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To the author of the “ Flora Domes- flowers courting the look by their varied tica,” and to the reader who may not have loveliness, and the smell by their delicacy; seen a volume so acceptable to the culti- large juicy apples bowing down the almost valor of flowers, it would be injustice to tendril-shootswherefrom they miraculously extract from its pages without remarking spring; plants of giant growth with mulils usefulness, and elegance of composi- tiform shrubs beyond, and holly-hocks tion. Lamenting that “plants often meet towering like painted pinnacles from hid. with an untimely death from the igno- den shrines : rance of their nurses,” the amiable
Can imagination boast, author “ resolved to obtain and to com
'Mid all its gay creation, charnis like these ? municate such information as should be requisite for the rearing and preserving a
Dr. Forster, the scientific author of a portable garden in pots ; --and hencefor- treatise on " Atmospheric Phenomena, ward the death of any plant, owing to the
and other valuable works, has included carelessness or ignorance of its nurse, numerous useful observations on the weashall be brought in at the best as plant- ther in his recently published “ Perennial slaughter."
Calendar,” a volume replete with instruc
tion and entertainment. He observes, The cultivation of plants commences
in the latter work, that after certain atmowith our infancy. If estranged from it spheric appearances on this day in the by the pursuits of active life, yet, during year 1809, “ a hard and freezing shower a few years' retirement from the
of hail and sleet came with considerable hum" of a noisy world, we naturally violence from the east, and glazed every recur to a garden as to an old and cheer- thing on which it fell with ice; it in ful friend whom we had forgotten or
crusted the walls, encased the trees and neglected, and verify the saying,
garments of people, and even the a man, and twice a child.” There is not plumage of birds, so that many rooks “one of woman born” without a sense of and other fowls were found lying on the pleasure when he sees buds bursting into ground, stiff with an encasement of ice. leaf; earth yielding green shoots from Such weather," Dr. Forster observes, germs in its warm bosom; white fruit- “ has been aptly described by Philips as blossoms, tinted with rose-blushes, stand- occurring oftentimes during a northero ing out in clumps from slender branches; winter :
Ere yet the clouds let fall the treasured snow,
Philips, Lett. from Copenhagmi. " It may be observed, that in both the the storm. There is something very reabove descriptions of similar phenomena, markably unwholesome in east winds the east wind is recorded as bringing up and a change to that quarter often die
lurbs the nervous system and digestive In the truth of these observations as
Sir, the north-east, more fierce than Russian cold,
Up with the double window-sashes-quick!
fast-pinned paper, unmindful of the phy
sical law which forbids her head revolving St. Fabian, Pope. St. Sebastian. St. faster than the great orbit on which the Erithymius. St. Fechin.
ominous comet flies.” St. Fabian. This saint is in the church of England
ST. AGNES' EVE. calendar; he was bishop of Rome, A. D. Formerly this was a night of great im. 250 : the Romish calendar calls him pope. port to maidens who desired to know who
they should marry. Of such it was reSt. Sebastian's Day
quired, that they should not eat on this Is noted in Doblada's Letters from Spain, day, and those who conformed to the as within the period that ushers in the car- rule, called it fasting St. Agnes' fast. nival with rompings in the streets, and vulgar mirth.
And on sweet St. Agnes' night “ The custom alluded to by Horace of
Please you with the promis’j sight, sticking a tail, is still practised by the
Some of husbands, some of lovers, boys in the streets, to the great annoyance
Which an empty dream discovers.
Ben Jonsox. of old ladies, who are generally the objects of this sport. One of the ragged Old Aubrey has a recipe, whereby a striplings that wander in crowds about lad or lass was to attain a sight of the Seville, having tagged a piece of paper fortunate lover. “ Upon St. Agnes' night with a hooked pin, and stolen unperceiv- you take a row of pins, and pull out every ed behind some slow-paced female, as one, one after another, saying a Pater wrapt up in ber veil, she tells the beads Noster, sticking a pin in your sleeve, and she carries in her left hand, fastens the you will dream of him or her you shall paper-tail on the back of the black or marry.” walking petticoat called Saya. The whole Little is remembered of these homely gang of ragamuffins, who, at a convenient methods for knowing “all about sweetdistance, have watched the dexterity of hearts," and the custom would scarcely their companion, set up a loud cry of have reached the greater number of read- Làrgalo, làrgalo' – Drop it, drcpit'- ers, if one of the sweetest of our modern this makes every female in the street look poets had not preserved its recollection in to the rear, which, they well know, is the a delightful poem.
Some stanzas are fixed point of attack with the merry lightculled from it, with the hope that they troops. The alarm continues till some may be read by a few to whom the poetry friendly hand relieves the victim of sport, of Keates is unknown, and awaken a dewho, spinning and nodding like a spent sire for further acquaintance with his top, tries in vain to catch a glance ai the beauties:-
The Eve of St. Agnes.
Nor look behind, nor sideways, but require
Full of this whim was thoughtful Madeline
Out went the taper as she hurried in ;
As though a tongueless nightingale should swell
A casement high and triple arch'd there was,
And twilight saints, with dim emblazonings,
Full on this casement shone the wintry moon,
Her vespers done
In fancy, fair St. Agnes in her bed,
Soon, trembling in her soft and chilly nest,
Blinded alike from sunshine and from rain,
Stol'n to this paradise, and so extranced,
Shaded was her dream
He took her hollow lute,
Her blue affrayed eyes wide open shone :
Her eyes were open, but she still beheld,
Who knelt, with joined hands and piteous eye,
Ah, Porphyro !" said she,“ but even now
Thy voice was at sweet tremble in mine ear, “ Made tuneable with every sweetest vow; “ And those sad eyes were spiritual and clear : “How chang'd thou art ! how pallid, chill, and drear “Give me that voice again, my Porphyro, “ Those looks immortal, those complainings dear!
“ Oh, leave me not in this eternal woe,
Beyond a mortal man impassion'd far
Like Love's alarum pattering the sharp sleet
“ Hark! 'tis an elfin-storm from faery land,
Let us away, my love, with happy speed.com
Large Dead Nettle. Lurnium garganicami
wonderful miracles before her death, which Aquarius,
was by beheading, when she was thirteen OR, THE WATER BEARER. years oid; whereupon he enjoins females The sun enters Aquarius on this day, to a single life, as better than a married though he does not enter it in the visible one, and says, that her anniversary " was zodiac until the 18th of February. forinerly a holiday for the women in
Ganymede, who succeeded Hebe as England.” Ribadeneira relates, that she cup-bearer to Jove, is fabled to have been was to have been burned, and was put into changed into Aquarius. Canobus of the the fire for that purpose, but the flames, Egyptian zodiac, who was the Neptune refusing to touch her, divided on each of the Egyptians, with a water-vase and side, burnt some of the bystanders, and meazure, evidently prefigured this con- then quenched, as if there had been stellation. They worshipped him as the none made: a compassionate quality in God of many breasts, from whence he re- fire, of which iron was not sensible, for plenished the Nile with-fertilizing streams. her head was cut off at a single blow Aquarius contains one hundred and eight Her legend further relates, that eight days stars, the two chief of which are about after her death she came to her parents fifteen degrees in height:
arrayed in white, attended by virgins with His head, his shoulders, and bis lucid breast,
garlands of pearls, and a lamb whiter Glisten with stars; and when his urn inclines, than snow; she is therefore usually repreRivers of light brighten the watery track. sented by artists with a lamb by her side ;
Eudosia. though not, as Mr. Brand incautiously
says, “ in every graphic representation."
It is further related, that a priest who offiJanuary 21.
ciated in a church dedicated to St. Agnes,
was very desirous of being married. He St. Agnes. St Fructuosus, &c. St. prayed the pope's license, who gave it
Vimin, or Vivian. St. Publius. St. him, together with an emerald ring, and Epiphanius
commanded him to pay his addresses to St. Agnes.
the image of St. Agnes in his own church. “ She has always been looked upon," Then the priest did so, and the image pur says Butler, “as a special patroness of forth her finger, and he put the ring therepurity, with the immaculate mother on; whereupon the image drew her finof God." According to him, she suffered ger again, and kept the ring fast, and martyrdom, about 304, and performed the priest was contented to remain a ba