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lychnis, the various poppies, the lilies hellebores, aconites, and mosses, belong-
On the North Pole.
Spreads her huge tracts and frozen wastes around,
Form a gigantic hall; where never sound
Startled dull Silence' ear, save when, profound
Thrones him,-and fixed on his primæval mound,
No sweet remain of life encheers the sight;
Would freeze to marble, Mingling day and night,
Are there unknown; while in the summer skies,
The sun rolls ceaseless round bis heavenly height,
April 21. The Cuckoo, commonly April 15.
heard. St. Peter Gonzales, or Telm, or Elm,
April 30. The Martin, commonly seen A. D. 1246. Sts. Basilissa and Anastasia,
The other vernal birds arrive between 1st Cent. St. Paternus, Bishop, or Pa- the 15th and 30th of the month. tier, Pair, or Foix, 6th Cent. St. Munde, Abbot, a. D. 962. St. Ruadhan, A. D. 584.
Green Stitchwort. Stellaria holostea. Average day of arrival of Spring Birds
Dedicated to St. Peter Gonzales. from a Twenty years' Journal. April 3. Smallest Willow Wren. Fi
AN APRIL DAY. caris pinetorum arrives.
Original April 10. Common Willow Wren. Ficaria Salicum arrives.
Dear Emma, on that infant brow, April 14. Called First Cuckoo Day in
Say, why does disappointment low'r? Sasser The Cuckoo, cuculus canorus,
Ah! what a silly girl art thou, | sometimes heard.
To weep to see a summer show's! April 15. Called Swallow Day. The 0, dry that unavailing tear, Chimney Swallow, Hirundo rustica, ar The promis'd visit you
pay ; tites.
The sky will soon again be clear, April 19. The Sand Swallow. Hirundo For 'tis, my love, an April day riparia arrives.
April 20. The Martin. Hirundo ter • Communicated by a scientific gentleman, whous brca sometimes seen
daily observations and researches in Natural History, stamp value upon his contributions.
And see, the sun's returning light
Away the transient clouds hath driv'n. The rainbow's arch with colours bright
Spreads o'er the blue expanse of heav'n •
A balmy fragrance fills the air ;
Meandering thro' the vallies fair.
Disperse, and leave it more serene And those soft tears that for awhile
Down sorrow's faded cheek may roll, Shall sparkle thro' a radiant smile,
And speak the sunshine of the soul ! While yet thy mind is young and pure,
This sacred truth, this precept learnThat He who bids thee all endure,
Bids sorrow fly, and hope return.
His chastning hand will never break
The heart that trusts in Him alone; He never, never will forsake
The meadest suppliant at his throne.
Sees vice to virtue oft preferr'd,
0, shun the fawning, flatt'ring ben!! And while th' Eternal gives thee health
With joy thy daily course to run,
And Heav'n's mysterious will be done.
'Twill bid tempestuous passions ceases And know, my child, the life that's spent
In pray'r and praise, must end in peace
A little while we linger here;
The Ev'ning may be bright and clear
An Evening in Spring.
Now the noon,
was born at Boulogne, on the 26th on April 16.
March, 1748. When a child he would
not play as other children did, but made Eighteen Martyrs of Saragossa, and little oratories, and “chastised his body." St. Encratis, or Engratia, a. D. 304. St. Having thus early put forth “ buds of selfTuribius, Bp. 420. St. Fructuosus, Abp. denial and self-contempt,” he was taught A. D. 665. St. Druon, or Drugo, A. D.
Latin, educated superior to his station, 1186. St. Joachim of Sienna, A. D. 1305. did penance, made his first general conSt. Mans, or Magnus, A. D. 1104.
fession, and found his chief delight at the
feet of altars. At sixteen years old, in“ The Venerable
stead of eating his food he gave i. away “ Benedicr Joseph LABRE, out of the window, read pious books as * Who died in the odour of sanctity, he walked, turned the house
his uncle, “On the 16th of April, 1783." a priest, into “ a kind of monastery, If such a creature as the venerable B. observed religious poverty, monkish siJ. Labre can be called a man, he was one lence, and austere penance, and, by way of of the silliest that ever lived to creep and bumility, performed abject offices for the whine, and one of the dirtiest that ever people of the parish, fetched provender died in the odour of sanctity ;”, and for their animals, took care of their cattle, ret, for the edification of the English, his and cleaned the stalls. The aversion which life is translated from the French, by he entertained against the world, induced the rev, M. James Barnard, ex-president him to enter into a convent of Carthuthe English college at Lisbon and sians ; there he discovered that he dislicar General of the London distict.” liked profound retirement, and imagined
From this rolume it appears that Labre he should not be able to save his soul
unless he embraced an order more austere. presented to bus zealous mind the pracl'pon this be returned home, added ex- tice of that kind of piety which he aftertraordinary mortifications to his fasts and wards put in execution" His first step to prayers, instead of sleeping on his bed this was writing a farewell letter to his palay on the floor, and told his mother he rents, on the 31st of August, 1770, “ and wisted to go and live upon roots as the from that time they never received any rieborets did. All this he might have account of him till after his death.” His duae in the Carthusian convent, but his next steps were pilgrimages. First he
brun seems to bave been a little cracked, went to Loretto " from tender devotion I for be resolsed to go into another Carthu- to the Blessed Virgin, whom he looked on
sian conveni, the prior of which would as his mother;" next to Assissium the birthto admit him till he had studied. philo- place of St. Francis, where he, “ accordsupby' for a year, and learned the Gre- ing to custom, got a small blessed cord sitian chant.” Church music was very which he constantly wore ;" then he went agreeable to him—but it was not so with to Rome where he sojourned for eight or regard to logic; “ notwithstanding all nine months and wept“ in the presence his efforts, he was never able to conquer of the tomb of the holy apostles ;" afterhis repugnance to this branch of study;" wards“ he visited the tomb of St. Romuald fet he somehow or other scrambled at Fabrieno, where the inhabitants imthrough an examination ; got admitted mediately began to look upon him as a into the convent; “ thought its rules far saint;" from thence he returned to Lotoo mild for such a sinner as he looked retto; he then journeyed to Naples, and upon himself to be;" and after a six had the pleasure of seeing the blood of weeks' trial, left it in search of admission St. Januarius which would not liquify into the order of La Trappe, as the most when the French entered Naples, till the nigd of any that he knew. The Trap- French general threatened the priests who pists would not have him; this refusal he performed the miracle that the city would
upon as a heavenly favour, be- puffer, if the saint remained obstinate; cause the monastery of Sept-Fonts sur “ and in short," says the rev. Vicar passed La Trappe in severe austerities General of the London district,“ there and discipline, and there he became a was hardly any famous place of devotion “ novice” till the life he fancied, did not in Europe which was not visited by this agree with him. “ Having a long time servant of God;"—the Vicar General's before quitted his father's house he could sentence had concluded better with the not think of returning to it again;" and words “ this slave of superstition.” To at two and twenty years of age he knew follow Labre's other goings to and fro not what to do. His biographer says, would be tedious, suffice it to say that at that "little fit for the cloister, and still one of his Loretto trips some people less fit for the world, he was destitute of offered him an abode, in order to save the means of getting a livelihood; and him the trouble of going every night to a being now persuaded of what were the barn at a great distance; but as they had designs of God concerning him, he re- prepared a room for him with a bed in it solved to follow the conduct, the light, and he thought this lodging was too sump inspirations of the holy spirit, and to tuous; and be therefore retired into a submit himself to all the sufferings and hole “cut out of the rock under the afflictions which might await him.” If in street.” Labre at last favoured the city this condition some one had compelled of Rome by his fixed residence, and sanchim to eat a good dinner every day, tified the amphitheatre of Flavian by bade him go to bed at a proper hour and making his bome in a hole of the ancient take proper rest, and then set him on ruins. borseback and trotted him through the In this “hole of sufficient depth to hold fresh air and sun-shine every forenoon, he and shelter him in a tolerable degree from might have been restored; or if his parents, the weather,” he deposited himself every 23 iu duty they ought, had bound him ap- night for several years. He employed prentice at a proper age to a good trade, he the whole of every day, “sometimes in
might have been au useful member of one church and sometimes in another, | society. These thoughts, however, never praying most commonly upon his knees,
appear to have entered Labre's head, and and at other times standing, and always in the dilemma represented “ his love of keeping his body as still as if he were a kumility, poverty, and a penitential life, statue. Labre's daily exercise in fasting
ani Sa Re La rate ass. I derer beard his confession but in = sikmat : avessoal, on purpose that there might ELL Z: FIT LIES Daca be see god of separation between us." 12LS mese The sotisse's lively reason for this pre
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t.edce, Bequent fasts, nigdy vigils, Evely and inser portable pains from par Thus Labre lived and died; and here tica a menoscaboss, and two painful tu- it might be supposed would end his menours which covered both his kness, from moirs. But, no. In whatever odour be resting the whole weight of his body on lived, as he “ died in the odour of sancthem when he prayed. 6thly. “He look tity," an enthusiasm seized some persons ed upon himself as one of the greatest of to touch Labre dead, who, when living, sippers;" and this was the reason why" he was touchless. Labre being deceased, was chose to lead a life of reproach and con- competent to work miracles; accordingly tempt," why he herded" among the mul- he stretched out his left hand, and laid titude of poor beggars," " why he chose hold on the board of one of the benches to cover himself with rags and tatters in- On Easter-day being a holiday, he workstead of garments, why he chose to place ed more miracles, and wonders more a barrier of disgust between himself and wonderful than ever were wondered mankind,” why he abandoned himself in our days, as may be seen at large, in to the bites of disagreeable insects," and the aforesaid volume, entitled—“ The Life why he coveted to be corered with filthy of the venerable Benedict Joseph Labre, blotches.
who died at Rome, in the odour of sancLabre's biographer, who was also his tity.” The portrait
, from which the enconfessor, says that his “ appearance was graving on this page is taken, was pubdisagreeable and forbiūding; his legs were lished immediately after his death by Mr. balf naked, his clothes were tied round Coghlan, Catholic bookseller,Duke-street, the waist with an old cord, his head was Grosvenor-square, from a drawing in his encombed, he was badly clothed and possessiun. wrapped up in an old and ragged coat, and in his outward appearance he seemed Miracle at Somers Town. to be the most miserable beggar that I The authenticity of the following extrahad ever seen." His biographer further ordinary fact can be verified. Mi. H
1 middle-aged gentleman, long afflicted coat-tail, the horns of a mad bullock; by various disorders, and especially by when, to the equal astonishment of its the goul, had so far recovered from a pursuers, this unhappy gentieman in severe attack of the latter compiaint, that stantly leaped the fence, and overcome he was enabled to stand, yet with so little by terror, continued to run with amazing advantage, that he could not walk more celerity nearly the whole distance of the than fifty yards, and it took him nearly field, while the animal kept its own an hour to perform that distance. While course along the road. The gentleman, thus enfeebled by suffering, and safely who had thus miraculously recovered the creeping in great difficulty, on a sunny use of his legs, retained his power of day, along a level footpath by the side speed until he reached his own house, of a field near Somers Town, he was where he related the miraculous circum
alarmed by loud cries, intermingled with stance; nor did his quickly-restored fa! the screams of many voices behind him. culty of walking abate, until it ceased
From his infirmity, he could only turn with his life several years afterwards.
very slowly round, and then, to his asto- This "miraculous cure can be attested i nishment, he saw, within a yard of his by his surviving relatives.
the universal desire for seeing the delightIn April, 1818, London was surprised ful and ever-varying combinations, preby the sudden appearance of an optical sented by each turn of the magical cyinstrument for creating and exhibiting linder. beautiful forms, which derives its name The kaleidoscope was invented by Dr. from zahos beautiful, udos a form, and Brewster, to whom, had its exclusive FRITIU to see. The novelty was so en formation been ensured, it must have prochanting, that opticians could not manu duced a handsone fortune in the course facture Kaleidoscopes fast enough, to meet of a single yearUnhappily, that gen