April 23-24 in History

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On April 23,

* 1538 -- John Calvin and William Farel were banished from Geneva;

* 1564 - William Shakespeare, English playwright, was born and died (1616); and

* 1850 -- William Wordsworth, English poet, died.

On April 24,

* 1533 -- William of Orange, Dutch Calvinist, was born;

* 1731 -- Daniel Defoe, English Non-conformist, died;

* 1800 -- the Library of Congress was established; and

* 1809 -- J.A. Alexander, American Presbyterian, was born.
Also, on April 24, 1655, at the direction of Charles Emmanuel II, Duke of Savoy, Papist forces engaged in a massacre of Waldenses of the Piedmont of epic proportions, which was memorialized by John Milton in the following sonnet:

Sonnet 18
On the late Massacher in Piemont

Avenge O Lord thy slaughter'd Saints, whose bones
Lie scatter'd on the Alpine mountains cold,
Ev'n them who kept thy truth so pure of old
When all our Fathers worship't Stocks and Stones,

Forget not: in thy book record their groanes [ 5 ]
Who were thy Sheep and in their antient Fold
Slayn by the bloody Piemontese that roll'd
Mother with Infant down the Rocks. Their moans

The Vales redoubl'd to the Hills, and they
To Heav'n. Their martyr'd blood and ashes sow [ 10 ]
O're all th' Italian fields where still doth sway

The triple Tyrant: that from these may grow
A hunder'd-fold, who having learnt thy way
Early may fly the Babylonian wo.
On April 23,

* 1973 -- Matthew Glover, IT Professional & King Jesus' subject, born :)

* 2006 -- Matthew to have his three children baptised, having recently been convicted of the need to apply the sign of the covenant to his children. :bigsmile:

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