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And yet there are some to whom these Having no exquisite relish of the beauties
scenes give no delight, and who hurry of nature, and being more delighted with
away from all the varieties of rural beau- the busy hum of men,' I answered,
ty, to lose their hours and divert their “Yes, sir ; but not equal to Fleet-street.
thoughts by a tavern dinner, or the prattle Johnson said, “You are right, sir.
or the politics of the day. Such was, by aware that many of my readers may cen-
his own confession, Mr. Boswell, the sure my want of taste. Let me, however,
biographer of Johnson; and, according to shelter myself under the authority of a
this 'honest chronicler’s' report, the doctor very fashionable baronet in the brilliant
himself was alike insensible to the charms world, who; on his attention being called
of nature. We walked in the evening,' to the fragrance of a May evening in the
says Boswell,' in Greenwich-park. John- country, * This may be very well; but,
son asked me, I suppose by way of trying for my part, I prefer the smell of a flam-
my disposition, “Is not this very fine ?' beau at the playhouse !"

Green fields, and shady groves, and crystal springs
And larks, and nightingales, are odious things.
But smoke and dust, and noise, and crowds, delight;
And to be pressed to death, transports her quite :
Where silvery rivulets play through flowery meads,
And woodbines give their sweets, and limes their shades,
Black kennels' absent odours she regrets,
And stops her nose at beds of violets ;
Nor likes to leave her bed at carly dawn,
To meet the sun upon the upland lawn.

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Solomon's Seal. Convallaria multiflora.
Dedicated to St. Gregory of Nazianzen.


Map 10.

proached, and the net dropped over

There is a tradition current here, St. Antoninus, or Little Antony, Abp that king James I. was very fond of

A. D. 1459. Sts. Gordian, A. D. 362, seeing dotterels taken; and when he came and Epimachus, a D. 250. St. Isidore, to Newmarket, used to accompany the Patron of Madrid, a. D. 1170. St. Com- birdcatchers to the Gogmagog-hills and gall, Irish abbot, A. D. 601. St. Catal- moors, for that purpose.

It is said, a dus, Bp. of Tarentum.

needy clergyman residing in the parish of

Sawston, who was very expert in dotterelFLORAL DIRECTORY.

catching, attended the king; his majesty Slender-leaved Piony. Pæonia Tenuifolia. him a living : the clergyman waited some

was pleased with his skill, and promised Dedicated to St. Comgall.

years, till, concluding that the king “had remembered to forget his promise," he

went to London and appeared at court, THE DOTTEREL.

where too he was unnoticed and for(For the Every-Day Book.)

gotten; at length, approaching the king, In May and June this bird is to be and making the same signs as he was wont found on Gogmagog-hills and the moors to do wheti catching dotterels with the king adjacent. It is caught - with nets, by near Cambridge, his majesty exclaimed, people using a whistle made to imitate Why, here is my reverend dotterelits note; the bird is so simple and fond catcher,” and instantly gave him the longof imitation, it suffers itself to be ap- delayed living :

The boggy moor a fruitful field appears,
Since the inclosure of those latter years ;
Though oft a victim to the fowler's snare,
The dotterel keeps her wonted vigils there !
Ah! simple bird to imitate false man,
Who does by stratagem thy life trepan!
So by the world is man oft led astray,
Nor strives to shun the siren's 'witching lay.;


But knows, alas ! like thee, when 'tis too late,
The want of caution, and repents his fate.
In sad reality-too often seen,

Does folly end in sorrow's tragic scene.
Cambridge, May 18, 1825.



May 11.

the Earle Bothwell, and sundry other the

Scottish Nobility. At their landing, one St. Mammertus, Abp. of Vienne, A. D.

M. James Elpheston, a Senator of the 477. St. Maieul, or Majolus, Abbot Colledge of Justice, with a Latine oration

welcommed them into the countrey, which A. D. 994.

done, the King went on to the church of Lyeth, where they had a sermon preacbed

by Maister Patrick Gallowey, in English, A Warwickshire correspondent says, importing a thanksgiving for their safe that in that county “ the first swarm of arrivall, and so they departed to their bees is simply called a swarm, the second lodging, where they expected the comming from the same hive is called a cast, and in of the rest of the nobility, together the third from the same hive a spindl. vided in Edinborough and the Abbey of

with such preparation as was to bee proIt is a saying in this county, that

the Holy Rood House. “ A swarm of bees in May

“This performed, and the nobility joynIs worth a load of hay ;

ing to the township of Edinborough, they A swarm of bees in June

receaved the King and Queene from the Is worth a silver spune (spoon ;) town of Lyeth, the King riding before, A swarm of bees in July

and the Queene behind him in her chariot, Is not worth a fly.

with her maides of honor on ech side of “ In Warwickshire, also, there is a dif

her Majesties one.

Her chariot was ferent version of verses about the swal- drawne with eight horses, capparisoned low, &c.

in velvet, imbrodred with silver and gold,

very rich, her bighnesse maister of her « The robin and the wren

householde, and other Danish ladies on Are God Almighty's cock and hen ; the one side, and the Jorde Hamilton on The martin and the swallow

the other, together with the rest of the Are God Almighty's bow and arrow." nobility, and after her chariot followed the

Lorde Chancelours wife, the Lady BothCHRONOLOGY.

well, and other the ladies, with the bur

gesses of the towne and others round King James I. and his queen arrived in about her, as of Edinborough, of Lyeth, of Scotland on Old May-day, 1590, it being Fishrow, of Middleborow, of Preston, of then according to the old style the first Dalkith, &c. all the inhabitants being in day of May, in order to be at the queen's armour, and giving a volle of shotte to coronation. The entry and coronation the King and Queene in their passage, were conducted with great ceremony; the in joy of their safe arrivall. In this pageant on the latter occasion is an ex- manner they passed to the Abbey of ample of splendid dramatic effect, which Holy Roode House, where they rein this country no longer prevails on mained until the seaventeenth of May, such occasions. According to the account upon which day the Queene was crowned printed at London, in black letter, A. D. in the said Abbey Church, after the ser1590, these are the particulars :

mon was ended by Maister Robert Bruce “ The King arrived at Lyeth the first and M. David Linsey, with great triday of May, anno 1590, with the Queene umphes. The coronation ended, she was his wife and his traine in thirteene shippes, conveide to her chamber, being led by accompanied with Peter Munck, Admirall the Lord Chancelour, on the one side and of Denmarke, one of the Regentes of the the Embassador of Englande on the other, King, Steven Brave, a Danish Lorde, and sixe ladies bearing uppe her traine, sundry other the Lordes of the same having going before her twelve heraultes countrey, where at theyr arrivall they in their coates of armes, and sundrye were welcommed by the Duke of Lenox, trumpets still sounding. The Earle of

Angus bare the sworde of honor, the L. arraied in cloth of silver and gold, repreHamilton the scepter, and the Duke of senting the nine Muses, who sung verie Lenox the crowne. Thus was that day sweete musicke, where a brave youth spent in joy and mirth. Uppon Tuesday played upon the organs, which accorded the nineteenth of May, her Majesty made excellentie with the singing of their her entry into Edinborough in her chariot, psalmes, whereat her Majestie staied with the Lordes and Nobility giving their awhile, and thence passed downe through attendance, among the which ther were the high gate of Edinborough, which sixe and thirty Danes on horsebacke with was all

decked with tapistry from the top foote clothes, every of them being accom- to the bottom : at her Graces comming panied with some Scottish Lorde or to the Tolboth, there stood on high the Knight, and all the ladies following the four vertues, as first, Justice with the chariot. At her comming to the South ballance in one hand, and the sword of side of the yardes of the Canogit, along justice in the other; then Temperance, the parke wall, being in sight of the having in the one hand a cup of wine, Castle, they gave her thence a great volle and in the other hand a cup of water; of shotte, with their banners and auncientes Prudence, holding in her hand a serpent displaied upon the walles. Thence shee and a dove, declaring that men ought to came to the West port, under the which bee as wise as the serpent to prevent ber highnesse staied, and had an oration mischief, but as simple as a dove eyther to welcome her to the towne, uttered in in wrath or malice. The last is Fortitude, Latine by one maister John Russell, who who held a broken piller in her hand, rewas thereto appointed by the towne- presenting the strength of a kingdome. shippe, whose sonne also being placed “ Thus shee passed on to the crosse, upuppon the toppe of the portehead, and pon the toppe whereof shee had a psalm was let downe by a devise made in a sung in verie good musicke before her globe, which being come somewhat over comming to the churche, whiche done, her Majesties heade, opened at the toppe her Majestie came forth of her chariot, into foure quarters, where the childe ap- and was conveied unto S. Giles Church, pearing in the resemblance of an angell where she heard a sermon preached by M. delivered her the keyes of the towne in Robert Bruce. That ended, with praiers silver, which done, the quarters closed, for her highnesse, shee was conveied and the globe was taken uppe agayne, so againe to her chariot. Against her comas the childe was no more seene there. ming forth, there stood upon the top of Shee had also a canapie of purple velvet, the crosse a table covered, whereupon embrodered with gold, carried over her stood cups of gold and silver full of wine, by sixe ancient townes-men. There were with the goddess of Corne and Wine also three score young men of the towne sitting thereat, and the corne on heapes lyke Monres, and clothed in cloth of sila by her, who in Latine cried that there ver, with chaines about their neckes, and should be plentie thereof in her time, and bracelets about their armes, set with on the side of the crosse sate the God diamonds and other precious stones, verie Bacchus upon a punchion of wine, drinkgorgeous to the eie, who went before the ing and casting it by cups full upon the chariot betwixt the horsemen and it, people, besides other of the townsmen everie one with a white staffe in his hande that cast apples and nuts among them, to keepe off the throng people, where and the crosse itself ranne claret wine also rid the Provost and Baileefes of the upon the caulsway for the royaltic of towne with foote clothes to keepe the that daie. Thence her Grace rode downe people in good order, with most of the the gate to the sault trone, whereupon inhabitants in their best araie to doe the sate all the Kings heretofore of Scotland, like. In this order her Grace passed on one of them lying along at their feete, as the Bow street, where was erected a if he had bene sick, whom certain soultable, whereupon stood a globe of the diers seemed to awake at her Majesties whole worlde, with a boy sitting therby, comming; whereupon he arose and made who represented the person of a King, her an oration in Latine. Which ended, and made her an oration, which done, she she passed down to the neather bow, went up the Bowe, wher were cast forth which was beautified with the marage of a number of banketing dishes as they a King and his Queene, with ali their came by, and comming to the butter trone, nobilitie about them, among whom at there were placed nine maidens bravely her highness presence there arose a youth

who applied the same to the marriage of Is drawne vp hie aboue the roofe,
the King and herselfe, and so blessed that by ropes, and force of hande:
marriage. Which done, there was let The Priestes about it rounde do stand,
downe unto her from the top of the porte For all these mens religion great,

and chaunt it to the skie, in a silke string a box covered with purple

in singing most doth lie, velvet, whereupon was embrodered an A. for Anna (her Majesties name) set with Then out of hande

the dreadfull shape

of Sathan downe they throw, diamonds and precious stones, esteemed Oft times, with fire burning bright, at twentie thousand crownes, which the and dasht a sunder tho, townshippe gave for a present to her The boyes with greedie eyes do watch, highness; and then, after singing of some and on him straight they fall, psalmes with very good musicke, her And beate him sore with rods, and breake Grace departed to the Abbey for that him into peeces small. night.”

This done, they wafers downe doe cast,

and singing Cakes the while,

With papers round amongst them put, 1778. William Pitt, the great earl of the children to beguile. Chatham, died in the House of Lords, With laughter great are all things done : aged 70 years.

and from the beames they let 1782. Richard Wilson, the eminent Great streames of water downe to fall, English landscape painter,died, neglected, on whom they meane to wet. at the age of 68 years ; for in his lifetime And thus this solemãe holiday, his labours were unappreciated. He was

and hye renowned feast, accustomed to say, that posterity would And all their whole deuotion here,

is ended with a ieastat do him justice; and now his pictures pro, duce astonishing sums.

It is sufficient for the present to observe of Holy Thursday, that with us on

this day it is a common custom of estabFLORAL DIRECTORY.

lished usage, for the minister of each Lancashire Asphodel. Asphodelus Lu- parish, with the parochial officers and teus.

other inhabitants of the parish, followed Dedicated to St. Mammertus. by the boys of the parish school, headed

by their master, to go in procession to

the different parish boundaries; which Map 12.

boundaries the boys strike with peeled Holy Thursday, holiday at the Public Offices, except willow wands that they bear in their Excise, Stamp, and Custom.

hands, and this is called “beating the Sts. Nereus and Achilleus. St. Flavia bounds." More, concerning this and

Domitilla. St. Pancras, A.D. 304. St. other practices connected with the day, is Epiphanius, Abp. A. D. 403. St. Ger purposely deferred till the subject be promanus, Patriarch of Constantinople, perly set forth hereafter.

733. St. Rictrudes, Abbess, A, D. 688.

Rule of Health for May. Holy Thursday, The month of May is called a “trying 1 Or Ascension Day.

month, to persons long ailing with cri.

tical complaints. It is common to say, The anniversary of Christ's Ascension “Ah, he'll never get up May-hill!" or, as kept by the Romish church, is set “If he can climb over May-hill he'll do." forth in the “ Popish Kingdome,” thus : “As a rule of health for May,” says


Forster, Then comes the day when Christ ascended

we may advise early rising in to his father's seate

particular, as being essentially conducive Which day they also celebrate,

to that blessing. Every thing now inwith store of drinke and meate,

vites the sluggard to leave his bed and go Then every man some birde must eate,

abroad. Milton has given such a lively I know not to what ende,

description of morning scenes as must And after dinner all to church

rouse every lover of the country from his they come, and their attende

couch: The blocke that on the aultar still, till then was seene to stande,

• Shepherd. + Naogeorgus, by Googe.

A. D.

Lines from l'Allegro

facility of procuring smuggled liquors. To hear the lark begin his flight,

A gentleman, whose rental at one time And singing, startle the dull night,

amounted to 10,000l. per annum, and From his watch-tower in the skies,

who was in the constant habits of intoxiTill the dappled dawn doth rise ;

cation, took an oath to drink nothing Then to come, in spite of sorrow,

after the cloth was removed ; but, unablo And at my window bid good morrow, Through the sweet-brier, or the vine,

to comply with the spirit, he soon conOr the twisted eglantine :

tented himself with adhering to the letter While the cock, with lively din,

of this rash vow, and, keeping the cloth Scatters the rear of darkness thin

on table after dinner was over, could And to the stack, or the barn-door,

drink all night without fear of infringing Stoutly struts his dames before.

it. He then swore not to drink in his Oft listening now the hounds and horn dining-parlour, but again as easily evaded Cheerly rouse the slumbering morn, his engagement, by adjourning to the From the side of some hoar bill,

next apartment; in the next apartment, Through the high wood echoing shrill : however, on some fresh qualms of conSome time walking, not unseen,

science, the vow was renewed ; and so, By hedge-row elms, on hillocks green, in each room successively, until he fairly Right against the eastern gate

swore himself out of the house. He then Where the great sun begins his state, Robed in flames, and amber light,

took refuge in the summer-house of his The clouds in thousand liveries dight;

garden, and there used to dine and drink While the ploughman, near at hand,

daily; till, rashly renewing his vow here Whistles o'er the furrow'd land,

also, he was reduced to find a new sub And the milkmaid singeth blithe,

terfuge by taking lodgings in a neighbourAnd the mower whets his sithe,

ing town. And every shepherd tells his tale

“This story reminds me of a circumUnder the hawthorn in the dale.

stance which has taken place within these Straight mine eye hath caught new pleasures, few days, and in which the chief actor Whilst the landscape round it measures ; was one of the remaining branches of a Russet lawns, and fallows gray, Where the nibbling flocks do stray;

numerous family, among the second-rate

gentry, who are here distinguished by the Mountains, on whose barren breast,

title of buckeens. Originally supported The labouring clouds do often rest; Meadows trim with daisies pide,

in a state of comparative ease and indulShallow brooks, and rivers wide :

gence, partly by their share in the contraTowers and battlements it sees

band-trade, partly by their close connecBosomed high in tufted trees,

tion and alliance with the principal famiWhere perhaps some beauty lies,

lies in the country, their incomes have, The cynosure of neighbouring eyes.

gradually sunk with the change of circumstances, which has, in a great mea.

sure, dissolved this ancient bond of felMANNERS IN IRELAND.

lowship, as well as destroyed their more Not as a picture of general manners, illegitimate sources of revenue. Many but as sketches of particular characters of these, without seeking employment for in certain parts of Ireland, the following themselves, or education for their chilanecdotes are extracted from one of the dren, still cling to customs which have “ Letters from the Irish Highlands,” dated now passed away; and, when reduced in May, 1823.

almost to a state of mendicity, continue “In the same spirit, the pleasures of their former boast of being .gentlemen.' the table are but too often shared by the “A puncheon of spirits lately came gentlemen of the country with those who ashore, and fell to the share of the indiare very much their inferiors, both in vidual above mentioned. It was too birth and fortune. The lowest and most large to be got in at the door of his degrading debauchery must be the natural house ; he therefore pulled part of the consequence, and here I must not forget wall down; still, however, it stuck half an anecdote which will at once illustrate way. His small stock of patience could this, and also make you acquainted with last no longer; he tapped the end that a childish superstition, with which it is a was within, and he and his wife, with frequent practice of all ranks to combat their servant, soon became completely this pernicious vice, encouraged by their intoxicated. His neighbours, aware of indolent manner of life, and by the former this, tapped the cask at the other end,

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