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Mortals, that would follow me,
Bp.(W.) Thomas, 1613, Bristol. Sir Owen Tudor, 1461. beh. Non. Walter Charleton, 1619, Shep-! Hereford. ton-Mallet.
Balthazar Castiglione, 1529. d.
Giovanni di Palestrina, 1594.
Rome. Methinks most of the philo- John Pautre, 1682. sophers and moralists have run Marquis du Quesne, 1688. too much into extremes, in prais- | Wm. de l'Hospital, 1704. ing entirely either solitude or Abp. (John) Sharp, 1714. York. public life : in the former, men Clement XIII. (Pope), 1769. I generally grow useless by too John Lockman, 1771. much rest; and, in the latter, Sieur de la Haye, 1774. are destroyed by too much pre-| Francis Hayman, 1776. cipitation; as waters lying still. James Stuart, 1788. putrefy and are good for nothing; and running violently on, Lucullus entertained Pompey do but the more mischief in in one of his magnificent houses; their passage to others, and are Pompey observed, This is a marswallowed up and lost the sooner vellous fair and stately house themselves.—Steele.
for the summer; but methinks it should be very cold for winter.
Lucullus replied ; Do you not Obits of the Latin Church. think me as wise as divers fools St. Lawrence, Abp. of Canter-are, to change my habitation in bury, d. 619.
the winter season?
It is in human life as in a game at tables, one may wish he had the highest cast; but if his chance be otherwise, he is even to play it as well as he can, and make the best of it.
Men and the will of men constitute a state.-Alecus.
THE PURIFICATION, a day set apart by the church to commemorate the attendance of the Virgin Mary in the Temple, on the fortieth day after childbirth, as commanded by the law. It is also called CANDLEMAS Day from the practice still continued at Rome, but relinquished here in 1548, of lighting the churches with candles of wax-emblems of that splendour and purity it was intended to memorize ; and perhaps innocently adopted from the Luceria, or Proserpinal rites, which were celebrated with unusual solemnity by the Romans on the same or preceding day, in the Salarian groves. It is called a GRAND Day in the Inns of Court; a GAUDY Day at the two Universities; and a COLLAR Day at St. James's, being one of the three great holidays, during the Terms, on which all legal and official business is suspended.
King Stephen, whose valour was deserving of a better fortune, is defeated and taken captive at the battle (before the castle) of Lincoln, 1141.
In 1415 seven dolphins were observed sporting in the Thames at London, four of which were taken.
Charles I. is crowned king of his English dominions, 1626.
Cowley produces, at Trinity College, Cambridge, his Latin comedy, in prose, called “ Naufragium Joculare," 1638; having neither the facility of a popular, nor the accuracy of a learned work, it seems to be now universally neglected, saith Johnson; but let it also be remembered that that precocious genius had not then attained his majority.
Captain Alexander Selkirk is discovered by two British privateers in his solitude at Juan de Fernandez, an Island west of Chili, in the South Sea, where he had lived for four years and four months, and forgotten the dialect of his country.—See Robinson Crusoe.
The French, upon the capitulation of Mantua this day, take entire possession of the Pope's dominions, when Buonaparte dictates to his holiness those pious terms of pacification, signed at Tolentino ten days after, 1797.
The first fair at Novi, in the Milanese, is established.
The unknown are better than ill known:
There is a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.-Hamlet.
11. Henry Cromwell (N. S.), 1627. Sweyn (of Denmark), 1014. d.
John of Gaunt, 1399.
Thomas Lord Fitzgerald, beh. planets of the ages wherein they
1 1537. live, and illustrate the times. I.
Charles X. (of Sweden), 1660. God did never let them be want
Francis Lord Conway, 1732. d. ing to the world : as Abel, for
Lisburn. an example of innocency, Enoch
Eliz. Thomas, 1730. St. Bride's. of purity, Noah of trust in God's
Sir Thomas Lombe, 1738. mercies, Abraham of faith ; who
Richard Nash, 1761. Bath. looked down on the stage of the
Gasp. Risbeck, 1786. d. Arau. world, and contemned the play of
pray" John Charles Brooke, killed, fortune. -Jonson.
Haymarket Theatre, 1794.
John Beckmann, 1811. d. Got-
Armenia, M. 316. The titular
As every thread of gold is St. Anscharius (or Scharies), valuable, so is every minute of
Abp.of Hamburg and Bremen, time; and as it would be great d. 865.
folly to shoe horses (as Nero St. Wereburghe, V. Patroness of did) with gold, so it is to spend Chester, d. 699.
time in trifles.—Mason. St. Margaret (surnamed of Eng
land), V. d. 12th Century.
The sense is like the sun; for the sun seals up the globe of heaven, and opens the globe of earth: so the sense doth obscure heavenly things, and reveals earthly things.
He was not of an age, but for all time!
JAMES I. by letters patent, dated this day, 1616, grants to Ben Jonson a pension of one hundred marks during his life,“ in consideration of the good and acceptable service heretofore done, and hereafter to be done, by the said B. J.” The muniment interests us in two respects, first, as it confers the laurel wreath on the brows of our British Pan; and next, because it is not without some apparent reference to another great master, then equal, and since vastly superior to him in fame, the Swan of Avon, who drew up his last will in that month, and signed it on the Lady-day, when probably all his influence at the court had ceased, although whether he received from it any pension, by grant, is yet unknown; but his death was sudden, amidst the hilarities of his birthday, and whilst he was preparing for posterity the legacy of his works.
Mr. Wilkes is expelled the House of Commons for a breach of privilege, on the motion of Secretary Lord Barrington, 1769.
Dr. Johnson on this day, 1778, gives directions for travelling to the best advantage. They are addressed to a young lady, but may be applied universally.--See“ Life" by Boswell.
Captain Basil Hall describes this day the climate of Panama, on the isthmus : “ During the morning it was much too hot to move about with } any comfort ; but towards sun-set, all the world strolled about to enjoy
the delightful air of the brief twilight, along some charming walks in the woods, beyond the suburbs, the scenery about which was of the richest description of tropical beauty. The night closed in upon us with a precipitancy unknown in higher latitudes; but before we reached the drawbridge at the entrance of the town, the moon had risen, and the land. scape became even more beautiful than before.”
General Auchmuty carries Montevideo, in Buenos Ayres, by storm, 1807.
In 1684 (N.S.) the river Thames was "planted with booths in formal streets, all sorts of trades, and shops furnished and full of commodities, even to a printing-press.” A similar Fair was held there (in two counties) upon the same day, 1814.
The fair of St. Germain, which continues until Easter, is established.
It is a great thing to rule a wife rightly.- Bishop Latimer.
O slippery state of things! what sudden turns,
211. d. York.
Egbert (of England), 836. Singularity is almost always Rabanus Maurus,856.d.Winsel. regarded as a brand of slight | George Abbot, 1648. reproach; and where it is asso-John Menochius, 1656. ciated with acknowledged merit, Francis de Crequi, 1687. serves as an abatement, or an Robert Blair, 1746. d. Athelalloy of excellence, by which staneford. weak eyes are reconciled to its John James Heidegger, 1749. lustre, and by which, though Richmond. kindness is not gained, at least Louis, Duke of Orleans, 1752. envy is averted.—Hawkesworth. d. St. Généviève.
Samuel Davis, 1761. d. New
Esprit Pezenas, 1776.d.Avignon.
d. 7th Century.
Humility ever dwells with men St. Gilbert, Abbot in England, of noble minds: it is a flower d. 1190.
that prospers not in lean and St. AndrewCorsini, Bishop,1373. barren soils ; but in a ground St. Jane (or Joan), Queen of that is rich, it flourishes and is France, d. 1505.
beautiful.--Feltham. St. Joseph,,of Leonissa, d. 1612.
Be thou a stream of many tides against thy foes; but like the gale that moves the grass, to those who ask thine aid.