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Speaking of charms to dream by, he says, “ The women have several magic secrets handed down to them by tradition for this purpose; as on St. Agnes' night, 21st of January, take a row of pins, and pull out every one, one after another, saying i paternoster, or our father, sticking a pin in your sleeve, and you will dream of him or her you shall marry. Ben Johnson in one of his masks, makes mention of this:
And on sweet Agnes' night
Which an empty dream discovers.' “Another method used by love-sick girls, was, to sleep in a county not their usual residence, where they knit the left-legged garter round their rightlegged stocking, leaving the other garter, and other stocking untouched; in this way they then repeated the following lines, knitting a knot at each comma:
This knot I knit,
And what he does all the days.' “The next dream upon the subject, represented the gentleman to the lady's ardent gaze, bearing a badge of his occupation.
6 A lady acknowledged (to Aubrey) that she had practised the incantation, and was favored with a vision; about two or three years after, as she was one sunday at church, up pops a young Oxonian in the pulpit; she cried out presently to her sister, this is the very face of the man I saw in my dream: he became her husband. Sir William Soames' lady did the like.
“ Another way, is to charm the morn thus:-at the first appearance of the new moon after new year's
day, go out in the evening, and stand over the bars of a gate or stile, looking on the moon, and say,
* All hail to thee, moon, all hail to thee,
This night who my good husband must be.' you must presently after go to bed. I knew two gentlewomen that did thus when they were young maids, and they had dreams of those that married them.”
21.-1793. LOUIS XVI. BEHEADED. The 21st day of the month proved singularly ominous and fatal to the French Monarch; on the 21st of April, 1770, he had been married : 21st of June, 1770, the fête on account of his nuptials was celebrated, when 1500 persons were trampled to death : on the 21st of January, 1782, the festival on the birth of the dauphin took place : on the 21st of June, 1791, he began his flight to Varennes : on the 21st of September, 1792, royalty was abolished in France; and on the 21st of January, 1793, he was beheaded, by means of the guillotine, on the Place Louis the Fifteenth.
22.-ST. VINCENT. St. Vincent was a deacon in the Spanish church and born at Osca, now called Huesca, in Granada. He suffered martyrdom during the Dioclesian persecution in the year 304, by being laid on burning coals: the body was afterwards thrown into a marshy field, where, Butler affirms, in was defended by a crow from wild beasts and birds of prey.
It was formerly a practice to notice whether the sun shone on this day; and there is an old latin distich recording the injunction which may be thus Englished :
Remember on St. Vincent's day
Dr. Forster supposes this command to have arisen from a supposition, that the sun would not shine ominously on the day whereon the saint was burnt. · 23.-1829.-THE RIGHT REV. BISHOP STANSER DIED,
ÆTAT. 68. The Right Rev. Robert Stanser, late Bishop of Nova Scotia, died suddenly at his residence at Hampton. “He was of St. John's College, Cambridge, LL.B. 1789; and after nearly thirty years of laborious service as a missionary from the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, in the province of Nova Scotia, North America, was consecrated in the year 1816 bishop of that province, at the urgent and unanimous desire of the whole community. The highest and the lowest, churchmen and dissenters, on that occasion, were all anxious to testify to his worth, and to evince their affection for him. But short indeed was the period allowed him for exertion in the high station he was chosen to fill; for the diseases contracted in a severe climate from exposure and fatigue, under circumstances very far different from those now in existence, began too soon to prey upon his frame, and rendered him incapable of attending to his arduous charge; in consequence of which, his Majesty, in the year 1825, was pleased to allow him to retire, and in humble seclusion he passed the remainder of his life. Dévoid altogether of pride, possessing a benevolent heart, of endearing and affectionate manners, he lived beloved and respected, and died sincerely lamented.-Gentleman's Magazine,
; THE DYING CHRISTIAN.
Who lived averse to sin:
The good man's joys begin.
See smiling Patience sooth his brow !
To lift his soul on high ;
Who taught him how to die.
In vain their gloom display ;
Their darkness into day.
As from the sinner's breast;
And heals his soul with rest.
And calm my evening close ;
To Him from whence I rose. 23.–1806.-RIGHT HON. WILLIAM PITT DIED.
This eminent statesman commenced his parliamentary career early in life, having taken his seat soon after he came of age. He had not long been a member when he was attacked by Sir Robert Walpole, and taunted with his youth, to which Pitt replied in a speech which might be regarded as a model for young men to imitate. It is worthy preservation, and will justify insertion on this day.
6 Sir;-The atrocious crime of being a young man, which the honorable gentleman has, with such spirit and decency, charged upon me, I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny, but content myself with wishing that I may be one of those whose follies may cease with their youth, and not of that number who are ignorant in spite of experience. Whether youth can be imputed to any man as a
reproach, I will not, Sir, assume the province of determining ;-but surely age may become justly contemptible, if the opportunities which it brings have past away without improvement, and vice appears to prevail when the passions have subsided. The wretch, who after having seen the consequences of a thousand errors, continues still to blunder, and whose age has only added obstinacy to stupidity, is surely the object either of abhorrence or contempt, and deserves not that his grey hairs should secure him from insult. Much more, Sir, is he to be abhorred, who, as he advanced in age has receded from virtue, and becomes more wicked with less temptation ;—who prostitutes himself for money which he cannot enjoy, and spends the remains of his life in the ruin of his country. But youth, Sir, is not my only crime ; I have been accused of acting a theatrical part, A theatrical part may either imply some peculi. arities of gestures, or a dissimulation of my real sentiments, and an adoption of the opinions and language of another man.
« In the first sense, Sir, the charge is too trifling to be confuted, and deserves only to be mentioned to be despised. I am at liberty, like every other man, to use my own language, and though, perhaps, I may have some ambition to please this gentleman, I shall not lay myself under any restraint, nor very solicitously copy his diction, or his mien, however matured by age, or modelled by experience. If any man shall, by charging me with theatrical behaviour, imply that I utter any sentiments but my own, I shall treat him as a calumniator and a villain, nor shall any protection shield him from the treatment he deserves. I shall on such an occasion, without scruple, trample upon all those forms with which wealth and dignity intrench themselves, nor shall any thing but age