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BY JOHN AUGUSTUS SHEA,
Were wandering fast away from him. The charms of the country have been often weighed in comparison with those of town; little can that man know of the beauties of nature who prefers the latter to the former. We close this month with a little poetical gem illustrative of this feeling.
STANZAS, Written during an Excursion to the Neighbourhood of the
Salmon-Leap, Leixlip, Ireland.
BY THOMAS FURLONG.
The wild rabble's unmeaning stare;
Through Dunleary's dusty air;
And a path more fresh and fair;
The glittering groups to see,
With each smiling company;
When the waves roll full and free ;
A pile like Saint Woolstan's show?
With its stream all smooth and slow?
With its foam like the untouched snow,
In its strength upon the plain,
Your steps to the town again.
Without one long sigh of pain ?
This month was named in honor of Augustus Cæsar, because in this month he was created consul, thrice triumpher in Rome, subdued Egypt to the Roman empire, and made an end of civil wars. Previous to the time of Cæsar it was called Sextilis, being the sixth from March. .
1.-LAMMAS DAY. A festival celebrated on this day by the Romish church, in memory of St. Peter's imprisonment. Lammas is by some derived from a Saxon word, signifying loaf-mass, because on that day the AngloSaxons made an offering of bread with new wheat,
2.-1100.--WILLIAM RUFUS KILLED.
“ Here stood the oak tree from which the arrow, shot by Sir Walter Tyrrell at a stag, glanced, and struck King William the 2nd, surnamed Rufus, in the breast, of which he instantly died, on the 2d day of August, 1100.”
The second inscription says, “ King William the 2nd, surnamed Rufus, being slain as is before stated, was laid in a cart belonging to one Purkiss, and drawn from hence to Winchester, and buried in the cathedral church of that city.”
The third is as follows:" Anno 1755, That where this event so remarkable had happened might not be hereafter unknown, this stone was set up by John Lord Delawar, who has seen the tree growing in this place. This stone was repaired by John Richard Earl Delawar, 1781." 4.-1347.-CALAIS SURRENDERED TO EDWARD JII.
THE SURRENDER OF CALAIS.
By Emma C. Embury.
And his Tofty breast beat high,
With proud and flashing eye;
As slowly onward came
The terror of his name.
Before the king they stood,
The sacrifice of blood.
But the lightning of their look,
Ev'n the monarch could not brook.
“ Haste ! bear them off to death?
With the traitor's parting breath !”
Nor word nor sound awoke,
The voice of horror broke.
And, hark! a step draws near,
Not like the heavy clang
A female figure sprang;
If still thy heart can feel.
Look on me while I kneel.
Let not the darkening cloud
Thy glory to enshroud.
For never more thy wife
Look not in anger down!
I cannot bear thy frown.
The pang all pangs above,
And blush, because I love.
My woman's fears aside,
With dauntless front to ride.*
Of woman's love, I spread
In victory o'er my head.
To share thy glorious crown;
In shame from thy renown.
A kind and gentle heart;
And let these men depart.”
* At the battle of Neville's Cross, in which the Scots were defeated and the king taken prisoner.-vide Hume.