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Nor shall thine ardours cease to glow
When fouls to blissful climes remove,
HIS RIDICULE. When Dr. Percy first published his collection of Ancient English Ballads, perhaps he was too lavish in commendation of the beautiful fimplicity and poetic merit he supposed himself to discover in them. This circumstance provoked Johnson to observe one evening at Miss Reynolds's tea-table, that he could rhyme as well and as elegantly in common narrative and conversation. For instance, says he,
As with my hat upon my head
I walk'd along the Strand,
With his hat in his hand. Or to render such poetry subservient to my own immediate use,
I therefore pray thee, Renny dear,
That thou wilt give to me,
Another dish of tea.
Shall long detain the cup,
Have drank the liquor up.
Nor hear it with a frown]:--
As I can gulp it down.
The courage, activity, and presence of mind of this monarch at the battle of the Boyne, in July 16go, were extremely conspicuous during the whole of the engage
ment, in the course of which he repeatedly charged the enemy sword in hand. An English soldier, in the heat of the battle, pointing his piece at the king, he turned it afide without emotion, saying only, “ Do you not know your friends?” The day was far advanced, when the Irish at length began to retire on all sides ; and General Hamilton, who commanded the horse, making a furious charge, in the desperate hope of retrieving the battle, was wounded and taken prisoner. On being brought nto the presence of the King, who knew him to be the life and loul of the Irish army, William asked him, “ If he thougat the enemy would make any farther resistance ? tv which Hamilton replied, “ Upon my honour I believe they will.” The king eying him with a look of disdain, repeated, “ your HONOUR !” but took no other notice of his treachery.
JAMES THE SECOND. The rival monarch, far from contending for the prize of empire in the same spirit of heroism, kept his station with a few squadrons of horse on the hill of Dunmore, to the south of the river, viewing through a telescope from the tower of the church the movements of the two armies. On receiving intelligence from Count Lazun that he was in danger of being surrounded, he marched off to Duleck, and thence in great haste to Dublin. This daftardly conduct exposed him to the personal con-tempt of those who were most strongly atiached to the caufi, Colonel Sarsfield, as it is said, declaring, “ that if they could change kings, he should not be afraid to fight the battle over again.”
ARCHBISHOP TILLOTSON Was a prelate who, in a very difficult and critical fituation, had conducted himself with great wisdom, temper, and moderation. He had a clear head, with a tender and compassionate heart, and like his celebrated
predecessor, predecessor, Cranmer, was a faithful and zealous friend, but a gentle, generous, and placable adversary.
This celebrated man had formed himself on the model of the heroic Montrose, and was possessed of the same commanding, talents and graceful accomplishments. Having left the convention with the rest of the tèceders, he quiited Edinburgh at the head of about fifty horie. Being asked whither he was going, he replied,
" Wherea ever the spirit of Montrose ihall direct me.
He was soon after killed at the battle of Killicranky, May 1689.
ST. PAUL'S CATHEDRAL. The first stone was laid on June 12, 1675, by Sir Christopher Wren, and the building was completed by him in 1710, but the whole decorations were not finished till 1723. It was a moft fingular circumstance, that notwithstanding it was thirty-five years building, ic was begun and finished by one architect, Sir Christopher Wren, and under one prelate, Henry Compton, bifhop of London. Whereas the church of St. Peter, at Rome, was a hundred and thirty-five years in building, in the reigns of nineteen popes, and went through the hands of twelve architects. In the reigns of James I. and Charles I. the body of this cathedral was the common resort of the politicians, the nervsmongers, and the idle in general. It was called Paul's walk. It is mentioned in the old plays, and other books of the times.
JUDGE JEFFERIES. The fallen Lord Chancellor Jefferies, the cruel inftrument of despotisım under James II. died imprisoned in the Tower of London, of a broken heart, aided by intemperance. Whilst there he received, as he thought, a prelent of a barrel of Colchester oysters, and expressed great satisfaction at the thought of having some friend
yet left; but on taking off the top of the barrel appeared an halter !
MARY de Efte, the unhappy queen of James II. flying with her infant prince from the ruin impending over their house, after crossing the Thames from the abdicated Whitehall, took theirer beneath the ancient walls of this church a whole hour, from the rain of the inclement night of December 6, 1688. Here the waited with aggravated misery till a common cuach, procured from the next inn, arrived and conveyed her to Graverend, whence the failed, and bid an eternal adieu to these kingdoms.
DE THOU, The celebrated historian, had a very singular adventure at Saumur, in the year 1598. One night, having retired to reft very much fatigued, while he was enjoying a sound sleep he felt a very strong weight upon his feet, which having made him turn suddenly, fell down and awakened him. At first he imagined that it had been only a dream, but hearing soon after some noise in his chamber, he drew aside the curtains, and law by the help of the moon, which at that time shone very bright, a large white figure walking up and down, and at the same time observed upon a chair fome rags, which he thought belonged to thieves who had come to rob him. The figure then approaching his bed, he had the courage to ask what it was. “ I ain," said it, “ the queen of heaven.” Had such a figure appeared to any credulous ignorant man in the dead of the night and made such a speech, would he not have trembled with fear, and have frightened the whole neighbourhood with a marvellous description of it? But De Thou had too much under. standing to be so imposed upon. Upon hearing the words which dropped from the figure, he immediately concluded that it was some mad woman ; got up,
his servants, and ordered them to turn her out of doors ; after which he returned to bed and fell asleep. Next morning he found that he had not been deceived in his conjecture, and that having forgot to shut his door, this female figure had escaped from her keepers and entered his apartment. The brave Schomberg, to whom De Thou related his adventure fome days after, confessed that in such a case he would not have fhewn fo much courage. The king also, who was informed of it by Schomberg, made the same acknowledgement.
Used to dine late that he might have a long morning to study in. After dinner, he would converse cheerfully with his friends about all forts of subjects, and deliver his opinions very freely upon men and things. So says Milicheus, who was a student at Fribourg, and there had the pleasure of being well acquainted with Erasmus.
The very day after Cranmer was burnt, Pole was confecrated archbishop of Canterbury ;-so that the words of Elijah to Ahab concerning Naboth were applied to him, Thou haft killed and taken poression.
ERASMUS having been exhorted by his patron, Montjoy, to write against Luther, replied with a frankness which must please every reader :-—" Nothing is more easy than to call Luther a blockhead: nothing is less easy than to prove him one ; at least it seems so to me.”
JORTIN. “ If a man finds," said that great man,“ some of his learned productions purloined by others, he may, generally speaking, make out his claim to his own property, if he thinks it worth while ; and he qught not to be very uneasy about it as if some strange accident had