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Oh! what is all the pride

Of man's oft boasted power,
Compared with those sweet dreams that wake

In love's triumphant hour.
Slowly the haughty king unbent

His stern and vengeful brow,
And the look he turned upon her face

Was full of fondness now.

Ne'er yet was woman slow

To read in tell-tale eyes
Such thoughts as thesea moment more

And on his breast she lies.
Then, while her slender form still clung,

To his supporting arm,
He cried, “Sweet, be it as thou wilt;

They shall not meet with harm !"
Then from the patriot band,

Arose one thrilling cry,
And tears rained down the iron cheek

That tumed unblenched to die.
“ Now, we indeed are slaves," he cried;

“ Now vain our warlike arts :
Edward has won our shattered walls,

Philippa wins our hearts.”

6.-TRANSFIGURATION. A festival in remembrance of the appearance of Christ on Mount Tabor. It was first introduced into the Romish church by Pope Calixtus in 1455.

7.-NAME OF JESUS. This day, in commemoration of the name of our Saviour, was introduced into the English calendar by our reformers.

10.-ST. LAWRENCE. Treasurer to the church of Rome and deacon to Pope Sextus, about the year 259. He was laid upon a gridiron and broiled to death by order of the Emperor Valerius, for refusing to deliver the church treasure, which they imagined to be in his custody.

12.-KING GEORGE IV. 'BORN. A paper lately appeared in the Literary Gazette, proving our present King to be descended from a Burgher of Norden.* Its extreme curiosity will justify our occupying this day with it.

« The principality of East Friesland, as our readers will recollect, was incorporated with the kingdom of Hanover in the year 1815; and it is worthy of remark, that on his mother's side, George the Fourth, who has added this gem to his German inheritance, is descended from a race of stout Frisian Burghers. We do not mean to insinuate that he forfeits, but that he enhances, by this circumstance, his claim to the loyalty of“ a nation of shopkeepers;" besides which, a knowledge of the precedent may serve to warm the imaginations of the traders of the present day, with a vision of the regal glories in which their posterity may basksome six hundred years hence.!

“But to the point. The first scion of the princely house of East Friesland, whose name appears in its national annals, was Cirk, an affluent citizen of the town of Norden, in the thirteenth century. His son Edzard Cirksena in the year 1269 joined the crusaders under Lewis the Ninth of France, shone as a leading personage in their sacred host, and was not only dubbed a knight by the French sovereign, but, in testimony of his noble bearing, enjoyed the 'high distinction of being permitted to wear a golden lily” midst the plumes of his helmet. On his return from the Holy Land he became Hauptling of Gretsiel, a station of the highest rank among the Frisian nobles; and his posterity continued to enjoy it, from father to son, until the year 1453, when Ulrich Cirksena was chosen “ Lord Paramount" of

* A sea-port and manufacturing town in East Friesland, with a population of 6500 inhabitants.

East Friesland, by the assembled states, and, the year succeeding, was raised to the dignity of a count of the empire, by Conrad the Fourth. This individual was, in fact, the founder of the dynasty of the Cirksenas, from which sprung the subsequent counts and princes of East Friesland. The male branch of this sovereign family became extinct in the person of Charles Edzard, who died in 1599; but its female branch has given monarchs and princes to many an European people, as will appear in tracing the maternal descent of our present sovereign.

“Edzard's daughter Maria, (1578_1616) married Julius Ernest, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, in 1614, and, two years afterwards, gave birth to Maria-Catharine, who was espoused to AdolphusFrederic I., duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, in 1635. Their son, Adolphus-Frederic II., and grandson Adolphus-Frederic III. inherited successively, the dukedom of Mecklenburg-Strelitz; but leaving no male issue, Gustava Carolina, a daughter of the first of these two, brought her husband and cousing Christian Lewis, Duke of Mecklenburg-Grabow, the inheritance of the dukedom of MecklenburgSchwerin, in the year 1735 ; and from this union its present princes are descended.

“Onthe demise of Adolphus-Frederic III., in 1752, the dukedom of Mecklenburg-Strelitz passed to his nephew, Adolphus-Frederic IV., who died unmarried, in 1794, and was succeeded by his brother, Charles-Lewis-Frederic, the father of the present Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, as well as of Louisa, late Queen of Prussia, and of the present Duchess of Cumberland; which last is, consequently, a niece of Sophia-Charlotte (the mother of George the Fourth, King of England and Hanover,) she being a sister of Adolphus-Frederic IV., and, as we have now shown, a descent of Cirk, burgher of Norden, whose fellow-countrymen of the present day have returned to the allegiance sworn in olden times to one of his princely posterity.

“ Among the descendants of Maria-Catherine, grand-daughter of Count Edzard, are, the present hereditary Prince of Denmark, the Crown Prince of Prussia and his brothers and sisters, the wife of the Grand Duke Michael of Russia, the Queen of Bava. ria, the Duchess of Cumberland. the Empress of Russia, cum plurimis aliis.15.--ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.

The Greek and Romish churches celebrate this day in honor of the supposed miraculous ascension of the Virgin Mary into heaven. On this day at Messina, they draw through the principal streets, a machine about 50 feet high, designed to represent Heaven; in the midst of which is placed a young female, personating the Virgin, with an image of Jesus in her right hand. She is surrounded with twentyfour children, representing cherubim and seraphim.


This inimitable poet and novellist resides at Abbutsford, a splendid residence, built under his own direction. His son-in-law, Mr. Lockhart, the present editor of the Quarterly Review, speaking of the river Tweed, says," I saw this far-famed river for the first time, with the turrets of its poet's mansion immediately beyond it, and the bright foliage of his young larches reflected half-way over in its mirror.

“ You cannot imagine a more lovely river ; it is as clear as the purest brook you ever saw, for I could count the white pebbles as I passed, and yet it is broad and deep, and, above all, extremely rapid ; and although it rises sometimes to a much greater height, it seems to fill the whole of its bed magnificently. The ford (of which I made use,) is the same from which the house takes its name, and a few minutes brought me to its gates.

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“Ere I came to it, however, I had time to see that it is a strange fantastic structure, built in total defiance of all those rules of uniformity, to which the modern architects of Scotland are so much attached. It consists of one large tower, with several smaller ones clustering around it, all built of fine grey granite, their roofs diversified abundantly with all manner of antique chimney tops, battlements, and turrets, the windows placed here and there, with appropriate irregularity, both of dimension and position, and the spaces between or above them not unfrequently occupied with saintly niches, and chivalrous coats of arms. Altogether, it bears a close resemblance to some of our true old English manorhouses, in which the forms of religious and warlike architecture are blended together, with no ungraceful mixture.”

18.-1829.-SIR DAVID BAIRD DIED. A distinguished officer in the British army, whose gallantry rose him from comparatively humble rank to that of a general. He served in India, Egypt, Denmark, and the Peninsula, and greatly distinguished himself in numerous engagements. He

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