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Long have I lived in court,
Yet learn'd not all this while,
Nor where I hate to smile ;
To fly from such as fall,
Sir John Davis.
Henry Hare, Lord Coleraine, Bastard of Vaurus, 1422. exe1693, Blechingly.
Chateauneuf, in Thimerais. Louis de Marillac, 1632. be-
General (John) Bannier, 1641. Anne Robert James Turgot, Manuel d’Almeida, 1646. died, 1727, Paris.
(Queen of Denmark), 1775.
. d. Zelle.
Anthony Court de Gebelin,
in Ireland, d. 601.
Saint of the Cathedral of Ta-
A member of parliament is
own liberty, that other men may St. Antoninus (or Little Anto- the better trust him with theirs.
Saville. ny), Archbishop of Florence, 1459.
Every man boasts of his heart, but no one dares to speak well of his head.
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Personal distinctions, arising from superior probity, learning, eloquence, skill, courage, and from every other excellency of talents, are the very blood and nerves of the body politic; they animate the whole, and invigorate every part; without them, its bones would become reeds, and its marrow, water; it would presently sink into a fetid, senseless mass of corruption.
RoGATION SUNDAY is the fifth Sunday after Easter, and derives its title from the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday immediately succeeding, which were termed Rogation days, from the Latin rogare, to beseech, because the earliest Christians devoted those three days to prayer and supplication, as a suitable introduction to the great holy-day commemorating our SAVIOUR's ascension. See 14th May.
The memorable pestilence in Ireland, began upon this day, A.D. 664.
Edward I. by Brabanzon, his Chief Justice, informs the Scottish assembly at Norham, that he had come to assume the sovereignty paramount of Scotland, as the means of arbitrating between Robert de Bruce, Lord of Annandale, John Baliol, Lord of Galloway, and the ten other candidates for the Caledonian crown. Upon the 3d of June, 1291, the competitors published an instrument by which they subscribed to the judgment of the peremptory Edward; and ten days after the royal castles were resigned into his hands, and all the military tenants of the Scottish crown swore fealty to him as its superior lord. It was this present day, 1307, that the great Bruce, signally defeated at Loudoun Hill, Aylmer de Valence le Brun, Earl of Pembroke, who fled to the castle of Ayr, in confusion. By these and similar successful trimmings, although hunted with blood-hounds like the deer of the forest, this heroic monarch “gradually accustomed his men to repose so much confidence in his skill and wisdom, that his orders for battle were regarded as a call to assured victory.”
Henry V. reduces Meaux after a siege of seven months, 1422.
Queen Elizabeth issues her royal theatrical license under seal for the performance of stage-plays, 1574. As it is the epoch of the first establishment of a regular company of players in England, the omission of this document in our pages would be a species of little treason against the mirth and morals of the country. We shall therefore introduce it entire : “Elizabeth, by the grace of God, Queen of England, &c. To all justices, mayors, sheriffs, bailiffs, head constables, under constables,
Do you hear, let the players be well used; for they are the abstracts, and brief chronicles of the time: after your death you were better have a bad epitaph, than their ill report while you live.
If I would compare Jonson with Shakspeare, I must acknowledge him the more correct poet, but Shakspeare the greater wit. Shakspeare was the Homer, or father of our dramatic poets; Jonson was the Virgil, the pattern of elaborate writing; I admire him, but I love Shakspeare. To conclude of Jonson, as he has given us the most correct plays, so in the precepts which he has laid down in his Discoveries, we have as many and profitable rules for perfecting the stage as any wherewith the French can furnish us.
and all other our officers and ministers, greeting. Know ye, that we of} our especial grace, certain knowledge, and mere motion, have licensed and authorised, and by these presents do license and authorise our loving subjects, James Burbage, John Perkyn, John Lanham, William Johnson, and Robert Wilson, servants to our trusty and well-beloved cousin and counsellor, the Earl of Leicester, to use, exercise, and occupy the art and faculty of playing comedies, tragedies, interludes, stage-plays, and such other like as they have already used and studied, or hereafter shall use and study, as well for the recreation of our loving subjects, as for our solace and pleasure, when we shall think good to see them; as also to use and occupy all such instruments as they have already practised, or hereafter shall practise, for and during our pleasure ; and the said comedies, tragedies, interludes, and stage-plays, together with their musick, to show, publish, exercise, and occupy to their best commodity, during all the term aforesaid, as well within the liberties and freedoms of any our cities, towns, boroughs, &c. whatsoever, as without the same, throughout our realm of England. Willing and commanding you, and every of you, as ye' tender our pleasure, to permit and suffer them herein without any lets, hinderance, or molestation, during the time aforesaid, any act, statute, or proclamation, or commandment, heretofore made, or hereafter to be made, notwithstanding ; provided that the said comedies, tragedies, interludes, and stage-plays be, by the Master of our Revels for the time being, before seen and allowed ; and that the same be not published or shown in the time of common prayer, or in the time of great and common plague in our said city of London.” The above James Burbage was the father of the celebrated Richard Burbage; and Lanham may be remembered as a re
I converted Mr. Crashaw, from writing against plays, by telling him a way how to understand that place, of putting on women's apparel, which has nothing to do in the business; as neither has it, that the fathers speak against plays, for the heathens then had three altars perpetually upon the stage. Selden.
The great fault even in that laughter which is raised by comedy, and forbidden plainly by Aristotle is, that it stirs laughter in sinful things, which are rather execrable than ridiculous; or in miserable, which are rather to be pitied than scorned : for what is it to gape at beggary, or against the law of hospitality, to jest at strangers, because they speak not English so well as we do? Sidney.
lative of Robert Lanham, the writer of a ludicrous account of the Kenilworth pageant in 1575. There were several other companies existing near this period; er. grat. 2. The Lord Chamberlain, the Earl of Sussex's players. 3. The Earl of Warwick's. 4. Sir Robert Lane's. 5. The Earl (Walter) of Essex's men, upon whose death, in 1576, they were protected by his guilty countess. 6. The Earl of Worcester's servants. 7. The Earl of Derby's players, and not long after, in 1580, we find his son, the Lord Strange's tumblers, exhibiting at the court, but restrained in 1589 for their scurrility and licentiousness. 9. The Lord Howard of Effingham, the admiral's men. 10. The Lord Berkeley's. 11. The Lord Stafford's. 12. The Earl of Lincoln's. 13. Giles, Baron Chandois, of Sudley Castle, his players. 14. The Earl of Oxford's company, and his boys' 15. The children or choristers of Paul's. 16. The children of the Royal (household) chapel. 17. The choristers of St. George's chapel, at Windsor, which there is some reason to suppose were children by discipline. 18. The children of Westminster Abbey; and 19. The children of Merchant Taylor's School.
Sir William Dethick, Garter principal King of Arms, and the great Camden, as Clarencieux, attend the summons of the Court of the Garter this day (Monday), 1602, and reply to a libellous scroll made against the heralds, that they had granted arms (among others) to the heirs of John Shakspeare, belonging to the Lord Mauley, (stiled de Malo Lacu). “ It may as well be said, that Hareley, who beareth gold a bend between two cotizes sable, and all other that bear or and argent a bend sables, usurp the coat of the Lord Mauley. As for the spear in bend is a patible difference; and the person to whom it was granted [the dramatist's father, who died in the preceding year] hath borne magistracy, and was justice of peace at Stratford upon Avon. He married the daughter and heir of Arderne, and was able to maintain that estate.”
Nothing in poverty so ill is borne,
Anger, indeed, I have felt, but surely not a blamable anger; for who ever heard of an inquiring anger; a digesting anger; a collating anger; an examining anger; a deliberating anger; or a selecting anger? The anger which I feel, is a uniform, steady, public anger, but not a private anger.
The articles are subscribed by the Governor of Jamaica, 1665, by which it was agreed the Spaniards should evacuate the island in favour of the English invaders. The acquisition of Jamaica, under Admiral Penn, may therefore be dated more correctly from this day. As to horses, they were in such plenty, observes the Vice-admiral Goodson, that we accounted them the vermin of the country.
“Dined at Mr. Treasurer's,” saith Evelyn, 1671, “in company with Monsieur de Grammont, and several French noblemen, and one Blood, that impudent bold fellow who had not long before attempted to steal the imperial crown out of the Tower, pretending only curiosity to see the regalia there. This man had not only a daring, but a villainous unmerciful look, a false countenance, but very well spoken, and dangerously insinuating."
The French order of knighthood, St. Louis, is instituted, 1698. It was abolished by the assembly, with all the other honourable national orders, July 30, 1791.
The articles of impeachment against Warren Hastings having been brought up from the secret committee and printed, they are read, amended, and agreed to this day, without a division, 1787. Mr. Burke then rose and moved, “ That Warren Hastings, Esq. be impeached of high crimes and misdemeanors upon the said articles.” The question was put and carried. Mr. Frederick Montague then rose and moved, } “ That Mr. Burke, in the name of the House of Commons, and of all the Commons of Great Britain, do go to the bar of the House of Lords, and impeach Warren Hastings, Esq., late Governor-general of Bengal, of } high crimes and misdemeanors, and do acquaint the Lords, that the Commons will, with all convenient speed, exhibit articles against him, and make good the same.” The motion being agreed to, the majority of the House immediately attended Mr. Burke to the bar of the House of Peers, where he solemnly impeached Mr. Hastings in form.
Nothing is so uncertain as general reputation : a man injures me upon humour, passion, or interest, or for standing in his way; hates me because he has injured me; and speaks ill of me because he hates me.
Sir William Temple.