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Under the Protection of Minerva.
Phænices primi, famæ si creditur, ausi
Oh! heavenly born! in deepest dells
Beneath the mossy cave;
And flow'ry carpets lave !
With scientific light;
Though rapt from mortal sight.
Thou, Goddess, yet the way explore
Obstructed and depress'd;
By Reason's power redress’d.
Thy universal sway.
To hecatomb the year;
In vain the lunar sphere.-Swift.
All sorts of seeds he strowed as he went.---Spenser.
Ye generous Britons, venerate the plough!
The City, which thou seest, no other deem
We have short time to stay as you,
We have as short a spring ;
Like to the summer's rain;
Ne'er to be found again.-The Daffodils.
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See how the orient Dew,
Into the blowing roses,
Round in itself incloses :
Scarce touching where it lies,
Like its own tear,
Trembling lest it grow impure :
So the Soul, that drop, that ray
Remembering still its former height,
And, recollecting its own light,
In how coy a figure wound,
Here disdaining, there in love.
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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.
M. Valerius Martialis, A. D. Anne, of England, 1619. d.
Dr. Thomas Ashton, 1775.
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.
As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: it is vanity.
And mighty Mars, for war renown'd,
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 omitted—a 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.