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THE MONTHS

ILLUSTRATED

BY PEN AND PENCIL.

EDITED BY THE

REV. S. MANNING, LL.D.

The Designs by Noel Humphreys, John Gilbert, Barnes, Wimperis,

North, Lee, Sulman, and other eminent Artists.

Engraved by Butterworth and Heath.

THE RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY,
56, PATERNOSTER ROW; 65, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD ;

AND 164, PICCADILLY.

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"It is truly a most Christian exercise to extract a sentiment of piety from the works and the appearances of Nature. It has the authority of the sacred writers upon its side, and even our Saviour Himself gives it the weight and the solemnity of His example.

Behold the lilies of the field; they toil not, neither do they spin, yet your Heavenly Father careth for them. He expatiates on the beauty of a single flower, and draws from it the delightful argument of confidence in God. He gives us to see that taste may be combined with piety, and that the same heart may be occupied with all that is serious in the contemplations of Religion, and be at the same time alive to the charms and loveliness of Nature."--Dr. Chalmers.

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A Winter Sabbath. . .

Graham?. . . . The New Year's Bells at Midnight . . . . . Anon. . . Thoughts for New Year's Day . . . . .

Bloomfield . . St. Agnes' Eve. . .

Tennyson . . A Winter Morning Walk ....

Cowper . . . The Woods in Winter . . . .

Longfellow . . . “Resurgam” . . . . . ..

Krummacher. A Frost Scene . . . . .

Miss Mitford : Times go by Turns . . .

Southwell The Snowdrop . . . . . . .

Keble . . . Winter Walk at Noon..

Cowper . . . . . Hymn for January . . . . . . . . . . . Heber . . . . .

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MARCH The Gale. .

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Crabbe .
A Vernal Thought. . .
A Vernal Thought . . . . . . . . . . . Hemans · · ·
A Morning in March . . . . . . . . . . Wordsworth. ...
Felling Timber . . . . . . . . . . . . Miss Mitford . . .
Daffodils . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Herrick . . .

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The First Buds . .

Longfellow . . . The Storm .

Bishop Spencer . . . . . . . . . . Early Spring . ..

Clare . . . . . Return of March.

Bryant . . . . .

7. Moultrie . . . The Skylark . . .

Wordsworth . . . The Skylark.

. . . Hogg . . . . . On Gladness in Spring . . . . . . . . Addison . . . . . The Reviving Influence of Spring . . . . . Akenside . . . . Hymn for March . . . . . . . . . . . Cowper . . . .

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APRIL. Spring. :

... Chaucer, modernized by Warton Lessons of Returning Spring ..

N. P. Willis . . .
Hedgerows in April ...
The Rainbow . .

Keble . . . . .
Welcome to April . . .

Tennyson ..

Dyer . Young Lambs.

. . . A Valley in Spring-time .

Coleridge . . . Spring Flowers . . . .

George Herbert . The First Swallow · · · · · · · · · ·

C. Smith . . . . . Early Piety ... . .

Heber . . .

. . . . . The Day of Flowers . . . . . . . . . .

Hemans . . . . . The Lily of the Valley . . .

M. A. Bacon . .. Hymn for April .i . . . . . . . . . “ Lyra Germanica"

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MAY.
May Flowers . . . . . . . . . . . .

W. Browne . . . .
The Voice of Spring . . . .

Hemans . . . . . “The time of the singing of birds is comę". . Izaak Walton . . . The Hawthorn . . . . . . .

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W. Browne . . . May Garlands . . .

Lyra Innocentium. The Cuckoo. . .

Logan . . . . . An Evening in May. . . . . . .

Izaak Walton . . . The Cowslip. . . . . . .

Clare . . . . . . The Cowslip. . . . . . .

. . . . . James Montgomery. Field Flowers . . . . .

Campbell . . . . . Hymn for May . . . . . . . . . . . . Lyra Germanica.

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JULY. Sultry Summer . . . . . . . . . . .

Clare . . . . . . Melodies of Morning. ...

Beattie . . . . . Rain in Summer . .

Longfellow . . . . Early Morning in Summer . . . . . .

Bernard Barlon . . A July Afternoon . . . .

W. Allingham . . . A July Evening . . . .

Philip Bailey ... The River and the Rock

Isaiah xxxii. 2 . . . Glow-worms . . . . .

in the Country" by Willmott The Jasmine .

. . . Hemans . . . . . The Jasmine .

Bernard Barton . . Summer Days

.. . A. K. H. B. . . . The Evening Cloud

Wilson . . . . . Hymn for July · ...

. . . James Ford . . . .

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AUGUST. Goodness of God in Autumn . . . . . . . Bishop Mant... 135 Autumn Thoughts . . . Summer-time in the Couniry" by Willmott 136 Corn-fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Howitt. 139 The Beauties of Nature Evanescent . . . . . Heber . . . . . . 141 The Reapers

. . . . . Thomson . i . .. Rydal Water . . . . . . . . . . . . Wordsworth . . . . Rock Pools . . . . . . .

. Gosse's " Recreations of a Naturalist
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Corn-flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various . . . . . 147
Forest Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . Bryant . . . . .
The Rising Moon . . . . . . . . . Peabody. . . .
Hymn in Harvest . . . . . . . . . . Milman . . . . .

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SEPTEMBER
The Harvest Moon . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Mant...
Lessons of Autumn . ; : · · · · ·

. . Samuel Martin . . .

· · Reminiscences of Switzerland . . . . . . . Rogers The Hour of Death

Hemans . . . .
George III. and the Dying Gipsy .

Crabbe .
The Gossamer . . . . . . . . . . . . L. Fermyn . . . .
Lessons from the Gorse . . . . . . . . . Mrs. Browning . .
The Summer Shower . . . . . . . . . . T. B. Read . . . .
Hymn for September. . . . . . . .. George Herbert . . .

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