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Their ovens they with baked meat choke,
And all their spits are turning.
And evermore be merry.
And no man minds his labour;
A bagpipe and a tabor;
Perceive that they are merry.
Their hall of music soundeth;
So all things there aboundeth.
And all the town be merry.
And all his best apparel;
With dropping of the barrel.
And all the day be merry.
With capons make their errants;
They plague them with their warrants :
And then they shall be merry.
The poor, that else were undone; Some landlords spend their money worse,
On lust and pride at London. There the roysters they do play, Drab and dice their lands away, Which may be ours another day,
And therefore let's be merry.
The client now bis suit forbears,
The prisoner's heart is eased;
And for the time is pleased.
And therefore let's be merry.
Each other forth to rambling;.
And there they will be merry.
About the streets are singing';
The wild mare in it bringing
And here they will he merry.
And mute with every body;
And wise mep play the noddy.
Because they will be merry.
Should we, I pray, be duller?
To make our mirth the fuller.
Bear witness we are merry. The Venetians, on Christmas eve, eat a kind of pottage, called torta de lasagne, composed of oil, onions, paste, parsley, pine-nuts, raisins, currants, and candied orange-peel.
26.-SAINT STEPHEN. Stephen was the first deacon chosen by the apostles. He was cited before the Sanhedrin, or Jewish Council, for prophesying the fall of the Jewish Temple and economy; and while vindicating his doctrine by several passages of the Old Testament, he was violently carried out of the city, and stoned to death in the year 33.
Bishop Hall, who always writes in an interesting and pleasing manner, and sometimes with wonderful force, says of this saint, in his Remedy of Profaneness :— St. Stephen was a true eagle. That blessed protomartyr's cleared, exalted, fortified sight pierced the heavens; and saw Jesus standing at the right-hand of God. Whence was this vigour and perspicacity? He was full of the Holy Ghost. That spirit of God that was within him, gave both clearness and strength, in such miraculous manner, to the eyes of him who should straightway see, as he was seen; who should instantly, by the eye of his glorified soul, no less see the incomprehensible majesty of God the Father, than now, by his bodily eye, he saw the glorified body of the Son of God. It must be the only work of the same Spirit of God within us, that must enable us, both to the faculty and exercise of seeing the Invisible? And, again, • What, but cheerfulness and ease, could holy Stephen find in the stones of his enraged murderers; when, through that hail-storm, he could see his Jesus standing at the right-hand of God, ready to revenge and crown him ???
For an elegant jeu d'esprit, entitled the “Abbot of St. Stephen,' see T. T. for 1819, p. 309.
27.-SAINT JOHN EVANGELIST. He was brother of James the Great, and son of
* See Bp. Hall's Works by Pratt, vol. vii, p. 341. ' 2 Ibid. p. 348.
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Zebedee and Salome. He preached the Gospel in Asia, penetrated as far as Parthia, and then fixed his residence at Ephesus. During the persecutions of Domitian, he was dragged to Rome, and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, from which he received no injury, and then was banished to Patmos, where he saw his visions and wrote his Apocalypse. Under Nero, he returned to Ephesus, and wrote his Gospel. He died at Ephesus in Trajan's reign, A.D. 100, aged 94.
EPITAPH on an INFANT.
More florum decidi;
31.-SAINT SILVESTER. He was Bishop of Rome; and succeeded Miltiades in the papacy, in 314. Silvester is accounted the author of several rites and ceremonies of the Romish church, as asylums, unctions, palls, corporals, mitres, &c. He died in 334. ; *DEC. 1724.---JOHN KYRLE DIED, Ær. 84.
That distinguished model of benevolence, the Man of Ross,' was a native of Gloucestershire. The exemplary tenour of his actions, his extensive
charities, and goodness of heart, procured him the love and veneration of all his contemporaries; and, happily for his fame, Pope, during his visits at Holm-Lacey, obtained a sufficient knowledge of his beneficence to render due homage to his worth in his Moral Essays.
In the Appendix to Mr. Singer's edition of Spence's Anecdotes, are some curious particulars of the Man of Ross; we extract the following from a letter to Mr. Spence, written by Mr. Stephen Duck, the poet. He was, it seems, a tall thin man; sensible and well bred; and went so very plain in his dress, that when he worked in the fields with his own labourers (which he frequently did), he was not distinguished from them by any thing more than a certain dignity in his air and countenance, which always accompanied him. He kept two public days in a week-the market-day and Sunday. On the former, the neighbouring gentlemen and farmers dined with him ; and if they had any differences or disputes with one another, instead of going to law, they appealed to the Man of Ross to decide and settle them; and his decisions were generally final. On Sunday, he feasted the poor people of the parish at his house; and not only so, but would often send them home loaded with broken meat and jugs of beer. At these entertainments he did not treat with wine, but good strong beer and cyder. On these two days, great plenty and generosity appeared; at other times, he lived frugal. He had, it seems, a most incorrigible: passion for planting, insomuch that he embellished the parish with many beautiful groves of trees, some of which were a mile in length. În works of this nature he chiefly employed very old men, such w.hose age or infirmities rendered them incapable of doing such very hard labour as the farmers required their servants to doo. With these old men he would frequently work with a spade him