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FEBRUARY.
When, in the zodiac, the Fish wheel round,
They loose the floods, and irrigate the grouud.
Then, husbandmen resume their wonted toil,
Yoke their strong steers, and plough the yielding soil :
Then prudent gard'ners seize the happy time,
To dig and trench, and prune for shoots to climb,
Inspect their borders, mark the silent birth
Of plants, successive, from the teeming earth,
Watch the young nurslings with paternal care,
And hope for “growing weather" all the year.
Yet February's suns uncertain shine,
For rain and frost alternately combine
To stop the plough, with sudden wintry storms,
And, often, fearful violence the month deforms

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February 1, indigence prescribes, till it becomes

lifted above poverty to independence. Flowers

The manufacture of artificial flowers is A good garden in a sunny day, at the not wholly unknown in England, but our commencement of this month, has many neighbours, the French, eclipse us in the delightful appearances to a lover of na- accuracy and variety of their imitations. ture, and issues promises of further gra- Watering-places abound with these wontification. It is, however, in ball-rooms ders of their work-people, and in the meand theatres that many of the sex, to tropolis there are depôts, from whence whose innocence and beauty the lily is dress-makers and milliners are supplied likened, resort for amusement, and see or by wholesale. wear the mimic forms of floral loveliness. Yet this approach to nature, though at The annexed literal copy of a French an awful distance, is to be hailed as flower-maker's card, circulated during the an impulse of her own powerful working summer of 1822 among the London in the very heart of fashion; and it has shopkeepers, is a whimsical specimen of this advantage, that it supplies means of self-sufficiency, and may save some learnexistence to industry, and urges ingenuity ers of French from an overweening confito further endeavour. Artificial wants dence in their acquisition of that language, are rapidly supplied by the necessity of which, were it displayed in Paris, would providing for real ones; and the weal- be as whimsical in that metropolis as this thy accept drafts upon conditions which English is in ours.

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Acquaint the Trade in general, that they have just established in LONDON.

A Warhouse for FRENCH FLOWERS, for each Season , feathar from hat ladies of their own Manufacture elegant fans of the NEWEST TASTE.

And of Manufactures of Paris , complette sets ornaments for balls, snuff boxes scale gold and silver, boxes toilette , ribbons and embroidered , hat et cap, from Ladies of the newest Taste, China , all sorts , etc.

He commit generally the articles from Paris, Manufacturers.

And send in all BRITISH CITY.

Attandance from Nine o'Clock in the Morning till five in the Afternoon.

Star of the mild and placid seas,
Whom rainbow rays

of

mercy crown, Whose name thy faithful Portuguese

O'er all that to the depths go down, With hymns of grateful transport own; When gathering clouds obscure their light,

And heaven assumes an awful frown,
The star of Ocean glitters bright,
Ave Maris Stella

!
Star of the deep! when angel lyres

To hymn thy holy name essay, In vain a mortal harp aspires

To mingle in the mighty lay!

Mother of God! one living ray Of hope our grateful bosoms fires

When storms and tempests pass away, To join the bright immortal quires.

Ave Maris Stella !

NATURALISTS' CALENDAR.
Mean Temperature . . .39 • 70.

February 2.
Purification, or Candlemas. 1826.-Holi-

day at the Public Offices. This day, the festival of “the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary," is sometimes called Christ's Presentation, the Holiday of St. Simeon, and The Wives' Feast. An account of its origin and celebration is in vol. i. p. 199. A beautiful composition in honour of the Virgin is added as a grace to these columns.

Portuguese Hymn.
TO THE VIRGIN MARY.

By John Leyden.
Star of the wide and pathless sea,

Who lov'st on mariners to shine,
These votive garments wet to thee,

We bang within thy holy shrine.

When o'er us flushed the surging brine,
Amid the warring waters tost,

We called no other name but thine,
And hoped, when other hope was lost,

Ave Maris Stella !
Star of the vast and howling main,

When dark and lone is all the sky,
And mountain-waves o'er ocean's plain

Erect their stormy heads on high ;

When virgins for their true loves sigh,
And raise their weeping eyes to thee,

The star of Ocean heeds their cry,
And saves the foundering bark at sea.

Ave Maris Stella!
Star of the dark and stormy sea,

When wrecking tempests round us rave,
Thy gentle virgin form we see

Bright rising o'er the hoary wave.
The howling storms that seem to crave
Their victims, sink in music sweet,

The surging seas recede to pave
The path beneath thy glistening feet,

Ave Maris Stella!
Star of the desert waters wild,

Who pitying hears the seaman's cry,
The God of mercy, as a child,

On that chaste bosom loves to lie;

While soft the chorus of the sky
Their hymns of tender mercy sing,

And angel voices name on high
The mother of the heavenly king,

Ave Maris Stella!
Star of the deep! at that blest name

The waves sleep silent round the keel,
The tempests wild their fury tame

That made the deep's foundations reel:

The soft celestial accents steal
So soothing through the realms of woe,

On Candlemas-day, 1734, there was a grand entertainment for the judges, sergeants, &c. in the Temple-hall

. The lord chancellor, the earl of Macclesfield, the bishop of Bangor, together with other distinguished persons, were present, and the prince of Wales attended incog. At night the comedy of “ Love for Love" was acted by the company of his Majesty's revels from the Haymarket theatre, who received a present of 501. from the societies of the Temple. The judges, according to an ancient custom, danced “ round the coal fire,” singing an old French song.*

THE COAL AND THE DIAMOND

A Fable for Cold Weather. A coal was hid beneath the grate, ("Tis often modest merit's fate,)

'Twas small, and so, perbaps, forgotten ; Whilst in the room, and near in size,

In a fine casket lined with cotton, In pomp and state, a diamond lies.

“So, little gentleman in black," The brilliant spark in anger cried,

" I hear, in philosophic clack, Our families are close allied ;

But know, the splendour of my hue, Excell'd by nothing in existence,

Should teach such little folks as you
To keep a more respectful distance."
At these reflections on bis name,
The coal soon redden'd to a flame;
Of his own real use aware,
He only answer'd with a sneer-
“ I scorn your taunts, good bishop Blase,

And envy not your charms divine ;
For know, I boast a double praise,
As I can warm as well as shine."

* Gentleman's Magazino.

Ave Maris Stella!

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For she was all froze in with frost,

Eight days and nights, poor soul !
But when they gave her up for lost,
They found her down the hole.

Ah, well-a-day' MS. Ballad, On Saturday, the 2d of February, 1799, Chesterton bell rang at eight o'clock, she Elizabeth Woodcock, aged forty-two years, was completely hemmed in by it. The went on horseback from Impington to depth of the snow in which she was enCambridge; on her return, between six veloped was about six feet in a perpenand seven o'clock in the evening, being dicular direction, and over her head' beabout half a mile from her own home, tween two and three. She was incapable her horse started at a sudden light, pro- of any effectual attempt to extricate herbably from a meteor, which, at this season self, and, in addition to her fatigue and of the year, frequently happens. She cold, her clothes were stiffened by the exclaimed, “ Good God! what can this frost; and therefore, resigning herself to be?" It was a very inclement, stormy the necessity of her situation, she sat night; a bleak wind blew boisterously awaiting the dawn of the following day. from the N. E.; the ground was covered To the best of her recollection, she slept by great quantities of snow that had fallen very little during the night. In the during the day. Many of the deepest morning, observing before her a circular ditches were filled up, whilst in the open hole in the snow, about two feet in length, fields there was but a thin covering; but and half a foot in diameter, running in roads and lanes, and in narrow and obliquely upwards, she broke off a branch enclosed parts, it had so accumulated as of a bush which was close to her, and to retard the traveller. The horse ran with it thrust her havdkerchief through backwards to the brink of a ditch, and the hole, and hung it, as a signal of disfearing lest the animal should plunge tress, upon one of the uppermost twigs into it, she dismounted, intending to lead that remained uncovered. She bethought the animal home; but he started again, herself that the change of the moon was and broke from her. She attempted to near, and having an almanac in her regain the bridle; but the horse turned pocket, took it out, though with great suddenly out of the road, over a common difficulty, and found that there would be field, and she followed him. Having lost a new moon the next day, February the one of her shoes in the snow, and wearied 4th. Her difficulty in getting the almaby the exertion she had made, and by a. nac from her pocket arose, in a great heavy basket on her arm, her pursuit of measure, from the stiffness of her frozen the horse was greatly impeded; she how- clothes; the trouble, however, was comever persisted, and having overtaken him pensated by the consolation which the about a quarter of a mile from whence prospect of so near a change in her favour she alighted, she gained the bridle, and afforded. Here, however, she remained made another attempt to lead him home. day after day, and night after night, perBut on retracing her steps to a thicket fectly distinguishing the alterations of day contiguous to the road, she became so and night, hearing the bells of her own much fatigued, and her left foot, which and the neighbouring villages, particularly was without a shoe, was so much be. that of Chesterton, which was about two numbed, that she was unable to proceed miles distant from the spot, and rung in farther. Sitting down upon the ground winter time at eight in the evening and in this state, and letting go the bridle, four in the morning, Sundays excepted ; “Tinker,” she said, calling the horse by she was sensible to the sound of carriages his name, “ I am too much tired to go upon the road, the bleating of sheep and any farther ; you must go home without lambs, and the barking of dogs. One me” and exclaimed, “ Lord have mercy day she overheard a conversation between upon me! what will become of me?" two gipsies, relative to an ass they had The ground on wbich she sat was upon a lost. She recollected having pulled out level with the common field, close under her spuff-box, and taken two pinches of the thicket on the south-west. She well snuff, but felt so little gratification from koew its situation, and its distance from it, that she never repeated it. Possibly, her own house. There was then only a the cold might have so far blunted her small quantity of snow drifted near her; powers of sensation, that the snuff no but it accumulated so rapidly, that when longer rctained its stimulus. Finding her

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