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different towns, ringing a loud and dismal
PLORAL DIRECTORY toned bell at the corner of each street, Winter Cherry. Physalis. every Sunday evening during the month; Dedicated to St. Marcian. and calling upon the inhabitants to remember the deceased suffering the expia- November 3. tory flames of purgatory, and to join in prayer for the repose of their souls.** St. Malachi, Abp. of Armagh, A. D. 1148. Time.
St. Hubert, Bp. of Leige, A. D. 727.
St. Wenefride, or Winefride. St. PaMr. John M'Creery, to whose press Mr. poul, or Papulus, 3d. Cent. St. Flour, Roscoe committed his “ History of Leo A. D. 389. St. Rumwald. X.," and the subsequent productions of
Without being sad, we may be serious; his pen, has marked this day by dating a
and continue to-day the theme of yesterbeautiful poem on it, which all who de
day. sire to seize the “golden grains" of time,
Mr. Bowring, from whose former will do well to learn and remember daily. poetical works several citations have alINSCRIPTION
ready glistened these pages, in a subseFOR MY DAUGHTERS' HOUR-GLASS.
quent collection of effusions, has versified Mark the golden grains that pass
to our purpose. He reminds us that Brightly thro' this channell’d glass,
Man is not left untold, untaught, Measuring by their ceaseless fall
Untrain'd by heav'n to heavenly things; Heaven's most precious gift to all !
No! ev'ry fleeting hour has brought Busy, till its sand be done,
Lessons of wisdom on its wings; See the shining current run;
And ev'ry day bids solemn thought
Soar above earth's imaginings.
In life, in death, a voice is heard,
Speaking in heaven's own eloquence, Yet let some hand invert its frame
That calls on purposes deferr'd, And all its powers return the same,
On wand'ring thought, on wild’ring sense, Whilst any golden grains remain
And bids reflection, long interr'd, 'Twill work its little hour again.
Arouse from its indifference.
Another poem is a translation
FROM THE GERMAN,
Ach wie nichtig, ach wie Aüchtig ! Never can one grain be found,
O how cheating, O how fleeting
Is our earthly being !
And as soon dispers'd in ether.
J. M. C. O how cheating, 0 how fleeting
Are our days departing ! Mr. M'Creery first printed this little
Like a deep and headlong river effusion of his just and vigorous mind on Flowing onward, flowing evera small slip, one of which he gave at the Tarrying not and stopping never. time to the editor of the Every-Day Book, who if he has not like
O how cheating, O how fleeting
Are the world's enjoyments !
All the hues of change they borrow, is not therefore less able to determine Bright to-day and dark to-morrowthe value of those that are gone for ever ;
Mingled lot of joy and sorrow! nor therefore less anxious to secure each O how cheating, O how fleeting that may fall to him ; nor less qualified to
Is all earthly beauty! enjoin on his youthful readers the import
Like a summer flow'ret Aowing,
Scattered by the breezes, blowing ance of this truth, “that time once gone,
O'er the bed on which 'twas growing. ne'er comes again.” He would bid them remember, in the conscience - burning O how cheating, O how fleeting words of one of our poets, that
Is the strength of mortals ! “ Time is the stuff that life is made of.” On a lion's power they pride them,
With security beside them* Brady's Clavis Calendaria.
Yet what overthrows betide them !
O how cheating, O how fleeting
He has no thought of coming days, Is all earthly pleasure !
Though they alone deserve bis thought 'T'is an air-suspended bubble,
And so the heedless wanderer strays, Blown about in tears and trouble,
And treasures nought and gathers dought. Broken soon by flying stubble.
Though wisdom speak_his ear is dull; O how cheating, O how fleeting
Though virtue smile-he sees her not ;
His cup of vanity is full ;
These “ memorabilia" are from a three
shilling volume, entitled “ Hymns, by O how cheating, 0 how fleeting
John Bowring,” intended as a sequel to Is all mortal wisdom !
the “ Matins and Vespers." Mr. BowHe who with poetic fiction
ring does not claim that his “ little book" Sway'd and silenced contradiction,
shall supply the place of similar producSoon is still’d by death's infiction.
tions. * If it be allowed,” he says, O how cheating, O how fleeting
add any thing to the treasures of our Is all earthly music!
devotional poetry; if any of its pages Though he sing as angels sweetly,
should be hereafter blended with the exPlay he never so discreetly,
ercises of domestic and social worship; Death will overpower him feetly. or if it shall be the companion of medi
tative solitude, the writer will be more O how cheating, O how fleeting
than rewarded.” All this gentleman's Are all mortal treasures !
poetical works, diversified as they are, Let him pile and pile untiring,
tend “ to mend the heart." Time, that adds to his desiring, Shall disperse the heap aspiring.
FLORAL DIRECTORY. O how cheating, O how fleeting
Primrose. Primula vulgaris.
Dedicated to St. Flour.
St. Charles Borromeo, Cardinal, Abp. of Clad in purple-and elated,
Milan, A. D. 1584. Sts. Vitalis and O'er their fellows elevated,
Agrtcola, A. D. 304. St. Joannicius, They shall be by death unseated.
Abbot, A. D. 845. St. Clarus, A. D.
894. St. Brinstan, Bp. of Winchester, O how cheating, O how fleeting
A. D. 931.
So say our almanacs, directly in opposiChristian! live on Heav'n relying. tion to the fact, that king William III. did
not land until the next day, the 5th: we The same writer truly pictures our have only to look into our annals and be fearful estate, if we heed not the silent assured that the almanacs are in error. progress of “the enemy,” that by proper Rapin says, “ The fourth of November attention we may.convert into a friend.- being Sunday, and the prince's birthday,
now (in 1688) thirty-eight years of age, Time,
was by him dedicated to devotion; the On! on! our moments hurry by
fleet still continuing their course, in order Like shadows of a passing cloud,
to land at Dartmouth, or Torbay. But Till general darkness wraps the sky,
in the night, whether by the violence of And man sleeps senseless in his shroud.
the wind, or the negligence of the pilot,
the fleet was carried beyond the desired He sports, he trifles time away,
ports without a possibility of putting back, Till time is bis to waste no more : such was the fury of the wind. But Heedless he hears the surges play ;
soon after, the wind turned to the south, And then is dash'd upon the shore. which happily carried the fleet into Tor
KING WILLIAM LANDED,
bay, the most convenient place for landing particular about his costume. With them the horse of any in England. The forces *Guy Fawkes-day," or, as they as often were landed with such diligence and call it, “ Pope-day,” is a holiday, and as tranquillity, that the whole army was on they reckon their year by their holidays, shore before night. It was thus that the this, on account of its festivous enjoyprince of Orange landed in England, ment, is the greatest holiday of the seawithout any opposition, on the 5th of son. They prepare long before hand, not November, whilst the English were cele- “Guy,” but the fuel wherewith he is to brating the memory of their deliverance be burnt, and the fireworks to fling about from the powder-plot about fourscore at the burning : “ the Guy" is the last years before,” &c. Hume also says, “The thing thought of, " the bonfire" the first. prince had a prosperous voyage, and About this time ill is sure to betide the Landed his army safely in Torbay on the owner of an ill-secured fence; stakes are 5th of November, the anniversary of the extracted from hedges, and branches torn gunpowder treason.” These historians from trees; crack, crack, goes loose paground their statements on the authority ling; deserted buildings yield up their of bishop Burnet, who was on board the floorings ; unbolted flip-flapping doors fleet, and from other writers of the period, are released from their hinges as supernuand their accuracy is provable from the meraries; and more burnables are deemed public records of the kingdom, notwith- lawful prize than the law allows. These standing the almanac-makers say to the are secretly stored in some enclosed place, contrary. It must be admitted, however, which other “collectors” cannot find, or that the fourth is kept as the anniversary dare not venture to invade. Then comes of the landing of king William, a holi- the making of “the Guy,” which is easily day at different public offices.
done with straw, after the materials of dress are obtained : these are an old coat, waistcoat, breeches, and stockings, which
usually as ill accord in their proportions Strawberry-tree. Arbutus. and fitness, as the parts in some of the Dedicated to St. Brinstan.
new churches. His hose and coat are frequently “a world too wide;" in such
cases his legs are infinitely too big, and November 5.
the coat is “hung like a loose sack about
him.” A barber's block for the head is St. Bertille, Abbess of Chelles, A. D. 692. “the very thing itself;" chalk and char
coal make capital eyes and brows, which Powder Plot, 1605.
are the main features, inasmuch as the This is a great day in the calendar of chin commonly drops upon the breast, the church of England : it is duly noticed and all deficiencies are hid by “buttonby the almanacs, and kept as a holiday at ing up:” a large wig is a capital achievethe public offices. In the “Common Prayer ment. Formerly an old cocked hat was Book," there is “ A Form of Prayer with the reigning fashion for a “Guy;" though Thanksgiving, to be used yearly upon the the more strictly informed “dresser of Fifth day of November ; for the happy the character” preferred a mock-mitre; deliverance of King James I., and the now, however, both hat and mitre have three Estates of England, from the most disappeared, and a stiff paper cap paintTraiterous and bloody-intended Massacre ed, and knotted with paper strips, in imiby Gunpowder : And also for the happy tation of ribbon, is its substitute; a frill Arrival of His late Majesty (King Wile and ruffles of writing-paper so far comLIAM III.) on this Day, for the Deliver- pletes the figure. Yet this neither was ance of our Church and Nation."
not, nor is, a Guy, without a dark lantern in one hand, and a spread bunch
of matches in the other. The figure thus There cannot be a better representation furnished, and fastened in a chair, is carof “Guy Fawkes," as he is borne about ried about the streets in the manner rethe metropolis, “ in effigy,” on the fifth of presented in the engraving; the boys November, every year, than the drawing shouting forth the words of the moito to this article by Mr. Cruikshank. It is with loud huzzas, and running up to pasnot to be expected that poor boys should sengers hat in hand, with
pray remembe well informed as to Guy's history, or beber Guy! please to remember Guy
Scuffles seldom happen now, but “in ed in the capture of the “Guy" belonging my youthful days," “when Guy met Guy to the vanquished. Sometimes despe
-then came the tug of war!" The par. rate bands, who omitted, or were destitute tisans fought, and a decided victory end of the means to make “Guys," went forth
like Froissart's knights “ upon adven- anniversary from 1605, when the plot tures." An enterprise of this sort was was discovered, the night before it was to called “going to smug a Guy,” that is, to have been put in execution. The design steal one by “ force of arms,” fists, and was to blow up the king, James I., the sticks, from its rightful owners. These prince of Wales, and the lords and compartisans were always successful, for they mons assembled in parliament. One of always attacked the weak.
the conspirators, being desirous of saving In such times, the burning of “a good lord Monteagle, addressed an anonymous Guy" was a scene of uproar unknown to letter to him, ten days before the parliathe present day. The bonfire in Lincoln's ment met, in which was this expression, Ion Fields was of this superior order of “the danger is past, so soon as you have disorder. It was made at the Great burnt the letter." The earl of Salisbury Queen-street corner, immediately oppo- said it was written by some fool or madsite Newcastle-house. Fuel came all day man; but the king said, “so soon as you long, in carts properly guarded against have burnt the letter," was to be intersurprise : old people have remembered preted, in as short a space as you shall when upwards of two hundred cart-loads take to burn the letter. Then, comparing were brought to make and feed this bon- the sentence with one foregoing, “ that fire, and more than thirty “Guys” were they should receive a terrible blow, this burnt upon gibbets between eight and parliament, and yet should not see who twelve o'clock at night.
hurt them," he concluded, that some sudAt the same period, the butchers in den blow was preparing by means of Clare-market had a bonfire in the open gunpowder. Accordingly, all the rooms space of the market, next to Bear-yard, and cellars under the parliament-house and they thrashed each other “ round were searched; but as nothing was disa about the wood-fire,” with the strongest covered, it was resolved on the fourth of sinews of slaughtered bulls. Large pare November, at midnight, the day before ties of butchers from all the markets pa- the parliament met, to search under the raded the streets, ringing peals from wood, in a cellar hired by Mr. Percy, a marrow-bones-and-cleavers, so loud as to papist. Accordingly sir Thomas Knevet, overpower the storms of sound that came going about that time, found at the door from the rocking belfries of the churches. a man in a cloak and boots, whom he By ten o'clock, London was so lit up by apprehended. This was Guy Fawkes, bonfires and fireworks, that from the who passed for Percy's servant.
On resuburbs it looked in one red heat. Many moving the wood, &c. they discovered were the overthrows of horsemen and thirty-six barrels of gunpowder, and on carriages, from the discharge of hand- Guy Fawkes being searched, there were rockets, and the pressure of moving mobs found upon him, a dark lantern, a tininflamed to violence by drink, and fight- der-box, and three matches. Instead of ing their way against each other.
being dismayed, he boldly said, if he had This fiery zeal has gradually decreased. been taken within the cellar, he would Men no longer take part or interest in have blown up himself and them together. such an observance of the day, and boys On his examination, he confessed the carry about their “ Guy” with no other design was to blow up the king and parsentiment or knowledge respecting him, liament, and expressed great sorrow that than body-snatchers have of a newly. it was not done, saying, it was the devil raised corpse, or the method of dissecting and not God that was the discoverer. it; their only question is, how much they The number of persons discovered to have shall get by the operation to make merry been in the conspiracy were about thirteen; with. They sometimes confound their they were all Roman catholics, and their confused notion of the principle with the design was to restore the catholic religion inawkin, and for “ the Guy, they say, in England. It appears that Guy Fawkes “ the Pope.” Their difference is not by and his associates had assembled, and the way of distinction, but ignorance. concerted the plot at the old King's-head “ No popery,” no longer ferments; the tavern, in Leadenhall-street. Two of the spirit is of the lees.
conspirators were killed, in endeavouring to avoid apprehension ; eight were exe
cuted. Two jesuits, Oldcorn and Garnet, The day is commonly called Gunpow- also suffered death; the former for saying, der treason, and has been kept as an “ the ill success of the conspiracy did not