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And Reason now, through number, time, and space,
Darts the keen lustre of her serious eye,
And learns, from facts compared, the laws to trace,
Whose long progression leads to Deity.
Can mortal strength presume to soar so high?
Can mortal sight, so oft bedimm'd with tears,
Such glory hear 1—for lo the shadows sy
From Nature's face ; Confusion disappears,
And Order charms the eye, and Harmony the ears!

Acts.

ARCHBISHOP USHER fixes this day for the descent' of the Father, Iannes, upon that venerable site in Armenia, which re-produced the world. The place is called Har-Mona (Luban) by the prophet Amos, or mountain of the Moon, a name afterwards transferred to the station of the Druids (Saronides) in Britain. Berosus mentions a pilot, and that the patriarch after his thanksgiving disappeared. From the model of the first ship is most probably derived the form of the Temple (Beth) or Grecian Basilick. It may be observed that the pilgrimage occupies exactly a Julian ‘Year.' The Ark was called the womb of nature.' See 16 Nov. May every good wife read here the alphabet of Lemuel.

Vitellius abdicates the empire, which he had received against his will,' A.D. 69. The next day he desired to restore the dagger of his authority.

The first mass is chanted in St. Sepulchre's Church at Paris, 1327.

The great pestilence beginning in 1592 (when bills of mortality for the 109 parishes were first issued), closed this day, 1595. London contains at this moment 146 parishes ; ten of which belong to Westminster.

The Commons enter a bold protest of their ancient privileges, 1622.

Evelyn notes, 1688 : “ I saw the King take barge to Gravesend at 12 o'clock-a sad sight! The Prince comes to St. James's, and fills Whitehall with Dutch guards. He is very stately, serious, and reserved.”

The anniversary of The shutting of the Gates at Londonderry, 1688.

Frederick the Great enters Dresden after the battle of Kesseldorf, and commands the performance of “ Armenio,” one of the grand operas of Hasse, which induced the conqueror to reward the inusician with 1000 dollars and a diamond ring,—a kind of political slavery, 1745.

The younger Pitt's first introduction to the Secretaryship, 1783.
Lord Hood's great and destructive victory at Toulon, 1793.
Napoleon reaches Paris at midnight incognito from Russia, 1812.
The sun entered the sign · Capricornus” when 'Cyenus' rose at Rome.

Here for a while, my proper cares resigu’d,
Here let me sit in sorrow for mankind.—The Traveller.

XIX. DECEMBER.

'Tis then, they say, ti rough all the burden'd air,
Long groans are heard, shirill sounds, and distant sighs,
That, utter'd by the demon of the night,
Warn the devoted wretch of woe and death.
Huge uproar lords it wide. The clouds, commixt
With stars swift gliding, sweep along the sky.
All Nature reels : till Nature's King, who oft
Amid tempestuous darkness dwells alone,
And on the wings of the careering wind
Walks dreadfully serene, commands a calm.
Births.

Deaths.

Day.

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xiv. Charles William Scheele, 1742, Sir William Dick, 1655. d. Cal. Stralsund.

Westminster. 19.

George (Lord) Gordon, 1750, Bishop (White) Kennet, 1728.
Scotland.

d. St. James's.
Captain William Edward Parry, Francis Babin, 1734. Angers.
1790, Bath.]

Louisa (of Denmark), N. S.

1751. d. Copenhagen. Well, what do you think of Dr. Styan Thirlby, 1753. the men ?' said the marquis, in- Lord John Cavendish, 1796. terrupting him ; 'surely you'll Frederick Melchior, Baron de charge them full volley, since Grimm, 1807. d. Gotha. you have been so unmerciful to Benjamin Smith Barton, 1815. the women.' No,' said Don Pompeio, “I think you have some promising young actors; and am particularly pleased with

Thither the Christians direct that fat comedian who acted the their eyes, with hands extended, part of Dido's prime minister : because innocent; with head unhe repeats very naturally, and covered, because we declaims just as they do in Por- ashamed ; without any instructugal.'-Gil Blas.

tor, because from our heart we

pray for all emperors, that they Obits of the Latin Church.

may enjoy a long life, a secure

government, a safe house, couSt. Nemesion, of Alexandria, rageous armies, a faithful senate, Martyr, &c. 250.

an honest people, and a peaceful St. Samthana, Virgin, Abbess in land.—Tertullian.

Ireland, 738.

are not

In the mean time we are to hold fast, and fulfil those things we are agreed in.

Grotius de l'eritate.

When the complaints of a brave an,' powerful people are observed to increase in proportion to the wrongs they have suffered—when, instead of sinking into submission, they are roused to resistance, the time will soon arrive, at which every inferior consideration must yield to the security of the sovereign, and to the general safety of the state. There is a moment of difficulty and danger at which flattery and falsehood can no longer deceive, and simplicity itself can no longer be misled. Let us suppose it arrived.

Junius in dié.

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Those awful mysteries, XIV. Cal. Jan. called ' Opalia,' are observed by the matrons of Rome, in memory of the Bona Dea (Juno), wife to the Patriarch. The rites of Rhea were considered so sacred that none but women were permitted to assist. That unhallowed debauchery of Clodius for which Cæsar (then Prætor) repudiated his wife Pompeia happened upon this anniversary, B.C. 62. The Temple of the great mother was established by Tatius the Sabine and colleague of Romulus.

The supper of Cicero at Formium best remembered for the satirical verses of Catullus upon the wretch Mamurra, B. C. 46. Our “ Britannia," in that coarse poem, he calls “ultima Occidentis insula !"

Cæsar arrives at Lilibæum, and in eight days after embarks for Africa. The Roman Capitol is burned by Vitellius, A. D. 69.-See 21st June.

The Earl of Lennox to his “sweet Madge,” from Glasgow, 1565 : “We have to give God most hearty thanks for that the King continues in good health and liking, and the Queen great with child (James), God save them all; for the which we have great cause to rejoice more.

The Burghley papers state from the diocesan's certificate, 1567, that there were then in “ London,” and its immediate vicinity, 3,838 Dutchmen ; 720 Frenchmen ; 137 Italians; 10 Venetians ; 56 Spaniards ; 25 Portuguese ; 2 Grecians; 2 Blackmores ; 1 Dane; and but 58 Scots !

Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick—Hanover receives from the Emperor Leopold the investiture of the electoral dignity, 1692. The colleges unanimously confirmed the creation, 30th January, 1708.

The famous Letter XXXV. of Junius to King George III, appears, 1769. How easy, how safe and honourable is the path before you! The English nation declare they are grossly injured by their representatives, and solicit your Majesty to exert your tawful prerogative, and give them an opportunity of recalling a trust which they find has been scandalously abused.

The Winter Solstice, or the beginning of the wavering days. There is a holy mistaken zeal in politics, as well as religion. By persuading others, we convince ourselves. The passions are engaged, and create a maternal affection in the mind, which forces us to love the cause for which we soffer.--Junius.

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But vulgar hands may vulgar likeness raise;
This is the least attendant on thy praise :
From hence the rudiments of Art began;
A coal, or chalk, first imitated man:
Perhaps the shadow, taken on a wall,
Gave outlines to the rude original-
Ere canvass yet was stain'd, before the grace
Or blended colours found their use and place,
Or cypress tablets first received a face.-Kneller.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

XI. Scævola Sainte-Marthe, 1571 Aulus Vitellius, U. C. 821, Cal. (Twin), Loudon.

A. D. 69. erecuted, Gemonia, 20. Louis de Sainte-Marthe, 1571 Rome. (Tiber.) (Twin), Loudon.

St. Ignatius, Bishop of Antioch, Samuel Bradford, 1652, Black- torn, Roman Circus, 107. friars.

Ethelbald II. 860. Salisbury. Bishop (Thomas) Wilson, 1663, Alphonso the Great (of AstuBurton Wirral.

rias,), 912. d. Zamora. Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hard- Anne (Annas) Dubourg, 1559. wicke, 1720.

burned, Paris. Wm. Blackburn, 1750, South- J. Dryander, 1560. Marpurg. wark,

Edward Arden, 1583. erecuted,

Smithfield. Good laws must be made by Mahomet III.(Emperor), 1603. a few and reasonable, and not Thomas Firmin, 1697. Christ by a multitude.--King James. Church Hospital.

Evil men speak rather the things Bartholomew du Quental, 1698. they wish, than what they be- John B. Senac, 1770. d. Paris. lieve, or know.-King Charles. Swen Rinmann, 1792.d. Sweden. It is a virtue to avoid vice, and Joseph Johnson, 1809. Fulham. the first step to wisdom is to be John Melli, 1815. Palermo. free from folly:-Horace.

What could I do, sir ? an

swered Lucinda ; was it in my Obits of the Latin Church.

power to prolong the days that St. Philogonius, Bishop of An- heaven had numbered ? If I tioch, 322.

have lost three husbands, I could St. Paul of Latrus, 956. not help it.-Gil Blas.

When slanders do not live in tongues, then comes the time that going shall be used with feet.

Merlin's Prophecy. .... 826 .

Here Reynolds is laid, and, to tell you my mind,
He has not left a wiser or better behind!
His pencil was striking, resistless, and grand,
His manners were gentle, complying, and bland:
Still born to improve us in every part,
His pencil our faces, his manners our heart :
To coxcombs averse, yet most civilly steering,
When they judg'd without skill he was still hard of hearing.

Goldsmith.

Acts.

The conception of Romulus was remembered by a grateful people upon that double festival called the Sigillaria, when presents or little 'images' were exchanged, of the Romulian family.-See 20th September.

Epicurus desires by his Will, that the philosophers of his school should commemorate himself and his friend Metrodorus in feasts called . Icades' on the twentieth day of the moon. He bequeathed his books to Hermachus, and manumitted four slaves. The two Ptolemies were of this illustrious sect. It became a degraded institution. --See 10th Dec.

The character of Vitellius requires no comment: he reigned eight months, the Emperor Vespasian succeeding him, A. D. 70.

The second Ethelbert of Wessex espoused his father's widow Judith, who became afterwards the companion of Baldwin, the great forester of France. From this connexion sprang the tainted race of the Norman invader, that race which brought with them barbarous luxuries.

The famous Richard is seized in his disguise at Vienna, 1192. It must yet be confessed that war is unnatural ; and as the bad days of martyrdom have wholly vanished before the wand of charity, so it is to be expected that those huge political murders will at no distant period be arrested by Intelligence, which (indeed) is the father of justice,' and all the virtues. The world rolls eastward, and we must travel with the sun.

Columbus casts anchor in the Bay of St. Thomas (Acal), 1492 ; the anniversary of the interment of his venerable bones at Cuba, in 1795.

The first General Assembly of the Scottish Church is opened, 1560.

Milton is baptized, 1608. It seems singular that the great pair should have sat to the same artist, Cornelius Janssens. We may even imagine our gold-bird entertaining the sweet little epicure with an apple.

The Corporation Act is passed by the policy of Clarendon, 1661.
The Bog of Castleguard in Ireland lays the country flat, 1793.
Sir Francis Bourgeois bequeaths the Dulwich GALLERY, 1810.

Justice, whose blood-stain'd book one sole decree,
Que statute fillo...“ The People shall be free.”---New Morality.

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