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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 æra, 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;
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's bead
A hearse doth hang, which doth me tell
Though now I feel myself full well;
The knife wherewith I cut my meat;
Which is my only usual seat;
And many of my mates are gone;
And can I think to 'scape alone?
Nor Samson, though he were so strong;
Could 'scape, but death laid him along.
Of Alexander's dreadful name;
To bear of Julius Cæsar's fame;
Who then cap 'scape, but he must die?
If rich and poor his beck obey;
Then I to 'scape shall bave 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, 1emo;' 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, you who polluted are,
ovin's FASTI. 24.-SAINT MATTHIAS. 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,
. p. 40.
The NIOBE of nations! there she stands,
Where the car climbed the capitol; far and wide
In FEBRUARY 1821.
SOLAR PHENOMENA. The Sun enters Pisces at 57 m. 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
TABLE Of the Sun's Rising and Setting every fifth Day. February 1st, Sun rises 27 m. after 7. Sets 33 m. after 4
6th, ... 18 . 7 . 42 ... 4 11th, · · · · 9 · · 7 · · 51 · · · 4 16th, ... . 0 .. 7 . 0 ... 5 21st, · · · · 50 · 6 · 10 · · · 5
26th, . . . . 41 . . 6 . . 19 . . 5 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.
Phases of the Moon.
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 . i'. 5 . . . . . 10th, . 47 ... 6 in the evening 11th, . 45 . . . . . . . . 12th, . 42. . . 8 . . . . . 13th, . 37 . . · 9 · · · · · 14th, 29 . . . 10 . . . . . 23d, . 5 ... 4 in the morning 24th, . 51 .. . 4 . . . . 25th, . 42 .. . 5. . . 26th, . 36 i . .6.. . ó'. 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.
February 1st, Illuminated part = 10:662876.
eoruary 18, | Dark part . = 1337124.