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thes the dead lord kneeling, received prev.ously put to death the philosopher pedance thereby ; which done, Augustine Boëtius, who, according to Ribadeneira, commanded the dead lord to go again to after he was beheaded, was scoffingly bis grave, there to abide until the day of asked by one of the executioners,“ who judgment; and forthwith the said lord hath put thee to death?" whereupon entered his grave, and fell to ashes. Then Boëtius answered, “wicked men," and Augustine asked the curate, how long he immediately taking up his head in his bad been dead; and he said, a hundred own hands, walked away with it to the and fifty years. And Augustine offered adjoining church. to pray for him, that he might remain on

St. Bede earth to confirm men in their belief; but

The life of “ Venerable Bede" in the curate refused, because he was in the Butler, is one of the best memoirs in his place of rest. Then said Augustine, “Go biography of the saints. He was an in peace, and pray for me and for holy Englishman, in priest's orders. It is said charch;" and immediately the curate re of him that he was a prodigy of learning turned to his grave. At this sight, the in an unlearned age; that he surpassed lord who had not paid the curate his Gregory the Great in eloquence and tythes was sore afraid, and came quaking copiousness of style, and that Europe to St. Augustine, and to his curate, and scarcely produced a greater scholar. He prayed forgiveness of his trespass, and

was a teacher of youth, and, at one time promised ever after to pay his tythes.

had six hundred pupils, yet he exercised

his clerical functions with punctuality, CHRONOLOGY.

and wrote an incredible number of works On the 26th of May, 1555, was a gay in theology, science, and the polite arts. May-game at St. Marttin's-in-the-fields, It is true he fell into the prevailing crewith giants and hobby-horses, drums and dulity of the early age wherein he gurs, morrice-dances, and other min- flourished, but he enlightened it by his strek.

erudition, and improved it by his un

feigned piety and unwearied zeal. FLORAL DIRECTORY

Not to ridicule so great a man, but as Rhododendron. Rhododendrum Ponticum. an instance of the desire to attribute

Dedicated to St. Augustine.
Yellow Azalea. Azalea pontica.

wonderful miracles to distinguished chaDedicated to St. Philip Neri.

racters, the following silly anecdote concerning Bede is extracted from the “Golden

Legend." He was blind, and desiring to Map 27.

be led forth to preach, his servant carried St. John, Pope, a. D. 526. St. Bede, A. D. him to a heap of stones, to which, the 735. St. Julius, about A. D. 302. good father, believing himself preachirg St. John, Pope.

to a sensible congregation, delivered a This pontiff was imprisoned by Theo- noble discourse, whereunto, when he had doric

, king of the Goths, in Italy, and finished his sermon, the stones answered died in confinement. This suvereign had and said “ Amen I”

Methinks that to some vacant hermitage

My feet would rather turs—to some dry nook

Scooped out of living rock, and near a brook
Hurled down a mountain cove from stage to stage,
Yet tempering, for my sight, its bustling rage

In the soft heaven of a translucent pool;

Thence creeping under forest arches cool,
Fit haunt of shapes whose glorious equipage

Perchance would throng my dreams. ` A beechen borrl,
A Maple dish, my furniture should be ;

Crisp yellow leaves my bed ; the hooting ()wl

My nightwatch : nor should e'er the crested fowl
From thorp or vill his matins sound for me,
Tired of the world and all its industry.
But what if one, through grove or flowery mead,

Iodulging thus at will the creeping ieei
Of a voluptuous indolence, should meet

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The hovering shade of venerable Bede,
The saint, the scholar, from a circle freed

Of toil stupendous, in a hallowed seat

Of learning, wbere he heard the billows beat
On a wild coast-rough monitors to feed

Perpetual industry-sublime recluse !
The recreant soul, that dares to shun the debt
Imposed on human kind, must first forget

Thy diligence, thy unrelaxing use
of a long life, and, in the hour of death,
The last dear service of thy passing breath!

Wordsworth

THE SEASON.

in the weather, and especially the winds. Every thing of good or evil, incident These have been borne with some philoto any period of the year, is to be regarded sophy, by the individual now holding the seasonable; the present time of the year, pen; but, alas! the effects are too appatherefore, must not be quarrelled with, if rent, he apprehends, to many who bare it be not always agreeable to us. Many read what he has been scarcely able to days of this month, in 1825, have been throw together. He hopes that these most oppressive to the spirits, and inju- defaults will be placed to their proper rious to the mental faculties, of persons account, and that cloudless skies and who are unhappily susceptible of changes genial breezes will enable him to do better.

MAY, 1825.
All hail to thee, hail to thee, god of the morning!

How joyous thy steeds from the ocean have sprung!
The clouds and the waves smile to see thee returning,

And young zephyrs laugh as they gambol along.
No more with the tempest the river is swelling,

No angry clouds frown, and no sky darkly lowers;
The bee winds his horn, and the gay news is telling,

That spring is arrived with her sunshine and flowers.
From her home in the grass see the white primrose peeping,

While diamond dew-drops around her are spread,
She smiles through her tears, like an infant, whose weeping

To laughter is changed when its sorrows are fled.
In the pride of its beauty the young year is shining,

And nature with blossoms is wreathing the trees,
The white and the green, in rich clusters entwining,

Are sprinkling their sweets on the wings of each breeze,
Then hail to thec, hail to thee, god of the morning!

Triumphant ride on in thy chariot of light;
The earth, with thy bounties her forebead adorning,
Comes forth, like a bride, from the chamber of night.

E. C.

FLORAL DIRECTORY.

Buttercups. Ranunculus acris.

L'edicated to St. John, Pope.
Yellow Bachelor's Buttons. Ranunculus acris plenus,

Pedicated to St. Bede.

Map 28.

CARONOLOGY. 3r. Germanus, Bp. of Paris, A. D. 576. 1546. Cardinal Beaton was on this

St. Caraunus, also Curanus aud Caro, day assassinated in Scotland. He was (iu French, Cheron.)

prirnate of that kingdom, over which he

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exercised almost sovereign sway. Just conjured them to spare himn. Two of betore bis death he got into his power them rushed upon him with drawn

George Wishart, a gentleman by birth, swords, but a third, James Melvil, 1

wbo preached against Romish supersti stopped their career, and bade them retoas, and caused him to be condemned flect that this work was the work and to the stake for heresy. The cardinal judgınent of God, and ought to be exemfused the sacrament to his victim, on cuted with becoming deliberation and the ground that it was not reasonable to gravity. Then turning the point of bis 2:10W a spiritual benefit to an obstinate sword towards Beaton, he called to him, beret:c, condemned by the church. Wish- “ Repent thee, thou wicked cardinal, of

317 was ued to a tree in the castle-yard all thy sins and iniquities, especially of I of St. Andrew's, with bags of gunpowder the murder of Wishart, that instrument of

fastened about his body. The cardinal God for the conversion of these lands: it is and prelates were seated on rich cushions his death which now cries vengeance upon wah tapestry bangings before them, from thee: we are sent by God to inflict the whence they viewed the execution of deserved punishment. For here, before their sentence. The gunpowder having the Almighty, I protest, that it is neither erploded without ending Wishart's bodily hatred of thy person, nor love of thy sub-aines, the inflexible reformer ex- riches, nor fear of thy power, which C:A .- from the fire, “ This flame bath moves me to seek thy death: but only kufuhed my body, yet hath it not daunted because thou hast been, and still remainsy spirit: but he who from yonder high est, an obstinate enemy to Christ Jesus, face beholdeth me with such pride, shall and his holy gospel." Having spoken within a few days lie in the same as these words, without giving Beaton time uominiously as now he is seen proudly to finish that repentance to which he exto rest himself.” After these words, the hotted him, he thrust him through the cord that went about his neck was drawn body, and the cardinal fell dead at nis by one of the executioness to stop his feet. Upon a rumour that the castle was breath, the fire was increased, his body taken, a great tumult arose in the city; was consumed to ashes, and the cardinal and several partisans of the cardinal caused proclamation to be made that armed themselves with intent to scale the Done should pray for the heretic under walls. When they were told of his death, pain of the heaviest ecclesiastical cen. they desisted, and the people insisting scres. If the church, said the priests, had upon a sight of the cardinal's body, his fasad such a protector in former times, corpse was exposed to their view from the she had maintained her authority ; but very same place wherein he sat to behold the cardinai's cruelly struck the people the execution of George Wishari. with borror, and John Lesly, brother to The sanguinary spirit of these times has the earl of kothes, with Normand Lesly, disappeared, and we look upon what rethe earl of Rothes' son, (who was dis- mains to us of the individuals who sufzusted on account of some private quar- fered, or acted under its influence, as reh) and other persons of birth and memorials of such crimes and criminals as quality, openly vowed to avenge Wishart's we in a milder age dare not imagine our death. Early in the morning they en- country can be again afflicted with. The tered the cardinal's palace at St. An- sight of cardinal Beaton's house in the drews, which he had 'strongly fortified; Cowgate, at Edinburgh, may have inthough they were not above sixteen per- duced useful reflections on past intolersons, they thrust out a hundred trades- ance, and increased charitable dispositions men and fifty servants, whom they seized in some whose persuasions widely differ. separately, before any suspicion arose of if this be so, a representation of it in their intentions ; and having shut the this sheet may not be less agreeable to the pales, they proceeded very deliberately to moralist than to the lover of antiquities. execute their purpose on the cardinal. The drawing from whence the engraving Beaton alarmed with the noise which he on the next page is taken, was made op beard in the castle, barricadoed the door the spot in 1824. of his chamber : but finding that they had brought fire in order to force their way,

FLORAL DIRECTORY. and having obtained, as is believed, a promise of life, he opened the door; and

Lurid Fleur-de-lis. Irid Lurida teminding them that he was a priest, he

Dedicated to St. Germain.

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osk, where be sheltered himself among fortunes: no one could conjecture whether the leares and branches for twenty-four be were dead or alive; and the report of hours. He saw several soldiers pass by. his death being generally believed, re All of them were intent in search of the laxed the vigilant search of his enemies king; and some expressed, in his hear- Trials were made to procure a vessel for ing, their earnest wishes of seizing him. his escape; but he still met with disapThis tree was afterwards denominated pointments. Having left Windham's the Royal Oak; and for many years was house, he was obliged again to return to regarded by the neighbourhood with it. He passed through many other ad

great veneration. Charles could neither ventures; assumed different disguises ; in | stay, nor stir, without imminent danger. every step was exposed to imminent

At length be and lord Wilmot, who perils ; and received daily proofs of un-
was concealed in the neighbourhood, corrupted fidelity and attachment. The
put themselves into the hands of colonel sagacity of a smith, who remarked that
Lane, a zealous royalist, who lived at his horse's shoes had been made in the
Bentley, not many miles distant. The north, and not in the west, as he pretend-
bng's feet were so hurt by walking in ed, once detected him; and he narrowly
Leary boots or countrymen's shoes, which escaped. At Shoreham, in Sussex, a vessel
did not fit him, that he was obliged to was at last found, in which he embarked.
mount on borseback; and he travelled in He had been known to so many, that if
this sitcation to Bentley, attended by the he had not set sail in that critical mo-
Penderells. Lane formed a scheme for ment it had been impossible for him to
bis journey to Bristol, where, it was escape. After one and forty days' con-
hoped, he would find a ship, in which he cealment, he arrived safely at Fescamp in
maght transport himself. He had a near Normandy. No less than forty men and
kinswounan, Mirs. Norton, who lived women had at different times been privy
within three miles of that city, and he to his concealment and escape.*
obtained a pass (for, during those times Charles II. himself wrote a narrative of

o confusion, this precaution was requi- his remarkable “ Escape.” From this it | site) for his sister Jane Lane and a ser appears that while journeying with the

vant to travel towards Bristol, under pre- Penderells, “ he wore a very greasy old tence of visiting and attending her rela- grey steeple-crowned hat, with the briins tista The king rode before the lady, and turned up, without lining or hatband : a personated the servant. When they ar- green cloth coat, threadbare, even to the rived at Norton's, Mrs. Lane pretended threads being worn white, and breeches that she had brought along as her servant of the same, with long knees down to the a poor lad, a neighbouring farmer's son, garter; with an old leathern doublet, who was ill of an ague; and she begged a pair of white flannel stockings next to à private room for him where he might his legs, which the king said were his be quiet. Though Charles kept himself boot stockings, their tops being cut retired in this chamber, the butler, one off to prevent their being discovered, Pope, soon knew him: Charles' was and upon them a pair of old green alarmed, but made the butler promise yarn stockings, all worn and darned that he would keep the secret from every at the knees, with their feet cut off; his mortal, even from his master; and he shoes were old, all slashed for the ease of was faithful to his engagement. No ship, his feet, and full of gravel; he had an It was found, would, for a month, sel sail old coarse shirt, patched both at the neck from Bristol, either for France or Spain; and hands; he had no gloves, but a long and the king was obliged to go to colonel thorn stick, not very strong, but crooked Windham of Dorsetshire, a partisan of three or four several ways, in his hand; the royal family. During his journey he his hair cut short up to his ears, and often passed through be hands of catho- hands coloured; his majesty refusing to hes; the Priest': Hole, as they called it, have any gloves, when father Hodlestone the place where they were obliged to ccn- offered him some, as also to change his

teal their persecuted priests, was some- stick.” I tipes employed to shelter him. He con Charles's narrative is very minute in

tinged several days in Windham's house; many particulars; especially as regards
and all his friends in Britain, and in
mery part of Europe, remained in the
most anxious suspense with regard to his

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