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To complete this delightful picture of the luxurious beauty of an Asiatic garden, we add the charming description by Mr. SOUTHEY, from his 'Thalaba:'(
Where'er his eye could reach,
Fair structures rainbow-hued arose; the
And winding through the verdant vale,
Their living obelisks. at
O'erarched delightful walks,
Return for rest? Beside him teems the earth 35. With tulips, like the ruddy evening streaked; TELAnd here the lily hangs her head of snow;
And here, amid her sable cup,
The solitary twinkler of the night;
. . TEE 7 And oh! what odours the voluptuous vale
PAs Peris to their sister bear,
They from their pinions shake the
And, as her enemies impure,
Inhales her fragrant food.
Went forth in heaven, to roll
The fern-owl may be seen about the middle of the month, in the evening, among the branches of oaks, in pursuit of its favourite repast, the fern-chaffer (scarabeus solstitialis).
The several kinds of corn' come into ear and flower during this month, as well as most of the numerous species of grasses. See T.T. for 1818, p. 205, for an account of the various kinds of wheat; and p. 150 for a description of the grasses.
Gooseberries, currants, and strawberries now begin to ripen.
The hay-harvest commences about the end of the month, in the southern and midland parts of the kingdom. About this time, also, birds cease their notes.
The rural ceremony of sheep-shearing usually takes place in June, and was formerly celebrated with much innocent pastime. A dinner was provided, with music and songs, and a shepherd-king was elected, an office always conferred upon the individual whose flock had produced the earliest lamb.
Various species of veronicas and speedwells are now seen with their blue flowers; together with the sweet and fragrant honeysuckle (lonicera periclymenum), admired by all for the charms which it imparts to the rural walk. The gum cistus tribe shed daily their abundant flowers, covering the ground with the most delicate blossoms. The heaths begin to shine in all their glory, throughout this and the succeeding month, giving life and gaiety to bleak and sterile tracts; and among them the erica vulgaris, or common heath; from whose young tops, with a small portion of malt, ale was made by the Picts; and the Highlanders use it to thatch their huts, and form their heathery couch. The onion tribe, the junci, or rushes, the carices, and many of the umbelliferous tribe, now show their blossoms; as, the wild carrot, the seeds of which are gratefully aromatic, and the tea an excellent medicine. The coriandrium or caraway, the parsnip, the fennel, and a variety of others of the same tribe; the plantago or plantain ; the dogberry tree (cornus sanguinea), the true love, the sedum acre, or wall pepper, which grows 'when suspended by the roots; the salvia verbenaca, wild clary or sage; and the valeriana officinalis, or great wild valerian, are now in flower. The root of the valerian, which has so nauseous a smell, is the celebrated nervous medicine so much in use. Cats enjoy its odour with delight and ecstasy, rolling and revelling in it; rats are equally enticed by the smell of valerian, an artifice commonly employed by the rat-catchers. The leaves are pleasant and succulent, and may be eaten in the same manner as lettuce. The flower de luce now shines in the garden, the structure of whose pistils is particularly worthy of attention. The SUCCESSion of FLOWERS. * The maritime plants which flower this month are, the sea-barley (hordeum maritimum), sulphur-wort (pucedanum officinale), and loose sedge (carex distans), in salt marshes; the sca-plantain (plantago maritima), among rocks on the sea-coast; and slender-leaved buffonia (buffonia tenuifolia), and the tassel pond-weed (ruppia maritima), in salt water ditches. To these may be added the common alkanet (anchusa officinalis), the narrow-leaved pepperwort (lepidum ruderale), and the Roman nettle (urtica pilulifera), in sea wastes; the black salt-wort (glaux maritima), on muddy shores; the sea chickweed (arenaria peploides), and the common searocket (bunias cakile), on sandy shores; and the perfoliate cabbage (brassica orientalis) among maritime rocks.
* It is not in the virtue of a few to drown the wickedness of the more. If we come into a field that hath some good plenty of corn, and some store of weeds, though it be red with poppy, or yellow with carlock, or blue with wild-bottles or scabions, we still call it a corn field : bat if we come into a barn-floor, and see some few grains" scattered amongst a heap of chaff, we do not call it a corn-heap; the quantity of the offal devours the mention of those insensible grains. Thus it is with cimes and nations; a little good is not seen amongst much ill: a righteous Lot cannot make his city to be no Sodom. Wickedness, as it helps to corrupt, so it helps to shame a very age.Bp. Hall's xcviiith Sermon.
int In part selected and versified from Hervey's Meditations. In the The snowdrop, foremost of the lovely train, Breaks through the frozen soil; in calm disdain Of danger, robed like innocence, steps forth, And dares the threat'ning furies of the North, Long ere the sap is to the bud conveyed, Midst icicles in varied forms displayed. Next peeps the crocus out, with timid air, Still doomed the rage of howling blasts to bear : Afraid she seems 'midst ruffian winds to shoot, Lies close, and hardly ventures from her root. The violet, stored with each emissive sweet, Like modest virtue, seeks a calm retreat,
And, though possessed of each attractive grace
a She deigns our humble hedges to adorn,
With her rich garment's glossy satin vie:
And clouds of unseen incense mount the skies.
The tulips, all erect in gaudy show,
Here wanton Beauty plays a thousand freaks;
a Cambridge Chronicle for January 19, 1821.00
The trees, particularly the laurels and evergreens, now make their second or midsummer shoots, the younger and lighter shades of which form a variety and contrast to the darker and yellow colours of the first shoots. The acacia at length puts out its elegant light and bright foliage, and its tassels of white papilionaceous flowers, which emulate the orange in scent. The motion of its elegant pennated leaves is particularly worthy of attention, folding closely back at night, and opening out to catch the morning rays; being as sensible to the stimulus 'of light, as the mimosa is to the touch, to which tribe and genus, indeed, the acacia belongs.
The innumerable species of insects that are called into life by the heat in this month, afford a neverfailing source of amusement and instruction to the admirer of Nature's minutest works. Many of these are only discoverable by the microscope, and are eminently worthy of our observation.
Mackerel (scomber, scomber) are taken in abundance in this month. The success of the fishery in 1821 was beyond all precedent. The amount of the catch of 16 boats from Lowestoft, on the 30th (June),