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his desire.' Shortly after, he was removed to Newgate, tried at Westminster for remaining in England contrary to the statute, convicted, and condemned to death; which sentence was executed at Tyburn on the 21st of February, 1595, when the unhappy sufferer was only in his 35th year.
Among the bards of the Elizabethan aera, Southwell shone with no inferior lustre. With much of the general character of the period, fully participating in its peculiarities, often led away by antithesis, and sometimes conceited in the choice of words, there is an overflowing of mind, a richness of imagination, and a felicity of versification in this author, which eminently entitle his productions to the regard of after times. His melancholy life and dreadful fate, too, would spread a deep interest over his works, even were they in themselves destitute of it, which is very far from being the case. Southwell was also an elegant and powerful prose writer, and a deep casuist. We have been so much pleased with the moral and pathetic turn of the lines ' Upon the Image of Death,' that we subjoin them as a fair specimen of the minor poems of this author.
Before my face the picture hangs,
That daily should put me in mind,
That shortly I am like to find;
I often look npon a face
Most ugly, grisly, bare, and thin;
Where eyes and nose had sometimes been;
That telleth me whereto I must;
'Remember, man, thou art but dust
Continually at my bed'a bead
A hearse doth hang, which doth me tell
Though now I feel myself fall well;
The knife wherewith I cut my meat;
Which is my only usual seat;
My ancestors are turned to clay,
My youngers daily drop away.
And can I think to 'scape alone i
Not Solomon, for all his wit,
Nor Samson, though he were so strong;
No king nor power ever yet
Could 'scape, but death laid him along
Wherefore I know that I must die,
And yet my life amend not I.
Though all the East did quake to bear
Of Alexander's dreadful name;
To hear of Julius Caesar's fame;
Who then can 'scape, but he must die?
If none can 'scape Death's dreadful dart,
If rich and poor bis beck obey;
Then I to 'scape shall have no way:
*22.—CHARISTIA, An antient pagan feast well worth reviving in christian times. It was celebrated with the intention
'See * St. Peter's Complaint, and other Poems, by the Rev. R. Southwell, edited by W. J. Walter, lsmo;' and the Literary Gazette for 1818, p. 658.
of reconciling friends and relations: the head of the family then hospitably entertained all those to whom he was related or connected, and, by the benevolent distribution of mutual presents, it was hoped that all animosities would cease!
Fly far from hence, yon who polluted are,
Nor at this holy festival appear;
Let mothers who have used their children ill,
And brothers, who a brother's blood would spill;
Let those who pry into their parents' age,
And wish their exit from the mundane stage,
Let stepdames who their husbands' children chase,
From home, and force 'em to destructive ways,
Let none of these the friendly feast disgrace;
Or those, who for the sake of sordid gain
Will uot from stealth or sacrilege refrain;
Far, far from hence, your feet unhallowed take,
Nor the sweet peace of this assembly break;
Here piously paternal gods adore,
To day sweet Concord has the ruling power.
Matthias was, probably, one of the seventy disciples, and was a constant attendant upon our Lord, from the time of his baptism by St. John until his ascension. The gospel and traditions published under his name are considered spurious.
25—SEXAGESIMA SUNDAY. See SEPTUAGESIMA,
*—. 1798.—THE FRENCH ENTERED ROME.
The Goth, the Christian, Time, War, Flood, and Fire,
Where the cor climbed the capital; far and wide
Temple and tower went down, nor left a site:—
Chaos of ruins! who shall trace the void,
O'er the dim fragments cast a lunar light,
And say, ' here was, or is,' where all is doubly night?
Alas! the lofty city I and alas!
The trebly hundred triumphs! and the day
When Brutus made the dagger's edge surpass
The conqueror's sword in bearing fame away!
Alas, for Tally's voice, and Virgil's lay,
And Livy's pictured page!—but these shall be
Her resurrection; all beside—decay.
Alas, for Earth, for never shall we see
That brightness in her eye she bore when Rome was free!
In FEBRUARY 1821.
Solar Phenomena. The Sun enters Pisces at 57m. after 9 in the evening of the 18th of this month; and he rises and sets on certain days, during the same period, as in the following
Of the Sun's Rising and Setting every fifth Day.
February 1st, Sun rises 27 m. after 7. Sets 33 m. after 4
Gth, .... 18 . . 7 .. 4* ... 4
lltb, .... 9 . . 7 . . 51 ... 4
16th, .... 0.. 7.. 0...5
SI st, .... 50 . . 6 . . 10 ... 5
26th, . . .~ . 41 . . 6 . . Jl» . . . S
To change the time as indicated by a good sundial, to that which ought to be marked by a well regulated clock at the same instant, or to convert apparent to mean time, the numbers in the following Table must be added to the hour given by the dial. The addition for any intermediate time is to be found by proportion.
TABLE. m. s.
Thursday, Feb. 1st, to .the time by the dial add 13 58
Tuesday, . 6th, ." 14 48
Sunday, . 11th, 11 36
Friday, . 16th 14 26
Wednesday, 21st 13 57
Monday . 26tb, 13 15
New Moon . 2d day, at 38 m. after 6 evening.
Moon's Passage over the Meridian. The Moon will pass the meridian of the Royal Observatory at the following times, which, if the weather be favourable, will afford good opportunities for observing her in that position, viz.
February 7th, at 5 m. after 4 in the afternoon.
8th, . 57 . . . 4 . . . .';
9th, . 51 ... 5
10th, .47 . . . 6 in the evening
11th, . 45 ... 7
12th, . 42 ... 8
13tb, . 37 ... 9
14th, . 29 ... 10
ii3d, . 5 . . . 4 in the morning
24th, . 51 ... 4
25th, . 42 ... 5 .... .
26th, . 36 ... 6 .... .
27th, . 31 ... 7
28th, . 33 ... 8 .... .
Phenomena Planetarum. Phases of Venus. The illuminated phase of this beautiful planet will bear the following proportion to the whole disk at the beginning of this month, viz.
Februarv 1st i Illuminated Part = 10 662876.