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tutelary protection for my old age, thou

St. Milburge, 7th Cent. who art Hunting, Shooting, and Fishing She was sister to St. Mildred, wore a personified, the true Diva Triformis of hair cloth, and built the monastery of Antiquity.

Wenlock, in Shropshire. One day being

at Stokes, a neighbouring village, brother Imminens Villæ tua Pinus esto, Hierome Porter says, that “ a young Quam per exactos ego lætus annos, Verris obliquum meditantis ictum,

gallant, sonne to a prince of that coun

trey, was soe taken with her beautie, that Sanguine donem.

he had a vehement desire to carrie her I have the honour to remain,

away by force and marrie her.” St. MilYours ever,

burge fled from him and his companions JACK LARKING.

till she had passed a little brook, called Corfe, which then suddenly swelled up and threatened her pursuers with de

struction, wherefore they desisted. She AN ADDRESS TO THE MOON,

ordered the wild geese who are the corn

of her monastic fields to be gone else To a“ proper new" tune. where, and they obeyed her as the waters

did. After her death, her remains were ORIGINAL

discovered, in 1100, by two children No!-I have nothing new to say,

sinking up to their knees in her grave, Why must ye wait to bear my story?

the dust whereof cured leprosies, restored Go, get thee on thy trackless way,

the sight, and spoiled medical practice. There's many a weary mile before ye

A diseased woman at Patton, drinking of Get thee to bed, lest some poor poet,

the water wherein St. Milburge's bones Enraptur'd with thy phiz should dip were washed, there came from her stoA pen in ink to let thee know it,

mach“ a filthie worme, ugly and horrible And (mindful not to let thee slip

to behold, having six feete, two hornès His fingers) bid thy moonship stay

on his head, and two on his tayle.” And list, what he might have to say

Brother Porter tells this, and that the

“ worme was shutt up in a hollow piece Yet I do love thee !-and if aught

of wood, and reserved afterwards in the The muse can serve thee, will petition

monasterie, as a trophie, and monument Her grace t'attend thine airy court,

of S. Milburg, untill by the lascivious And play the part of first musicianBut "ode," and " lines," " address," and furie of him that destroyed all goodnes " sonnet,"

in England, that, with other religious "To Luna dedicate," are now

houses, and monasteries, went to ruine."* So plentiful, tbat (fie upon it!)

Hence the “filthie worme" was lost, and She'll add no glory to thy brow,

we have nothing instead but the ReformBut tell thee, in such strains as follow, ation. That thy mild sheen beats Phosphor hollow ! That thou art “ fairest of the fair," Tho' Phæbus more that's grand possesses,

Apricot. Prunus Armeniaca.
That tree and tower reflect thy glare,

Dedicated to St. Milburge.
And the glad stream thy ray confesses,
That, when thy silvery beams illumine

The landscape, nature seems bedight
With loveliness so rare, that few men

If ice still remain let those who tempt
Have e'er been blessed with such a sight! it beware :-
And all such moonshine :--but enough The frost-bound rivers bear the weight
Of this tame “ milk and water" stuff, А

Of many a vent'rous elf ;
Let each who crowds to see them skate

Be careful for himself;
February 23.

For, like the world, deceitful ice

Who trusts it makes them rue :
St. Serenus, A.D. 307. $t. Milburge. 'Tis slippery as the paths of vice,

B. Dositheus. St. Peter Damian, Card. And quite as faithless too.
Bp. A.D. 1072. St, Boisil, Prior of
Melross,

• Porter's Flowers of the Saints.

FLORAL DIRECTORY.

THE SEASON.

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Stoning Jews ir Lent.—A Custom. From the sabbath before Palm-Sunday, were repaired with the stones of their to the last hour of the Tuesday after dwellings, which his barons bad pillaged Easter, “ the Christians were accustomed and destroyed. Until the reign of Henry to stone and beat the Jews,'* and all II., a spot of ground near Red-crossJews who desired to exempt themselves street, in London, was the only place in all from the infliction of this cruelty, com- England wherein they were allowed to muted for a payment in money. It was bury their dead. likewise ordained in one of the Catholic In 1262, after the citizens of London services, during Lent, that all orders of broke into their houses, plundered their men should be prayed for except the property, and murdered seven hundred Jews.t These usages were instituted of them in cold blood, King Menry III. and justified by a dreadful perversion of gave their ruined synagogue in Lothbury scripture, when rite and ceremony tri- to the friars called the fathers of the umphed over truth and mercy. Huma- sackcloth. The church of St. Olave in nity was dead, for superstition Molochized the Old Jewry was another of their synathe heart.

gogues till they were dispossessed of it: From the dispersion of the Jews they were the sufferings they endured to be have lived peaceably in all nations to recounted we should shudder. Our old wards all, and in all nations been perse- English ancestors would have laughed cuted, imprisoned, tortured, and put to any one to derision who urged in a Jew's death, or massacred by mobs. In Eng- behalf, that he had "eyes,” or “hands," land, kings conspired with their subjects to “organs, dimensions, senses, affections, ornress them. To say nothing of the passions;" or that he was “fed with the nown persecutions they endured same food, hurt with the same weapons, John, the walls of London subject to the same diseases, healed by

the same means, warmed and cooled by roke's Brit. Mon. * Ibid. the same winter and summer as a Christ.

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“ the following circumstance is not more their illiberal and cruel treatment in ridiculous than true;" and it proceeds to former times; and it was no less gratifyrelate, that some years before, at Stam- ing to observe, that the Jews themselves ford, in the province of Connecticut, are becoming partakers of the spirit of America, it was determined to build a the present times, by providing for the church; but “though the church was education of the poor, which, till within much wanted, as many people in that a very few years past, had been too much neightwurhood were at a loss for a place of neglected ; another pleasing feature in the public worship, yet the work stood still a meeting was, that it was not an assemconsiderable time for want of nails (for it blage of Jews only, but attended by people was a wooden building ;) at last, a Jew of other denominations, both as visitors merchant made them a present of a cask, and subscribers. Samuel Joseph, Esq. amounting to four hundred weight, and the president, was in the chair. Some thus enabled the church to proceed." loyal and patriotic toasts were given, apSuch an act might make some Christians propriate addresses were delivered by exclaim, “ Almost thou persuadest me to different gentlemen, and the more serious be a Jew rather than remain a Jew-op- business, of receiving and announcing new pressor under the name of a Christian." subscriptions, was much enlivened by a It is not, however, on private, but on open good band of vocal and instrumental grounds and high principle, that justice music. Among the subscriptions referred should spontaneously be rendered to the to, one was of a peculiarly generous naJews. The Jew and the Christian, the ture. An unknown hand had forwarded Catholic and the Protestant, the Episco- to the treasurer on the two last meetings palian and the Dissenter, the Calvinist a sum of 2001. This year he received in. and the Arminian, the Baptist and the structions to clothe all the children at the Unitarian, all persons, of all denomina- expense of the same generous donor. The tions, are willed and empowered by their procession of the children round the hall, common document to acis of justice and was an agreeable scene at this important mercy, and they now meet as brethren in meeting. A poetical address in the Hesocial life to perform them; but the un- brew language was delivered by one of sued clain of their elder brother, the Jew, the boys, and an English translation of it is acknowledged no where, save in the by one of the girls, each with propriety conscience of every“ just man made per- of accent, and much feeling.” fect."

A record testifying the liberal disposi.

tion and humane attention of the Jews to To extend the benefits of Education to the welfare of their offspring, is not out the children of the humbler classes of of place in a work which notices the proJews, is one of the first objects with their gress of manners; and it is especially opulent and enlightened brethren. The grateful to him who places it on this page, “Examiner" Sunday newspaper of the 4th that he has an opportunity of evincing his of February, 1825, cooperates in their respect for generous and noble virtues, in benevolent views by an article of inform- a people whose residence in all parts of ation particularly interesting :

the world has advantaged every state, and " On Friday last, the Jews held their to whose enterprise and wealth, as merarniversary, at the London Tavern, chants and bankers, every government in Bishopsgate-street, to celebrate their plan Europe has been indebted. Their sacred for the education of 600 boys and 300 writings and their literature have been girls, instituted April 20, 1818, in Bell- adopted by all civilized communities, lane, Spitalfields. It was gratifying to while they themselves have been fugitivos contrast the consideration in which the every where, without security any where. Jews are now held in this country with They are

-a people scatter'd wide indeed,
Yet from the mingling world distinctly kept :
Ages ago, the Roman standard stood
Upon their ruins, yet have ages swept
O'er Rome hersell, like an o'erwhelming flood,
Since down Jerus'lem's streets she pour'd her children's blood,
And still the nation lives!

Mr. Bull's Museum,

February 24. applied to Mr. Mars, of Barnet, for a

vault there, but Mr. Jefferson sending St. Matthias, the Apostle. Sts. Monta- him a noté acceding to his terms, he

nus, Lucius, Flavian, Julian, Victori- opened it before Mr. Salmon and Dr. cus, Primolus, Rhenus, and Donatian, Booth, and after he had read it, showed A. D. 259.

St. Lethard, or Luidhard, it them, with this exclamation—“There, Bp. A. D. 566. B. Robert of Arbrissel,

see what these fellows will do!” The A. D. 1116.

St. Pretextatus, or Pria, day before he died he played at whist Abp. a. D. 549.

St. Ethelbert, King. with Dr. Rumball, Dr. Booth, and his St. Ethelbert.

son, in bed : in the course of the evening He was king of Kent, and, according he said, “ The game is almost up." He to Butler, the first christian king. It afterwards informed 'bis son, he had lent was under him that St. Augustine found a person some money that morning, and favour when he landed in England with desired him to see it repaid. To some his monks, and is said to have introduced friends he observed, that he should not Christianity to the English people; an

be long with them, and desiring them to assertion wholly unfounded, inasmuch as

leave the room he called back his son, it had been diffused hither centuries be- for the purpose of saying to him, “ Í fore. Augustine established nothing but gave William money for coals this mornmonasteries and monkery, and papal ing; deducting the turnpike, mind he domination.

gives you eleven and eightpence in Bertha, the queen of Ethelbert, was a change when he comes home. Your convert, and her spiritual director offici. mother always dines at three o'clock, get ated, before Augustine's arrival, in the your dinner with her, I shall be gone little church of St. Martin, situated just before that time—and don't make any without Canterbury on the road to Mar- stir about me.” He died at half-past

two. This account is from the manugate ; the present edifice is venerable for its site and its rude simplicity.

script papers of the late Mr. John Almon, Ethelbert's power is said to have ex- in possession of the editor. tended to the Humber, and hence he is often styled king of the English. He

Regarding the season, there is an old was subdued to the views of the

papacy

proverb worthy noticing: by Augustine. Ethelbert founded Can- February fill dike, be it black or be it white : terbury cathedral, and built without the But if it be white, it's the better to like. walls of the city, the abbey and church of

Old Proverb. St. Peter and St. Paul, the ruins of which are denominated at this day St.

FLORAL DIRECTORY. Augustine's monastery and Ethelbert's

Great Fern. Osmunda regalis. tower. The foundation of the cathedral

Dedicated to St. Ethelbert. of Rochester, St. Paul's at London, and other ecclesiastical structures, is ascribed tu nim. He died in 616. Sometimes he is called St. Albert, and churches are

February 25. dedicated to him under that name. St. Tarasius, A. D. 806. St. Victorinus,

A.D. 284. St. W'alburg, Abbess. St.
CHRONOLOGY.

Cæsarius, A. D. 369.
On the 24th of February, 1809, diea
Mr. Jennings, of Galley-lane, near Barnet,

St. Walburg Herts. A few days previous to his de- This saint, daughter of Richard, king cease he called on Mr. Wm. Salmon, of the West Saxons, also a saint, became bis carpenter, at Shenley-hill, to go with a nun at Winburn in Dorsetshire, from him and fix upon a spot for his vault. whence, twenty-seven years after she On the Sunday before his death he went had taken the veil, she went to Germany, on horseback to Shenley-hill, and stopped and became abbess of a nunnery at at the White Horse to have a glass of Heidenheim in Suabia, where her brother warm wine, with the same intention of governed an abbey of monks, which at going to Ridge; and afterwards, seeing his death, in 760, she also governed, and the rev. Mr. Jefferson, endeavoured to died in 779. His relics were distributed buy the ground, but differed with him in the principal cities of the Low for two guineas. On the Monday, he Countries, and the cathedral of Canter

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