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The skin of a tiger, a bow, a quiver, were all reason of this fantastic lovging; the loudest my attire. My nymphs imitated my example, l bursts of admiration fatigue women after a and I weut with them to encounter savage single day's continuance; vanity tickles thie beasts in their wildest haunts. Sometimes I ear, but leaves the heart unsatistied. pursued ibem on foot; sometimes in a car Near the city of. Heraclea, I saw the shepdrawn by hinds: this mode of life reudered me herd Endymion : he was young;

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eyes were still more ferocious. One day I was bathing as soft as the scntiment they inspired. He in a sequestered spot with my companions, | ventured not to raise bimself lo me, but I when the young hunter, Acteon, came acci- | descended to him. Learn this, my child; it dentally upon my retirement; he saw--wbat no is in vain that we would arm ourselves with movial ought to behold! To-day I pity bim ideas of our rank; the same arrow with which for this involuntary crime, but then I punish- Cupid strikes a heart, brings it down to the ed bim. The unhappy man was turned into level of the object beloved. a stag, and torn to pieces by bis own dogs. Mystery watched over our bappiness, but Wbile I triumphed in this cruel act, Calisto, even Mystery sometimes betrays Love. When one of my favourite nymphs, was seated upon I was near Endymion I trembled lest any one the bank of the stream, and refused to bathe. ) should discover the motive of my retirement Vexed at her refusal, I examined, with a sus from others. Chance, however, happily bepicious eye, tbe circumference of her waist : friended me. My brother, Apollo, weary by one glance convinced me that she had been i enlightening the world all day, told the master loved by Jupiter. This was sufficient for me ; of the Gods, that he could not fulfil the same I drove her from my presence, and gave her up office during the night. My brother had his to the jealous fury of Juno. The miserable secret reasons for this refusal; Thetis allured Calisto gave birth to Arcas, and was then him towards her abode; but that which transformed into a bear.

thwarted his passiou might be favourable la “ In process of time Arcas grown a mighty | mine. I presented myself then, and demandhunter, encountered his poor mother, pursued, led the honour which Apollo resigued. Jupiter and aimed bis javelin at her panting side. My accorded it, placed a crescent upon my head, vengeance was on the point of being amply and surnamed me Phæbé. Quickly I mount satiated, when the Gods prevented the matri- the chariot of the Moon, seize the reins, and cide, by transporting both son and motber to drawn by my black and white steeds, run over the heavens, and changed thein into constel the universe. Each night my car stops upon lations.

the summit of Mount Latmos. It is there that “Sworn enemy to love, my beauty was use I find my dear Endymion; then descending less to me.

Nevertheless, I was jealous offrom my chariot, a dark cloud conceals my the charms of others. Chiona, grand-daughter absence from the eyes of mortals. In the of the Morning, had a complexion more bril

dead of night, in these vast solitudes, Nature liant than that of Aurora herself. She knew

aids Love with her silence; all things sleep ; this dazzling advantage, and compared her

our hearts alone wake in the universe. To this attractions with mine. This temerity cost her hour we are happy, and our mutual affection dear; 1 pierced ber to the heart with one of has not been steril. Every year the God of my arrows. Dedalus, her father, threw himself Marriage has granted a child to our prayers, from a rock, and was turned into a sparrow

and thanks to him, 1 bave this year completed hawk by Apollo.

the half hundred. Mcanwhile my fame and my exploits filled “Go then,"continued Diana, “go, my sweet the aniverse; the woods and the mountains || girl, dread my wrath no longer; keep your submitted to my sway; temples were elevated girdle, and make use of these flowers to crown to my honour in every city; that of Ephesus your Endymion, adieu.”—At these words she was worthy of my renown; never did human disappeared. geojus give birth to so beautiful a work! In Diana had certainly full leisure for reflecTaurida thé inhabitan's burnt incense, and | tion, for a Goddess is always beautiful; but sprinkled human blood upon my altars. The you, my Emilia, who at blooming eighteen, reAthepian girls consecrated their virginity to fuse to bend before the saffron-robed deity, me: I was at the summit of glory, yet I still oli! do not forget that you are mortal! desircd more. I have since learned the true

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THE MIRROR OF FASHION.
IN A SERIES OF LETTERS FROM A GENTLEMAN OF RANK AND TASTE, TO A LADY

OF QUALITY.
(Continued from Page 133.)

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LETTER III.

flowers. The tunic, of variegated stuffs and In introducing your Ladyship to the ward

embroidery, covered tbis part of the dress; robe of av Israelitish woman of fashion, I lay

and then came the tablet (as our translaiors before your eyes garments of more graceful || term it), or girdle, wbich was usually set with form and costly fabric tban it would be in the precious stones. Above all, as occasioa repower of all the milliners from Cheapside to

quired, tbey wore a loose mantle of purple or Hyde-Park Corner to display.

scarlet, reacbing to the feet, and often train. Both men and women wore their hair in ing on the ground. Luxuriant length and thickness; and we find

The veils with which these Eastern beauties from Josephus, that the guard de corps of the

shaded their cbarms were sometimes composmagnificent King Solomon powdered their ed of opaque materials, so as to baffle the curi, heads with gold dunt, so that their locks emu ous eye. In this case their texture was fine lated the tresses of the fabled deity of the Sun,

linen, or cotton, covered with the most magwhose tresses gleamed with yellow radiance.

nificent needle-work; but at other times their The vestments of the Jewish ladies were of

veils resenibled the transparent garment of the most splendid maļerials. We find in many

Coos, aud rather softened than obscured the passages of their sacred records mention made

brilliance of their beauty. A lover of Palesof "ibeir robes of guld of Ophir,” their “rai.

tine siugs of his mistress, when covered with ment of needle-work," their “party-coloured

one of these filmy bead-dresses:-"Thine eyes tunics and embroidery," and their “

are like those of a dove behind iby veil!” sandals."

Mufflers, or murlins, were a species of veil Among the ornaments belonging to the belles

which wrapped the body from head to tuot. It of Solomon's court, looking-glasses are enu

was very graceful because of the elegance of its -merated. At least so the Vulgate translates folds ; but

, like the mantilla of the Spanish the answering word in Isaiah ; but by the con

dames, might ofteu be the means of paying pection in which it stands it should rather

clandestine visits inimical to the purity of the mean some kind of vestures, and it is so ex

wearer. Hence we wonder not at the displea: plained in the Septuagint by garments that one

sure which the prophet Isajah manifests at inight see tirough. Such a garment Meander (a

this part of the Jewish enrobing. certain Greek pott) denominates a transpa Braiding, curling, and plaitiug the hair was rent vest; the Latias call it a glassy vestment; l practised by the fair of Palestine, as much as and Horace informs us it was made from it is the style of your Ladyship's dressing, a manufacture of Coos, and so very thin that room. Their fiue tresses were interwoven with the person wearing it appeared almost naked. head-bands or ribbons, with strings of pearls Your Ladyship must be aware that it is not

and thick threads of gold. Crisping pins, or now necessary to send to the Isle of Coos for rather bodkius of goid or silver surmounted these cob-web veils, “ Which would conceal with jewels, fastened the locks up which

wę and yet all charms reveal.” Our gauzes, laces, would confine with combs. Kerchiefs, cawis, patent-nets, fine muslins, and a thousand other turbans, and mitres, usually finished this fair gossamer caprices of the loom, are more than foundation; and by turning to your Ladyship’s sufficient to prove that our fair ones need not repository of fashion, you can easily explain travel to Greece for Cypress lawns to shade the different heat-dresses by drawing forth its yet discover their beautieș. Lady Wortley | likeness. You have kerchiefs of the same Montague mentions the existence of this gar form and material with those worn by the ment of transparency when she was in the loveliest daughter of Solomon. They were of East; she tells that it was a kind of chemise, tine ebro joery in patteru and border; the made of fiue white silk gauze, clasped at the cawls were gold or silver pels, which gracefully neck with a jewel, but it was so thin that both contined ih hair; the turban is the same as the shape and colour of the bosom were dis wt see on the heads of our own fair habited tinctly seen beueaib its surface.

a-la Turque; and toe mire is nothing more The fair Israelites also wore trowsers, like the than h. tiara, or diadem, decorated with Turkish ladies, of fine cotton, of purple or jewels of every hue and clime. rose-culour, brocaded with gold or silver Borders, or rows of gold or jewels, is men.

tioned as “the adoromeut of the cheeks of the monds and rubies. Their fingers were also Jewish bride.” They were like the strings of covered with rings, to which they attributed pearls which the Persian ladies wear, beginning talismanic virtues as well as ornament. on the forehead, and descending the cheeks But the most extraordinary appendage is yet and under the chin, as if their whole faces to be named a golden casket of perfumes, were set io pearls. You must remember the four iuches in thickness a:d breadth, suspendstyle of head-dress of the time of Henry VII. ed from the neck upon tbe breast; it was exhibited in the beautiful portrait of your usually covered with sparkling gems, and perlovely relative and likeness, Anne Bullen, at furated on all sides to allow the fragrance your father's house. The pearls in that coif- || within to make its way to breathe its perfume fure almost form a frame to the face, and, I over the wearer. should suppose, must have been much in the The Jewish ladies, like our modern fair, taste of this Jewish and Persian fashion. knew not tbe lise of pockets, but appropriated

The shoes, or sandals, were an essential for the purpose of holding their handkerchief part of the fair Israelite's dress. They con and purse an einbroidered bag, which their sisted of a sole, often edged with gold, and writers call a scrip, but we a ridicule. strapped on the foot with azure straps, em In many respects these fair daughters of the broidered or thickly sludded with sparkling | Jordan resembled those of the Thames; bet gems. These splendid da meş also wore jewel in one adherence to nature they certainly exed bracelets for the aucles, bung with little ceeded the sincerity of our belles. They never silver spangles of a form and consistency to used paint of any description, except dying strike on each other in moving, and so make the eye-lids, as is yet the practice in Turkey. a tinkling or music when they stepped.

Like them, my lovely Countess, you are con. In short, the dress of one Jewish lady of tent to display the rosy or the lillied cheek; quality would have been sufficient to bare and secure in the native lustre of your polished made the fortune of any modern vender of skin, in the divine brightness of your dove-eyes jewellery. They wore nose-rings, ear-rings, shining behind the veil of your jetty locks, you bracelets, armlets, anclelets, girdles, fillets, I need not the factitious aids of art. necklaces, &c. &c. and all of the most dazzling In my next I shall present to your Ladyship and costly stones. One ornament of theirs the virgins of more northern nations; but was particularly extravagant and graceful meanwhile I must intreat you to believe that three strings, or chains, pendent from round no virgins, not even those of Mahomet's para. their neck, even to their feet. In one lady of dise, can draw one moment from your feet high rank we read that the first chain was of your faithful Jarge pearls, the second of emeralds of the

PARIS. finest green, and the third of alteraate dia

(To be continued.)

THE NEW SYSTEM OF BOTANY,
WITH PRACTICAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF FLORA, &c. &c. &c.

(Continued from Page 152.)

The season is now sufficiently advanced

ter, or more happily was in the bosom of do. for those even of the most tender frame to mestic and rural retirement spent those hours emerge from the sheltered alleys of the shrub- which utbers kill in town, let ber, starting bery, and to ramble over the gay parterre, from her couch, where she would have justifi. whose thousand perfumes are wafted by the ed the exclamation of our immortal poet, yernal breeze around. Amidst such a variety

-Cytherea, as now present themselves to our choice, is

“ How bravely thuu becom'st thy bed! fresá there one to which we can more aptly call the

lily! attention of the British fair than to the

“ And whiter than the sheets! that I might LILY,

touch!

“ But kiss, one kiss !" 60 emblematic of tbeir own purity and elegance. Let then the timid yet elegant fair Let her start forth to hail the morving's dawn, one, who bas perchance escaped at this early and pluck the wreath of rosy health from the Season from the dissipation of a London win. Il jocund mountain's top. So shall she iohale

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fresh spirits for her placid domestic duties, 1 tive Shakespear considers it as so exquisitely and secure that salubrious frame which shall beautiful, that he ranks any attempt to imcontinue her a blessing to all around; nor prove it, amongst things unnecessary if not shall it be said of her,

iinpracticable. -Yet a virgin,

“To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, “ A most unspotted lily shalt she pass [her! | “To throw a perfume on the violet, To the ground, and all the world sball mourn “ Is wasteful and ridiculous excess." Amongst the various Aowers which press upon That in the early period of our ornamental her sight, there is none at this season more attractive than that which Spenser in his Faery eminent among flowers, there can be no doubt;

gardening the lily was cousidered as preQueene calls the “lily, lady of the Powering

so the unhappy Katharine exclaims. field;"—to it then we shall direct our attention. Its name bas suffered but little change

like the lily, [Aourished, in the lapse of ages; by the Greeks it was

“ That once was mistress of the field, and called leirion; by Pliny and other Roman au.

"P'll hang my head and perish." thors, lilium. With the modern classifiers itShakespeare, indeed, seems to have adopted ranks in the HEXANDRIA MONOGYNIA, and the lily for his favourite simile; for again in is of the natural order of Coronarie. It de Cymbeline, when Imogen is brought in dead by serves particular notice, tbat in generic cha Arvirugus, he makes Guiderius exclaim, racter, this fluwer bas no calyx; the corolla is six petalled, bell shaped; the petals upright My brother wears thee not one half so well

-oh, sweetest, fairest lily ! incumbent,obtusely carinaled on the back, with

“ As wben thou grewest thyself.” thick reflex, obtuse tips ; ils neciary is a luogitudinal tubular live engraven on each Whilst considered so lovely to the sight, it is petal from the base to the middle; the stamen not surprizing that its other qualities should has six tilantents; the germ oblong, style bave been magnified; accordingly we find that cylindric; capsule oblong and six furrowed ; its flowers were considered as anodyne and and sred numerous : and it must be noted thail antiepileptic. It was also very natural for the petals iu some specimens are revolute, but those young ladies whose lovers compared not in all. In essential character the corolla | them to the lily, to wish to resemble it more is six petalled, and the capsule has the valves closely; we need not be surprized, therefore, connected by cancellated bairs. Though the that it should bave been distilled as a cos. common white lily is that of mosi frequeut metic; we are, however, still of opinion, that culture, yet there are eleven species in all: those ambitious fair ones, who wish to riral these are the Japan white lily; Catesby's, its purity, will find a little spring water the orange, pomponian, scarlet, yellow, purple, greatest beautifier. Indeed it is not possible Canadian, and Philadelphiau martagon lilies; || that ang distillation should preserve its speand a variety called the Kamschatka lily. cific qualities, if it possessed any, as its

Though several species of this genus are effluvia are so volatile, as even to evaporate in found wild in the northern parts both of Asia | drying ; nor do the flowers yield any portion and America, yet the common white lily was of essential oil. We have four varieties of the brought to us from the warmer regions of the white sost, some of which have not been long Levant, and is supposed by Linnæus to have in common cultivation; that with the purple been originally and solely a native of Syria ; stripes was only brought here in the early butthis must be incorrect, for Thunberg asserts part of the lasi century, and is not considered that he has seen it as far north as Japan, and as of any peculiar beauty; those with the that the corolla is there nearly a span in yellow stripes, bowever, are now more deserr. length! It has indeed been said by Haller, ling of notice, as with care they may be prethat it is alsu iniligenous in Switzerland; but served in sheltered situations all the winter judicious botanists are of opinion that the roonths, their leaves broadly edged with specimens be met with must bave been pro- yellow, spreading themselves on the ground, duced by seeds carried from a garden ; of when all other verdure is filed; and it also course it ought not to have a place in his Swiss flowers the earliest of any in the spring. The Flora. That it was early brought into Eng. 1 species with double Auwers is curious, but Jand, however, perhaps as carly as the Cru requires much trouble, as its fowers will saces, is extremely probable; and it was in seldom blow fully, except under glasses, and common cultivation as far back as the reign of they are totally devoid of perfume. Elizal:e:h, as Gerard peaks of it as generally rarity, indeed, perhaps the pendulous species fuuud in our gardens. Our elegantly descrip-" is the most curious; it has a very slender stalk,

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and its leaves are few and narrow; nor are its | poets alone that it bas been immortalized; flowers as large as the others, but hanging our ininuitable countryman has availed bimdownwards, and the petals are more contract self of it for one of his most elegant similes ed at their bases. The species to which Arviragus exclaims over the dead body of Catesby, the fivrist of Carolina has given bis Imogen, name, is extremely small w ben cultivated here, .

thou shalt not lack and perhaps requires a moister soil than we “ The Aower that's like thy face, pale pringive it, for he found them growing luxuri

rose; nor antly in the swampy savannabs of the new

« The azurd harebell like thy veins." world. The orange lily is now known to be indige

This species indeed may well be supposed

to have existed even as early as the time of nons in Europe ; is frequently found growing wild in Italy, Greece, and Austria, and has | Cymbeline, and to be indigenous here ; and even been seen in Siberia as well as in Japan :

thus some of our earliest botanists call it the it is therefore, perhaps, the best adapted of all English hyacinth, and speak of it as growing to brave the rigours of our severe winters.-

wild in most parts of onr island; and Gerard To enumerate all the varieties of the inartagon

more particularly gives it the name of English lily, would far exceed our possible limits; hyacinth, or blue barebell. We have reason iuthat, however, called the poniponian lily, is deed to believe that the white and carnation deserving of attention, as it often produces hyacinths are indigenous here, though they from sixty to one hundred flowers, and being

are not so frequently met with in a wild state; a native of the Pyrennees as well as of Siberia, | the varieties too, are found in France, Spain, is well adapted to our climate.

Italy, &c. as well as in the oriental regions. From the contemplation of this elegant

With us its early blowing affords great delight Boweret, we turn to one even more classical; ledge-row, coppice, and wood enlivened with

to the lover of rural ranıbles, who finds every one too that with us is indigenous, for our harebell is a species of the

its tints, and perfumed with its odour. - We

bad also a later blowing liyacinth, with its HYACINTH,

blue flowers banging from all sides of the stalk; Which has afforded the amorous Ovid a sub

but there is reason to believe that this is not ject for one of his most elegant metamor

indigenous but a native of Spain; it is now, phoses. Our fair readers must all recollect however, seldom met with, the elegant varie. that in the interior of the garden hyacinth, ties of the oriental hyacinths having superthe Greek letters A 1, may be discovered on seded it jo modern cultivation, though in some the petals, the first letters of the name of gardens in the ancient style it may still be Ajax, who is said to have killed himself in found. We are principally indebted, however, despair at not having obtained the armour of

to the Dutch florists for the many varieties of Achilles in preference to his rival Diomede.y this flower which adorn our gardens and our It will be remembered that the hyacinth is | bugh-pots. fabled to have sprung up where the blood It is to their assiduous cultivation too that Howed; and also that it is said to have sprung we are indebted for the double Nowers, which from the blood of the youth Hyacinthus, acci. are much larger than the others, and bave dentally slain by the God Apollo with a quoit. || much stronger plants. Yet it is a curious It is, however, with some probability derived fact that the hyacinth was cultivated for from the Greek TA, a violet, and Cynthus, one many years in Holland before any peculiar of the many names given by the poets to the value was set upon the double flowers. An before-mentioned deity. Theophrastus, Dios- intelligent botanist of our own country, but corides, and all the other Greek naturalists, whose works are too voluminous to be in com. call it hyacinthus ; and as Pliny gives it the mon reference, tells us that the only objects same name, it is evident that it was so called || attended to by the Haarlem gardeners, were hy the Romans, and is therefore a very ancient the uniformity of the tints, and the equal family name amongst the floral pedigrees. size and regular distribution of the petals ;

The peculiarity we have mentioned, how. and also that the most famous cultivator of ever, is confined to what has by some been them (Voorhelm) was long accustomed to called the Hyacinthus poeticus ; for our bare throw all the double ones out of his garden, bell does not possess it; and the latter has Having been prevented, however, for some therefore received from Dodonæus the fancifull time by a fit of sickness, from pursuing his faname of non scriptus, the unwritten or unletter vourite employment, he, by accident, was at. ed hyacinth. It is not, however, by ancient tracted by the beauty of one of biy double

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