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Leave only Man to be the scorn of Time
And sport of Death? Shall only he one Spring,
One hasty Summer, and one Autumn see,
And then to Winter irredeemable
Be doomed, cast out, rejected and despised?
Tell me not so-or by thyself enjoy
The melancholy thought. Am I deceived:
So let me be for ever.
It is an error sweet and lucrative.
For should not Heav'n a farther course intend
Than the short race of life, I am at least
Thrice happier than thee, ill-boding fool!
Who striv'st in vain the awful doom to fly,
That I not fear. But I shall live again,
And still on the sweet hope shall my soul feed.
A medicine it is that with a touch
Heals all the pains of life-a precious balm
That makes the tooth of Sorrow venomless,
And of hornet-sting so keen-disarms

*6. 1619.-ARCHBISHOP ABBOTT. His Hospital at Guildford was founded on the above day. The two-hundredth anniversary of its foundation was celebrated in the year 1819, on which occasion Lord Grantham, (Lord High Steward of the Borough) the mayor and aldermen, with the tenants of the hospital farms, &c. dined together, and spent a convivial day, in the antient room formerly used for such purposes. The venerable brothers and sisters of the establishment were also plentifully regaled with good English fare.

*6. 1796.-DR. G. CAMPBELL DIED, ÆT. 77, Principal of the Marischal College of Aberdeen. He was an able biblical critic, and author of a masterly reply to Hume on Miracles.

*8. 1738.- REV. A. BLACKWALI, DIED, Author of a short introduction to the classics, and a more elaborate work, entitled 'Sacred Classics,'containing much elegant criticism, though he is generally acknowledged to have carried too far his favourite hypothesis of the classical purity of the sacred writers.


9.-LOW SUNDAY. It was a custom among the primitive Christians, on the first Sunday after Easter-day, to repeat some part of the solemnity of that grand festival; whence this Sunday took the name of Low Sunday, being celebrated as a feast, though in a lower degree.

19.SAINT ALPHEGE. A native of England, Alphege was first Abbot of Bath, then Bishop of Winchester, in the year 984, and, twelve years afterwards, Archbishop of Canterbury. In the year 1012, the Danes being disappointed of some tribute money which they claimed as due to them, they entered Canterbury, and burnt both the city and church, and the greater part of the inhabitants were put to the sword. After seven months' miserable imprisonment, the good archbishop was stoned to death at Greenwich.

*19. 1804.-MASSACRE AT ST. DOMINGO Of the white inhabitants, which exterminated the whole race.

An event that is always to be dreaded from ravishing the hapless children of Africa from their native country, keeping them in the grossest ignorance, and treating them merely as beasts of burthen. This island was originally peopled by the Spaniards, who destroyed not less than three millions of the Aborigines, and repeopled it from Africa: and the French, who succeeded the Spaniards, treated the unhappy negroes with the utmost cruelty, till they brought on themselves this most awful vengeance.

* 21. 1766.-A SPOT ON THE SUN, More than thrice the bigness of our earth, was observed to pass over the centre of the sun-a circumstance not ģet satisfactorily accounted for.

23.-SAINT GEORGE. Saint George is the patron Saint of England; for which the following reason is assigned:

When Robert, Duke of Normandy, the son of William the

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Conqueror, was fighting against the Turks, and laying siege to the famous city of Antioch, which was expected to be relieved by the Saracens, St. George appeared with an innumerable army coming down from the hills all clad in white, with a red cross on his banner, to reinforce the Christians; this so terri: fied the infidels, that they fled, and left the Christians in possession of the town. Under the name and ensign of St. George, our victorious Edward III, in 1344, instituted the most noble Order of the Garter. St. George is usually painted on horseback, and tilting at a dragon under his feet, as represented on the reverse of the new Sovereigns and Crowns now in circulation. For an account of the Order, see T.T. for 1818, p. 82. See also Gibbon's Miscell. Works, vol. v, p. 490, and Percy's Reliques, vol. iii, pp. 213, 225, 286, 291, for some curious ballads on the subject of St. George.


As it is said, by order of the French king his master; and his wife was charged with witchcraft. Being asked to explain the arts she practised, her reply was, “My sorcery has been only the influence of a strong mind over a weak one.'

25.-SAINT MARK. St. Mark's Gospel was written in the year 63. The order of knights of St. Mark at Venice, under the protection of this evangelist, was instituted in the year 737, the reigning doge being always grand master: their motto was, “Pax tibi, Marce, Evangelista Meus.' The superstitious fears with which Saint Mark's Eve is annually regarded by thousands in this country, are probably known to the majority of our readers. *25. 1819.- FRANCISCO MANUEL DIED, ÆT. 84,

The celebrated Portuguese poet. From his earliest youth he had successfully cultivated almost every branch of literature. Having profoundly studied the best Portuguese classical authors, his works were imbued with a portion of their beauties, and his literary productions helped to revive -among his countrymen a taste for the noblest studies. His odes, which are full of enthusiasm, are remarkable for bold traits and sublime flights of genius. In his translation of La Fontaine's Fables, he overcame difficulties which were before thought insurmountable, owing to his perfect knowledge of the French and Portuguese languages. Unfortunately, it is not with respect to talent only that he may be compared to other celebrated poets; fame smiled more kindly ou him than fortune. The Marquis de Marialva, however, the Portuguese ambassador to the French court, whose kind patronage Manuel had long en- ! joyed, befriended him in his last illness, and afforded him all the assistance that might be expected from his benevolent disposition and his love of literature and the fine arts.

Astronomical Occurrences


In APRIL 1820,


The Sun enters Taurus at 45 m. after 4 in the morning of the 20th of this month; and that luminary will rise and set during the same period as in the following

Of the Sun's Rising and Setting for every fifth

April 1st, Sun rises 34 m, after 5. Sets 26 m. after 6


14 Equation of Time. The following is the difference between apparent and mean time for certain days of this month, and


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which must be employed as directed in the table, the difference for the intermediate days being found by proportion.

Saturday 1st, to the time by the dial add 3 55
Thursday 6th,

2 26

1 2
- 16th, from the time by the dial subtract 0 15
Friday 21st,

1 23
Wednesday 26th,

2 20
Phases of the Moon.
Last Quarter 6th day, at 24 m. after ? morning
New Moon - 12th


11 night First Quarter 20th


7 morning Full Moon 28th


9 Moon's Passage over the first Meridian. The Moon will pass the meridian of the Royal Observatory at the following times, which have been selected on account of their affording favourable opportunities of observing her in that position, if the atmosphere be clear: viz.

April 2d, at 10 m. after 4 in the morning
3d, -

4th, - 9

20th, - 44

6 in the evening

22d, 12

23d, 52

24th, - 32
25th, - 12 10
26th, - 52

Phase of Venus.
April 1st { Enlightened part = 8:7177

part = 3.2823 Eclipses of Jupiter's Satellites. There are no less than 17 eclipses of Jupiter's first and 8 of his second satellite this month; but none of them will be visible at the Royal Observatory, and therefore their insertion is omitted in this place.

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