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These girls are Flemings. They come to she does not always: her face does not
England from the Netherlands in the relax by degrees, but breaks suddenly
spring, and take their departure with the into an arch laugh. This appearance
summer. They have only one low, shrill, may be extorted by a joke, while driving
twittering note, “ Buy a broom?" some a bargain, but not afterwards: she as-
times varying into the singular plural, sumes it, perhaps, as a sort of “ turn" to
“Buy a brooms ?" It is a domestic cry; two hasten the “ business transaction;" for
or three go together, and utter it in com- when that is concluded, the intercourse
pany with each other; not in concert, nor ends immediately. Neither lingering nor
to a neighbourhood, and scarcely louder loitering, they keep constantly walking
than will attract the notice of an inmate on, and looking out for customers. They
seen at a parlour window, or an open seldom speak to each other; nor when
street-door, or a lady or two passing in their brooms are disposed of, do they stop
the street. Their hair is tightened up in and rejoice upon it as an end to their la-
front, and at the sides, and behind, and bours; but go homewards reflectively,
the ends brought together, and so se- with the hand every now and then dip-
cured, or skewered, at the top of the head, ping into the pocket of the huge petii-
as if it were constricted by a tourniquet: coat, and remaining there for a while, as
the little close cap, not larger than an in- if counting the receipts of the day while
fant's, seems

to be put on and tied they walk, and · reckoning what the
down by strings fastened beneath the before accumulated riches will total to,
chin, merely as a concealment of the ma with the new addition. They seem in-
chinery. Without a single inflexion of fuenced by this admonition, “ get all you
the body, and for any thing that appears can, and keep all you get.'
to the contrary, it may be incased in tin. Rather late in an autumn afternoon, in
From the waist, the form abruptly and Battersea-fields, I saw one of these girls
boldly bows out like a large beehive, or by herself; she was seated, with her
an arch of carpentry, built downward from brooms on her lap, in a bit of scenery,
above the hips, for the purpose of opening which, from Weirotter's etchings and other
and distending the enormous petticoat prints, I have always fancied resembled a
into numerous plaits and folds, and there- view in the Low Countries : it is an old
by allowing the legs to walk without in- windmill, near the “ Red-house,” with
cumbrance. Their figures are exactly mi- some low buildings amung willows, or
niatured in an unpainted penny doll of the bank of the Thames, thrown up to
turnery ware, made all round, before and keep the river from overflowing a marshy
behind, and sold in the toyshops for the flat. To my imagination, she was fixed
amusement of infancy.

to that spot in a reverie on her “ vader-
These Flemish girls are of low sta- land.*" "She gazed on the strait line of
ture, with features as forma, and old stunted trees, as if it were the line of
fashioned as

their dress. Their_gait beauty; and from the motion of her lips, and manner answer

to both. They and the enthusiasm of her look, I deemed
carry their brooms, not under the left she was reciting a passage from a poet of
arm, but

upon it, as they would children, her native country. Elevation of feeling,
upright between the arm and the side, in one of these poor girls, was hardly to
with the heads in front of the shoulder. be looked for; and yet I know not why I
One, and one only, of the brooms is in- should have excluded it, as not apper-
variably held in the right hand, and this taining to their character, except from
is elevated with the sharp cry“ Buy a their seeming intentness on thrift alone.
broom?" or “ Buy a brooms ?"' to any one They are cleanly, frugal, and no wasters
likely to become a purchaser, till it is of time; and that they are capable of sel-
either bought or wholly declined. The timent, I state on the authority of my
sale of their brooms is the sole purpose imagining concerning this poor girl;
for which they cross the seas to us; and whereon, too, I pledge myself not to have
they suffer nothing to divert them from been mistaken, for the language of the
their avocation. Å broom girl's counte- heart is universal- and hers discoursed to
nance, so wearisomely indicates unwea- mine; though from the situation wherein
ried attention to the “ main chance," and
is so inflexibly solemn, that you doubt * Vader-land, a word signifying country, but in.
whether she ever did or can smile; yet

finitely more expressive; it was first adopted by

Lord Byron into our language; he englishes in a les when she does, you are astonished that therland.”

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I stood, she saw me not. I was not, nor

The Summer Midnight. could I be, in love with her I was in the breeze of night has sunk to rest, Tove with human nature.

Upon the river's tranquil breast, The“ brooms” are one entire piece of And every bird has sought her nest, wood; the sweeping part being slivered Where silent is her minstrelsy; from the handle, and the shavings neatly The queen of heaven is sailing bigly, turned over and bound round into the A pale bark on the azure sky, form of a besom. They are bought to

Where uot a breath is heard to sighdust curtains and hangings with; but

So deep the soft tranquillity. good housewives have another use for forgotten now the heat of day them; one of them dipt in fair water, That on the burning waters lay, sprinkles the dried clothes in the laundry, The noon of night her mantle gray, for the process of ironing, infinitely better

Spreads, from the sun's high blazoary;
than the hand; it distributes the water But glittering in that gentle night
more equally and more quickly.

There gleams a line of silvery light,
As tremulous on thic sliores of white

It hovers sweet and playfully.
Buy a Broom ?!!"

At peace the distant shallop rides; There is a print with this inscription. Not as when dashing o'er her sides It is a caricature representation of Mr. The roaring bay's unruly tides Brougham, with his barrister's wig, in the Were beating round her gloriously; dress of a broom girl, and for its likeness But every sail is furl'd and still, of that gentleman, and the play on his Silent the seaman's whistle shrill, name, it is amazingly popular; especially

While dreamy slumbers seem to thrill since he contended for a man's right to

With parted hours of ecstacy. his own personal appearance, in the case Stars of the many spangled heaven! of Abernethy v The Lancet, before Faintly tbis night your beams are given, the chancellor. Mr. Brougham's good- Tho' proudly where your hosts are drives humoured allusion to his own counte Ye rear your dazzling galaxy; nance, was taken by the auditors in Since far and wide a softer hue court, to relate particularly to

his Is spread across the plains of bluc, portrait in this print, called “ Buy a

Where in bright chorus ever true Broom" It is certainly as good as

For ever swells your barmony.
“ The Great Bell of Lincoln's-inn," O! for some sadly dying note
and or three other prints of Upon this silent hour to float,
gentlemen eminent at the chancery-bar, Where from the bustling world remote,
sketched and etched, apparently, by the The lyre miglit wake its melody;
same happy hand at a thorough likeness. One feeble strain is all can swell

From mine almost deserted shell,
In mournful accents yet to tell

That slumbers not its minstrelsy.
Horned Poppy Chelidonium glaucum. There is an hour of deep repose
Dedicated to St. Marina

That yet upon my leart shall close,
When all that nature dreads and knowt

Shall burst upon Bie wond'rously;

O may, I then awake for ever
June 19.

My barp to rapture's high endeavour,
Sts. Gervasius and Protasius. St. Boni-

And as from earth's vain scene I sever,

Be lost ir Immortality!
face, Abp., Apostle of Russia, 1. d.
1009. St. Juliana Falconieri, A. D.
1340. St. Die, or Deodatus, Bp. A. D.
673 or 680

La Julienne de Nuit. Hesperis tristis.

Dedicated to St. Juliana.
1215. Magna Charta was signed, on
compulsion, by king John, at Runny-

June 20. mead, near Windsor.

1820. Sir Joseph Banks, president of St. Silverius, Pope, A. D. 538. St. Gobran, the royal society, died, aged 77.

Priest and Martyr, about 656. St. Ida




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turga, or Edhurge. St. Bain, Bp. of reputed saints; and where the entire Terouanne (now St Omer,) and Abbot, bodies could not be collected, the pious about A, D. 711.

contented themselves with possessing

such parts alone as · Providence chose to Translation of Edward

bless them with.' Without these sacred This day is so distinguished in the relics, no establishments could expect to church of England calendar. Edward thrive; and so provident had the persons was the king of the West Saxons, mur- been who laboured in their collection, dered by order of Elfrida. He had not that not a single religious house but coula only an anniversary on the 18th of March, produce one or more of those invaluable in commemoration of his sufferings, or remains; though, unless we are to believe rather of the silly and absurd miracles that most relics, like the holy cross itself, alleged to have been wrought at his tomb; possessed the power of self-augmentation, but he was even honoured by our weak we must either admit, that some of our forefathers with another festival on the circumspect forefathers were imposed 20th of June, in each year, in remembrance upon, or that St. John the Baptist had of the removal, or translation, as it is more heads than that of which he was so termed, of his relics at Wareham, where cruelly deprived, as well as several of their they were inhumed, to the minster at favourite saints having each kindly affordSalisbury, three years after his decease. ed them two or three skeletons of their

It is observed by Mr. Brady, on the precious bodies ; circumstances that fretranslation of St. Edward, as follows: quently occurred, ' because,' says Father “ At the period this solemn act of ab- John Ferand, of Anecy,

God was surd pomp took place, all Europe was pleased so to multiply and re-produce plunged in a state of profound ignorance them, for the devotion of the faithful!' and mental darkness; no marvel, there

“ Of the number of these relics that fore, that great importance should have have been preserved, it is useless to been attached to such superstitious usage; attempt a description, nor, indeed, could but for what reason our reformers chose they be detailed in many volumes; yet to keep up a recollection of that folly, it may gratify curiosity to afford some cannot readily be ascertained.

brief account of such as, in addition to “Of the origin of translations of this the heads of St. John the Baptist, were kind, much has been written ; and if we held in the greatest repute, were it for no are to credit the assertions of those other reason than to show how the ignomonkish writers, whose works are yet rance and credulity of the commonalty found in catholic countries, though they have, in former ages, been imposed upon, have themselves long passed to the silent tomb, we must believe not only that they

“ A finger of St. Andrew; had their source from a principle of de

“ A finger of St. John the Baptist; votion, but that peculiar advantages ac

“ The thumb of St. Thomas; crued to those who encouraged their in.

" A tooth of our Lord; In the year 359, the ensperor

“ A rib of our Lord, or, as it is profanely Constantius, out of a presnmed and, per- styled, of the Verbum curo factum, the haps, not inconsistent respect, caused the word made flesh; reinains of St. Andrew and St. Luke to “ The hem of our Lord's garment, which be removed from their ancient place of cured the diseased woman; interment to the temple of the twelve

“ The seamless coat of our Lord; apostles, at Constantinople; and from

“ A tear which our Lord shed over Lathat example, the practice of searching zarus ; it was preserved by an angel, for the bodies of saints and martyrs in- who gave it in a phial to Mary Magdacreased so rapidly, that in the year 386, lene; we find almost the whole of the devotees “ Two handkerchiefs, on which are imengaged in that pursuit. Relics, of pressions of our Saviour's face; the one course, speedily became of considerable sent by our Lord himself as a present 10 value; and as they were all alleged to Agbarus, prince of Eddessa ; the other possess peculiar virtues, no expense or given at the time of his crucifixion to a labour were spared to provide such trea- holy woman, named Veronica ; sures for every public religious founda

« The rod of Moses, with which be

pertion. Hence translations innumerable took formed his miracles ; place of the decayed members of persons

“ A lock of hair of Mary Magdalene's;

Viz. :

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“ A hem of Joseph's garment ; although it would appear, by the confes. “ A feather of the Holy Ghost; sions of some of those respectable persons, “ A finger of the Holy Ghost;

that instances have occurred of their • A feather of the angel Gabriel; failure, but that they always 'recovered “ A finger of a cherubim ;

their virtue, when,' as Galbert, a munk “ The water-pots used at the marriage of Marchiennes, informs us, they were 10 Galilee;

flogged with rods, &c.!'"
The slippers of the antediluvian
“ The face of a seraphim, with only part

of the nose;
“ The 'snout' of a seraphim, thought to

Doubtful Poppy. Papaver dubium

Dedicated to St. Silverius. nave belonged to the preceding ;

« The coal that broiled St. Lawrence;

The square buckler, lined with re?
velvet,' and the short sword of St

June 21.
“ A phial of the sweat of St. Michael,'

St. Aloysius, or Lewis Gonzaga, A. D.

1591. when he contended with Satan;

St. Ralph, Abp. of Bourges,

A. D. 866. “ Some of the rays of the star that ap

St. Meen, in Latin, Me

vennus, also Melanus, Abbot in Britanny, peared to the Magi; with innumerable

about A. D. 617. St. Aaron, Abbot in others, not quite corsistent with decency

Britanny, 6th Cent. St. Eusebius, to be here described. “ The miracles wrought by these and

Bp. of Samosata, A. D. 379 or 380. St. other such precious remains, have been

Leufredus, in French, Leufroi, Abbot,

A. D. 738
enlarged upon by writers, whose testi-
mony, aided by the protecting care of the
inquisition, no one durst openly dispute

* Brady's Clavis
who was not of the holy brotherhood;'


Summer Morning and Evening.
The glowing morning, crown'd with youthful roses,
Bursts on the world in virgin sweetness siniling,
And as she treads, the waking flowers expand,
Shaking their dewy tresses. Nature's choir
Of untaught minstrels blend their various powers
In one grand anthem, emulous to salute
Th’approaching king of day, and vernal Hope
Jocund trips forth to meet the healthful breeze,
To mark th' expanding bud, the kindling sky,
And join the general pæan.
While, like a matron, who lias long since done
With the gay scenes of life, whose children all
Have sunk before her on the lap of earth-
Upon whose mild expressive face the sun
Has left a smile that tells of former joys-
Grey Eve glides on in pensive silence musing.
As the mind triumphs o'er the sinking frame,
So as her form decays, her starry beams
Shed brightening lustre, till on night's still bosor
Serene sbe sinks, and breathes her peaceful last,
While on the rising breeze sad melodies,
Sweet as the notes that soothe the dying pi}low,
When angel-music calls the saint to heaven,
Come gently floating : 'tis the requiem
Chaunted by Philomel for day departed.

Viper's Buglos. Echium vulgare.

Dedicated to St. Aloysius


Now cometh welcome Summer with great strength,

Joyously smiling in high lustihood,
Conferring on us days of longest length,

For rest or labour, in town, field, or wood;
Offering, to our gathering, richest stores

Of varied herbage, corn, cool fruits, and flowers,
As forth they rise from Nature's open pores,

To fill our homesteads, and to deck our bowers;
Inviting us to renovate our health

By recreation; or, by ready hand,
And calculating thought, t' improve our wealth :

And so, invigorating all the land,
And all the tenantry of earth or flood,

Cometh the plenteous Summer--full of good.
“ How beautiful is summer,” says the ing whisper gently through the leaves,
elegant author of Sylvan Sketches, a which reflect the liquid light of the inocn
volume that may be regarded as

when she is seen-
sequel to the Flora Domestica, from

“ lifting her silver rim
the hand of the same lady.--"How beau-

Above a cloud, and with a gradual swim
tiful is summer! the trees are heavy with Coming into the blue with all her light.”
fruit and foliage; the sun is bright and
cheering in the morning; the shade of On page 337 of the present work, there
broad and leafy boughs is refreshing at is the spring dress of our ancestors in the
noon; and the calm breezes of the even- fourteenth century, from ar illumination


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