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Last noon peheld them full of lusty life,
The earth is covered thick with other clay,
On the 18th of June, 1817, the Strand- for the public accommodation, under the bridge, a noble structure, erected at the denomination of Waterloo-bridge, with. expense of private individuals, was opened military and other ceremonies.
These poor “ Buy-a-Broom” girls exactly dress now,
These girls are Flemings. They come to she does not always: her face does not England from the Netherlands in the relax by degrees, but breaks suddenly spring, and take their departure with the into an arch laugh. This appearance summer. They have only one low, shrill, may be extorted by a joke, while driving twittering note, “ Buy a broom?" some a bargain, but not afterwards: she astimes varying into the singular plural, sumes it, perhaps, as a sort of “ turn" to
Buy a brooms?" It is a domestic cry; two hasten the “ business transaction;" for or three go together, and utter it in com- when that is concluded, the intercourse pany with each other; not in concert, nor ends immediately. Neither lingering nor to a neighbourhood, and scarcely louder loitering, they keep constantly walking than will attract the notice of an inmate on, and looking out for customers. They seen at a parlour window, or an open seldom speak to each other; nor when street-door, or a lady or two passing in their brooms are disposed of, do they stop the street. Their hair is tightened up in and rejoice upon it as an end to their lafront, and at the sides, and behind, and bours; but go homewards reflectively, the ends brought together, and so with the hand every now and then dipcured, or skewered, at the top of the head, ping into the pocket of the huge petiias if it were constricted by a tourniquet: coat, and remaining there for a while, as the little close cap, not larger than an in- if counting the receipts of the day while fant's, seems to be put on and tied they walk, and reckoning what the down by strings fastened beneath the before accumulated riches will total to, chin, merely as a concealment of the ma- with the new addition. They seem in chinery. Without a single inflexion of Auenced by this admonition, “ get all you the body, and for any thing that appears can, and keep all you get.” to the contrary, it may be incased in tin. Rather late in an autumn afternoon, in From the waist, the form abruptly and Battersea-fields, I saw one of these girls boldly bows out like a large beehive, or by herself; she was seated, with her an arch of carpentry, built downward from brooms on her lap, in a bit of scenery, above the hips, for the purpose of opening which, from Weiroiter's etchings and other and distending the enormous petticoat prints, I have always fancied resembled a into numerous plaits and folds, and there- view in the Low Countries : it is an old by allowing the legs to walk without in- windmill, near the “ Red-house,” with cumbrance. Their figures are exactly mi- some low buildings among willows, on niatured in an unpainted penny doll of the bank of the Thames, thrown up to turnery ware, made all round, before and keep the river from overflowing a marshy behind, and sold in the toyshops for the flat. To my imagination, she was fixed amusement of infancy.
to that spot in a reverie on her “ vaderThese Flemish girls are of low sta- land.*" She gazed on the strait line of ture, with features as forma, and old stunted trees, as if it were the line of fashioned as their dress. Their gait beauty; and from the motion of her lips, and manner
answer to both. They and the enthusiasm of her look, I deemed carry their brooms, not under the left she was reciting a passage from a poet of arm, but upon it, as they would children, her native country. Elevation of feeling, upright between the arm and the side, in one of these poor girls, was hardly to with the heads in front of the shoulder. be looked for; and yet I know not why I One, and one only, of the brooms is in- should have excluded it, as not appervariably held in the right hand, and this taining to their character, except from is elevated with the sharp cry Buy a their seeming intentness on thrift alone. broom ?” or “Buy a brooms ?” to any one They are cleanly, frugal, and no wasters. likely to become a purchaser, till it is of time, and that they are capable of selieither bought or wholly declined. The timent, I state on the authority of my sale of their brooms is the sole purpose imagining concerning this poor girl ; for which they cross the seas to us; and whereon, too, I pledge myself not to have they suffer nothing to divert them from been mistaken, for the language of the their avocation. A broom girl's counte- heart is universal- and hers discoursed to nance, so wearisomely indicates unwea- mine; though from the situation wherein ried attention to the “main chance," and is so inflexibly solemn, that you doubt * Vader-land, a word signifying country, but inwhether she ever did or can smile; yet
finitely more expressive; it was first adopted by when she does, you are astonished that lardabyron into our language ; he englishcs it" hü?
I stood, she saw me not. I was not, nor
The Summer Midnight. could I be, in love with her I was in the breeze of night has sunk to rest, love with human nature.
Upon the river's tranquil breast, The “ brooms" are one entire piece of And every bird has sought her nest, wood; the sweeping part being slivered Where silent is her minstrelsy; from the handle, and the shavings neatly The queen of heaven is sailing high, turned over and bound round into the A pale bark on the azure sky, form of a besom. They are bought to
Where not a breath is heard to sighdust curtains and hangings with; but So deep the soft tranquillity. good housewives have another use for them; one of them dipt in fair water, That on the burning waters lay,
Forgotten now the heat of day sprinkles the dried clothes in the laundry, The noon of night her mantle gray, for the process of ironing, infinitely better Spreads, from the sun's high blazonry ; than the hand; it distributes the water But glittering in that gentle night more equally and more quickly.
There gleams a line of silvery light,
It hovers sweet and playfully.
At peace the distant shallop rides; There is a print with this inscription. Not as when dashing o'er her sides It is a caricature representation of Mr. The roaring bay's unruly tides Brougham, with his barrister's wig, in the Were beating round her gloriously ; dress of a broom girl, and for its likeness But every sail is furld and still, of that gentleman, and the play on his Silent the seaman's whistle shrill,
While dreamy slumbers seem to thrill name, it is amazingly popular; especially
With parted hours of ecstacy. since he contended for a man's right to his own personal appearance, in the case Stars of the many spangled heaven! of Abernethy v. The Lancet, before Faintly this night your beams are given, the chancellor. Mr. Brougham's good- Tbo' proudly where your hosts are driven humoured allusion to his own counte Ye rear your dazzling galaxy; nance, was taken by the auditors in Since far and wide a softer hue court, to relate particularly to
Is spread across the plains of blue, portrait in this print, called “ Buy a
Where in bright chorus ever true Broom 9" It is certainly as good as
For ever swells your harmony. « The Great Bell of Lincoln's-inn," 0! for some sadly dying note and two three other prints of Upon this silent hour to float, gentlemen eminent at the chancery-bar, Where from the bustling world remote, sketched and etched, apparently, by the The lyre might wake its meiody; same happy hand at a thorough likeness.
One feeble strain is all can swell
That slumbers not its minstrelsy.
There is an hour of deep repose
That yet upon my heart shall close,
Shall burst upon me wond'rously;
O may, I then awake for ever
And as from earth's vain scene I sever,
Be lost ir Immortality: face, Abp., Apostle of Russia, A. D. 1009. St. Juliana Falconieri, A. D. 1340. St. Die, or Deodatus, Bp. A. D. 67) or 680
La Julienne de Nuit. Hesperis tristis. CHRONOLOGY.
Dedicated to St. Juliana. 1215. Magna Charta was signed, on compulsion, by king John, at Runny
June 20. mead, near Windsor,
1820. Sir Joseph Banks, president of Sr. Silverius, Pope, A. D. 538. St. Gobian, the royal society, died, aged 77.
Priest and Martyr, about 656, St. Ida
burga, or Edurge. St. Bain, Bp. of reputed saints; and where the entire Terouanne (now St. Omer,) and Abbot, bodies could not be collected, the pious about A. D. 711.
contented themselves with possessing
such parts alone as · Providence chose to Translation of Edward
bless them with. Without these sacred This day is so distinguished in the relics, uo establishments could expect to church of England calendar. Edward thrive; and so provident had the persons was the king of the West Saxons, mur- been who laboured in their collection, dered by order of Elfrida. He had not that not a single religious house but could only an anniversary on the 18th of March, produce one or more of those invaluable in commemoration of bis sufferings, or remains; though, unless we are to believe rather of the silly and absurd miracles that most relics, like the holy cross itself, alleged to have been wrought at his tomb; possessed the power of self-augmentation, but he was even honoured by our weak we must either admit, that some of our forefathers with another festival on the circumspect forefathers were imposed 20th of June, in each year, in remembrance upon, or that St. John the Baptist had of the removal, or translation, as it is
more heads than that of which he was so termed, of his relics at Wareham, where cruelly deprived, as well as several of their they were inhumed, to the minster at favourite saints having each kindly affordSalisbury, three years after his decease. ed them two or three skeletons of their
It is observed by Mr. Brady, on the precious bodies ; circumstances that fretranslation of St. Edward, as follows: quently occurred, “because,' says Father " At the period this solemn act of ab- John Ferand, of Anecy,
God was surd pomp took place, all Europe was pleased so to multiply and re-produce plunged in a state of profound ignorance them, for the devotion of the faithful! and mental darkness; no marvel, there
« Of the number of these relics that fore, that great importance should have bave been preserved, it is useless to been attached to such superstitious usage; attempt a description, nor, indeed, could but for what reason our reformers chose they be detailed in many volumes; yet to keep up a recollection of that folly, it may gratify curiosity to afford some cannot readily be ascertained.
brief account of such as, in addition to “Of the origin of translations of this the heads of St. John the Baptist, were kind, much has been written; and if we held in the greatest repute, were it for no are to credit the assertions of those other reason than to show how the ignomonkish writers, whose works are yet rance and credulity of the commonally found in catholic countries, though they have, in former ages, been imposed upon, have themselves long passed to the silent viz. :tomb, we must believe not only that they “ A finger of St. Andrew; had their source from a principle of de
“ A finger of St. John the Baptist ; votion, but that peculiar advantages ac
“ The thumb of St. Thomas ; crued to those who encouraged their in
“ A tooth of our Lord; In the year 359, the emperor
“ A rib of our Lord, or, as it is profanely Constantius, out of a presumed and, per- styled, of the Verbum caro factum, the haps, not inconsistent respect, caused the word made flesh; remains of St. Andrew and St. Luke to The hem of our Lord's garment, which be removed from their ancient place of cured the diseased woman ; interment to the temple of the twelve
“ The seamless coat of our Lord; apostles, at Constantinople; and from “A tear which our Lord shed over Lathat example, the practice of searching zarus; it was preserved by an angel, for the bodies of saints and martyrs in- who gave it in a phial to Mary Magdacreased so rapidly, that in the year 386, lene; we find almost the whole of the devotees “ Two handkerchiefs, on which are imengaged in that pursuit. Relics, of pressions of our Saviour's face; the one course, speedily became of considerable sent by our Lord himself as a present to value; and as they were all alleged to Agbarus, prince of Edessa ; the other possess peculiar virtues, no expense or given at the time of his crucifixion to a labour were spared to provide such holy woman, named Veronica; sures for every public religious founda « The rod of Moses, with which he pertion. Hence translations innumerable took formed his miracles ; place of the decayed members of persons
“ A lock of hair of Mary Magdalene's ;
“ A hem of Joseph's garment; although it would appear, by the confes“ A feather of the Holy Ghost; sions of some of those respectable persons, 6 A finger of the Holy Ghost;
that instances have occurred of their "A feather of the angel Gabriel ; failure, but that they always recovered “ A finger of a cherubim;
their virtue, when,' as Galbert, a monk “ The water-pots used at the marriage of Marchiennes, informs us, they were in Galilee;
flogged with rods, &c.!' "* “ The slippers of the antediluvian Enoch; “ The face of a seraphim, with only part
FLORAL DIRECTORY. of the nose; “ The 'snout' of a seraphim, thought to
Doubtful Poppy. Papaver dubium.
Dedicated to St. Silverius. have belonged to the preceding ;
“ The coal that broiled St. Lawrence;
“ The square buckler, lined with red velvet,' and the short sword of St
June 21. Michael;
St. Aloysius, or Lewis Gonzaga, A. D. “A phial of the sweat of St. Michael,'
1591. St. Ralph, Abp. of Bourges, when he contended with Satan;
A. D. 866. “ Some of the rays of the star that ap
St. Meen, in Latin, Me
vennus, also Melanus, Abbot in Britanny, peared to the Magi; with innumerable
about A. D. 617. St. Aaron, Abbot in others, not quite consistent with decency
Britanny, 6th Cent. St. Eusebius, to be here described.
Bp. of Samosata, A. D. 379 or 380. St. “The miracles wrought by these and
Leufredus, in French, Leufroi, Abbot, other such precious remains, have been
A. D. 738 enlarged upon by writers, whose testimony, aided by the protecting care of the inquisition, no one durst openly dispute
* Brady's Clavis. who was not of the holy brotherhood ;'
Summer Morning and Evening.
Viper's Buglos. Echium vulgare.
Dedicated to St. Aloysius