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utacturers had a
coming gravity, also named John Smith; Long shall his name in British annals shine, and he had enjoyed his pontificate several Aud grateful ages offer at his shrine ! previous commemorations: his chaplain By this our trade are thousands daily fed, was James Beethom. The ornaments of By it supplied with means to earn their the spinners and manufacturers had a In various forms our trade its work imparts,
and even elegant appearance, trom In different methods, and by different arts. the delicate and glossy whiteness of the Preserves from starving, indigents distress'd finely combed wool which they wore. As combers, spinners, weavers, and the rest. The apprentices and masters' sons, how. We boast no gems, or costly garments vain, ever, formed the most showy part of the Borrow'd from India, or the coast of Spain; procession, their caps being richly adorned Our native soil with wool our trade supplies, with ostrich feathers, flowers, and knots While foreign countries envy us tbe prize. of various coloured yarn, and their stuff No foreign broil our common good annoys, garments being of the gayest colours;
Our country's product all our art employs ;
Our fleecy flocks abound in every vale, some of these dresses, we understand,
Our bleating lambs proclaim the joyful tale. were very costly, from the profusion of
So let not Spain with us attempt to vie, their decorations. The shepherd, shep- Nor India's wealth pretend to soar so high : herdess, and swains, were attired in light Nor Jason pride him in his Colchian spoil, green. The wool-sorters, from their num- By hardships gain'd, and enterprising toil, ber and the height of their plumes of Since Britons all with ease attain the prize, feathers, which were, for the most part, of And every hill resounds with golden cries. different colours, and formed in the shape To celebrate our founder's great renown of fleur-de-lis, had a dashing appearance. Our shepherd and our chepherdess we crown; The combmakers carried before them the For England's commerce, and for George's instruments here so much celebrated. sway, raised on standards, together with golden
Each loyal subject give a loud HUZZA.
HUZZA! fleeces, rams' heads with gilded horns, and other emblems. The combers looked These lines were afterwards several both neat and comfortable in their flowtimes repeated, in the principal streets ing wig; of well-combed wool: and the and roads through which the cavalcade garb of the dyers was quite professional. passed. About five o'clock they dispersed. Several well-painted fiags were displayed, one of which represented on one side the
FLORAL DIRECTORY, venerable Bishop in full robes, and on
Great water moss. Fontinalis Antepyre
tica. the other a shepherd and shepherdess under a tree. Another had a painting of
Dedicated to St. Bluse. Medea giving up the golden fleece to Jason: a third had a portrait of the King: and a fourth appeared to belong to some association in the trade. The whole pro- St. Andrew Corsini, A. D. 1373. St cession was from half a mile to a mile in Phileas. St. Gilbert. St. Jane, or length.
Joan, Queen, A. D. 1505. St. Isidore, When the procession was ready to of Pelusium, A. D. 449. St. Rembert, move, Richard Fawcett, Esq. who was on Archbishop of Bremen, A. D. 888. horseback at the head of the spinners, St. Modan, of Scotland. St. Joseph, pronounced, uncovered, and with great of Leonissa, A. D. 1612. animation, the following lines, which it
Goe plow in the stubble had long been customary to repeat on
for now is the season these occasions, and which, if they have For sowing of fitches, not much poetical elegance, have the
of beanes, and of peason. merit of expressing true sentiments in Sow runciuals timely, simple language :
and all that be gray, Hail to the day, whose kind auspicious rays
But sow not the white, Deign'd first to smile on famous Bishop Blase !
till St. Gregorie's day. To the great author of our combing trade, This day's devoled, and due honour's paid; To him whose fame thro' Britain's ísle re
FLORAL DIRECTORY. sounds,
Goldilocks. Polutricum Commune. To him whose goodness to the poor abounds;
Dedicated to St. Jane.
Indian Bay Laurus Indica.
FLORAL DIRECTORY. Dedicated to St. Margaret of England. Narrow Spring Moss. Mnium Androgy
Dedicated to St. John of Matha.
Holiday at the Exchequer.
February 9. Martyrs of China. St. Avitus, Arch- St. Apollonia, A. D. 249. St. Nicephobishop, A. D. 525. St. Alice, or
rus, A. D. 260. St, Theliau, Bishop, Adelaide, A. D. 1015. St. Abraamius, A. D. 580. St. Ansbert, Abp. of Rouen, Bishop of Arbela.
A. D. 695. St. Attracta or Tarahata of St. Agatha.
Ireland. St. Herard or Eberhard. This saint, who is in the calendar of the church of England, was a Sicilian mar
FLORAL DIRECTORY. tyr about the year 251. Butler relates, Roman Narcissus. Narcissus Romanus. that before her death she was tortured,
Dedicated to St. Apollonia. and being refused physicians, St. Peter himself came from heaven, healed her wounds, and filled her prison with light,
February 10. He also as gravely states, that several
St. Scholastica, A. D. 543. St. Coteris. times when Catana was in danger from
4th Cent. St. William of Maleval, A. D. the eruptions of mount Ætna, her veil
1157. St. Erlulph, Scotch Bishop. carried in procession averted the volcanic matter from the city.
Mezereon. Daphne Mezereon.
Dedicated to St. Scholastica. Common Primrose. Primula vulgaris. Silky Fork Moss. Mnium heteomallum Dedicated to St. Agatha.
Dedicated to St. Coteris.
St. Saturninus Dativus, 8c. of Africa,
A. D. 304. St. Severinus, A. D. 507. St. Dorothy, A. D. 308. St. Vedast, The Empress Theodora, A. D. 867.
Bishop, A. D. 539. St. Amandus, A. D. 675. "St. Barsanuphius.
Red Primrose. Primula Verna rubra FLORAL DIRECTORY.
Dedicated to St. Theodora.
St. Benedict of Anian, A. D. 821. St
Meletius of Antioch. A. D. 381. St.
Eulalia of Barcelona.
St. Richard, St. Romuald, A. D. 1027.
St. Anthony King of the West Saxons, A. D. 722.
Cauleas, A. D. 896.
HILARY TERM ends.
Noble Liverwort. Anemone hepatica.
Dedicated to St. Eulalia.
A. D. 257. St. Gregory II. Pope. St. St. John of Matha, A. D. 1213. St. Ste Martinianus St. Modomnoc or Domi
phen of Grandmont, A. D. 1124. St. nick of Ossory, 6th Cent. St. Stephen, Paul, Bishop of Verdun, A. D. 631. Abbot, 6th Cent. Roger, Abbnt, A. D. St. Cuthman.
Where can ibe postman be, I say ?
Ilark !—there he is !-oh! the dear Cupid ! Two hundred thousand letters beyond that's the way to reckon.” “Ah, my he usual daily average, annually pass child, that's not the way to reckon; you through the twopenny post-office in Lon- have taken something into the account that don on St. Valentine's Day. “ Two has no business there : all Valentinehundred thousand iwopences," said an writers are not in love, nor are all lovers old gentleman as he read this in a March Valentine-writers; and remember, my newspaper, “ are four hundred thousand dear girl, that as smiles on the face somepence,”and he was going to cast up the times conceal cruel dispositions, so there amount_“Why, papa," said his daughter, are some who write Valentines, and trifle 6 that's just the number of young folks with hearts for the mere pleasure of inthere must be in love with each other ficting pain.” “I will show you what I mean," said the old gentleman, and tak- “Well now, this is capital !" exclaimed ing a paper from a drawer, he held up the laughing lass. “After such a Valer.this exemplification :
tine, you must take the hint, my dear sil. it's really a shame that so good-natured a man should remain a bachelor. I recollect, that when I could only just run about, you used to be so kind to me; besides, how you dandled and played with me! and since then, how you have read to me and instructed me till I grew up! Such a man is the very man to be married : you are every way domestic, and it's settled; you must get married." _“Well, then, will you have me?" he inquired, with a cheerful laugh. “ I have you ? No! Why, you
are too old; but not too old to find a Just then an unmarried gentleman, wife: there are many ladies whom we of a certain age," entered the roon. know, of your age, wholly disengaged; On becoming acquainted with the topic, but you don't pay them any particular he drew from his pocket a small packet, attention." Her father interposed; and and said, with a merry smile, “Here was the gentleman she addressed playfully my Valentine." It contained a rib of said, “ It is a little hard, indeed, that I some small animal completely enveloped should have these fine compliments and with white satin ribbon, ornamented by severe reproaches at the same time: howa true lover's knot at each end, and ano- ever,” taking her by the hand, “ you will ther in the middle. Father and daughter understand, that it is possible I may have both had a laugh at the “ old bachelor," paid particular attention to a lady at an and he, laughing with them, put into the age when the affections are warmer; I young lady's hand the poetical address did; and I reconciled myself to rejection that accompanied his rib:
by courting my books and the pleasures Go contemplate this lovely sign!
of solitudeHaste thee away to reason's shrine,
Hast thou been ever waking
From slumbers soft and light,
And heard sweet music breaking
The stillness of the night ;
When all thy soul was blending 'Till Adam had a partner given,
With that delightful strain,
And night her silence lending
To rivet fancy's chain ;
Then on a sudden pausing,
Those strains have ceas'd to plav
A painful absence causing And could not genuine Paradise,
of bliss that died away! The most extensive wish suffice, Its guiltless lord possest?
So from my soul has vanish'd No—not without a kindred mate;
The dream of youthful days ;
So Hope and Love are banish'd,
And Truth her pow'r displays.
The origin of so pleasant a day, the Enough, thy folly to upbraid; Enough to make thee wise :
first pleasant day in the year, whether its No more of pensive hours complain,
season be regarded, or the mode of its No more, that all life's joys are vain,
celebration, requires some little invesIf thou this hint despise.
tigation ; por must some of its past and Feb. 13, 182—.
A Friend, present usages be unrecorded heir,
St. Valentine's Morning.
Loud chanticleer doth sound his clarion shrill,
Which floats the dark brow of yon eastern bill,
Bright star of morn, oh! leave not yet the wave
To deck the dewy frontlet of the dry;
Nor drive retiring darkness yet away.
Ere yet my tongue endite a single song,
Sweet maiden, fairest of the virgin throng. Dulsiey's ilisceül. Attend we upon Elia. Hark, how perfect simplicity of feeling, "Madam. triumpnantly that noble herald of the my liver and fortune are entirely at your college of kindness proclaims the day! disposal;' or putting a delicate question,
« Plail to thy returning festival, old 'Amanda, have you a midriff to bestow! Bishop Valentine! Great is thy name in But custom has settled these things, and the rubric, thou venerable arch-flamen of awarded the seat of sentiment to the Hymen! Immortal Go-between! who and aforesaid triangle, while its less fortunate what manner of person art thou ? Art neighbours wait at animal and anatomical thou but a name, typifying the restless distance. principle which impels poor humans to “ Not many sounds in life, and I inseek perfection in union? or wert thou clude all urban and all rural sounds, exindeed a mortal preiate, with thy tippet ceed in interest a knock at the door. It and thy rochet, thy apron on, and decent gives a very echo to the throne where lawn sleeves ? Mysterious personage ! like Hope is seated.' But its issues seldom unto thee, assuredly, there is no other answer to this oracle within. It is so mitred father in the calendar.—Thou seldom that just the person we want to comest attended with thousands and ten see comes. But of all the clamorous thousands of little Loves, and the air is visitations, the welcomest in expectation Brush'd with the hiss of rustling wings;
is the sound that ushers in, or seems to
usher in, a Valentine. As the raven himsinging Cupids are thy choristers, and thy self was hoarse that announced the fatal precentors; and instead of the crosier entrance of Duncan, so the knock of the the mystical arrow is borne before thee. postman on this day is light, airy, confi
“ In other woids, this is the day on dent, and befitting one that bringeth which those charming little missives, good tidings. It is less mechanical than ycleped Valentines, cross and intercross on other days; you will say, “That is not each other at every street and turning the post, I am sure.' Visions of Love, of The weary and all for-spent twopenny Cupids, of Hymens, and all those de. postman sinks beneath a load of delicate lightful, eternal common-places, which embarrassments, not his own. It is having been, will always be;' which no scarcely credible to what an extent this schoolboy nor schoolman can write away; ephemeral courtship is carried on in this having their irreversible throne in the loving town, to the great enrichment of fancy and affections; what are your trans. porters, and detriment of knockers and ports, when the happy maiden, opening bell-wires. In these little visual inter with careful finger, careful not to break pretations, no emblem is so common as the emblematic seal, bursts upon the sight ihe heart,--that little three-cornered ex- of some well-designed allegory, some porent of all our hopes and fears,—the type, suine youthful fancy, not without bestuck and bleeding heart; it is twisted versesand tortured into more allegories and
Lovers all, affectations than an opera-hat. What
A madrigal, authority we have in history or mythology or some such device, not over abundant for placing the head-quarters and metro- in sense-young Love disclaims it, and polis of god Cupid in this anatomical seat not quite silly-something between wind rather than in any other, is not very clear; and water, a chorus where the sheep out we have got it, and it will serve as might almost join the shepherd, as they well as any other thing Else we might did, or as I apprehend they did, in Areasily imagine, upon some other system cadia. which might have prevailed for any thing “ All Valentines are not foolish, and I which our pathology knows to the core shall not easily forget thine, my kind crary, a lover addressing his mistress, in friend (if I may have leave to call you