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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, indis. coronation.
criminately adopts error and truth. Louis the Thirteenth asserted that. Friday was always a favourable day to
For the Emerald. him. Henry the VIIth. 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 RecitaBut if it were necessary to adduce tions, proposed by Mr. Fennell, it is examples against a sentiment so con- hoped will meet that encouragement, trary to reason and common sense, it which the liberality and good taste ei would be easy to enumerate instances this town has always offered, when dis. of good and ill fortune occurring on the tinguished talents have claimed the same day. Pompey was assassinated on public patronage. The success which the day of his former triumph over Mith, attended a similar course in Philadelridates. Alexander, who had received phia, ill adapted as it was to attract the better instructions from his preceptor, attention of the million, would be suffi. Aristotle, once ridiculed with spirit an cient evidence of Mr. Fennell's merit, observation of one of his officers, who were not such evidence rendered unnerepresented to him that the kings of cessary, by the specimens of superior Macedon never commenced a march in talent, which the public have already the month of June, and that he might witnessed. The recitations of “Clarencounter some unfavourable event if he ence's Dream,” “Satan's address to reglected to follow the ancient custom. the Lion," &c. on Tuesday evening at “ It is necessary (said he) for once to Concert Hall, were highly appreciated infringe the custom; I therefore order by a very respectable and discerning that this June, which is so much dread.
auditory, ed, shall henceforth be called the se
The stage presents us only with the cond month of May.” Lucullus replied beauties of the Drama; while the pages in the same manner to those who endea of Milton, Thomson, Gray, and other voured to dissuade him from engaging admired poets, furnish passages equally Tigranes on the Nones of October, be- susceptible of additional force and beaucause the army of Cepio had on that day ty from the powers of the accomplished been defeated by the Cimbri.
speaker.--A judicious selection of these for that very reason, said Lucullus, will
passages, embellished with the gracesi render it for the future a favourable day of oratory, we are confident in saying, for the Romans. He attacked the king will be exhibited in the readings and of Armenia, and defeated him. Leo the recitations of Mr. Fennell. The e Tenth was inaugurated Pope on the an-jections usually made against theatrical niversary of his imprisonment the year representations will here be obviated ; before. Oliver Cromwell had always all impurities will be expunged, and considered the 3d September as fortu- only the noblest parts retained, nate for him. On the 3d of September mixt with baser matter."
Nor mi 1650, he defeated the Scotch at Dun. the auditory be subjected to the drudz, bar, and on that day, in the fullowingery of attending to erery low, illiterate year, he gained the battle of Worcester; performer, whose false pronunciation, but on the 3d of Sept. 1658 he expired. false emphasis, false cadence, and false
Though this distinction of good and every thing, is sufficient to deter af evil days be in reality as absurd as it ap. bumane person from witnessing such 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 arguments sidered how many things concur to keep need be used, to induce the public to up an error of this kind, and that a bestow their patronage on one, wbo, mong the great, as well as with the vul. notwithstanding prejudices that exist gar, opinions as puerile as this are not against the profession to which he be. 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 school. age and every country, however civiliz. ed, superstition always maintains its infiuence though it may occasionally vary with our friend Rós. He does not write
We have a very capital fault to find in its object and name. The human half often enough.
“ And I
For the Emerald.
Ah no! touch'd by the freezing wind,
Low droops its head forlorn;
And, lady, love like fate will find,
D** ?K you yon coy distrustful flower
ep from its humble bed, re never yet, the vigorous power 'summer suns, were shed ?
The following is among the latest produc
tions of the humorous PINDAR. It has none perhaps e'er saw it bloom,
merit, both in sentiment, and style. ve roying poet's eye ; none enjoy'd its rich perfume,
THE BUTTERFLY AND MAGGOT. prais'd its lovely die! e hath it blossom'd since its birth, loveliness alone !
By Peter Pindar, Esq. bending o'er its parent earth,
INSCRIBED TO A LADY. clin'd on mossy throne. roving butterfly so fine,
Harriet, for you I pen the tale,
Who, dove-like, seek the (silent rale ? I has admir'd its charms?
Rich in the virtues, rich in pow'rs of igrant bee would there recline,
mind, id sleep witbin its arms.
Content, where WISDOM points the umming bird, with radiant breast,
way, ll oft would visit there;
In modest solitude to stray, youngling partridge love to rest,
And leave a bustling frenzied world neath its foliage fair.
behind. mark yon proud and flaunting gem, A BUTTERFLY, of plumage gay, read its fine blossoms wide, Descended on a hazel spray, aing all others to contemn, Where dwelt a Maggot in his nut, le garden's care and pride. Contented in his humble hut.. every wandering breeze that Aies, The coxcomb pertly now press'd in, »bs it of rich perfume ;
Exclaiming, with satiric grin, every comer soils its dies,
“ Who's here that bids the world fare. id every sun its bloom.
well? oh, how soon its faded form, Hoh! master Maggot are ye dead ?" sorrow falls to ground;
The maggot heard-popp'd out his sht can defend th’impetuous storm,
head heal deep piercing wound.
Just like a hermit from his cell. Pride, the maid of haughty eye,
What, Friar Maggot! alive and mopFashion's hand adurn'd,
ing ough she glare in brilliant die,
Amid the dark for ever groping ? ww soon her fall is mourn'd. Why, what a horrid life is thine ! owly Innocence, retird
I range at will the bill and vale, om the world's gaudy show,
I face the sun, enjoy the gale, blooming lives, by all admir'd,
And on the honied blossoms dine. ad bless'd in Virtue's view !
“ Amid the fields of air I stray,
And, tell me, who dares stop my way
Why, thou art e'en beneath the Mole!
Heavens, how I pity thee, poor soul! То
Thy birth disgraces the creation." IN Spring's first gem doth ope its “ What insolence (the grub replies ;) eye,
Alas ! how vain are Butterflies. id rear its tender form,
Know, then, that Heaven my wishes can the beauteous nursling fly,
grants, te keen and biting storm?
Contented with my humble food,
I know that Providence is good, Or is it Zeinèb's fairer form And feel his bounty in my wants. That wakes with kisses melting warm,
And sits and sings the song of glee, “ Blaspheming creature learn, O learn
Beneath the wooing almond nee? What thy dull optics can't discern ; The hand wbich gave the Sun its form, Fram'd ocean, bids the winds arise,
BEAUTIFT Displays its pow'r on earth and skies, Displays a world within a worm." The Maggot ended—now behold ! 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.
Spoil'd monsieur's meditated mien, And bade his balmy dews In triumph bore bim 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 bis watry robes approach'd
the maid. calm security, To grandeur's giddy heights to And with.cold kiss, like death, climb ?
Drank the rich perfume of the maiden's
breath. The happy state, and true sublime, Live in two words - Contentment and
The maiden felt that icy kiss ;
Her suns unclosed-tbeir flaine
Full and unclouded on the intruder
His frothy body melt,
And heard the radiance on his bosome
From the Port Folio.
TO MR. G. STUART, o Zephyr ! 'mid thy blossoms straying With Pleasure's sportive daughters Though thy fame, like a current, ex
On sitting to Mr Peale for his Portrai: playing?
tended its force, Or have the virgin lilies spread No less pure though still deeper anů 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 fillid the ear, that thş
form should the view On which her lover sinks to rest ;
Now 'tis done--and each lover of naAnd her's the sigh that I inhale, The blushing maid of Yemen's vale? Will forever revere what so reigns ir
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 PEALE 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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