Things Not Generally Known. Popular Errors Explained and Illustrated
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...Andrews, of Royston, also a native of Woolstrope, to predict for them, and their sale rose as before. OMENS AND DEATH-TOKENS. Omens constitute the poetry of history. They cause the series of events, which they are supposed to declare, to flow into special unity; and the political catastrophe seems to be produced, not by prudence or by folly, but by the superintending destiny. The numerous tokens of the death of Henry IV. are finely tragical. Mary of Medicis, in her dream, saw the brilliant gems of her crown change into pearls, the symbol of tears and mourning. An owl hooted until sunrise at the window of the chamber to which the king and queen retired at St. Denis, on the night preceding her coronation. During the ceremony, it was observed with dread that the dark portals leading to the royal sepulchres beneath the choir were gaping and expanded. The flame of the consecrated taper held by the queen was suddenly extinguished, and twice her crown nearly fell to the ground. The prognostications of the misfortunes of the Stuarts have equally a character of solemn grandeur; and we are reminded of the portents of Rome, when we read how the sudden tempest rent the royal standard on the Tower of London. Charles, yielding to his destiny, was obstinate in the ivil death. He refused to be clad in the garments of the Confessor, in which all his predecessors had been: and he would be attired in white satin. Strongly did rl of Pembroke attempt to dissuade him, for the prophecy misfortunes of the white Hng had long been current; but his entreaties were in vain, and Charles was crowned, invested with the raiment which indicated his misfortunes.--Sir Walter Scott--Quarterly Review, No. 51. TWELFTH-NIGHT OMEN. At Bayeux, in Normandy, if either of the family be...
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