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St. Nilammon, Hermit of Egypt. it; some have it, not deserving;
others, though deserving, yet totally miss it, or have it not equal to their deserts.-Milton.
'Would I had never trod this English earth,
Or felt the flatteries that grow upon it!
Ye have Angels' faces, but heaven knows your hearts.
King Henry VIII.
There is no slander in an allowed fool, though he do nothing but rail; nor no railing in a known discreet man, though he do nothing but reprove.
THE EPIPHANY, is a festival originally observed by the Church in 813, to commemorate the manifestation of Christ to the three Kings, or Magi, which happened on the TWELFTH DAY after the Nativity. It is the Christmas of the Greek and Russian Church, and kept as "Old Christmas," by those in England who, with King James, consider the patriarchs the best telescopes. The election of Kings by the bean,custom of greater antiquity than Twelfth-day, formerly took place, with the "heavy-headed" wassail, on the night preceding that festival; for by changing it our playful ancestors encroached one day upon the season of labour, when the PLOUGH and DISTAFF were resumed. We had much mirth on board (says Henry Teonge, off the Morea, 1676): we had a great cake made, in which was put a bean for the king, a pease for the queen, a clove for the knave, a forked stick for the cuckold, a rag for the slut. The cake was cut into several pieces, and all put into a napkin, out of which every one took his piece, as out of a lottery; then each piece was broken to see what was in it, which caused much laughter to see our Lieutenant prove the cuckold." The Marquis de Dangeau notes that Louis XIV., in 1698, refused to keep his Twelfth-night, at Versailles, on account of the great number of ladies (four hundred and seven!) whom he considered himself obliged to invite.
This was the Anniversary, according to Plutarch, of the coming (accessus), or birth, of Isis, the “mighty mother" of Egyptian idolatry.
The New Year's day among the Druids, who began both their months and years, not from the change, but when the moon first became visible.
Cæsar passes Ceraunia on his march towards the fatal plains of Pharsalus, having embarked two days before at Brundusium, B. C. 48.
The Danes, in 878, take possession of the royal villa of Chippenham, and chase Alfred, with his little band, to seek shelter in the hospitable woods of Somersetshire; from which seclusion came the old wives' tale of the burnt cakes.
The Lady Anne of Cleves unites her useful virtues to those of " the majestic Lord, that broke the bonds of Rome," 1540.
There are three powerful ones in the world: a lord, an idiot, and nothing.. The Triads.
The simple energy of Truth needs no ambiguous interpreters.-Euripides.
Christian Garve, 1742, Breslau. Charles I. (of Naples), 1285.
Jos. Buonaparte, 1768, Ajaccio.
But thou, O blessed soul!
Obits of the Latin Church.
St. Lucian, Martyr at Antioch,
St. Cedd, Bp. of London, 664. St. Kentigerna, Widow of Ireland. d. 728.
Dr. Wm. Bulleyn, 1576.
John Guignard. beheaded, 1595.
I am contented: I wish for nothing more, I have set bounds to my desires. I possess every thing that is necessary for life. Cincinnatus, Curius, Fabricius, and Regulus, after having conquered nations and led kings in triumph, were not so rich as I I should always be poor were I to open a door to the passions. Avarice, luxury, ambition, know no bounds; cupidity is a fathomless abyss. I have clothes to cover me, food
St. Thillo (or Theau, alias Til- to nourish me, horses to carry
man) c. 702.
St. Aldric, Bp. of Mans. d. 856. St. Canut, d. Denmark, 1130.
me; land to lie down and walk upon, and to receive my remains when I die.--Petrarch.
Five and twenty is the very harvest time of life, to gather precious corn, and fruit of our labours against the cold storms and cloudy days of aged winter; when the body is weak, the eyes' sight decayed, and the hands tremble.-Bulleyn.
They shall be prosecuted for ingratitude who do not retaliate kindnesses.
THE HEBDOMÉ, was a festival kept at Athens on the seventh day of every lunar month, in honour of Apollo, to whom all seventh days were sacred, because (as Hesiod sings) one of them was supposed to be his birthday; evidently a fabulous allusion to the first operations of the nine infolded spheres round the solar body, at the creation of the universe.-See 7th April.
Lord of the Seasons, with thy fiery car
And leaping coursers, beaming light from far:
With various-sounding, golden lyre, 'tis thine
To fill the world with harmony divine.-Orpheus.
Trajan makes his triumphal entry into Antioch, A. D. 107.
All the Knights Templars in England and Ireland are arrested on this day under sealed mandates, 1308.
The Book of Common Prayer, composed by the direction of Cranmer, is established with the authority of parliament, 1549.
The first treaty of Alliance between England and the States General is concluded, 1578.
Galileo, the friend of Milton, and a kindred genius, discovers on this day, 1610, the Satellites of the planet Jupiter, which he called the Medicean Stars, in honour of his patron, Cosmo, Duke of Tuscany. "It was in Florence (says Milton) that I found and visited the famous Galileo, grown old, a prisoner to the Inquisition, for thinking in astronomy otherwise than the Franciscan and Dominican licensers thought."
Monsieur Blanchard and Dr. Jefferies navigate, in an air balloon, the Straits of Dover, from off the point of " Shakspeare's Cliff," and descend in the forest of Guiennes, 1785.
The industrious St. Distaff commenced her festival at the first cock after Twelfth-tide, which concluded, with her rites, the sports of Christ
Kisses before Gifts.-Oriental Proverb.
I allow that Gothic appeals to cold iron are no better proofs of a man's honesty and veracity than hot iron and burning ploughshares are of female chastity; but a soldier's honour is as delicate as a woman's-it must not be suspected.
L. Bellini, 1703. d. Florence.
C. Rawlinson, 1733. St. Albans.
St. Apollinaris, Bp. of Hierapo-Thos. Edwards, 1757. d. Par
lis, c. 175.
St. Lucian, M. at Beauvais, c. 290. (See English Church Calendar.)
son's Green. Peter Davall, 1768.
Dr. Gregory Sharpe, 1771. Lady Dodingt. Montagu, 1774.
St. Nathalan, Bp. of Aberdeen, Sir Wm. Draper, 1787. d. Bath.
St. Severinus, d. Austria, 482. St. Gudula (or Goule), V. Pa
troness of Brussels, d. 712. St. Pega (or Pec), V. of Eng
land. d. Rome, 719.
St. Vulsin (or Ultius), Bishop
of Shireburn. d. 973.
A. O'Leary, 1802. St. Pancras. Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811. Major Edw. Pakenham, 1815. killed, New Orleans.
Astronomy was first taught by God, for no man could have discovered it; and the first must needs have been the excellentest in that.-King James.