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A very great multitude spread their garments, and others cut down branches from the palm-trees, and strawed them in the way. Then Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought; saying unto them, It is written, my house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.---Sacred History.

Acts.

PALM SUNDAY is the sixth, or last Sunday in Lent, and the next preceding Easter-day.-See 5th April. It commemorates Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem upon Sunday, the twenty-ninth of March; five days before the feast of the Passover.-John xii. 12. This day records the death of Epaphroditus, the Apostle of Philippi, and the messenger of St. Paul, then in bonds at Rome, with his Epistle to the Philippians.

The battle of Pollentia, and defeat of the Huns, under Alaric their leader, upon Easter day, A. D. 403.-The battle of Touton, between the York and Lancastrian partisans, which decided the supremacy of the former, and placed Edward IV. upon his empurpled throne, Palm Sunday, 1461. This conflict continued from nine until three o'clock, amidst heavy falls of snow. The heralds appointed to number the slain, returned the Lancastrians alone at twenty-eight thousand, many of them victims of their own despair.-Prince James, of Scotland, in his passage to France, is seized this day, 1405, by an English corsair at Flamborough Head, and conducted to the English Court. "In fact," said Henry IV. with a political salvo, "the Scots ought to have given me the education of this boy, for I am an excellent French scholar." Yes," said Queen Elizabeth, addressing herself to the prelates in full convocation, 1585, “if you, my lords of the clergy, do not amend, I mean to depose you :-look you therefore well to your charges."

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Dr. Swift predicted the death of Partridge, the almanack maker, of a raging fever, on this night, 1708: "though the legs and arms, and whole body of that person may still appear, and perform their animal functions; yet his art is gone-the man is gone." The Royal Society of Edinburgh is incorporated by charter, 1783. Dr. Olbers discovers the planet Vesta, 1807-its revolution is completed in three years sixty-six days and four hours. Gustavus IV. of Sweden, signs his abdication, 1809-Marshal Soult took possession of Oporto, upon the same day. Napoleon abolishes the slave trade in the French dominions, 1815.

Finally, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are venerable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely and of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.-St. Paul to the Philippians.

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Sir Henry
Wotton, 1568, Phocion, B. C. 317. Athens.
Boughton Hall.
St. Peter Regalati of Valladolid,
A. D. 1456.

W. Somner, 1606, Canterbury. Tiberius Cavallo, 1749, Naples. Francis Pilatre du Rozier, 1756, Metz.

Nature is, as it were, ambitious of bringing together the fruits of different climates, and there is a strife among the seasons of the year, each claiming this favoured country as their own for not only do fruits of every species flourish, but continue to ripen; the grapes and figs for ten months, other kinds throughout the year.-Josephus.

Obits of the Latin Church. St. John Climacus, the Scholastic, Abbot of Mount Sinai,

d. 605.

Archbishop (Thos.) Bourchier,
1486. Knowle.
Sir Ralph Sadler, 1587. d.
Standon.

Henry Cuffe, 1601. executed,
Tyburn.

John Wower, 1612. d. Gottorp. Bishop (John) King, 1621. William Somner, 1669. Canterbury.

Sebastian de Vauban, 1707. d.

Paris.

Dr. William Hunter, 1783. St. James's.

The olive still vindicates its paternal soil, and is found, at this day, upon the same spot which was called by the Hebrew

writers Mount Olivet and the

St. Zozimus, Bishop of Syracuse, Mount of Olives, eleven cen

d. 660.

St. Regulus (or Rieul), Bishop

of Senlis.

turies before the Christian era.

Dr. Clarke.

Your shadow for yourself might almost pass;

"Tis not your picture, but your looking-glass.-Sir Thomas More.

O, Peace, thy injur'd robes up-bind!
O, rise! and leave not one behind

Of all thy beamy train;

The British lion, goddess sweet,

Lies stretch'd on earth to kiss thy feet,

And own thy holier reign.-Collins.

Acts.

THIS day the Roman people dedicated to Janus, and to their goddesses Concord, Health, and Peace. The first temple erected to "Health" was consecrated by the Dictator Junius Bubulcus Brutus, after his rapid victory over the Æqui, B. C. 302. Fabius Pictor received that surname from his having adorned the walls of this new fane in fresco, which appears to be the earliest record of the use of the fine art, painting, among the Romans.

The Sicilian Vespers, is a quaint appellation to express the promiscuous massacre of eight thousand French, by the people of Sicily, which began at Palermo upon Easter-Monday (truly a black monday), when the bell was tolling for evening service, the vespers, 1282. "O God!" exclaimed the sanguinary Charles, after this retribution, “if thou hast decreed to humble me, grant me at least a gentle and gradual descent from the pinnacle of greatness :"- —a prayer that the eternal Avenger of blood and cruelty denied, to the conscience-stricken usurper.

Edward I. takes the town of Berwick by assault, which is plundered of its wealth, and about seventeen thousand of the inhabitants put to the sword, 1296. The truce for thirteen years between Edward II. and Bruce, who had recently defeated the English monarch at Biland Abbey, is concluded at Thorpe, 1323;-the same day also that the third Edward, then newly inaugurated, in his fifteenth year, convoked his splendid and gallant rendezvous at York of sixty thousand men at arms" including five hundred belted knights, animated by the presence of the queen mother, and fifty ladies of the highest rank" to revenge the breach of that treaty, 1327.

Hugh Balsam, Bishop of Ely, endows his foundation of Peterhouse, the first college in the University of Cambridge, 1280. The peace of Utrecht is signed, 1713.

The City of London Lying-in Hospital is instituted, 1750.

Rossini produces his opera of " Cenerentola" at Vienna, 1822.

Through many a flowery path and shelly grot,

Where learning lull'd them in her private maze.-Gray.

All the world's bravery, that delights our eyes,

Is but thy several liveries;

Thou the rich dye on them bestow'st,

Thy nimble pencil paints this landscape as thou go'st.

Hymn to Light.

Day.

Births.

Deaths.

Prid. Prince Arthur, Duke of Brit- Titus Pomponius Atticus, B. C.

Cal. tany, 1187.

31. Diana of Poitiers, 1500.

Henry II. (of France), 1518,
St. Germain.

32. Appian Road.

Alphonso d'Avalos, A. D. 1546. Francis I. (of France), 1547. d. Rambouillet.

Rene Descartes, 1596, La Philip III. (of Spain), 1621.
Haye.
d. Madrid.
Benedict XIV. (Pope), 1675, Dr. John Donne, 1631. St.
Bologna.
Frederick V. (of Denmark), Thomas Gore, 1684. d. Alder-

1723.

Paul's.

ton.

Francis Joseph Haydn, 1732, Christian Kortholt, 1694.

Rhorau.

Peter d'Orleans, 1698. d. Paris.

Dr. Joseph Towers, 1737. Nakita, Count de Panin, 1783.
Southwark.

Obits of the Latin Church. St. Acacius (or Achates), Bp. of Antioch, in Asia Minor, d. 3d Century.

St. Benjamin, Deacon, Martyr,

424.

St. Guy (or Witen), Abbot at
Ferrara, d, 1046.

d. Petersburg.

George, Earl Macartney, 1806.

Chiswick.

Ludwig Beethoven, 1827. d.
Vienna.

The pursuers of vain knowledge are like owls, sharpsighted in vanity, and blind at the approach of true light.-He is wise that can hurt and does not; and he is a fool that would hurt, but cannot.-Bias.

Let none ignorant of Geometry enter here.-Inscription over Plato's Academy.

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The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose;
And on old Hyems' chin, and icy crown,
An odorous chaplet of sweet summer buds
Is, as in mockery, set: the spring, the summer,
The childing autumn, angry winter, change
Their wonted liveries; and the 'mazed world,

By their increase, now knows not which is which.-Shakspeare.

Acts.

THE six borrowing days, are the last three days of March, and the first three days of April. They are of rustic authority, sufficiently expressive of their meaning; derived partly from some ancient superstition, and partly from an actual observation of the fickleness and instability of the temperature at the period of their occurrence; as rains in the former triad, and rough winds in the latter, "so that scarce the bittern knows his time;" and, both changes being equally injurious to the health and to vegetation, these accommodation days were (not to dispute the proverb) appropriately called, pledges of evil.

The marriage of the Emperor Constantine with Fausta, the cruel and dissolute daughter of Maximian, is celebrated at Arles, A. D. 307.

Cockfighting is prohibited by an Act of the Usurpation, 1654.

Swift's Journal, 1713: "This evening, Lady Masham, Dr. Arbuthnot, and I, were contriving a lie for to-morrow, that Mr. Noble, who was hanged last Saturday, was recovered by his friends, and then seized again by the sheriff, and is now in a messenger's hands at the Black Swan in Holborn. We are all to send to our friends, to know whether they have heard any thing of it, and so we hope it will spread.'

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The declaration of war between Great Britain and France, 1744. The Jesuits this night are seized and expelled from Madrid, 1767. The Allied Sovereigns enter Paris, upon its evacuation by the troops of Marshals Marmont and Mortier, 1814.

The planet Mars, which derives its name from the same sources as the present month, revolves on his axis in twenty-four hours, thirty-nine minutes, and twenty-two seconds; and performs his revolution round the sun in one year, three hundred and twenty-one days, twenty-three hours, fifteen minutes, and forty-four seconds. His magnitude exceeds by one seventh that of the earth, the diameter being 4218 miles.

Spurns he thy gifts?-He soon shall give:
Slights he thy sorrows ?-He shall grieve.

Venus to Sappho.

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