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AND, WHEREAS, on the last sultry evening in June,
The said Clara was harmlessly humming a tune;
A blue-bottle, sprung from some dunghill, no doubt,
Buzzed about her so long-he at last put her out.

AND WHEREAS sundry haunches and high-seascned pies,
And a thousand sweet necks have been o'errun with flies;
In his wisdom, Old Winter thinks nothing more fit
Than to publish this friendly 'memento to quit.'

AT YOUR PERIL, ye long-legs, this notice despise !
Hasten hence, ye vile gad-flies! a word to the wise !
Hornets, horse-stingers, wasps, fly so hostile a land,
Or your death-warrant's signed by Old Winter's chill hand

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FLORAL DIRECTORY.

thrown to the populace, (who assemble Michaelmas Daisy. Aster Tradescanti. to the amount of some thousands,) from Dedicated to St. Michael and all Angels. the windows of their houses, or some

times from the town-hall, a large quan: September 30.

tity of apples, in the whole often amount

ing, from twenty to thirty pots, baskets St. Jerome, Priest, Doctor of the Church, containing five pecks each.) This prae

420. St. Gregory, Bp. sur- tice occasions, of course, a kind of prenamed the Apostle of Armenia, and scriptive holiday in the town, and any the Illuminator, 4th Cent. St, Hono- one having the temerity to refuse his aprius, Abp. of Canterbury, A. D. 653.

prentice or servant leave to attend the St. Jerome.

“apple-throwing,” would most probably

have cause to repent such an invasion of This saint is in the church of England right. A rude concourse therefore tills calendar and almanacs. Particulars con

the streets which are the scenes of actiou; cerning him will be related hereafter ; it and as a sort of

safety valve," if I may is sufficient to observe, for the present,

compare great things with small," rethat the church of England sets him forth

course is had by the crowd to the finging as an authority for reading the Old Testa- about of old shoes, cabbage stalks, and alment Apocrypha.

most every accessible kind of missile ; till Custom at Kidderminster.

at length the sashes are raised, and the The annual election of a bailiff at this upon the heads of the multitude. Woe be

gifts of Pomona begin to shower down town, before noticed," is still

accompanied to the unlucky wight who may chance to by the rude mirth of the populace. The ride through the town during the inter Éditor is obliged to a lady for the fol- ductory part of this custom; no soones lowing communication.

does he appear, than a thousand aims are To the Editor of the Every-Day Book.

taken at him and his horse, or carriage,

and the poor belated rider I have just cast my eye upon your de- dreams he sees,” (if ignorant of the pracfinition of the term costermonger," and

tice,) the inhabitants of a whole town it reminds me of an annual custom at

raised to oppose his single progress, Kidderminster, (my native town,) which

without being able to form the most disyou may perhaps think an account of, a

tant idea of their motive for so doing. At fit subject for insertion in the Every-Day equally foolish, that of pulling a rope, but

Ludlow there is a custom as ancient and Book. The magistrate and other officers of the

of this I know nothing except by report. town are annually elected, and the first Monday after Michaelmas-day is the day of their inauguration, in celebration of

FLORAL DIRECTORY. which, they each of them cause to be

Golden Amaryllis. Amaryllis Aurea.

Dedicated to St. Jerome.

• From Times Telescop

Sees, or

Dear Sir,

H.M.

I am,

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OCTOBER
Then came October, full of merry glee,
For yet his noule was totty of the must,
Which he was treading, in the wine-fat's see,
And of the joyous oyle, whose gentle gust
Made him so frollick, and so full of lust :
Upon a dreadfull scorpion be did ride,
The same which by Dianae's doom unjust

Slew great Orion; and eeke by his side

He had his ploughing-share, and coulter ready tyde. Spenser. This is the tenth month of the year. design, Mr. Leigh Hunt says, that From our Saxon ancestors, “ October had Spenser, in marching his months bethe name of Wyn-monat,” wyn signify- fore great nature, drew his descriptions ing wine ; “ and albeit they had not an- of them from the world and its customs in ciently wines made in Germany, yet in this general; but turn his October wide-vals season had they them from divers coun- into cider-presses and brewing-tubs, and tries adjoining.” They also called it it will do as well." He continues to obWinter-fulleth.t

serve, that “This month on account of its In noticing the stanza, beneath the above steady temperature, is chosen for the engraving by Mr. Williams ficm his own brewing of such malt liquor as is desiga

ed for keeping. The farmer continues to • Verstegan + Dr. F. Sayer.

sow his corn, and the gardener plants

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brest and fruit trees. Many of our read- the birds. The wine obtained from the
ers, though fond of gardens, will learn elder-berry makes a very pleasant and
perhaps for the first time that trees are wholesome drink, when heated over a
cheaper things than flowers; and that at fire ; but the humbler sloe, which the
the expense of not many shillings, they peasants eat, gets the start of him in re
may plant a little shrubbery, or make a putation, by changing its name to port,
rural skreen for their parlour or study of which wine it certainly makes a consi-
windows, of woodbine, guelder-roses, derable ingredient. A gentleman, who
bays, arbutus, ivy, virgin's bower, or even lately figured in the beau-monde, and
the poplar, horse-chestnut, birch, syca- carried coxcombry to a pitch of the in-
more, and plane-tree, of which the Greeks genious, was not aware how much truth
were so fond. A few roses also, planted he was uttering in his pleasant and dis-
in the carth, to flower about his walls or avowing definition of port wine: A
windows in monthly succession, are no- strong intoxicating liquor inuch drank by
thing in point of dearness to roses the lower orders.'
other flowers purchased in pots. Some “Swallows are generally seen for the last
of the latter are nevertheless cheap and time this month, the house-martin the
long-lived, and may be returned to the latest The red-wing, field-iare, snipe,
nursery-man at a small expense, to keep Royston crow, and wood-pigeon, returt
till they flower again. But if the lover froin more northern parts. The rooks
of nature has to choose between flowers return to the roost trees, and the tortoise
or flowering shrubs and trees, the latter, begins to bury himself for the winter.
in our opinion, are much preferable, in- The mornings and afternoons increase in
asmuch as while they include the former, mistiness, though the middle of the day is
they can give a more retired and verdant often very fine ; and no weather when it
feeling to a place, and call to mind, even is unclouded, is apt to give a clearer and
in their very nestling and closeness, some- manlier sensation than that of October.
thing of the whispering and quiet amplio One of the most curious natural appear-
tude of nature.

ances is the gossamer, which is an infinite
“Fruits continue in abundance during multitude of little threads shot out by mi-
this month, as everybody knows from the nute spiders, who are thus wafted by the
shop-keeper; for our grosser senses are wind from place to place.
well informed, if our others are not. We “ The chief business of October, in the
have yet to discover that imaginative great economy of nature, is dissemina-
pleasures are as real and touching as tion, which is performed among other
they, and give them their deepest relish. means by the high winds which now 1e-
The additional flowers in October are turn. Art imitates her as usual, and
almost confined to the anemone and sca- sows and plants also.

We have already bious; and the fiowering-trees and mentioned the gardener. This is the shrubs to the evergreen cytisus. But the time for the domestic cultivator of flowhedges (and here let us observe, that the ers to finish planting as well, especially fields and other walks that are free to the bulbs that are intended to power early every one are sure to supply us with plea- in spring. And as the chief business of sure, when every other place fails,) are nature this month is dissemination of venow sparkling with their abundant ber- getable birth, so its chief beauty arises ries,-the wild rose with the hip, the from vegetable death itself. We need not hawthorn with the haw, the blackthorn tell our readers we allude to the changing with the sloe, the bramble with the black leaves with all their

lights and shades of berry; and the briony, privet, honey- green, amber, red, light red, light and suckle

, elder, holly, and woody night- dark green, white, brown, russet, and shade, with their other winter feasts for yellow of all sorts.'

The orient is lighted with crimson glow,

The night and its dreams are fled,
And the glorious roll of nature now

Is in all its brightness spread.
The autumn has tinged the trees with gold,

And crimson'd the shrubs of the hills;
And the full seed sleeps in earth's bosom coid ;

And hope all the universe fills.

Rouring

October 1.

chorus, called the nine quoires of holy St. Remigius, A. D. 533. St. Bavo, Pa- angels ;” and he ranks them thus : tron of Ghent, A. D. 653. St. Piut,

1. The order of seraphims. A. D. 286. St. Wasnulf, or Wasnon,

2. The order of cherubims. A. D. 651. St. Fidharleus, Abbot in

3. The order of archangels.

4. The order of angels. Ireland, A. D. 762. Festival of the

5. The order of thrones. Rosary. Remigius.

6. The order of principalities

7. The order of powers. This is another saint in the church of England calendar and the almanacs. Jle

8. The order of dominions.

9. The order of virtues. was bishop or archbishop of Rheims, and the instructor of Clovis, the first king o.

Some authors put them in this sethe Franks who professed christianity; quence: 1. seraphims; 2. cherubims; 3. Remigius baptized him by trine iin- thrones ; 4. dominions; 5. virtues ; 6. mersion. The accession of Clovis to the powers; 7. principalities; 8. archangels; church, is deemed to have been the origin 9. angels. Holme adds, that “God never of the “ most christian king,” and the erected any order, rule, or government, "eldest son of the church," which the but the devil did and will imitate him; kings of France are stiled in the present will have his synagogue." The latter part

for where God hath his church, the devil times. Salters' Company.

of this affirmation is versified by honest The beadles and Servants of the wor

Daniel De Foe. He begins his “ Trueshipful company of salters are to attend

born Englishman" with it :divine service at St. Magnus church,

Wherever God erects a house of prayer London-bridge, pursuant to the will of sir John Salter, who died in the year.

The devil's sure to have a chapel there. 1605; who was a good benefactor to the said company, and ordered that the

Angel, in its primitive sense, denotes beadles and servants should go to the

a messenger, and frequently signifies men, said church the first week in October, terin, it is conceived to denote minister

when, from the common notion of the three times each person, and say, “ How do you do brother Salter? I hope you gences, have been the objects of over

ing spirits. Angels, as celestial intelliare well!"*

curious inquiry, and of worship. Paul

prohibits this : “Let no man,” he says, FLORAL DIRECIORY. Lowly Amaryllis. Amaryllis humilis.

beguile you of your reward, in a voDedicated to St. Remigius.

luntary humility, and the worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he bath not seen.

An erudite and sinOctober 2.

cere writer remarks, that “The worship, Feast of the Holy Angel-Guardians. St. which so many christians pay to angels

Thomus, Bp. of Hereford, A. D. 1282. and saints, and images and relics, is really St. Leodegarins, or Leger, A. D. 678. a false worship, hardly distinguishable Guardian-Angels.

from idolatry. When it is said, in exThe festival of “the Holy Angel-Guardi- cuse, that they worship these only as ans" as they are called by Butler, is this mediators,' that alters the case very little ; day kept by his chuich. He says that, since to apply to a false mediator is as “according to St. Thomas," when the much a departure from Jesus Christ, our angels were created, the lowest among only advocate, as to worship a fictitious them were enlightened by those that were deity is withdrawing our faith and allegisupreme in the orders. It is not to be ance from the true God.”+ gathered from him how many orders there were; but Holme says, that “after the Amid the multiplicity of representafall of Lucifer the bright star and his com- tions by Roman catholic writers concernpany, there remained still in heaven more ing angels, are these by Father Lewis angels then ever there was, is, and shall Henriques, “That the streets of Paradise be, men born in the earth.” He adds, that are adorned with tapestry, and all the his. they are “ ranked into nine orders or tories of the world are engraven on the

* Annual Register, 1769.

• Colossians ii. 17.

† Jortin

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walls by excellent sculptors; that the light themselves with muscarades, feasts angels have no particular houses, but go and ballads; women shall sing more plea. from one quarter to another for diversity; santly than men, that the delight may be that they put on women's habits, and greater; and women shall rise again with appear to the saints in the dress of ladies, very long hair, and shall appear with with curles and locks, with waistcoats and ribands and laces as they do upon earth. fardingales, and the richest linens."

Father Henriques was a Jesuit, and com This occupation of the angels agrees with municates this information in a book the occupations that Henriques assigns entitled, The Business of the Saints in to the saints ; who, according to him, are Heaven," published by the written auto enjoy, with other pleasures, the recre- thority of Father Prado, the Provincial ation of bathing: “There shall be pleasant of the order of Jesuits at Castille, dated bathes for that purpose ; they shall swim

at Salamanca, April 28th, 1631.* like fishes, and sing as melodious as nightingales; the men and women shall de

* Moral Practice of the Jesuits. Lond. 12mo. 1676

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Hannah Want.
“For Age and Want save while you may

No morning sun lasts a whole day."
The Times and other journals report Want, at Ditchingham, Norfolk, in the
the “ obit" of this female. “ On the 106th year of her age. She was born on
2nd of October, 1825, died Mrs. Hannah the 20th of August, 1720, and through-

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