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Axd, Whereas, on the last sultry evening in June,
And Whereas sundry haunches and high-seasoned pies,
At your Peril, ye long-legs, this notice despise,
Michaelmas Daisy. Alter Tradescanti. Dedicated to St. Michael and all Angels.
St. Jerome, Priest, Doctor of the Church, A. ». 420. St. Gregory, Bp. surnamed the Apostle of Armenia, and the Illuminator, 4th Cent. St. Hono~ rius, Abp. of Canterbury, A. D. 653.
This saint is in the church of England Calendar and Almanacs. Particulars concerning him will be related hereafter; it is sufficient to observe, for the present, that the church of England sets him forth as an authority for reading the Old Testament Apocrypha.
Custom at Kidderminster. r The annual election of a bailiff at this town, before noticed," is still accompanied by the rude mirth of the populace. The Editor is obliged to a lady for the^following communication.
To the Editor of the Every-Day Book." Dear Sir,
I have just cast my eye upon your definition of the term "costermonger," and it reminds me of an annual custom at Kidderminster, (my native town,) which you may perhaps think an account of, a fit subject for insertion in the Every-Day Book.
The magistrate and other officers of the town are annually elected, and the first Monday after Michaelmas-day is the day of their inauguration, in" celebration of which, they each of them cause to be
* In Col. 1337.
thrown to the*populace, (who assemble to the amount of some thousands,) from the windows of their houses, or sometimes from the town-hall, a large quantity of apples, in the whole often amounting, from twenty to thirty pots, (baskets containing five pecks each.) This practice occasions, of course, a kind of prescriptive holiday in the town, and any one having the temerity to refuse his apprentice or servant leave to attend the "apple-throwing," would most probably have cause to repent such an invasion of right. A rude concourse therefore fills the streets which are the scenes of action; and as a sort of "safety valve," if I may "compare great things with small," recourse is had by the crowd to the flinging about of old shoes, cabbage stalks, and almost every accessible kind of missile; till at length the sashes are raised, and the gifts of Pomona begin to shower down upon the heads of the multitude. Woe be to the unlucky wight who may chance to ride'through the town during the introductory part of this custom; no sooner does he appear, than a thousand aims are taken at Him and his horse, or carriage, and the poor belated rider "sees, or dreams he sees," (if ignorant of the practice,) the inhabitants of a whole town raised to oppose his single progress, without being able to form the most distant idea of their motive for so doing. At Ludlow there is a custom as ancient and equally foolish, that of pulling a rope, but of this I know nothing except by report.
I am, H. M.
Golden'Amaryllis. Amaryllis Aurea. Dedicated to St. Jerome.
* From Times Telescope.
forest and fruit trees. Many of our readers, though fond of gardens, will learn perhaps for the first time that trees are cheaper things than flowers; and that at the expense of not many shillings, they may plant a little shrubbery, or make a rural skreen for their parlour or study windows, of woodbine, guelder-roses, bays, arbutus, ivy, virgin's bower, or even the poplar, horse-chestnut, birch, sycamore, and plane-tree, of which the Greeks were so fond. A few roses alto, planted in the earth, to flower about his walls or windows'in monthly succession, are nothing in point of clearness to rotes or other flowers purchased in pots. Some of the latter are nevertheless cheap and long-lived, and may be returned to the nursery-man at a small expense, to keep till they flower again. But if the lover of nature has to choose between flowers or flowering shrubs and trees, the latter, in our opinion, are much preferable, inasmuch as while they include the former, they can give a more retired and verdant feeling to a place, and call to mind, even in their very nestling and closeness, something of the whispering and quiet amplitude of nature.
"Fruits continue in abundance during this month, as everybody knows from the shop-keeper; for our grosser senses are well informed, if our others are not. We have yet to discover that imaginative pleasures are as real and touching as they, and give them their deepest relish. The additional flowers in October are almost confined to the anemone and seabious; and the flowering-trees and shrubs to the evergreen cytisus. But the hedges (and here let us observe, that the fields and other walks that are free to every one are sure to supply us with pleasure, when every other place fails,) are now sparkling with their abundant berries,—the wild rose with the hip, the hawthorn with the haw, the blackthorn with the sloe, the bramble with the blackberry; and the briony, privet, honeysuckle, elder, holly, and woody nightshade, with their other winter feasts for
the birds. The wine obtained from'the elderberry makes a very pleasant and wholesome drink, when heated over a fire; but the humbler sloe, which the peasants eat, gets the start of him in reputation, by changing its name to port, of which wine it certainly makes a considerable ingredient. A gentleman, who lately figured in the beau-monde, and carried coxcombry to a pitch of the ingenious, was not aware now much truth he was uttering in his pleasant and disavowing definition of port wine: * A strong intoxicating liquor much drank by the lower orders.'
"Swallows are'generally seen for the last time this month, the house-martin the latest. The red-wing, field-fare, snipe, Royston crow, and wood-pigeon, return from more northern parts. The rooks return to the roost trees, and the tortoise begins to bury himself for the winter. The mornings and afternoons increase in mistiness, though the middle of the day is often very fine; and no weather when it is unclouded, is apt to give a clearer and manlier sensation than that of October. One of the most curious natural ances is the gotnamer, which is an i multitude of little threads shot out by i hate spiders, who are thus wafted by the wind from place to place.
"The chief business of October, in the great economy of nature, is dissemination, which is performed amcrlg other means by the high winds which now return. Art imitates her as usual, and sows and plants also. We have already mentioned the gardener. This is the time for the domestic cultivator of flowers to finish planting as well, especially the bulbs that are intended to flower early in spring. And as the chief business of nature this month is dissemination or vegetable birth, so its chief beauty arises from vegetable death itself. We need not tell our readers we allude to the changing leaves with all their lights and shades of green, amber, red, light red, light and dark green, white, brown, russet, and yellow of all sorts."
The orient is lighted with crimson glow,
The night and its dreams are fled,}
Is in all its brightness spread.
And crimson'd the shrubs of the hills; Z' And the full seed sleeps in earth's bosom cold;
And hope all the_universe fills.
St. Remigitu, A. D. 533. St. Brno, Patron of Ghent, A. D. 653. St. Piat, 'A. B. 286. St. Ifasnulf, or TVatntm, A. D. 651. St. Fidharletu, Abbot in I Ireland, A. D. 762. Festival of the Rosary,
'This is another saint in the church of England calendar and the almanacs. He was bishop or archbishop of Itheims, and the instructor of Clovis, the first king of the Franks who professed Christianity; Remigius baptized him by trine immersion. The accession of Clovis to the church, is deemed to have been the origin of the^" most christian king," and the "eldest son of the church," which the kings of France are stiled in the present times.
Sailers' Company. The beadles and Servants of the worshipful company of salters are to attend divine service at St. Magnus church, London Bridge, pursuant to the will of sir John Salter, who died in the year 1605; who was a good benefactor to the said company and ordered that the beadles and servants should go to the said church the first week in October, three times each person, and say," How do you do brother Salter? I hope you are well"*
Lowly Amaryllis. Amaryllis humilis.
Feast of the Holy Angel-Guardians.' 'St.
Thomas, Bp. of Hereford, A. D. 1282.
St. LeodegarUis, or Leger, A. D. 678.
The festival of "the Holy Angel-Guardians" as they are called by Butler, is this day kept by his church. He says that, "according to St. Thomas," when the angels were created, the lowest among them were enlightened by those that were supreme in the orders. It is not to be gathered from him how many orders there were; but Holme says, that "after the fall of Lucifer the bright star and his company, there remained still in heaven more angels then ever there was, is, and shall be, men born in the earth." He adds, that they are " ranked into nine orders or
chorus, called the nine quoires of holy angels ;" and he ranks them thus :—
1. The order of seraphims.
2. The order of cherubims.
3. The order of archangels. \
4. The order of angels.
5. The order of thrones.
6. The order of principalities
7. The order of powers.
8. The order of dominions.
9. The order of virtues.
Some authors put them in this sequence: 1. seraphims; 2. cherubims; 3. thrones; 4. dominions; 5. virtues; 6. powers; 7. principalities; 8. archangels; 9. angels. Holmes adds, that "God never erected any order, rule, or government, but the devil did and will imitate him; for where God hath his church, the devil will have his synagogue." The latter part of this affirmation is versified by honest Daniel De Foe. He begins his " Trueborn Englishman" with it:—
Wherever God erects a house of prayer
Angel, in its primitive' sense, denotes a messenger, and frequently signifies men, when, from the common notion of the term, it is conceived to denote ministering spirits. Angels, as celestial intelligences, have been the objects of over curious inquiry, and of worship. Paul prohibits 'his: "Let no man," he says, "beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility, and the worhipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen." An erudite and sincere writer remarks, that "The worship, which so many christians pay to angels and saints, and images and relics, is really a false worship, hardly distinguishable from idolatry. When it is said, in excuse, that they worship these only as mediators,' that alters the case very little; since to apply to a false mediator is as much a departure from Jesus Christ, our only advocate, as to worship a fictitious deity is withdrawing our faith and allegiance from the true Goa.''f
walls by excellent sculptors; that the angels have no particular houses, but go from one quarter to another for diversity; that they put on women's habits, and appear to the saints in the dress of ladies, with curies and locks, with waistcoats and fardingales, and the richest linens."
> This occupation of the angclt agrees with the occupations that Henriques assigns to the taintt; who, according to him, are to enjoy, with other pleasures, the recreation of bathing: "There shall be pleasant bathes for that purpose; they shall swim like fishes, and sing as melodious as nightingales; the men and women shall de
light themselves with tmiscarades, feasts,
* Moral Practice of the Jesuiu. Lond.
''Tor Age and Want save while you may 5
The Time/ and other journals report. Want, at Ditcbingham, Norfolk, in the the « obit" of this female. "On the 106th year of her age. She was bora 00 2nd of October, 1825, died Mrs. Hannah the 20th of August, U2Q, and tbrougt