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lization of the savage sex, and—for an instance—we are informed that far better than billet-artillery are the comforters which have been chrochetted for the disconsolate. Comforters -how cheerful a word and with use how significant !

We care not to be too particular in referring to the many grateful letters on this head alone-letters that speak of the occupation—in bowery nook or other hallowed trysting placeof slender fingers that need so little the companionship of careful eyes : labor so little interrupting serious commune: excuse so valid for a longer rest or a continued ramble. Whilst in sober life, what prettier sight than the young wife engaged in the mystery of some tiny cap, or some floating trophy to hang about our easy chair.

And then to hear—by the cheerful fire while old dame Nature is working her crochet-patterns on the window panethe girls all round with busy hand at serviette or sofa cover-to hear the voice of the youngest trembling over some love tale or taking up the graver tone of some quiet home-philosophy.

Or as now, in the rosiest flush of Summer, when the Faeries are at work with nimble fingers in thicket and through fern, hanging festoons from flower to flower--throwing a gauzy veil over the radiant Queen-Rose, or gathering up the spider-hood of the demure daisy—how cheering to see the emulative hands of the more substantial charmers—those bustling Faeries of Drawing-Room and Parlour—all sedulously occupied in some happy and useful labor of love.

We have wandered somewhat from our intention, which was simply, to thank our friends_far and near--for the enthusiasm with which they have, month after month, welcomed our work. At the close of our first Volume we have only unmixed gratitude to express—for the very Critics themselves have been most kind to us.

For the Future we shall journey on together as merrily as before-or if an occasional sigh arise, the healthful cause shall be that of our common humanity. And in our widening circle of Readers, which has pleasantly increased from the very beginning—we hope—with the graceful co-operation of the lady who has so tastefully presided over the crochet-hook—to pass many hours—in alleviating, it may be some moments of sadness—at any rate, in safely and cheerfully engaging the minds and fingers of many thousands of our gentle Countrywomen.

London, July 1st, 1848.

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The Spirit of Needlework

11 Happy Days..

172

The Mother's Watching

18 The Poetry of Flowers—The Helle-

Essays on Shakespere's Female Cha-

bore, or Christmas Rose

180

racters, No. 1

19 The Story of a Watch ..

184

The Holly Tree

23 Pride and Jealousy

186

Genius in All

24 The Blind Child

191

The Curate of Glen-Beville

26 The Brotherhood of Poesie

192

The Rose Bud

32 Essays on Shakespere's Female

Our Element, an Allegorical Tale,

Characters, No. 4..

203

from the German

40 Recollections of Hester Loveli 212

Essays on Shakespere's Female Pride and Jealousy (continued) 219

Characters, No. 2 ..

47 The Holly

224

The Three Arts

52 Dreamland

242

Reminiscenses of Childhood

52 Pride and Jealousy (continued) 250

Song-“When Memory's Magic Maiden Beauty

256

Power"

59 The Poetry of Flowers—The Snow-

The Curate of Glen-Beville (con-

drop

257

tinued)

60 Floral Types..

261

Music at Evening's Stilly-hour 63 The Child's Welcome to the Birds 280

The Four-Leaved Shamrock

64 Good in All ..

281

Epitaph by Lord Lyttleton

64 On Fortitude

285

A Lesson for the Young

72 The Poetry of Flowers—The Ane-

Summer Flowers

79

286

The Utility of Fiction ..

79 | The White Violets

290

Nature's Love Letter

81 Dream-Kisses

Raleigh's Last Letter

84 Pride and Jealousy (continued) 296

The Curate of Glen-Beville (con- A Cottage Picture

303

tinued)

87 || The Love-Call

313

Kindness

96 | Essays on Shakespere's Female

Essays on Shakespere's Female

Characters, No. 5..

Characters, No. 3..

104 || April and May

324

Poppies

The Flower Girl

325

Luigia; or the Model..

110 Pride and Jealousy (continued) 331

The Curate of Glen-Beville (con- Baby

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cluded)

122 | Ephraim Polyblank

352

Youth and Age

139 | Why Weep Ye

357

A Side Glance at Jenny Lind 140 The Portrait..

358

The Voice of a Friend ..

142 | The Poetry of Flowers-The Lily

The History of a Heart

143 of the Valley

365

To the Loved and the Absent 151 Summer is Come

Aubin, the Dancing-Master 152 | Essays on Shakespere's Female

The First Hour of Morning 153 Characters, No. 6 ..

380

The Voice-Love

156 The Three Swans

388

Women are all Fools

160 The Portrait (continued)

392

Home

171 Pride and Jealousy (concluded).. 398

Sonnet on the Death of a Poet 171

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