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ind awaits and compares scarce edi. Notwithstanding the ridicule which ions and curious documents ; he saun. of later ages has been deservedly rers to the public libraries, revises with thrown on the idea of good and evil days, astidious care, and fatigues his aman- it is certain that, from time immemorial, seitsis by his caprices. Hence it hap- the most celebrated nations of antiquity, pens, that a poor author is almost al. the Chaldeans, the Egyptians, the ways superior to his book'; and a rich Greeks and the Romans, adopted and author almost always inferior to his book. placed implicit faith in this superstitious
notion, which is still prevalent in all Philip, King of Macedon, lost'one of parts of the East. bis eyes by a very singular accident. According to Plutarch, the kings of Besieging the small city Methone, a Egypt never transacted business on the man named Aster, of Amphipolis, offer. 3d day of the week, and abstained even ed his services to Philip, telling him that from food till the evening, because on he was so excellent a marksman, that that day Typhon, who was considered he could bring down birds in their most by them as the cause of every evil, was rapid flight. The Monarch made this born. The 17th of the month was also answer; " Well, then I will take you in- deemed unfortunate, as on that day Osi. to my service when I make war upon ris died. The Greeks, too, had their Starlings." This reply stung the ar- unlucky days, which they denominated cher to the quiek, and here it was ful.
The Thursday was generally proved, that a repartee may be of fa- ly considered by the Athenians as of so tal consequence to him wbo makes it. unlucky an import, that the assemblies Aster having thrown himself into the of the people which happened to fall on eity, let fly an arrow, on which was writ- that day, were always deferred. Hesiod ten, “ to Philip's right eye.” This car- enumerates the days when it might be ried a most cruel proof that he was a proper to commence certain undertakgood marksman, for he actually hit him ings, and those, when it was necessary in the right eye. Pbilip, however, sent to abstain from every employment. A. him back the arrow, with this inscrip-mong the latter he mentions the 5th of tion ; “ If Philip takes Methone, he every month, when the infernal Furies will bang up Aster;" and accordingly, were supposed to bestride the earth.-having taken it, he was as good as his Virgil bs as the same ideaword.
Quintam fuge :-pallidus Orcus Eumenidesque sate-tum partu terra ne. findo
Cæumque Iapetumque creat, jævumque. [The subject of the following remarks is of Ec cons:rutos cælum rescindere fratres.
general concern. Aimost every individ Many historical observations have ual has prepossessions in favour of one contributed to favour these superstitious day and antipathies against another, notions. Josephus remarks, that the and although the reason may be con temple of Solomon was burnt by the cinced that the prejudice is a folly, yet Babylonians on the 8tlı of September, his inclination ( shall we say supersti. and was a second time destroyed on the tion?) leads himn often to obey it. Men same day by Titus. Emilius Protus al. die and are buried on all days, but it so observes, that Timoleon, the Corin very rarely happens even ainong our thian, gained most of his victories on enlightened countrymen that any are the anniversary of his birth. married on a Friday, and a lady has To these facts drawn from ancient been known to declare she would rather history, many from more modern times remain an old maid for life than go to may be added. It is said, that most the altar on this inauspicious day. of the successes of Charles the Fifth oc. We hear of vessels lost without any dis- curred on the festival of St. Matthias.crimination of times, and yet we all Henry the Third was elected king of know the preference of sailors for a Sun- Poland, and became king of France, on day's departure: In truth mankind Whitsunday, which was also his birthhave weaknesses which they cannot day. Pope Sextus the fifth preferred strengthen and are carried on the cur- Wednesday to every other in the week, rent of prevailing sentiment without be because it was the day of his birth, of ing desirous of freedum. Em. Ed’rs ] his promotion to the cardinalate, of his
ON GOOD AND EVIL DAYS.
election to the papal throne, and of his mind, alternately wise and weak, in coronation.
criminately adopts error and truth Louis the Thirteenth asserted that Friday was always a favourable day to
For the Emerald him. Henry the VIlth. of England was partial to Saturday, on which most of the
MR. FENNELL. happy events of his life had taken place.
The course of Readings and Red But if it were necessary to adduce tions, proposed by Mr. Fexseli, İLAR examples against a sentiment so con
hoped will meet that encouragers Ped trary to reason and common sense, it which the liberality and good taste would be easy to enumerate instances this town has always offered, wheat
of of good and ill fortune occurring on the tinguished talents have claimed to same day. Pompey was assassinated on public patronage. The success atid
Say the day of his former triumph over Mith, attended a similar course in Pias
ndr ridates. Alexander, who had received phia, ill adapted as it was to attesta better instructions from his preceptor, attention of the million, would be s Aristotle, once ridiculed with spirit an cient evidence of Mr. Fennell's settlere observation of one of his officers, who
were not such evidence rendered as in represented to him that the kings of cessary, by the specimens of super Macedon never commenced a march in talent, which the public bere alread Rec the month of June, and that he might witnessed. The recitations of "Clarem encounter some unfavourable event if he ence's Dream,” “Satan's address a Oft reglected to follow the ancient custom. the Lion,” &c. on Tuesday everage “ It is necessary (said he) for once to Concert Hall, were highly appreciated and infringe the custom ; I therefore order by a very respectable and deterninge bı that this June, which is so much dread
auditory. ed, shall henceforth be called the se. cond month of May.” Lucullus replied beauties of the Drama; while the part ben
The stage presents us only with the deve in the same manner to those who endea of Milton, Thomson, Gray, and voured to dissuade him from engaging admired poets, furnish passages ered Tigranes on the Nones of October, be susceptible of additional force and best price cause the army of Cepio had on that day ty from the powers of the accomplished and been defeated by the Cimbri.
1. And i speaker...A judicious selection of the for that very reason, said Lucullus, will
passages, embellished with the gracele render it for the future a favourable day of oratory, we are confident in savis ob for the Romans. He attacked the king will be exhibited in the readings she of Armenia, and defeated him. Leo the recitations of Mr. Fennell. Txind Tenth was inaugurated Pope on the an- jections usually made against thestra o niversary of his imprisonment the year representations will here be obrated as before. Oliver Cromwell had always all impurities will be expunged, anh considered the 3d September as fortu- only the noblest parts retained, * P nate for him. On the 3d of September mixt with baser matter."
Nord 1650, he defeated the Scotch at Dun. the auditory be subjected to the druer bar, and on that day, in the fullowing | ery of attending to every low, illiterat year, he gained the battle of Worcester; performer, whose false pronunciatiu but on the 3d of Sept. 1658 he expired: false emphasis, false
cadence, and fall Though this distinction of good and every thing, is sufficient to deters evil days be in reality as absurd as it ap. humane person from witnessing pears to be, I much doubt if it be yet horrid mutilation of harmless English entirely eradicated. When it is con
We are sensible that no argument sidered how many things concur to keep need be used, to induce the public up an error of this kind, and that a bestow their patronage on one, when mong the great, as well as with the vul- notwithstanding prejudices that esii gar, opinions as puerile as this are not against the profession to which he bed only received, but even made a rule of longs, is esteemed as a gentleman, action, it may be inferred, that in every scholar, and a disciple of the old schones age and every country, however civiliz. ed, superstition always maintains its influence though it may occasionally vary with our friend Ris.
We have a very capital fault to find
He does not in its object and name. The human half often enough.
INSCRIBED TO A LADY.
For the Emerald.
Ah no! touch'd by the freezing wind,
Low droops its head forlorn;
And, lady, love like fate will find,
Di MARK you yon coy distrustful flower
Peep from its humble bed,
The following is among the latest produc
tions of the humorous PINDAR. It has And none perhaps e'er saw it bloom,
merit, both in sentiment, and style. Save roving poet's eye; Ind none enjoy'd its rich perfume,
THE BUTTERFLY AND MAGGOT. Or prais'd its lovely die! here hath it blossom'd since its birth, In loveliness alone!
By Peter Pindar, Esq. cow bending o’er its parent earth,
Reclin'd on mossy throne. he roving butterfly so fine,
Harriet, for you I pen the tale, Oft has admir'd its charms?
Who, dove-like, seek the (silent rale ?
Rich in the virtues, rich in pow’rs of Ir vagrant bee would there recline,
mind, And sleep within its arms.
Content, where WISDOM points the The humming bird, with radiant breast,
way, Full oft would visit there;
In modest solitude to stray, nd youngling partridge love to rest,
And leave a bustling frenzied world Beneath its foliage fair.
behind. pw mark yon proud and flaunting gem, A BUTTERFLY, of plumage gay, Spread its fine blossoms wide, Descended on a hazel spray, leming all others to contemn, Where dwelt a Maggot in his nut, The garden's care and pride.
Contented in his humble hut.. al every wandering breeze that lies, The coxcomb pertly now press'd in, Robs it of rich perfume ;
Esclaiming, with satiric grin, d every comer soils its dies,
“ Who's here that bids the world fare. And every sun its bloom.
well ? d oh, how soon its faded form, Hoh! master Maggot are ye dead?” n sorrow falls to ground;
The maggot heard-popp'd out his aght can defend th’impetuous storm,
head Yr heal deep piercing wound. Just like a hermit from his cell. is Pride, the maid of haughty eye,
“What, Friar Maggot! alive and mop. By Fashion's hand adurn'd,
ing: hough she glare in brilliant die,
Amid the dark for ever groping ? low soon her fall is mourn'd. Why, what a horrid life is thine ! i lowly Innocence, retird
I range at will the hill and vale, from the world's gaudy show,
I face the sun, enjoy the gale,
And on the honied blossoms dine. ng blooming lives, by all admir'd, und bless'd in Virtue's view !
5 Amid the fields of air I stray, R*. And, tell me, who dares stop my way
Not of proud man the crawling nation.
Why, thou art e'en beneath the Mole! For the Emerald.
Heavens, how I pity thee, poor soul ! то
Thy birth disgraces the creation." EN Spring's first gem doth ope its“ What insolence (the grub replies :) eye,
Alas ! how vain are Butterflies. nd rear its tender form,
Know, then, that Heaven my wishes can the beauteous nursling fy,
grants, he keen and biting storm?
Contented with my humble food,
I know that Providence is good, Or is it Zeineb's fairer form And feel his bounty in my wants. That wakes with kisses melting wart,
And sits and sings the song of glee, “Blaspheming creature learn, O learn
Beneath the wooing almond tree? What thy dull optics can't discern ; The hand which gave the Sun its form, Fram'd ocean, bids the winds arise,
А BEAUTIFUL Displays its pow'r on earth and skies,
On the green margin of the land, The beau, with plumes of glittring Where Guardalhorce winds his way, gold,
My lady lay: Was, with a grin, prepar'd to treat With golden key sleep's gentle hand, him ;
Had closed her eyes so bright. When forth a sparrow hopp'd, unseen, Her eyes, two suns of light.
Spoild monsieur's meditated mien, And bade his balmy dews In triumph bore him off and ate him.
Her rosy cheek suffuse.
The River God in slumber saw ber laid. How few simplicity endears !
He rais'd his dripping head, Ah ! who would lose, for sighs and
With weeds o'erspread, tears, The charms of friendship, love, and Clad in his watry robes approach'd
the maid. calm security, To grandeur's giddy heights 10 And with.cold kiss, like death,
Drank the rich perfume of the maiden's climb ?
breath. The happy state, and true sublime,
The maiden felt that icy kiss ;
Her suns unclosed-tbeir flame
His frothy body melt,
And heard the radiance on his boson
From the Port Folio.
TO MR. G. STUART, o Zephyr! 'mid thy blossoms straying
On sitting to Mr Peale for kis Pertra: With Pleasure's sportive daughters Though thy fame, like a current, ex. playing?
tended its force, Or have the virgin lilies spread No less pure though still deeper and For panting Love a downy bed,
wider its course ; Where the fond trembler may repose, Yet a debt still remained to futurity And steep in extacy his woes ?
due. Or is it Zeineb's softer breast
As thy name fill'd the ear, that thy
form should the view On which her lover sinks to rest ;
Now 'tis done—and each lover of na. And her's the sigh that I inhale, The blushing maid of Yemen's vale? Will forever revere what so reigns is
ture and art Or is it some gay child of air,
his heart; Some genie bright, or houri fair,
Nor shall Fame its proportion to PEAL! With beauties that can never fade,
e'er deny. Who sits beneath the almond shade?
For united with Stuart's it nere
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