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of red-breasted play-fellows in the garden-80 destroyed his own life by cutting his throat with tame! We have many a game together now. a razor, he being at the time in a state of tempoIn the spring, it will be delightful to play together. rary insanity, brought on by separate confinement." We dig up worms, and they eat them from our | Let us hope, my dear Sir, that some reform may hand. We thank you for your kind invite. We be soon effected, in the abolition of this fiendish may, perhaps, some day take flight, and will then refinement upon cruelty !-PATER-FAMILIAS. gladly make one at your hospitable table.]

(We most cordially agree with you, in the sen

timents you express. Insanity is a subject we The Siskin. I have a pet siskin, Mr. Editor ; have long been studying. We have seen manysuch a dear little fellow! "He is so tame, too! alas ! too many—thus mentally afflicted. We However I do not let him out of his cage. I call have come to the firm conviction that, of the two, him Huie; and he comes when called, to take a death is the more desirable. We ought to be seed from my mouth. He is quite a traveller. very tender indeed, with all persons suffering from Bought at Newburgh, Fifeshire, he was taken to nervous affection. Our endurance and forbearDundee; thence by Aberdeen to Inverness; ance, under such circumstances, must be exemthence by Glasgow, Liverpool, and Birmingham, plary. It is a duty we owe to God and to each to his present residence at Coventry. So accus- other. The intellect is frequently poised on the tomed is he to locomotion, that he is never dis- weight of a single feather. The gigantic streetturbed when his cage is about to be covered over. organs under our very window, as we before reHe was never trained to sing ; but, whilst travel- | marked, have more than once nearly turned our ling, picked up the song of the chaffinch, mixed editorial brain, and rendered us fit objects for with the notes of a canary. These he combines Bedlam. These infernal machines,-these “orwith his own natural, sprightly song. It is pretty gans of destructiveness," greet our ear at least to hear him “ lead off'" with his own notes, then thrice daily, (beginning at nine A.m.)—sometimes swell out into the canary-notes, and finally end lingering near us for an hour at a time. Our pen with those of the chaffinch. His value to a dealer is then at once thrown down-our ideas seek an might be next to nothing—to me he is invaluable. hour's refuge in Hanwell, and we realise not a He was ill in June last; but you prescribed for few of the mental tortures known only to the him. He took what you recommended, and was dwellers in that and similar asylums. These are soon" himself again."-A. M., Coventry. some of those fearful inflictions upon society,

for which there is no remedy. Foreigners, too, Insanity. This fearful malady, Mr. Editor, is are the offenders--not our own countrymen! fast spreading amongst us; and I regret to say still we have no redress. The “law" laughs at that it is not a little increased by the peculiarly us, and we grin at it. We are "not justified," cruel punishment inflicted in our various prisons. we learn, in taking the law into our own hands. A case in point-one of how many others ?-pre- That may be—but we greatly fear, ere the Spring sents itself in an inquest just held in the Mille is over, we shall be indicted for "manslaughter" bank prison. The suicide, Thomas Wilkinson, at least. We have certain indefatigable Italian was aged only nineteen. He had been in sepa- “ performers" in our mind's eye, who grind rate confinement three months and eight days. their boxes of whistles immediately under our The subjoined, from the evidence given before the window-and in our street,* that most assuredly coroner, is worthy the perusal of every heart that stand every chance of being speedily registered can feel. We may be "just," surely, without in the Bills of Mortality. We feel sure, if we being unnecessarily cruel." Mr. Postance, the defended our own cause, that we might plead "a religious instructor, deposed that, on the 27th of justification," and so get “ acquitted." It is October last, the deceased had expressed great worth the trial; for we may as well be "martyred" sorrow for his former conduct, and appeared very one way as another. Only let us be tried by a rational. Dr. Baily, the prison physician, under / west-end jury, and we are content.] whose medical care the deceased had been, considered the act of suicide to have been unpre The Wine-Cork Insect.—I dare say, Mr. meditated, and to have arisen from his long sen- Editor, there are many of your readers ignorant tence. This witness thought the general cause of of the appearance presented by the walls of a the suicide of prisoners arose from the long prog- merchant's wine-cellar. The large bodies of pect of transportation. Mr. J. D. Rendle, resi- floating web, or mould, must be seen to be dent surgeon, had seen nothing in the manner of credited ; and a sight more remarkable of its the deceased to lead him to suppose he would kind, perhaps never existed. Insect life is busy commit suicide. Dr. Baly here said, that the six here--above, below, all around. Aye, even tho months' separate confinement had greatly ag- corks in the bottles are alive! Hear what Mr. gravated the diseases of prisoners, and only on Westwood says about the Wine-Cork Insect :Saturday last he recommended that a number" At a season when our wine cellars are subject should be placed in association until they could to more than ordinary visitation, and long stored be removed to Dartmoor or other places. Cap-up bottles of choice wine are dislodged from their tain Groves, in answer to questions from the cor- dark retreats, and their contents duly discussed, oner, said, that he had no doubt the separate we may be allowed to leave the gardens and confinement, even in its mitigated form, affected

th the body and the mind of the prisoners. We selected a lofty attic in this streetHe came to that conclusion, from a mass of obser- "said to be " one of the quietest and most vations which he had made from time to timo, secluded in London,-simply because we thought and the statistics of the prison. The jury unani we should be free from annoyance. Yet are we mously returned a verdict" That the deceased persecuted, almost to death :-En. K. J.

fiells, and call attention to the proceedings of the Entomological Society, on the 5th of April several species of insects which have the instinct last, in which it was stated that the corks of some to devour the corks, and so to cause the wine to port-wine bottles which had been packed in straw leak--thereby occasionally producing woful disap- in wooden cases, in which it remained undisturbed pointment to the expectant connoisseur. The for seventeen or eighteen years, were found to most injurious of all these wine-cork insects is the have been much gnawed, so that in some cases caterpillar of a little moth which gnaws the cork leakage and evaporation had completely emptied in all directions, weaving at the same time a slight the bottles. In others, there was only a little loss; web, to which are attached small masses of but in most cases the corks were more or less degrains, which are the dried excrement of the stroyed. This partial destruction seemed as if it insect. The ravages these larvæ commit are were prevented from being complete by the wine fearful.. The larva itself is whitish-colored, oozing out in a single drop, and being pernicious fleshy, and slightly clothed with erect scattered to the insect. He moreover suggested that the setæ ; and with a dark-colored head. When dis- insect seemed to enter into the cork, and commence turbed it writhes about, quits its burrow, and its ravages at that part where there is a depression lets itself down from the cork by a fine thread. caused by the instrument used by wine merchants When full grown, it forms an elongated cocoon, in corking wine, to compress the cork, and make attached to the surface of the material upon it enter more readily into the neck of the bottle. which it has been feeding, formed of a fine layer He proposed, as a remedy against the mischief, to of silk, to the outside of which are attached par-cut the cork level with the month of the bottle, ticles of excrement and gnawings of its food. and then to dip the top of the bottle for half-anWithin this cocoon it is transformed to a small inch into a mixture of-yellow bees-wax, eight chrysalis, rather slender in form, with the head ounces, and sweet oil four ounces, melted togeease pointed, and the antennæ cases extending ther; or to surround the upper part of the cork quite to the extremity of the body. The perfect with a thin coat of gutta percha, or after the botinsect is a minute moth belonging to the family tle has been corked, to immerse the mouth in a soTineide, placed by Haworth in the genus lution of alum in vinegar. None of these plans,if efGracillaria, and specifically nained by him G. V. fectual, would injure the wine, or render it less fit for flava, from the pale V-like mark on each of the drinking.-I have recently been over some large fore-wings, which measure rather more than one-wine-cellars, Mr. Editor, and it is what I saw there third of an inch in expanse, and are of a shining that has induced me to copy and send you the brown color, with a narrow pale clay-colored angu- above particulars from my paper. It appears that lated transverse bar running across the fore-wings, various other species of insects feed on the corks of at about one-third of their length from the base, wine-bottles. An account of them will be found resembling a > placed side-ways, the point of the in the first volume of “ The Transactions of the letter being directed towards the tip of the wings, Entomological Society," p. 55; “Kirby and and connected by pale scales with a large spot on Spence's Introduction,” 6th edition, vol. i., p. the fore-margin towards the end of the wings, 197; and “Curtis's British Entomology, Genus, which is indistinctly formed into a fascia on the Mycetæa," fol. 502. Nature is indeed wonderful hind margin. The fringe is very long, the hind in all her works.-Curiosus, Hampstead. wings very slender and pointed, with very long fringe, of a pale straw-colored buff. The head is Diogenes and his Lantern.-A rew weekly clothed with a dense tuft of buff-colored hairs, periodical, Mr. Editor, yclept “Diogenes,' has truncated transversely. The palpi are of moderate appeared amongst us. His philosophic lantern length, very slender, drooping, and extending out- has been turned already upon a multitude of warıls, so as to be seen at the sides of the head. dark subjects. It is now turned upon a very The antennæ are very long and thread-like, dark locality indeed! I mean Paternoster Rowand the hind tarsi are considerably elongated. or "the grove of poor authors” as it stands re

This insect has formed the subject of several com-corded in history. "The philosopher, and his lanmunications made to the Entomological Society tern, have been in “the Row" one whole month, during the last three or four years. It has no seeking to find“ an honest bookseller.” “ When taste for the wine itself; as it invariably leaves found," he will no doubt be “made a note of."that portion of the cork which is saturated with Quiz. the wine, untouched. From recent observations, [Diogenes will die, MR. "Quiz,—at least we communicated to us by Mr. Bedell, there is rea- fear as much. He has undertaken too much. son to doubt whether its exclusive or perhaps even Yet do we readily acknowledge that " we live in natural food is cork, and whether it has not resort an Age of Wonders. ''] ed to the cork of the wine bottles because its own food has been destroyed or wanting. Mr. Bedell, | New mode of Coloring Silk, previous to Spinin fact, finds the moth in the vaults of the London ning.-It has long been known to physiologists, Docks, where the wine is never kept in bottles; that certain coloring matters, if administered to and he has, moreover, found the caterpillars feed animals along with their food, possess the proing upon fungi or mould growing upon the walls perty of entering into the system and tinging the of cellars; where, also, no corked wine bottles were bones. In this way, the bones of swine have been kept. Another circumstance is also worthy of tinged purple by madder; and instances are on remark, namely, that the insect seems almost an- | record of other animals being similarly affected. known on the Continent; whereas if it fed natur-No attempt, however, was made to turn this ally on the cork, it would surely be found more beautiful discovery to account until lately, when commonly in the south of Europe. A communi. Mons. Roulin speculated on what might be the cation by Dr. Felkin, of Richmond, was made to consequence of administering colored articles of food to silk-worms just before they began spinning largest ox did not furnish more than twenty pints; their cocoons. His first experiments were con- it was thick and albuminous. The hands, when ducted with indigo, which he mixed in certain immersed in this blood, were not spotted by it. proportions with the mulberry-leaves, serving the The poison appeared to spread in the blood, and worms for food. The result of this treatment was to change the rest of the organs through its insuccessful-he obtained blue cocoons. Prosecut-tervention. I believe that all domestic animals, ing still further his experiments, he sought a red- except the goat, die of the bite of this insect; coloring matter capable of being eaten by the calves, and other young animals, are secure from silk-worms, without injury resulting. He had it during the whole time that they are sucking ; some difficulty to find such a coloring matter at man and all wild animals are also proof against first, but eventually alighted on the Bigmonia its venom.-W. Oswell, in the Comptes Rendus, chica. Small portions of this plant having been October 16, 1852. added to the mulberry leaves, the silkworms consumed the mixture, and produced red-colored silk. Love one another !-Your delightful corresIn this manner the experimenter, who is still pro-pondent, NANNETTE, has sent you many nice little secuting his researches, hopes to obtain silk, as pickings from her “ Note-Book.” Let me also secreted by the worm, of many other colors.- assist in the good cause advocated by our JOURLECTOR.

XAL. The subjoined, from the pen of Charles

Swain, is, I think, worthy general regard. There The Christmas Rose."-Do, Mr. Editor, let is so very little loving and forgiving going on in me call your attention, and that of your readers, " the days we live in," that it may perchance to the value of this plant as an ornament to our have some good effect. Let us hope so.-Rose. gardens during the winter months. There is

Oh, loving and forgivingsurely no reason why the flower-garden should

Ye angel-words of earth, present the dull and repulsive aspect it usually

Years were not worth the living exhibits at this season of the year. At least, if

If ye too had not birth! any reason there be, it is not found in the fact

Oh, loving and forbearingthat no means exist of obviating it. And I am

How sweet your mission here; happy to find the subject is beginning to occupy attention. In the meanwhile, I know of no plant

The grief that ye are sharing better deserving the notice of those who are anx

Hath blessings in its tear! ious to have a winter-garden, than that which I

Oh, stern and unforgivinghave named. It commences its flowering in No

Ye evil words of life, vember, and lasts till March or April. Nothing is

That mock the means of living easier than its culture. It will invariably thrive

With never-ending strife! in good vegetable mould; but it does not like too

Oh, harsh and unrepentingfrequent a removal. It is very useful, too, as a

How would ye meet the grave, green-house plant during the winter. When in

If Heaven, as unrelenting, tended for this use, the plants should be kept

Forbore not, nor forgave! plunged in ashes in a shady place during the

Oh, loving and forgivingsummer, and removed to the house when they Sweet sisters of the soul, begin to bloom.-W. T.

In whose celestial living

The passions find control! The Venomous Fly of Southern Africa. This

Still breathe your influence o'er us fly, called by the natives Tsetén, is the same that

Whene'er by passion crost, was found to the east of the Limpopo, and which And, angel-like, restore us infests the country of Sebitoani; it is fortunately

The paradise we lost. confined to certain localities, from which it never removes. The inhabitants lead their cattle within [Thank you, dear Rose. Any garland, so a certain distance of the places where it is found; twined, will be always acceptable.] and if they are compelled, in moving about, to cross those portions of the country infested by the More of the Fidelity of the Dog.–The following, insect, they choose for this purpose a moonlight Mr. Editor, is recorded in the “Dundee and night in the winter, because the insect does not Perth Advertiser,” as having just occurred in bite during the nights of the cold season. From Perth." Our respected Braemar carrier, Alexwhat I have seen, I think that it only requires ander Grant, in his going north last week, was three or four flies to kill a large ox. We examined overtaken with a violent snow-storm on the Cairnabout a score of ours which had been bitten and well; and finding it impossible to proceed from died; they all presented the same appearances. the drifting snow, he saw no alternative but to On removing the skin, the muscles had a slimy lock up his van, take his horse from the carriage, aspect, and appeared much altered. The stomach and retrace his steps to the Spital Inn. This he and intestines were healthy; the heart, the lungs, did with much difficulty; and calling on his dog the liver, sometimes all at once, and always one to follow, he did not miss him until arriving at or other of these organs, were affected. The the inn. After a diligent search, no dog was to heart especially attracted our attention ; it was no be found. But when, on the following Monday, longer a hard muscle, but a contracted and Mr. Grant went with assistance, to get his cart emaciated organ, which might be crushed by the dug out of the snow, to his astonishment there least pressure of its walls; it resembled flesh was his faithful dog ; alive, and in charge of the which had been soaked in water. The blood was van, having watched it two days and two nights! diminished in quantity and altered in quality. The Such an animal is truly valuable; and such an

instance is another proof of the fidelity and attach- and 194 lbs, each. The first and largest was ment of these creatures to their masters and pro- of the ordinary breed of Cambridgeshire The perty."--I know, Mr. Editor, how readily you will others were copper and American. The hens give insertion to this. If men were to take a from 11 to 14 lbs. each The geese weighed lesson now and then out of a dog's book, it would from 204 to 154 lbs. The successful pens, 1 do society no harm,-would it?-Louisa T. gander and 2 geese in each, weighed 581, 52,

[You are right, Louisa. The dog is a noble and 50 lbs. Last year, 1851, the Rev. John animal; and repeatedly proves himself far supe Robinson, of Widmerpool, sent a gander weighrior to Man,-his master.)

ing 29 lbs. The best ducks averaged 55 lbs

each.--I quite agree with you Mr. Editor, about The Late Poultry Show at Birmingham.- Poultry. Say what you will, the Dorking, all With reference to the weight of the prize birds at things considered, is “the” best of all known Birmingham, or indeed anywhere,' says Mr. J. fowls--both for eggs and the table.-A Wilson. Baily, it must be borne in mind that size, and consequently weight, are only raluable when allied Brutal Conduct to a Pony at Oxford.-No to the other points, that mark purity of breed and doubt, Mr. Editor, you have read the account in stamp the value of a fowl. Thus, in Cochin the newspapers, of the recent horrible case heard Chinas, the pen exhibited by Mr. Sturgeon, which before the magistrates at Burnham, Bucks, with took the first prize, was exceedingly heavy; but reference to the monster named Prickett, who laid they were also symmetrical. The hens nearly a wager to drive his pony to London and back, averaged eleven pounds each, and the cock sur- (120 miles) in twenty hours! The details of his passed them. If these had lacked feathering on cruelty are too sickening to be laid before your the leg, their size would not have secured the readers, but the wretch deserves public exposure. prize. Again, these weights are exceptions to His name is PRICKETT, and he is the landlord of the rule, and the owner of Cochin China cocks of the Plough, at Oxford.' His " fine," as levied by 9 or 10 lbs., and pullets of 8 or 8} lbs., posses- the tender-hearted magistrates, was 40s., and the ses, so far as size is concerned, first-rate birds. costs 33s. ! — A LOVER OF HUMANITY, HenleyThe Dorkings were very heavy, but they kick the on-Thames. beam when put in the scale with the birds we [This fellow is a monster indeed! But for the have just mentioned. The heaviest ben in the “ Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to show was the property of the Hon, and Rev. | Animals"'-how everybody hates this valuable Stephen Lawley; she weighed 84 lbs. This society! he would have escaped altogether. As again is an exception. There were plenty of for the "fine,"—the magistrates, when they named cocks 85, and pullets 7 and 7} lbs. In all these it, must have been dreaming; if not, they must classes, it must be borne in mind, the birds ex have been iron-hearted. How any civilised men hibited are the pickings of the United Kingdom. could sit and hear what we have read in the Cocks 74 Ibs. and pullets 64 lbs. are good birds, newspapers, and which we take it for granted and about the average of the stocks kept, where must be true—without shuddering, and administhey are carefully attended to, and of first-rate tering something like "justice" to the criminal, strains. But if they weighed 12 lbs. each, and we know not. Perhaps they were fox-hunters; were four-toed or black-legged, they would be dis- if so all is explained. "Birds of a feather, etc. qualified. The smallest bantams weighed from 12 to 16 oz. each. A bantam-cock should not Cochin China Fowls.-Although, Mr. Editor, I exceed 17 oz. nor a hen 14 oz. But here, again, agree with you, that no fowl can surpass the if one weighed but seven, sickle feathers in the Dorking for the table, nor the Hamburghs for tail, or long hackle and saddle, or feathered legs, eggs,--yet let me put in a plea for the Cochins. or single comb, would disqualify a Sebright. They unite both qualities. They lay well ; and These are the breeds in which great or small their eggs are of a good size. They commence weights are most esteemed. But it will be seen laying when about seven months old. The gait that, although important and essential when com- of the pullet is not unlike that of the Dorking. bined with other properties, they are only acces- Mine are of a good form ; short on the leg, and sories to success." To hope for pre-eminence in very full bodied. The cocks are longer on the any breed, it is not enough to have good birds ; legs than the Dorkings ; and have a peculiar the amateur must breed largely to give him oppor- gait. One of mine crows very clearly. It is tunity for selection. It is said of Lord Rivers, lengthened sweetness long drawn out.” The many years ago, that he was once asked how he Cochins weigh heavy. Cocks average 10lbs; and succeeded in having always first-rate grey-hounds ? | pullets 8lbs when full grown. I find these birds He answered, “I breed many, and hang many." more hardy than any others. I did not lose one This was the secret of his success. The same chicken last season. I had one hatch of half-bred will be found in exhibiting fowls-successful com- birds,-a cross between the Cochin and Dorking. petitors breed largely and keep the best. When These came off last October. The mother died in it is wished to rear poultry, for competing in a fortnight afterwards. However, the chickens classes where size is a desideratum, care should reared themselves, and are now Al. It was be taken to feed the chickens from the first as well very pleasing to watch the little creatures huddle as possible. A check at a fortnight old is never together at night, in some hay I gave them! I recovered. The chicken may live, grow up, and have not yet tasted the flesh of the thorough do well; but it will never carry the prize from one bred birds; but those from the cross I speak of that has progressed uninterruptedly. This is true are excellent fowl for the table. They weigh, of all the Gallinaceous tribes. The weights of when six months old, from 6 to 7lbs per head. -the turkeys were as follows:-Cocks 221, 214, 19, C. P., Boston, Lincolnshire.

How to cure Parrots of pulling out their Fea- "Three bunches a-penny, primroses !” thers.--I have read in our JOURNAL, various! The echo resounds in the mart; complaints of the difficulty that exists in curing And the simple “cry" often uncloses parrots of this disfiguring habit; and I have The worldly bars grating man's heart. never felt satisfied that any of the modes proposed as "cures," went to the bottom of the We reflect, we contrive, and we reckon evil ; in fact, the disease, for disease it is, is evi-l How best we can gather up wealth. dently not understood. I have at the request of We go where bright finger-posts beckon, a correspondent, made an inquiry on the subject Till we wander from Nature and Health. in the NATURALIST. In the remarks I am now But the "old cry" shall burst on our scheming, about to make, I am by no means sure that I

The song of "Primroses” shall flow; have approached nearer to a solution of the diffi

And " Thrve bunches a-penny" set dreaming culty ; but they may suggest to those interested,

Of all that we loved long ago. a more probable clue to the origin of the habit than would arise from any of the articles above It brings visions of meadow and mountain, alluded to. I take no credit to myself for the Of valley, and streamlet, and hill; idea. It has been conveyed to me by Mr. D. When Life's ocean but played in a fountainGraham, a most respectable and first-rate bird - Ah, would that it sparkled so still! stuffer, of this city (York). Knowing that he kept a grey parrot, I spoke to him on the sub- It conjures back shadowless hours, ject of parrots denuding themselves of their fea- When we threaded the wild forest ways; thers. He said that a Falconer (I believe in the When our own hand went seeking the flowers, employment of the Duke of Leeds) had told him And our own lips were shouting their praise. that the habit was caused by the presence of an insect of some kind, and that a certain cure for it | The perfume and tint of the blossom was to wash the bird in whiskey. It struck me at! Are as fresh in vale, dingle, and glen ; once, that this was an excellent suggestion: and But say, is the pulse of our bosom that it could do no harm to hint as much in our As warm and as bounding as then ? JOURNAL-supplying the “bane and antidote" at

"Three bunches a-penny, primroses !" the same time. The proper mode of investiga- oi Thi ting the subject would be to examine the

“Three bunches a penny, --come buy!" skin of one of the diseased birds with a strong

e A blessing on all the spring posies, magnifier. The parasite would be either

AND GOOD-WILL TO THE POOR ONES WHO CRY ! a Pediculus, of a' moderate size - probably not less than one-twentieth of an inch long, or an Acarus, like the itch insect, and which

I'LL THINK ON THEE ! would not be visible, unless greatly magnified.

BY HELEN HETHERINGTON. Should any little pustules or pimples be observed, they should be opened with a needle. The matter exuding therefrom, should then be placed on a I will think on THEE, when Summer flowers piece of glass; and when covered with a second ! Near thy happy home are springing; piece of glass, submitted to a microscope of high | When the sun brightly beams on our favorite powers. This would determine the question ; for bow'rs, should an Acarus be present, it would readily be! And the birds are sweetly singing. seen. I am inclined to suspect that an Acarus is Again I will visit the path where we rov'd, the enemy; and, in such case, whiskey or any | Bright joys that still fondly endear thee; other spirit, would be a certain cure. I shall be I will wander again o'er the scenes that you very glad to hear the result of any experiments loved, on this matter, resulting from these remarks.--| And fancy that thou art still near me, BEVERLEY R. Morris, M.D., York, Jan. 21, 1853.

[A question is here raised, in which we know I will think on THEE, when the Wintry wind not how many hundreds-perhaps thousands of Howls a requiem o'er the departed; persons, feel deeply interested. Parrots, in this I remember thy pity, thy love for mankind, country, are extensively “petted,” and very large Whom sorrow had left broken-hearted. sums are given for "good birds." It is truly | And I'll pray that true peace may for ever be vexatious, to see some of these costly animals

thine, suffering from an unknown enemy,who destroys, or Thy name I will breathe most devoutly; eats away, all that is elegant in their varied Oh! when shall thy dear smiles again brightly costume. We will canvass the subject; and, if shine possible, arrive at the direct cause of the evil.] . On the heart that is lonely without thee ? PRIMROSES.

I will think on THEE when fortune lowers, “Three bunches a-penny, primroses !”

When sorrow and sadness distress me;

I will think on THEE in my happier hours;

Yes ; my lips shall for ever bless thee.

I know I'am fondly remembered by THEE, “Three bunches a-penny, primroses !”

This hope sweetly beams on the morrow; Yes; dear is the greeting of Spring,

But I need thy kind aid, and a prayer breath'd When she offers her dew-spangled posios,

for me, The fairest creation can bring !

To lighten my heart of its sorrow.

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