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The skin of a tiger, a bow, a quiver, were all || reason of this fantastic bouging; the loudest my attire. My nymphs imitated my example, || bursts of admiration fatigue women after a and I weut with them to encounter savage | single day's cootinuance; vanity tickles the beasis in their wildest haunts. Sometimes I ear, but leaves the heart unsatisfied. pursued them 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; his eyes were still more ferocious. One day I was bathing | as soft as the sentiment they inspired. He in a sequestered spot with my companions, ventured not to raise himself to me, but I when the young hunter, Acteon, came acci descended to him. Learn this, my child; it dentally upon my retirement; he saw-what no is in vain tbat we would arm ourselves with mortal ought to behold! To-day I pity bim ideas of our rank; the same arrow with which for tbis 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. U Mystery watched over our bappiness, but While I triumphed in this cruel act, Calisto, leven 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, the circumference of her waist : friended me. My brother, Apollo, weary by one glance convinced me that she had been , enlightening the world all day, toid 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 brot ber 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 bim towards her abode; but that which transformed into a bear.

thwarted his passiou might be favourable 10 “To process of time Arcas grown a miglity i mine. I presented myself then, and demandhunter, encountered his poor mother, pursued, led the honour which Apollo resigned. 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 chaoged 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. Cbiona, grand-daughter absence from the eyes of mortals. In the of the Morning, bad 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 hiinself Marriage has granted a child to our prayers, from a rock, and was turned into a sparrow

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

!! tbe half hundred, Meanwhile my fame and my exploits filled “Gu 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 l 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 the inhabitants 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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|| Aowers. 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 fasbjon, 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 than it would be in the precious stones. Above all, as occasion repower of all the milliners from Cheapside to

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

scarlet, reacbing to the feel, and often traig. Both men and women wore their hair in ing ou the ground. Blixuriant length and thickness; and we find

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

|| shaded their charms 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 tbis 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 materials. 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 gold 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 “azure

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

wbich wrapped the body from head to fuot. 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 fulds; bui, like the mantilla of the Spanish the answering word in Isaiah; but by the con

daines, 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 through. Such a garment Meander (a

this part of the Jewish enrobing. ertain Greek poet) denominates a transpa-i) Braiding, curling, and plaiting the hair was rent vest; the Latias call it a glassy vestment; | 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 Cuos, 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 gold or silver surmounted these cob-web veils, “ Which would conceal with jewels, fastened the locks up which we and yet all charms reveal.” Our gauges, laces, would confine with combs. Kerchiefs, cawls, patent-nets, fine muslins, and a thousand other turbans, and mitres, usually fivished 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 lawos to shade the different head-dresses by drawing forth its yet discover their beauties. Lady Wortley I likeness. You have kerchiefs of the same Montague mentions the existence of this gar- i form and material with those worn by The ment of transparency when she was in the loveliest daughier of Solomon. They were of East; she tells ihat it was a kind of chemise, i tine ebro joery in patteru and border; the made of five white silk gauze, clasped at tbe | cawls were gold or silver nels, which gracefully neck with a jewel, bur it was so thin That both contined ih hair; the turban is ihe 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 tban ihtiara, 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 adornmeut 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 and breadth, suspend. style of head-dress of the time of Henry VIII. ed from the neck upon the breast; it was exhibited in the beautiful portrait of your usually covered with sparkling gems, and perlovely relative and likeness, Anne Bullen, at forated 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 the use 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 studded with sparkling i Jordan resembled those of the Thames; bat gems. These splendid dames also wore jewel- in one adherence to nature they certainly exed bracelets for the aucles, hung 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. lo short, the dress of one Jewish lady of tent to display the rosy or the lillied cheek; quality would have been sufficient to have 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, l shining behind the veil of your jetly locks, you bracelets, armlets, anclelets, girdles, fillets, ll 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 porthern nations, but was particularly extravagant and graceful- meanwhile I must intreat you to believe that tbree 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 inoment from your feet high rank we read that the first chain was of your faithful large pearls, the second of emeralds of the

PARIS. finest green, and the third of alteruate dia.

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TAE season is now sufficiently advanced ,,ter, or more happily has in the bosom of dofor those even of the most tender frame tomestic and rural retirement spent those hours. emerge from the sheltered alleys of the shrub which utbers kill in towil, let her, starting bery, and to ramble over the gay parterre, from her couch, where she would have justifi. whose tbousand 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 thou becom'st thy bed ! fresh there one to which we can more aptly call the

lily! attention of the British fair than to the

« And whiter than the sheels! that I might LILY,


“ But kiss, one kiss !" 60 emblematic of their own purity and ele. Il gance. Let then tbe timid yet elegant fair Let her start forth to hail the morning's dawn. one, who has perchance escaped at this early and pluck the wreath of rosy health from the season from the dissipatiou of a London wine ljocund mountain's top. So shall she inhale

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

in practicable. -Yet a virgin,

“To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, A most unspoited lily shall 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 flowers which press upon

That in the early period of our ornamental her sight, there is none at this season more

gardening the lily was considered as preattractive than that which Spenser in his Faery

eminent among flowers, there can be no doubt; Queene calls the “ lily, lady of the flowering

so the uphappy Katharine exclaims. field;"-lo 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 l" That once was mistress of the field, and called leirion; by Pliny and other Roman au- | “Til hang my head and perish." thors, liliurr. With the modern classifiers it | Shakespeare, indeed, seems to have adopted ranks in the HEXANDRIA MONOGYNIA, and the lily for bis favourite simile; for again in is vf the natural order of Coronariæ. It de- Cymbeline, when Imogen is brought in dead by serves particular notice, tbat in generic cha || Arvirugus, he makes Guiderius exelaim, racier, this fluwer has no calyx; the corolla


oh, sweetest, fairest lily! is six petalled, bell shaped; the petals upright!

“My brother wears thee not one half so well incumbent, obtusely carinated on the back, with

“ As w ben thou grewest thyself.” thick reflex, obtuse tips ; ils neciary is a longitudinal tubular line 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 filamients; the germ oblong, style have been magnified; accordingly we find that cylindric; capsule oblong and six furrowed ; | its flowers were considered as anodyne and acd seed numerous : and it inust be noted that antiepileptic. It was also very natural for the petals ju 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 most frequent metic; we are, however, still of opinion, that culture, yet there are eleven species in all: 1 those ambitious fair ones, who wish to rival 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 any distillation should preserve its spe. and a variety called the Kanschatka lily. lcific qualities, if it possessed any, as its.

Though several species of this genus are effluvia are su 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 Ilie common white lily was of essential oil. We have four varieties of the brought to us from the warmer regions of the white sort, some of which have not been long Levant, and is supposed by Linnæus to bave 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 incorreci, for Thunberg asserts part of the last 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, however, are now more deserv. length! It has indeed been said by Haller, lling of notice, as with care they may be prethat it is also indigenous in Switzerland; but i served in sheltered situations all the winter judicious botanists are of opinion that the months, their leaves broadly edged with specimens he met with must bave been pro. 1] yellow, spreading themselves on the ground, duced by seeds carried from a garden ; of when all other verdure is fed; 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 species with double Auwers is curious, but Jand, however, perhaps as carly as the Cru- ' requires much trouble, as its powers will saces, is extremely probable; and it was in seldow blow fully, except under glasses, and common cultivation as far back as the reign of they are totally devoid of perfume. As a Elizal:esh, as Gerard peaks of it as generally l rarity, indeed, perhaps the pendulous species found in our gardens. Our elegantly descrip-" is the most curious; it has a very slender stalk, and its leaves are few and narrow; nor are its ! poets alone that it has been immortalized ; flowers as large as tbe others, but hanging our inimitable 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 forist of Carolina has given bis | Imogen, name, is extremely small when cultivated here, Ils

thou shalt not lack and perhaps requires a moister soil than we | The Power that's like thy face, pale prim. give it, for he found them growing luxuri- ||

rose; nor antly in the swampy savannals of the new || “ The azur'd harebell like thy veios." world. The orange lily is now known to be indige

| This species indeed may well be supposed dous in Europe ; is frequently found growing

Il to have existed even as early as the time of

Il Cymbeline, and to be indigenous here; and wild in Italy, Greece, and Austria, and has

thus some of our earliest botanists call it the even been seen in Siberia as well as in Japan : 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 our island; and Gerard To enumerate all the varieties of the martagon

more particularly gives it the name of Euglish

hyacinth, or blue barebell. We have reason inlily, would far exceed our possible limits; that, however, called the pomponian 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,

| Italy, &c. as well as in the oriental regions. is well adapted to our climate. From the contemplation of this elegant ||

With us its early blowing affords great delight Boweret, we turn to one even more classical;

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

hedge-row, coppice, and wood enlivened with

lits tints, and perfumed with its odour. We harebell is a species of the

Il bad also a later blowing liyacinth, with its HYACINTH,

blue flowers hanging 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 variethat in the interior of the garden hyacinth, I. ties of the oriental hyacinths having superthe Greek letters A 1, may be discovered on seded it in 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 ||

said to have killed himself in I 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. 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 flowers, which from the blood of the youth Hyacinthus, acci- ! are much larger than the others, and have dentally slain by the God Apollo with a quoit. much stronger plants. Yet it is a curious It is, however, with some probability derived Il fact that the hyacinth was cultivated for from the Greek Ia, 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, li whose works are too voluminous to be in comcall it hyacinthus; and as Pliny gives it the Il mon reference, tells us that the only objects same name, it is evident that it was so called I attended to by the Haarlem gardeners, were by the Romans, and is therefore a very ancient the uniformity of the tints, and the equal family name amongst the Aoral pedigrees. ll size and regular distribution of the petals ; • The peculiarity we have mentioned, how. and also that the most famous cultivator of ever, is confived to what has by some been them (Voorhelm) was long accustomed to called the Hyacinthus poeticas ; 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 fanciful ll time by a fit of sickness, from pursuing his faname of non scriptus, the unwritten or unletter- l vourite employment, he, by accident, was at. ed hyacinth. It is not, however, by ancient tracted by the beauty of one of bis double

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