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Summer,
Now cometh welcome Summer with great strength,

Joyously smiling in high lustihood,
Conferring on us days of longest length,

For rest or labour, in town, field, or wood;
Offering, to our gathering, richest stores

Of varied herbage, corn, cool fruits, and flowers,
As forth they rise from Nature's open pores,

To fill our homesteads, and to deck our bowers;
Inviting us to renovate our health

By recreation; or, by ready hand,
And calculating thought, t' improve our wealth :

And so, invigorating all the land,
And all the tenantry of earth or flood,

Cometh the plenteous Summer-full of good. “ How beautiful is summer," says the ing whisper gently through the leaves, elegant author of Sylvan Sketches, a which reflect the liquid light of the inoon volume that may be regarded as when she is seensequel to the Flora Domestica, from

“ lifting her silver rim the hand of the same lady.—“How beau. Above a cloud, and with a gradual swim tiful is summer! the trees are heavy with Coming into the blue with all her light." fruit and foliage; the sun is bright and cheering in the morning; the shade of On page 337 of the present work, there broad and leafy boughs is refreshing at is the spring dress of our ancestors in the noon; and the calm breezes of the even- fourteenth century, from an illumination

a

LONGEST DAY.

in a manuscript copied by Strutt. From holding up its hands.—" Very good,” the same illumination, their summer dress replied the pendulum : " it is vastly easy in that age is here represented.

for you, Mistress Dial, who have always, as every body knows, set yourself up above me,-it is vastly easy for you, I say, to accuse other people of laziness! You, who have had nothing to do all the days of your life but to stare people in the face, and to amuse yourself with watching all that goes on in the kitchen! Think, I beseech you, how you would like to be shut up for life in this dark closet, and to wag backwards and forwards, year after year, and do.”—“ As to that," said the diel, . Is there not a window in your house, on purpose for you to look through ?”

“For all that,” resumed the pendulum,

“it is very dark here : and, although there No day is disadvantageous to an agree- is a window, I dare not stop, even for an able thought or two upon “ Time;" and the instant, to look out at it. Besides, I am present, being the longest day, is selected really tired of my way of life ; and, if you for submitting to perusal a very pleasant wish, I'll tell you how I took this disgust little apologue from a miscellany ad- at my employment. I happened this dressed to the young. The object of the morning to be calculating how many writer was evidently to do good, and it times I should have to tick in the course is hoped that its insertion here, in further- only of the next twenty-four hours: perhaps ance of the purpose, may not be less some of you above there can give me the pleasing to the editor who first introduced exact sum." it to the public eye, than it will be found The minute hand, being quick at figures, by the readers of the Every Day Book. presently replied, “ Eighty-six thousand This is the tale.

four hundred times.

Exactly so," replied the pendulum ; An old clock, that had stood for fifty thought of this was not enough to fatigue

well, I appeal to you all, if the very years in a farmer's kitchen, without giving one; and when I began to multiply the its owner any cause of complaint, early strokes of one day by those of months and one summer's morning, before the family years, really it is no wonder if I felt diswas stirring, suddenly stopped.

couraged at the prospect; so, after a great Upon this, the dial-plate (if we may deal of reasoning and hesitation, thinks I credit the fable,) changed countenance with to myself, I'll stop." alarm; the hands made a vain effort to

The dial could scarcely keep its countecontinue their course; the wheels remain- nance during this harangue; but, resumed motionless with surprise; the weights ing its gravity, thus replied: hung speechless; each member felt dis « Dear Mr. Pendulum, I am really posed to lay the blame on the others. At astonished that such a useful, industrious length the dial instituted a formal inquiry person as yourself should have been overas to the cause of the stagnation, when come by this sudden notion. It is true hands, wheels, weights, with one voice you have done a great deal of work in protested their innocence. But now a your time; so have we all, and are likely faint tick was heard below from the pen- to do; which, although it may fatigue us dulum, who thus spoke :

to think of, the question is, whether it will “I confess myself to be the sole cause fatigue us to do. Would you now do me of the present stoppage; and I am willing, the favour to give about half a dozen for the general satisfaction, to assign my strokes, to illustrate my argument?"

The truth is, that I am tired of The pendulum complied, and ticked ticking." Upon hearing this, the old six times at its usual pace." Now," reciock became so enraged, that it was on sumed the dial, “may I be allowed to the very point of striking.

inquire, if that exertion was at all fa “ Lazy wire !” exclaimed the dial-plate, tiguing or disagreeable to you !"

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THE DISCONTENTED PENDULUM.

reasons.

“ Not in the least,” replied the pendu- could be borne, so can another, and anolum; “ it is not of six strokes that I com- ther. plain, nor of sixty, but of millions." Even in looking forward to a single

"Very good,” replied the dial; “but day, the spirit may sometimes faint from recollect, that though you may think of a an anticipation of the duties, the labours, million strokes in an instant, you are re- the trials to temper and patience that may quired to execute but one, and that, be expected. Now, this is unjustly layhowever often you may hereafter have to ing the burthen of many thousand moswing, a moment will always be given ments upon one. Let any one resolve you to swing in.”

always to do right now, leaving then to “ That consideration staggers me, I do as it can; and if he were to live to the confess," said the pendulum. “ Then I age of Methusalem, he would never do hope,” resumed the dial-plate, “we shall wrong. But the common error is to reall immediately return to our duty; for solve to act right after breakfast, or after the maids will lie in bed till noon, if we dinner, or to-morrow morning, or next stand idling thus.”

time ; but now, just now, this once, we Upon this the weights, who had never must on the same as ever. been accused of light conduct, used all It is easy, for instance, for the most their influence in urging him to proceed; ill-tempered person to resolve, that the when, as with one consent, the wheels next time he is provoked he will not let began to turn, the hand began to move, his temper overcome him; but the victory the pendulum began to swing, and, to its would be to subdue temper on the present credit, ticked as loud as ever; while a provocation. If, without taking up the red beam of the rising sun, that streamed burthen of the future, we would always through a hole in the kitchen shutter, shin- make the single effort at the present ing full upon the dial-plate, it brightened moment, while there would, at any time, up as if nothing had been the matter. be very little to do, yet, by this simple

When the farmer came down to break- process continued, every thing would at fast that morning, upon looking at the last be done. clock, he declared that his watch had It seems easier to do right to-morrow gained half-an-hour in the night.

than to-day, merely because we forget, that when to-morrow comes, then will be

Thus life passes with many, in re

solutions for the future, which the preA celebrated modern writer says, "take sent never fulfils. care of the minutes, and the hours will It is not thus with those, who, “by patake care of themselves.” This is an ad- tient continuance in well-doing, seek for mirable remark, and might be very sea- glory, honour, and immortality:" day by sonably recollected when we begin to be day, minute by minute, they execute the

weary in well-doing," from the thought appointed task to which the requisite meaof having much to do. The present mo sure of time and strength is proportioned : ment is all we have to do with in any and thus, having worked while it was sense; the past is irrecoverable; the fu- called day, they at length rest from their ture is uncertain; nor is it fair to burthen labours, and their “ works follow them." one moment with the weight of the next. Let us then, “ whatever our hands find Sufficient unto the moment is the trouble to do, do it with all our might, recollectthereof. If we had to walk a hundred ing that now is the proper and accepted miles, we should still have to set but one time." * step at a time, and this process continued would infallibly bring us to our journey's

June 22. end. Fatigue generally begins, and is always increased, by calculating in a St Paulinus, Bp. of Nola, A.D. 431. St. minute the exertion of hours.

Alban, Proto-Martyr of Britain, A.D. Thus, in looking forward to future life, 303. let us recollect that we have not to sus

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June 23, collect them in a neore fashionable way, St Etheldreda, or Audry, A.D. 679. St. but more expensive. JAMES Johnson.

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Midsummer - The Soltare. This engraving represents a rejoicing Before, however, particularizing any of formerly common to this season; it is these celebrations, it may be worth while from a French print, inscribed “ Le Feu to notice the following practice, which is de St. Jean Mariette ex."

still maintained. The summer solstice has been celebrat Midsummer Eve, in Ireland. ed throughout all ages by the lighting up At Stoole, near Downpatrick, in the of fires, and hence on “ St. John's eve," or north of Ireland, there is a ceremony, the vigil of the festival of St. John the commencing at twelve o'clock at night on Baptist, there have been popular cere every Midsummer-eve.--Its sacred mount monials of this kind from the earliest is consecrated to St. Patrick : the plain times of the Romish church to the present. contains three wells, to which the most

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extraordinary virtues are attributed. Here deprivation, it is said, marks the sense of and there are heaps of stones, around sume a dignitary of the church respecting this of which appear great numbers of people annual ceremony.* running with as much speed as possible; around others, crowds of worshippers kneel with bare legs and feet as an indispensable

Ancient Custom of part of the penance. The men, without coats, with handkerchiefs on their heads

on St. John's Eve. instead of hats, having gone seven times round each heap, kiss the ground, cross

The curfew-bell, commanded by Wilthemselves, and proceed to the hill; here liam Conquerour to be nightly rưng at they ascend on their bare knees, by a path eight of the clock, as a warning, or comso steep and rugged that it would be diffi. mand, that all people should then put out cult to walk up : many hold their hands their fires and lights, was continued clasped at the back of their necks, and se

throughout the realm till the time of veral carry large stones on their heads. Henry the First, when Stow says, that Having repeated this ceremony seven

it followed, .by reason of warres within times, they go to what is called St. the realme, that many men gave themPatrick's chair, which are two great flat selves to robbery and murders in the stones fixed upright in the hill; here they night.”. Stow then recites from an ancient cross and bless themselves as they step in chronicler, Roger Hoveden, that in the between these stones, and while repeating yeare 1175, during the time of a council prayers, an old man, seated for the pur- held at Nottingham, a brother of the earle pose, turns them round on their feet three Ferrers, was " in the night privily slaine times, for which he is paid ; the devotee at London, and thrown out of his inne then goes to conclude his penance at a

into the durty street; when the king unpile of stones named the altar. While derstood thereof he sware that he would this busy scene of superstition is continued be revenged on the citizens. It was then by the multitude, the wells, and streams

a common practice in this city, that a issuing from them, are thronged by crowds hundred or more in a company, young of halt, maimed, and blind, pressing to

and old, would make nightly invasions wash away their infirmities with water upon houses of the wealthy, to the intent consecrated by their patron saint; and so

to rob them; and if they found any man powerful is the impression of its efficacy stirring in the city within the night, that on their minds, that many of those who go

were not of their crue, they would preto be healed, and who are not totally sently murder him : insomuch, that when blind, or altogether crippled, really believe night was come, no man durst adventure for a time that they are by means of its

to walk in the streets, · When this had miraculous virtues perfectly restored. continued long, it fortuned, that a crue These effects of a heated imagination are of young and wealthy citizens assembling received as unquestionable miracles, and together in the night, assaulted a stone are propagated with abundant exaggera

house of a certaine rich man, and breaktion.*

ing through the wall, the good man of The annual resort of the ignorant por- other in a corner, when hee perceived one

that house having prepared himself with tion of our Roman Catholic countrymen, of the theeves, named Ardrew Bucquint, was never so numerously attended as it

to lead the way, with a burning brand in has been during the late anniversary of the one hand, and a pot of coles in the this festival, in 1825. The extent of the other, which hee assaied to kindle with number of strangers from very remote

the brand, he flew upon him, and smote parts of the country was unprecedented. off his right hand, and then with a loud The usual ablutions, penances, and miraculous results, were performed, and whereof, the theeves took their flight, ali

voyce cryed theeves. At the hearing attested by the devotees, who experienced saving he that had lost his hand, whom some disappointment in not having the the good man (in the next morning) accustomed arch-officiater to consummate delivered to Richard de Lucie, the king's the observances by thrice revolving the justice. This theefe, upon warrant of his votary in the chair of St. Patrick. This

* Belfast Chronicle.

* Hibernian Magazine, July, 1817. No. 27.

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