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the necessary care of cultivation. The Divine Goodness is indeed apparent, in having diversified the productions of the vegetable kingdom in such a delightful manner, as to add to their perfections the charms of a variety ever pleasing and ever new. This diversity is not discernible only in the different families of flowers, but it is to be seen, moreover, in' the individuals. While the carnation is different from the tulip, and the tulip from the auricula, each carnation, each tulip, and each auricula, has its peculiar character, with its particular beauties and varieties. In each there is something original. In a bed of tulips or carnations, there is scarce a flower in which some difference may not be observed in its structure, size, or assemblage of colours ; nor can any two flowers be found in which the shape and shades are exactly similar.
Some flowers rear their lofty heads, as if in proud pre-eminence over others, that rise to a moderate height, or keep their humble station near the ground. Some glow with the most gaudy colours, while others charm the eye with their elegant simplicity. With what masterly skill are the varying tints disposed; magnificently bold in some; in others delicately faint; laid on in these with a kind of negligence, and adjusted in those by the nicest touches of art! Some perfume the air with the most exquisite odours; while others are content to delight the eye, without gratifying the sense of smell. In fine, we behold that successive beauty, that pleasing variety, and that endearing novelty in flowers, in comparison of which all the works of art must appear insipid and disgusting.'.
The marine plants which flower this month, and which are chiefly found on sea-shores and in the crevices of rocks, are, buck's horn (plantago corono. pus'), burnet saxifrage (pimpinella dioica), sea arrowgrass (triglochin, maritimum) on muddy shores; the
* Flowers the whole summer.
clammy lychnis (lychnis viscaria), the cerastium tetrandrum; scurvy grass (cochlearia), sea kale (crambe maritima) on sandy shores ; the sea-cabbage (brassica oleracea), the sea stork's bill (erodium maritimum), the slender bird's foot trefoil (lotus diffusus), the mountain flea-wort (cineraria integrifolia) on chalky cliffs ; and the sedge (carex arenaria) on sea-shores.
The leafing of trees, which is, usually, completed in May, takes place in the following order : (1) The willow, poplar, alder, and other aquatics ; (2) The lime, sycamore, and horse-chesnut; (3) The oak, beech, ash, walnut, and mulberry; but the whole of the third number are not in full leaf till next month'. Cattle are usually sent to the pastures on old May day; and the juices of the young springing grass contribute to render the milk of the cows more abundant and of a finer quality. The dairy now occupies attention:
Slow rolls the churn, its load of clogging cream
Streams of new milk through flowing coolers stray,
· And snow-white curd abounds and wbolesome whey. • This is the season in which cheese is made; the counties most celebrated for this article are Cheshire, Wiltshire, and Gloucestershire.
The corn is benefited by a cold and windy May, as it is too apt to run into stalk; if the progress of vegetation be much accelerated by warm weather at this season. In late years, some sowing remains to be done; and in forward ones, the weeds should be well kept under,
1 Mr. Stillingfleet in his Tracts (p. 142) gives the following as the order of the leasing of trees and shrubs, as observed by him in Norfolk ; January 15, Honeysuckle. March 11, gooseberry, currant, elder. April 1, birch, weeping-willow ; 3, raspberry, bram. ble; 4, briar; 6, plum, apricot, peach; 7, blberd, sallow, alder; 9, sycamore; 10, elm, quince; 11, marsh elder; 12; wych elm; 13, quicken tree, hornbeam; 14, apple tree; 16, abele, chesnat; 17, willow ; 18, oak, lime; 19, maple; 21, walnut, plane, black poplar, beech, acacia rubinia; 22, ash, carolina poplar.
June. THIS month is clothed by Peacham (p. 419) in a mantle of dark grasse green, upon his head a garland of bents, king-cups, and maidens' hair; in his left hand an angle [eagle ?]; in his right, the sign Cancer; upon his arm, a basket of the fruits of his season. The Saxons called June o weyd-mondt, because their beasts did then weyd in the meddowes, that is to say, goe to feed there, and hereof a meddow is also in the Teutonicke called a weyd ; and of weyd we yet retaine our word wade, which we understand of going thorow watry places, such as meddowes are wont to be.' (Verstegan, p. 61.)
O June! prime season of the annual round,
1.-NICOMEDE. NICOMEDE was a pupil of St. Peter, and was discovered to be a Christian by his burying Felicula, a martyr, in a very honourable manner. He was beated to death with leaden plummets, on account of his religion, in the reign of Domitian.
4.-KING GEORGE VI BORN.
5.-TRINITY SUNDAY Stephen, Bishop of Liege, first drew up an office in commemoration of the Holy Trinity, about the year 920; but the festival was not formally admitted into the Romish church till the fourteenth century, under the pontificate of John XXII.
Among the churchwardens' accounts for Lambeth, are the following curious items:
1519. Item, for garlonds and drynk for the chyl- l. S. d.
derne on Trenyte Even -:-.-.-..0 0 vi -To Sprynywell and Smyth for syngyng with
the Procession on Trenete Sonday Even 0 0 xii Item, for four onssys of garnesyng rebonds,
at ixd the onse •' . . . : . - iii o.
5.-SAINT BONIFACE. Boniface was a Saxon presbyter, born in England, and at first called Winfrid. He was sent as a missionary by Pope Gregory II into Germany, where he made so many converts, that he was distinguished by the title of the German Apostle. He was created Bishop of Mentz in the year 145. Boniface was one of the first priests of his day, and was also a great friend and admirer of the Venerable Bede. He was murdered in a barbarous manner by the populace near Utrecht, while preaching the Christian religion. •
9.-CORPUS CHRISTI. This festival,' the body of Christ,' was ap
pointed in honour of the Eucharist; and always falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday. In Roman Catholic countries, this day is celebrated with music and lights ; flowers are strewed along the streets, and the richest tapestry is hung upon the walls. In some parts of Wales, the inhabitants strew green herbs and flowers before their doors on Corpus Christi Eve.
11.-SAINT BARNABAS. Our saint's proper name was Joses ; he was descended of the tribe of Levi, and born at Cyprus. His parents being rich, had him educated at Jerusalem, under the care of Gamaliel, a learned Jew; and, after his conversion, he preached the Gospel with Paul, in various countries, for fourteen years. Barnabas suffered martyrdom at Salamis, in his native island ;-being shut up all night in the synagogue by some Jews, he was, the next morning, cruelly tortured, and afterwards stoned to death. The Epistle which he wrote is considered genuine, though not admitted into the canon of the church. In the abbey churchyard at Glastonbury, there was formerly a miraculous walnut-tree, which never budded till St. Barnabas's day; this curiosity was much sought after by Queen Anne, King James, and many of the nobility.", A walnut-tree of the common sort now occupies its place. ,
17.-SAINT ALBAN. St. Alban, the first Christian martyr in this island, suffered in 303. He was converted to Christianity by Amphialus, a priest of Caerleon in Monmouthshire, who, flying from persecution, was hospitably entertained by. St. Alban, at Verulam, in Hert fordshire, now called, from him, St. Albans. Amphialus being closely pursued, nade his escape, dressed in St. Alban's clothes. This, however, being soon discovered, exposed St. Alban to the fury of the Pagans; and our saint refusing to perform the sacri