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ON BRITISH COIN.
In Thirteen, Twenty, by historians told,
hand. HALF SOVEREIGNS, SOVEREIGNS, CROWNS, and
HALF CROWNS too, The mint sent forth in Fifteen, Fifty-two. No legal COPPER Coin Britannia gain's Till JAMES THE FIRST, that “sapient monarch,”
reign'd. When SECOND CHARLES, restor'd, the sceptre
sway'd, Of gold from GUINEA, GUINEAs first were made. And of succeeding Kings and Queens, behold! Our well-known coins of Copper, Silver, Gold.
PLAGUE AT CONSTANTINOPLE.
Look up to Heaven, and there the sultry clouds,
On the smallest symptom being manifested, on the slightest complaint, every one flees the object of the attack. He falls :-his heart receives a deadly blow from the cruelly insulated state in which he finds himself before the delirium of the fever makes him insensible to the horror of his position. His parched lips are tremblingly glued to the jug of water, which affrighted pity has placed at a distance from him; but the thirst which consumes him is not to be quenched.
It often happens that the convulsive dreams of the individual attacked by the plague are realized; the quarter he inhabits is consumed by fire. The destructive scourge reaches the house which the other inmates have deserted. The flames spread to the bed of sickness; and the poor helpless wretch finds an end to his terrible agonies in gulf of fire.
TRAVELS IN GREECE.
A. C. 658.-A. D. 328.
BYZANTIUM, years Six Hundred, Fifty-eight
CAPTURE BY THE TURKS.
A thousand horrid prodigies foretold it;
IRENE, ACT 1.
turbans now pollute Sophia's shrine,
MAY 29, A. D. 1453,
Constantinople was taken by Mahomet II. Emperor of the Turks; and thus, after an existence of ten centuries from its commencement