either his own life and labours, or those of his subjects; an extraordinary rather than a great man, and more worthy to be admired than imitated."

The period in which the people of Christendom were the lowest sonk in ignorance, and consequently in disorders of every kind, may justly be fixed about the age of the Conqueror; when the sun of science began to reascend.---Hume.

A tone of thrilling softness, now, as caught

From light winds sweeping o'er a late-reap'd field ;-
And, now and then, be with these breezes brought

A murmur musical, of winds conceal'd
In coy recesses, by escape reveald :-

And ever and anon, still deeper tone
Or Winter's gathering dirge, at distance peal'd,

By harps and hands unseen; and only known
To some enthusiast's ear when worshipping alone.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

Prid. Alexander Severus (Emperor), Darius Nothus (of Persia),
Id.
A. D. 205, Phænicia.

B.C. 405. 12.

Nicholas Sanson, 1599, Abbe- Vopiscus Fortunatus Plempius,
ville, in Picardy.

A. D. 1671, d. Louvain.
Samuel (Admiral) Hood, 1724, Sir William Morices 1676.
Devonshire.

Dr. John Pell, 1685. St, Giles's
Dr. Erasmus Darwin, 1731, in the Fields.

Elston, near Newark. John Horsley, 1731. d. Morpeth. William Cochran, 1738, Strath- Colley Cibber, 1757. d. Canonaven, in Clydesdale.

bury, Islington. Maria Louisa ( Archduchess of John Otho Tabor. 1674. d. Austria), 1791.]

Franckfort on the Oder.

Dr. Albert Haller, 1777. Rome. Obits of the Latin Church.

John Scott, 1783. d. London. St. Epimachus, Alexander, &c. General Richard Alton, 1789. Martyrs, 250.

Alderman John Boydell, 1804. St. Corentin (or Cury), of Me- General Paul Schouwalof, 1823.

nehont, in Devonshire, 40). St. Corentin, 1st Bp. of Quimper,

in Britany, 5th Cent.
St.Columba (son of Crimthain),

It seems generally agreed,
Abbot in Munster, 548.
St. Finian (or Finan), Bp. of

that the description of the grand

and beautiful objects of nature, Clonard, in. Ireland, 552.

with well-selected scenes of ruSt. Cormac, Abbot in Ireland.

ral life, real, but not coarse, St. Valery, Ab. in Picardy, 622.

constitute the only proper mateSt.Colman, Ab.Glendaloch, 659. St. Eadburge, Abbess of Menstrey,

rials of pastoral poetry.-- Aikin. in Thanet, 751. The temperate man, like fish in chrystal streams, untainted with disease, smoothly glides through the soft current of life.

Feltham's Resolves.

But now the Salmon-Fishers moist
Their leathern boats begin to hoist;
And, like Antipodes in shoes,
Have shod their heads in their canoes :
How tortoise like, but not so slow,
These rational Amphibii go?
Let's in: for the dark hemisphere
Does now like one of them appear.- Appleton House.

Acts.

Poet LAUREATE. The style Poeta laureatus originally was an actual academical degree in rhetoric, which embraces laudatory verses. An instance occurs at Oxford in 1470; and again, for the last time, in the person of Robert Whittington, 1512. It is clear the King's Laureate was no more than “a graduated rhetorician employed in the service of the king.” The first royal“ Versificator" graced with the appellation of “ Laureate" was John Caius, of Cambridge, who published in 1506 a prose traduction of the “Siege of Rhodes," addressed to King Edward IV., in which he subscribes himself hys humble poete laureate. Whether he received the versifier's pension of 100s. does not appear. Bernard Andrews, an Augustine monk, served as laureate and historiographer under the two Tudor kings, and received a salary of ten marks. John King, his successor, was followed by Skelton, upon whose testimony we learn that Gower, Chaucer, and Lydgate enjoyed no such distinction :-" they wanted nothing but the Laurel.Then came a splendid train of names: Spenser, Daniel, Jonson, Davenant, and Dryden. Shadwell was succeeded by Tate ; and Rowe by Eusden and Cibber. Wm. Whitehead was the forerunner of Tom Warton; and Henry Pye, the harbinger of Mr. Southey, known no less for his vast literary attainments and poetical genius than for his exemplary virtues. The form of creation of three laureat poets at Strasburgh, in 1621, is very remarkable : “ I create you, being placed in a chair of state, crowned with laurel and ivy, and wearing a ring of gold, and the same do pronounce and constitute Poets Laureate, in the name of the holy Trinity, the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.”—Addison reaches Genoa, 1699.

The commemoration-day at the Chartreuse in honour of its founder.

Cromwell dissolves the convention called Barebone's Parliament by the corporal of the guard supported by a file of musqueteers, 1653. The extraordinary comet of 1680 is first observed all over Britain.

Tubal himself, the first musician,
With key of barmony could not unlock
So sweet a tune, as that the throstle can.---Court of Love.

XIII. DECEMBER.

We two, each other's only pride,
Each other's bliss, each other's guide,
Far from the world's unhallow'd noise,
Its coarse delights and tainted joys,
Through wilds will roam and deserts rude-
For, Love, thy home is solitude.
There shall no vain pretender be,
To court thy smile and torture me, ,
No proud superior there be seen,
But Nature's voice shall hail thee queen.---The Foresters.
Births.

Deaths.

Day.

Idus. Martin de Aspicueta, 1491, Frederick II. (Emperor), 1250. 13. Varasayn.

d. Fiorenzuola, in Apulia. Sixtus V. Felix Peretti (Pope), Emanuel the Great (of Portu1521, Montalto.

gal), 1521. buried, Lisbon. Henry the Great (of France), James V. (of Scotland), 1542. 1553, Pau in Bearne.

d. Falkland. Maximilian de Bethune, Duke Conrad Gesner, 1565. Zurich.

de Sully, 1560, Rosny. St. Jane Frances de Chantal, William Drummond, 1585, Haw

1641. Annecy.
thornden.

Kang Hi (Emperor), 1722.
Dr. Edw. Chamberlayne, 1616, Anthony Collins, 1729. (Quo?)

Odington, in Gloucestershire. John Strype, 1737. d. Hackney.
Fran. Bianchini, 1662, Verona. Philip Frowde, 1738. d. Strand.
Dr.R.Warren, 1731, Cavendish. Mahomet V. (Emperor), 1754.
Sir Joseph Banks, 1743, Revesby Christian Furchtegott Gellert,
Abbey, in Lincolnshire. 1769. d. Leipsic.

John James Breithinguer, 1776. Obits of the Latin Church.

d. Zurich.
St. Lucy of Syracuse, Virgin Peter Wargentin, 1783. d.
Martyr, 304. (See E. C.)

Stockholm Observatory.
St. Jodoc (or Josse), Prince of Dr. Samuel Johnson, 1784.
Britany, 669.

Westminster Abbey.
St. Aubert, Bishop of Cambray Dr. David Macbride, 1778.
and Arras, 669.

Charles III. (of Spain), 1788.
St. Othilia of Alsace, Virgin Louis le Gendre, 1797.d. Paris.
Abbess, 772.

Edward Law, Lord Ellenbo-
St. Kenelm, King, Martyr at

roagh, 1818.
Clent, in Staffordshire, 820.
John Marinoni, of Venice, 1562.

When fair St. Lucy, with the borrow'd light,
Of moon and stars, had lengthen'd night. ---Dryden.

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