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banditti, it was usual for travellers ing prevailed with the pope to to go together in large companies, confer upon him the honour of for security. Taffo therefore join- being publicly and solemnly ed himself to one of these companies; crowned with laurel in the Capitol, but when they came within light of He set out from Naples to reMola, a little town near Gaeta, ceive this honour, with a presage they received intelligence that Sci- that he should never return; and, arra, a famous captain of robbers, in his way, stopped at the monastery was at hand with a body of men of mount Cassino, to pay his devotoo numerous for them to reift. ţions to the relies of St. Benedict, Tasso advised that they should con- for whom he had a particular vetinue their journey, and if they neration ; having spent the festival thould be attacked, stand reso- of Christmas at this place, he prolutely upon their defence; but ceeded to Rome, where he arrived this was over-ruled; they threw in the beginning of the year 1595, themselves for safety into Mola, being then about 51 years old : he where they remained for some time was met at the entrance of the city in a manner blocked up by the ban- by many prelates and persons of ditti; but their captain, Sciarra, dístinction, and was introduced by hearing that Tafso was one of the the two cardinals to the pope, who company, fent a message to assure complimented him by saying, him that he might pass in safety, " That his merit would confer as and offered himself to conduct him much honour on the laurel he was wherever he pleased. Taffo re- about to receive, as the laurel had turned him thanks, but declined formerly conferred on others.” his offer, perhaps not thinking a Orders were immediately given to man of his character could be safe-decorate not only the pope's paly trusted; but Sciarra sent a second lace, and the Capitol, but all the message, by which he informed principal streets through which the

Taffo, that, upon his account, he procession was to pass : but would withdraw his men; and whether from an habitual leave the ways open. He accord- of mind, or a secret se ingly did fo, and Tasso continuing the first ar hes of his journey, arrived safely at Rome, which he Tedy where he was graciously welcomed, fatal, deci

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banditti, it was usual for travellers ing prevailed with the pope to to go together in large companies, confer upon him the honour of for security. Tasso therefore join- being publicly and folemnly ed himself to one of these companies; crowned with laurel in the Capitol, but when they came within sight of He set out from Naples to reMola, a little town near Gaeta, ceive this honour, with a presage they received intelligence that Sci- that he should never return; and, arra, a famous captain of robbers, in his way, stopped at the monastery was at hand with a body of men of mount Caslino, to pay his devotoo numerous for them to relift. ţions to the relicts of St. Benedict, Taffo advised that they should con- for whom he had a particular vetinue their journey, and if they neration ; having spent the festival Thould be attacked, stand reso- of Christmas at this place, he proJutely upon their defence; but ceeded to Rome, where he arrived this was over-ruled; they threw in the beginning of the year 1595, themfelves for safety into Mola, being then about 51 years old : he where they remained for some time was met at the entrance of the city in a manner blocked up by the ban- by many prelates and persons of ditti; but their captain, Sciarra, distinction, and was introduced by hearing that Tafso was one of the the two cardinals to the company, sent a message to assure complimented him by saying, him that he might pass in safety, " That his merit would confer as and offered himself to conduct him much honour on the laurel he was wherever he pleased. Tasso re- about to receive, as the laurel had turned him thanks, but declined formerly conferred on others.” his offer, perhaps not thinking à Orders were immediately given to man of his character could be safe- decorate not only the pope's paly trufied; but Sciarra sent a second lace, and the Capitol, but all the messagę, by which he informed principal streets through which the Tafso, that, upon his account, he procession was to pafs: but Tasso, would withdraw his men, and whether from an habitual dejection leave the ways open. He accord- of mind, or a secret sensation of ingly did so, and Tasso continuing the first approaches of a disease his journey, arrived safely at Rome, which he apprehended would be where he was graciously welcomed, fatal, declared, that all these pomnot by the two cardinals only, but pous preparations would be in vain; by their uncle the pope himself. and being shewn a fonnet that was Here he continued till his goth composed on the occasion, by Heryear, and being then again weary cole Tasso, a relation, he replied of his fituation, and desirous to by the following verse of Seneca, profecnte his law-fuit, he obtained permifion to retire once more to Magnifica verba mors propè admota Naples, where he took up his excutit. abode with the bencdi&ține fathers, in the convent of St. Severin. It happened, that while they Cardinal Cynthio, however, found were waiting for fair weather to cemeans to recall him again to Rome, lebrate the folemnity, cardinal after a very fhort abfence, hy hav- Cynthio fell fick, and before he

was perfectly recovered, Taffo make a will, by which he made himself was taken ill. Though he cardinal Cynthio his heir, and left was no more than fifty-one years his picture to Manso his friend. of age, yet his studies and his mis- On the 14th day of his fickness he fortunes had brought on all the received the extreme unction, and languor and infirmities of old age. the pope's benediction, which was Being now confirmed in the opi- brought to him by cardinal Cynnion that his end was near, he ex thio, and was a grace never conprefled a defire of being removed ferred in this manner but upon to the monastery of St. Onuphrius, persons of the first distinction : and he was accordingly carried thi- Tasso was sensible of the honour, ther in cardinal Cynthio's coach, and acknowledged it with great and received with the utmost ten- humility and devotion ; “ This, derness by the prior and brethren says he, is the crown I came to reof that order. Many medicines ceive at Rome.” The cardinal were administered by the advice of then asked him if he had any other the most eminent physicians of desire which his survivors could Rome, but without effect ; and a fulfill ; upon which he requested, violent fever coming on, occasion- that all the copies of his works ed, as it is faid, by his having un- might be collected and burnt; he advisedly eaten some milk, Rinal- knew, he said, that as they were dini, who was physician to the numerous and widely dispersed, it pope, and Tafro's intimate friend, would be difficult, but he trusted told him that his last hour was at not altogether impracticable; in this hand. Tasso received the informa- strange requeit, in which it is diftion with great composure, and ficult to say whether vanity or huembracing Rinaldini with great mility had the greatest share, he tenderness, thanked him for it. perfifted with so much earneftness, He then looked upwards, and pro- that the cardinal, unwilling to disnounced a short ejaculatory prayer, compose him by a refusal, gave and from this time his mind feem- him such an answer as led him to ed to be wholly disengaged from believe it would be granted. Taflo earthly things. He was conduct- then requesting the cardinal to leave ed to the chapel of the monaftery him, he took his last farewel of by the brethren, where he received him with tears in his eyes, and the sacrament; and when he was left with him his confessor and some brought back to his chamber, he of the brethren of the monastery, was asked, where he wished to be He survived till the middle of the interred ? he answered, In the next day, the 25th of April, bechurch of St. Onuphrius; and ing the festival of St. Mark, and being desired to leave some memo then finding himself fainting, he rial of his will in writing, and to embraced his crucifix, uttering these dictate some epitaph to be engraven words, In manus tuas Domine, but on his tomb, he smiled and said, expired before he could finith the That, as to the first, he had but sentence: he was buried the fame little to bequeath ; and, as to the evening, without pomp, according fecond, a plain ftone would fuffice to his desire, in the church of St. to cover him. He did, however, Onuphrius, and his body covered

of ereating a monument, but

the REne-Anthony Ferchault, lord

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with a plain stone; cardinal Cyn- ance. His writings make it unthio, whom he made his heir, al- . necessary to mention the natural enways profefling an intention of dowments of his mind, but it is erecting a monument to his me said of him, that there never was mory, but though he survived a scholar more humble, a wit more many years, yet he died without devout, or a man more amiable. putting it into execution. Manso, to whom he left nothing but his picture, when he came, ten years Some account of the life of the celeafter his death, and found not so brated French academift Monfieur much as his name inscribed

upon DE REAUMUR. the tone that lay over him, would have taken upon himself the care

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he of Reaumur, was born at Rowas not permitted; however, he chelle in the year 1683: he learnprocured the words, Hic jacet Tor- ed grammar at the place of his quatus Talsus to be engraven on the birth, and studied philosophy at fone that covered his grave. A the Jesuits college at Poitieres : in stately monument was at last erect- 1699 he went from thence to Boured to his memory in the church ges, at the invitation of an uncle, where he was buried, by cardinal where he studied the civil law : in Bonifacio Bevilacqua, of an illu: 1703 he went to Paris, and applied ftrious family of Ferrara.

himself wholly to the mathematics He was tall and well shaped, his and natural philosophy; and in 1708, complexion fair but pale; the hair being then only four-and-twenty of his head was of a chesnut co years old, he was chosen a member lour, that of his beard fomewhat of the royal academy of sciences lighter, thick, and busy; his of that city, and during that and forehead was square and high, his the following year, he described a head large, and the fore-part of it general method of finding and in the latter part of his life, bald; ascertaining all curves described by his eye-brows were dark, his eyes the extremity of a right line, the full, piercing, and of a clear blue; other end of which is moyed round his nose large, his lips thin, his a given curve, and by lines which teeth well fet and white, his neck fall upon a given curve under & well proportioned, his breast full, certain angle greater or less than 2 his shoulders broad, and all his right angle. limbs were more finewy than fleshy. These are the only geometrical His voice was strong, clear, and performances that he produced; in folemns he spoke with deliberation, the year 1710, he read his obserand generally reiterated his lait vations upon the formation of hells, words: he seldom laughed, and in which he proved that they grow never to excess; he was very ex not like the other parts of the anipert in the exercises of the body. mal body by expansion, but by in his oratory he used little action, the external addition of new.parts ? nd pleased rather by, the beauty He also assigned the cause of the va, nd, force of his language, than riety, in point of colour, figure, and py the graces of gesture and utter- magnitude which distinguishes one

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