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Under the Protection of Minerva.

Phænices primi, famæ si creditur, ausi
Mansuram rudibus vocem signare figuris.---Lucan.

Oh! heavenly born! in deepest dells
If fairest Science ever dwells

Beneath the mossy cave;
Indulge the verdure of the woods ;
With azure beauty gild the floods,

And flow'ry carpets lave !
For melancholy ever reigns
Delighted in the sylvan scenes

With scientific light;
While Dian, huntress of the vales,
Seeks lulling sounds and fanning gales,

Though rapt from mortal sight.

Thou, Goddess, yet the way explore
With magic rites and heathen lore

Obstructed and depress'd;
'Till Wisdom give the sacred Nine,
Untaught, not uninspir’d, to shine,

By Reason's power redress’d.
Ierne bear on azure wing ;
Energic let her soar, and sing

Thy universal sway.
Bid bright Astræa gild the morn,
Or bid a hundred suns be born,

To hecatomb the year;
Without thy aid in vain the poles ;
In vain the zodiac system rolls :

In vain the lunar sphere.-Swift.

All sorts of seeds he strowed as he went.---Spenser.

Ye generous Britons, venerate the plough!
And o'er your hills, and long withdrawing vales,
Let Autumn spread his treasures to the sun,
Luxuriant and unbounded : as the sea,
Far through his azure tarbulent domain,
Your empire owns, and from a thousand shores
Wafts all the pomp of life into your ports;
So with superior boon may your rich soil,
Exuberant, nature's better blessings pour
O’er every land, the naked nations clothe,
And be th’ exhaustless granary of a world - Thomson.

The City, which thou seest, no other deem
Than great and glorious Rome, queen of the earth,
So far renown'd, and with the spoils enrich'd
Of nations, there the Capitol thou seest,
Above the rest lifting his stately head
On the Tarpeian rock, her citadel
Impregnable ; and there Mount Palatine
The imperial palace, compass huge and high
The structure, skill of noblest architects,
With gilded battlements conspicuous far,
Turrets, and terraces, and glittering spires.-Milton.

We have short time to stay as you,

We have as short a spring ;
As quick a growth to meet decay,
As you, or any thing.

We die
As your hours do, and dry

Away,

Like to the summer's rain;
Or as the pearls of morning's dew,

Ne'er to be found again.-The Daffodils.

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See how the orient Dew,
Shed from the bosom of the Morn

Into the blowing roses,
Yet careless of its mansion new;
For the clear region where 'twas born

Round in itself incloses :
And in its little globe's extent,
Frames as it can its native element.
How it the purple flow'r does slight,

Scarce touching where it lies,
But gazing back upon the skies,
Shines with a mournful light;

Like its own tear,
Because so long divided from the sphere.
Restless it rolls and insecure,

Trembling lest it grow impure :
Till the warm sun pity its pain,
And to the skies exhale it back again.

So the Soul, that drop, that ray
Of the clear fountain of eternal Day,
Could it within the human flow'r be seen,

Remembering still its former height,
Shuns the sweet leaves and blossoms green ;

And, recollecting its own light,
Does, in its pure and circling thoughts, express
The greater Heaven in a Heaven less.

In how coy a figure wound,
Every way it turns away:
So the world excluding round,
Yet receiving in the day.
Dark beneath, but bright above :

Here disdaining, there in love.
Congeal'd on earth : but does, dissolving, run
Into the glories of The ALMIGHTY SUN.-Marvel.

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In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thy hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be good.

Ecclesiastes.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

Cal.

M. Valerius Martialis, A. D. Anne, of England, 1619. d.
30, Bilbilis.

Hampton Court.
Dr.John Pell, 1610, Southwyke. Matthias (of Germany), 1619.
Caroline, of England, 1683. Dr. Thomas White, 1623.
N. de la Caille, 1714, Rumigny. Sir Thos. Herbert, 1682. d.York.
Dr. David Bogue, 1750, Hal- Colonel Francis Charteris, 1732.
lidown.

Dr. Thomas Ashton, 1775.
Alex. Balfour, 1767, Monikie. J. F. Dreux du Radier, 1780.

Leopold II. (Emperor), 1792. } The moment which severs us Prague. from the object we love is ter- Richard Gifford, 1807. d. Dufrible; it insulates us from all the field. earth; the faculties of the soul| are annihilated, and its relation with the universe subsists only through the medium of a hor- Unmarried men are best rible dream which distorts every friends, best masters, best serthing.–Napoleon.

vants; but not always best sub

ljects, for they are light to run Obits of the Latin Church. away. A single life doth well St. David, Archbishop of Caer- with churchmen, for charity will

leon, (removed to the Vale of hardly water the ground where Ross), Patron of Wales, d. it must fill a pool. It is indif

544. (See Eng. Church Cal.)|ferent for magistrates; for if they St. Albinus, of Angers, d. 549. be corrupt, you shall have a St. Swidbert (or Swibert), of servant five times worse than a

Northumberland, Bp. d. 713. / wife.---Bacon.
St. Monan, of Scotland, M.874.)

As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: it is vanity.

Solomon.

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And mighty Mars, for war renown'd,
In adamantine armour frown'd;
By him the childless goddess rose,
Minerva, studious to compose
Her twisted threads; the web she strung,
And o'er a loom of marble hung.---Addison.

Arts.

MARTIUS. In the state calendar of Romulus there were ten nominal months, of which March was the first, and December the last, in order, containing together three hundred and four days. By some it has been conjectured that two embolismic solar months were inserted at the conclusion of the year; but, as we have no relic of their names or duration, the better opinion seems to be that the deficiency was otherwise supplied; for six of these defective years were equal to five of the Gregorian, with the loss only of two days and a quarter. Now, an addition of five days at the end of every ten complete years would leave a surplus half day, which at the celebration of the Alban secle of one hundred solar, or one hundred and twenty Romulian years, amounted exactly to the same number of days, when the ordinary intercalation would be omitteda regulation more remote but more simple, and even more correct, than that afterwards established by Numa. This refined prince, by dedicating the month Martius to Minerva, had not the same reverence for the attributes of Mars as the descendants of Eneas; but if he degraded the latter deity from his place, as patron of the year, he did not venture to change the name of the month, in deference perhaps to the prejudices of his new subjects, but more on account of its connexion, in mystic philosophy, with the season of the year. In Greek fable we understand by Vulcan an emblem of winter, and Venus of the earth; and when it is said in this month that Mars and Venus were found together, and exposed to the laughter of the gods, there needs no interpretation. In the Oriental demonology two principles governed the world : one of them, as Plato observes, of a benevolent disposition, and the author of every thing that is good, ' while the other was of an opposite character, the author of every thing that is evil; but that the blending of these principles would produce order and excellence, both morally and physically, whether in respect of the seasons or the

Love is a remedy provided by God for the safety and preservation of youth.

Plato.

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