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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 im250 : thc 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' 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 Jonson. 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 her 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, drup it'- 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 lights culled 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 de who, spinning and nodling like a spent sire for further acquaintance with his top, tries in vain to catch a glance at the beauties :
this is a from empt wer, Foli
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,
Sto!'n to this paradise, and so extranced,
Sbaded 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, fearing to move or speak, she look'd so dreamingly
" Ah, Porphyro !" said she, “ but even now
“ 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,
wonderful miracles before her death,which
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. formerly 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 measure, 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 ber 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; Endosia. 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, 8c. 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 pui 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 boyo
chelor; “ and yet, as it is sayd, the synge secrated animals were afterwards shorn, is on the fynger of the ymage"
and palls made from their fleeces; for each
of which, it is said, the pope exacted or In a Romish Missal printed at Paris, in the bishops from eight to ten, or thirty 1520, there is a prayer to Si Agnes, re- thousand crowns, and that the custom markably presumptive of her powers; it origjuated with Limes, who succeeded the is thus englisbed by Bp. Patrick : apostle Peter: whereupon Naogeorgus Agnes, who art the Lamb's chaste spouse,
inquires, Enlighten thou cur miads within ;
But where was Agnes at that time? Not only lop the spreading boughs.
who offred up, and how, But root out of us every sin.
The two white lambes? where then was 0, Lads, singularly great,
as it is used now ! Translate us to that quiet seat
Yea, where was then the Popish state,
and dreadfull monarchee !
Sure in Saint Austen's time, there were
no pailes at Rome to see, &c. Agnes' church at Rome, it was custo In Jephson's “ Manners, &c. of France nary on St. Agnes' Day to bring two and Italy," there is one dated from Rome, Snow-white lambs to the aitar, upon which February, 14, 1793. That this ceremony they were laid while the Agnus was was then in use, is evident from the folsubging by way of offering. These con- lowing lines :
St. Agnes' Skrine.
And receive consecration from Sanctity's fist.
sung the mass of the Holy Ghost, and at W e d, in “ Pazano-Papismus," re- the conclusion, an offering of fourpence 4.*** tad okremony of the Romnish church. was for himself, and another of threeTudiep were brought into the church, pence was for the poor. This ceremony
14 th priest, having blessed some salt was adopted by the Romish church from 214 water, read in one corner this gospel, certain customs of the ancient Romaus, "To us a child is born,” &c. with the in their worship of Pales, the goddess of
k, a farthing being laid upon sheepfolds and pastures. They prayed 11a brin, and taken up again; in the her to bless the sheep, and sprinkled them w womer he read this gospel, « Ye with water. The chief difference between Ilen of Galilee," &c. with the whole the forms seems to have consisted in this, fre, a farthing being laid upon the that the ancient Romans let the sheep Izrk, and taken up again; in the third remain in their folds, while the moderns Inte he read this gospel, “ I am drove them into the church. tre 27 shepherd,” &c. with the whole ottice, a farthing being laid upon the burok, and taken up again; and in the
FLORAL DIRECTORY, worth corner he read this gospel, “ In
St. Agnes. these days," &c. with the whole office,
Christmas Rose. Helleborus niger flor a farthing being laid upon the book, and
albo. taken up again. After that, he sprinkled
THE CROCUS. all the sheep with holy water, saying, “In the blessing of God, the Father
Dainty young thing
Of life !- Thou vent'rous flower, Almighty, descend and remain upon you; Who growest through the hard, cold in the name of the Father, and of the Sun, Of wintry Spring :and of the Holy Ghost. Amen." Then he signed all the sheep with the sign of the
Soft, voireless bell, whose spre (10%, repeated thrice some Latin verses, Rocks in the grassy leaves like wire with the Paternoster and Ave-Marias, In solitude :