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Under the Protection of Juno.
Annue, purpureâque veni perlucida palla :
Ter tibi fit libo, ter, dea casta, mero.—Tibullus.
Hail, wedded love! mysterious law, true source
Mine eye yet fixed on Heaven's unchanging clime,
With inward stillness, and submitted mind;
When lo! its folds far waving on the wind, I saw the train of the DEPARTING YEAR!
Starting from my silent sadness
Then, with no unholy madness, Ere yet the entered cloud foreclosed my sight, I raised the impetuous song, and solemnized his fight.
Upon an huge great earth-pot steane he stood.-Spenser.
If then, Young Year! thou need’st must come,
We fear, but 'tis thy company :
Be seen among thy train :
Nor let thy livery be
Ask me why I send you here
Ask me why I send to you
I will whisper to your ears,
Ask me why this flower doth shew
Ask me why the stalk is weak
I will answer, these discover
The shepherds on the lawn,
Or e'er the point of dawn,
That the mighty Pan
Perhaps their loves, or else their sheep,
The Temple shakes, the sounding gates unfold,
Temple of Fame.
Here Patriots live, who for their country's good
Teach us so to number our Days, that we may apply our hearts unto Wisdom.
Deaths. Cal. 1. Stephen Morin, 1625, Caen. St. Basil, Abp. of Cæsarea, 379.
Bp. W. Fleetwood, 1656, Tower. Charles the Bad, 1387. d. Pam-
Jo.du Bellay, 1560. Notre Dame.
Sir John Hotham, behead. 1645.
W.Wycherley, 1716. Cov.Gard. St. Almachus (or Telemachus), Lou.de Dangeau, 1723. d. Paris.
Martyr at Rome, A. D. 404. Mel. Duringer, 1723. d. Berne. St. Eugendus (or Oyend), Ab- Daniel E. of Winchelsea, 1730.
bot of St. Claude, d. 510. Henry Lord Montfort, 1755. St. Fulgentius, Bv. of Ruspa, in C. A. Helvetius, 1772. d. Paris. Tunis, d. 533.
Thoş. Hollis, 1774. d.Corscombe. St. Fanchea (or Faine), Virgin John Bourget, 1776.Caen-Abbey.
of Ireland, 6th Century. Sir Fletcher Norton, 1789. St. Mochua (or Moncain, alias N. Vandermonde, 1796. Paris.
Cluanus), Virgin of Ireland, L. J. M. Daubenton, 1800. 6th Century
J. C. G. Voigt, 1821. Ilmenau.
of Balla in Ireland, 637.
Cluni, d. 1049.
As no man can, rightly, be said to be born, until he has arrived at some station worthy of his life; so, in a religious view, death is the great birth-day of the departed.
'Tis man alone that joy descries
THE CIRCUMCISION. By the primitive Christians the 1st day of January was observed as a fast, to distinguish it from the abuses of paganism. It was not until the year 487, that the festival, called in the Latin ritual, the Octave of Christmas, became known to the Church ; nor,
under its present title of “ Circumcision,” as introduced into our English Liturgy in 1550, is it to be traced higher than about the close of the 11th Century. The ceremony itself to which Christ submitted, is remembered, with reverence, by every Christian.
New YEAR's Day. That wholesome custom of making presents on the opening of the year, is as ancient as humanity; for it was “ in the end of the days," at the Autumnal Equinox, that Abel offered up to God a lamb of nine months old, and Cain (when every branch yielded him the means of happiness) the first fruits of his husbandry. It became traditionary with all the Celtic tribes, the Jews, Sarmatæ, and Romans, and was peculiarly a British observance; and, in a later age, we find it still blended with feelings of piety, as well as friendship. Even now the usage is reserved amongst us, in common with the Jews, of exchanging, on this day, visitings and congratulations. The Laureate's Lyric note, which chimed in the year, was silenced 1790 ; but from no dishonour in the institution, that had enrolled the proudest names in the annals of English poesy.
THE MONTH OF JANUARY, and its successor, were adapted for their present station, as leaders of the year, by the wisdom of Numa Pompilius, B.C. 672. The Roman Consuls from B.C. 154, inclusive, were regularly inaugurated on the 1st of January; and the Senate afterwards, in the times of the Emperors, annually renewed on the same day their oath of allegiance. Then also began, B.C. 45, the famous Julian Period, after the Roman Calendar had first been reformed by Sosigenes,
I am sent to the ant, to learn industry; to the dove, to learn innocency; to the serpent, to learn wisdom; and why not to the Robin redbreast, who chants it as cheerfully in winter as in summer, to learn equanimity and patience.-Warwick.