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A PARADISE BELOW.
THINGS IN SEASON.
the procession returned without accident ;
the company sat down to breakfast ;-and WEDDING PARTIES.
again, precisely at the proper moment, the
bride retired to put on a travelling dress and Though fools spurn Hymen's gentle powers, take leave of her mother. Nothing could WE, who improve his golden hours, By sweet experience know
have been better managed. That marriage, rightly understood,
But no one, however gay, however worldly, Gives to the tender and the good
could go through such a series of ceremonies without emotion; and when the gauzes and
satins were removed, and the heroine was ROOFS HAVE WE INNUMERA- arrayed to leave her father's house, which
BLE, that there is time was never more to be re-entered as a home,
Sorry are we to say, there is her childhood ; "here you are, the prettiest also a time to pull a long face—a hideously creature that eyes ever saw—not that you long face, and to play the hypocrite. But as are half so pretty to me as when I had you a the month of May, "the" month set aside for baby in long coats all to myself—now a this observance, is past—let us for another woman grown, turning out into the troubleyear at least meet our Creator with smiles of some world ; and how will you ever keep Christian charity and gratitude, and glorify house, and manage servants ? - lack-a-day--him by enjoying rationally what He has pro- I hardly know whether to laugh or cry!--" vided for our universal happiness. The earth just now is full of His works. Let us the affectionate creature to the more impor
“Nurse," said the lady-mother, recalling away, and make merry. Glorious month of JUNE-all hail! This can you harass this dear child's feelings so?
tant concerns of the present moment; “how is “the” month for completing certain little plans devised in the Spring. We need not go and see that her dressing-case is placed speak more pointedly ; but let us introduce left the room, and the speaker proceeded to
properly in the carriage.' a “ Reminiscence" bearing on these plans. comfort the " mourning bride after her It exhibits a picture of every-day life which
6 What is to become of me, is now being realised—with a change of if you give way to your feelings in this names and places only--from one end of the manner ? positively, your eyes are so red, I country to the other. Brides'-maids,-listen!
am quite ashamed. Only think how few THE WEDDING PARTY;
leave home with such happy prospects : I
shall always be near, and you will have a OR, PRO AND CON.
most delightful excursion. Hark! I hear The WEDDING-DAY had arrived. All the carriage drawing up. Now, my dearest was bright and auspicious. The morning love, don't let me have to blush for you at dawned without a cloud; the flowers shone the last; so well as you behaved through in the sunshine, as if brides themselves ; the the ceremony; no trembling, no tears, no trees in their new foliage fluttered in the nonsense of any kind: but let me give you breeze like so many bridegrooms; and the one piece of advice, love; when you return, birds sung as blithely as a band of wedding don't let Tomkins lay a finger on your hair ; musicians. Within doors, the scene was I was quite shocked when we were in church, equally as exhilarating. There were deco- to see what a friz he had made it." rated rooms, well-dressed company, tables “Oh, mamma, don't, pray, talk so—what covered with delicacies—silk, smiles, and signify curls or anything else at a time civility on all sides. The matron manager like this?" replied the daughter, surveying of the bridal preparations, knew well the the room with an air of melancholy, partly importance of wedding day arrangements; real, and partly affected. “I never expected and, to use the expression common to shows to suffer so much at leaving home-I fear I of every kind, the whole “ went off with have done a foolish thing ; I am changing a great spirit." Precisely at the proper certainty for an uncertainty ; even the chairs moment, the bride, veiled like a nun, but and tables seem to know that I am going; robed as for a ball, was supported into the and the poor looking-glass that I have room; company, carriages, and clergymen, dressed at so often-" The fair speaker were religiously punctual; the day was was here overcome by her reminiscences, and lovely; the crowd of spectators sufficient; had recourse to silence and her scent-box. the bridegroom made no blunder about the." Mary Anne," replied the matron, makring; the bride articulated the responses ; | ing use of the looking-glass for the practical
purpose of arranging some of her numerous she became attached because she was going bows and curls; " Mary Anne, this is neither to be married. Love and lutestring had, for behaving like a sensible girl, nor a good the last few months, occupied her mind in daughter ; and I count it perfectly insulting pretty equal proportions; and her thoughts to poor dear George, and exceedingly un- had been quite as much given to the artists grateful to your father and myself—* who were to furnish her wedding parapher
She was here interrupted by the entrance nalia, as to the husband elect, on whom of the bride’s-maid, with present honor and would depend the happiness or misery of prospective pleasure. She had at first voted her married life. The gentleman was a most warmly in favor of Cheltenham, as the good-natured, good-looking yomg man; not scene of the wedding excursion ; but the over-burdened with talent and feeling, but bridegroom having with equal consideration one who could make himself sufficiently and good taste assigned her a companion in agreeable amongst common-place people, and office, a charming young man, inasmuch as talk sufficiently well on all common-place he was in uniform and unmarried, she was topics. Had his bride-elect jilted him, it now perfectly contented that they should would not, perhaps, have broken his heart; journey to the Lakes.
nevertheless, he believed her to be a very “What! not ready yet?” was her excla- charming young woman, and was fully remation on entering the room ; " and the car- solved to make her a good husband. The riage waiting, and the luggage fastened on, love which subsisted between these and George asking for you every instant. trothed," was of that kind
on which Oh, my dear, what is the good of making hundreds and thousands live to their lives' such a fuss; if you were going to die you end, and are what the world call “ uncomcould but be unhappy you know! Come, monly happy.” Possessing absolutely notake my arm, and let me set you an exam thing of that depth and delicacy which gives ple; there, I never saw you look so well, to the sentiment a hallowed character, their never! We shall have a charming excursion; love, aided by the occupations and pleasures I seem as if I had known Captain B- -- ten of society, maintains a bustling existence; but years; now, no more tears, I beg; every one it is ill-suited to retirement: the world is its has been paying you such compliments, home, and there only can it have its being. and George is so proud of you, and I have been talking about you to the Dickenses, would suggest the propriety of suiting the
With regard to wedding excursions, we till they are ready to die with spite!
places visited to the parties who visit. InThus re-assured, the bride suffered herself tellect, as well as heart, -reason, in addition to be comforted; and she was again led into to love, is requisite in those who venture the drawing-room, the very model of grace- upon seclusion and fine scenery. When the ful resignation. To have looked at her, first pleasurable impression is worn off, the none but the most uncharitable would have devotees of artificial life sigh for worldly supposed that she herself had ever enter- haunts and congenial spirits. They grow tained the slightest wish to become a bride. tired of the lakes, and disgusted with Bolton Love, marriage, and decoration, might all Abbey itself. Two common-minded persons have been the result of mere accident and may converse agreeably in a crowd, and yet surprise. Her mother consigned her to her be reduced to bankruptcy when thrown upon husband as the “best of daughters;” and he nature and each other. Deprived of their of course received her as an invaluable usual topics, their conversation languishes treasure." Every one came forward to say into"question, the reply, and the rejoinder ; something equally appropriate and delight- ennui ensues, and those who fancied they ful, till it appeared that so suitable, so could love in a desert, discover that they auspicious, so every way happy a union, could love much better in the world. And had never occurred in the annals of matri- yet, paradoxical as it may seem, those very mony. At length, the bride, with becoming causes (idleness and seclusion), which oftslowness ascended the carriage, the bride's- times induce a diminution of roniantic feeling maid, having less dignity to support, moved between a married pair, as often induce it in after her at a quicker pace, the gentlemen the minds of two who are disengaged ; took their appointed stations, beads were although they too be unintellectual, and debowed, and handkerchiefs displayed, the ficient in genuine sensibility. We pretend carriage drove off-and thus commenced the not to argue this position; but merely to first act of the WEDDING EXCURSION. assert and illustrate its general truth.
But before we proceed, a word about the About a fortnight had elapsed, since the happy couple, and wedding excursions in auspicious day with which this paper comgeneral.
menced ; during which period, our bridal The present bride was devoted to dress, party had visited much of the scenery of the fashion, and gaiety. She had accepted her north: with what effect, the following confirst offer because it was a good one, and versation will evidence.
It was evening, and the married pair stood sent, and I'll take you down to Cheltenham together on as lovely a spot as this, or any for a week or two, when our bustle is over other country can exhibit. The suu had made home; I should like that trip myself.” a “golden set," the western sky was yet The bride was in ecstacies. 6 And will flushed with his parting smile
you, really? Oh, I am quite happy. I The sylvan slopes with corn-clad fields,
will write to my mother to night, and we will Were hung, as if with golden shields,
leave this stupid place tomorrow; dear, Bright trophies of the sun!
good, kind, indulgent creature! but you won't Like a fair sister of the sky,
your mind, George," said she, suddenly Unruffled did the blue lake lie,
stopping in her praises, "you really will The mountains looking on:
take me to Cheltenham-and stylishly? Oh, whilst rock, wood, hamlet, and distant hill, we shall be so happy; let us go and tell our were clothed in that ethereal haze, that companions.” "apparel of celestial light,” which makes
Whilst this conjugal dialogue took place the rugged appear beautiful, and the beauti- without doors, the bride's maid, and her ful divine.
brother in office, stationed at the inn window, “Delightful evening," said the bridegroom, which commanded a view of the same scene, at the same moment contradicting his asser
held a conference in a very different strain. tion with a yawn.
We shall merely give its close; informing the “Pretty, the water looks,” replied the reader that the parts we omit related to bride, in a languid tone.
taste, friendship, 'Moore's Melodies, happi“Very!” replied the gentleman, as he ness, quadrilles, and the last new novel.
“ Who could ever tire of this picked up a pebble, and made what the
?" schoolboys call a duck-and-a-drake on its exclaimed the young lady, with enthusiasm. surface.
"Not in such society," replied her com"What are we to do to-morrow, love ?" panion; "I shall never have such another inquired the lady, after a considerable inter- fortnight." val of silence.
“ Impossible ! we can never have been out “Don't know, indeed, my dear. I suppose
a whole fortnight; it has not appeared a B—and Sophia have planned an excursion
week.” somewhere: and again the bridegroom
“ Then you are not tired ? " closed his silence with a yawn.
“ Tired! I could live here for ever. Look “I think we must have seen everything, at that darling cottage, with its honey-suckle at least I feel as if we had,” observed his porch.” companion; “ don't you think, love, a set
“Oh, that for thee some home like that may of colored views gives one just as good smile!" an idea of these places as coming to see them?"
was the gallant captain's gallant reply. “Exactly; but then there's the say-so. I
“You have not quoted the line corwish I had brought my Aute and fishing rectly,” said Miss Sophia
, with delightful tackle with me; B is not half such good
simplicity. company as I expected—”
Well, then, take the original reading," " And Sophia," interrupted the bride, “ is replied the captain ; and he repeated, in a most exceedingly inattentive.
I wish we
most subduing mannerhad gone to Cheltenham ; what are we to do "O that for me some home like that may smile!” if there comes another wet day?"
Why, you know, my dear," said her With a quick sense of propriety, the husband, “I told you what would happen. young lady immediately changed the conThese places are only pleasant when you versation ; and directed her companion's athave a large party with you."
tention to the blueness of the sky, the “ Indeed, George, you are quite right; shadows upon the mountains, and the little and I wish with all my heart we were at boats upon the water. home."
They were interrupted, to receive the in“So do I, Mary Anne, for the races are formation with which the reader is already the week after next, and I see my friend acquainted. The change of plans did not, as L— has entered Honeymoon for the he will readily imagine, meet with their ap
proval; and it was with very different feel“ And the race ball !” ejaculated the lady, ings that the bride and bride’s-maid sat down in a tone of dismay; "what have we been to write their respective letters ; the former thinking of to forget them? Do, love, let us to her mother, the latter to a most intimate go I am sure we have seen everything friend. We subjoin extracts from both. here."
“Indeed, my dear mother, if I were to be mar Well, my dear,” replied the gentleman ried a hundred times, I would neither come to with vivacity, “ I'm sure you have my con- this country, nor travel with a bride's-maid. Both
Sophia and Captain 'B—are extremely ill- which we are obliged to entertain each other. Is
The reader will anticipate the result of this I do, that we should have come to this out-of-the
farewell ramble. It was twilight,- the world country. Captain B- and Sophia seem witching hour of romance; the breeze to find it delightful, but I think they are very ro- Just kissed the lake ; just stirred the trees. mantic, and know nothing of the world. Love and a cottage are, as you have so often remarked, The moon was too well-bred to withhold her perfectly ridiculous. I have no doubt that George influence on such an occasion, whilst here and I shall enjoy much rational happiness; our and there a modest star peeped forth, like opinions coincide on all important points, and he an attendant spirit; the birds sung
their has promised to take me to Cheltenham when our visiting bustle is over. The morning I left home, I vesper carols-the air was mingled balm and was too much agitated to observe it, but I find The conversation we do not disclose; but
music-everything tended to a love-scene. my travelling pelisse disgracefully made. George's acquaintances and mine will, when added to when the ramblers returned to the inn, the gether, make such a large circle, that I am not young lady retired, to erase from her letter exceedingly anxious for new friends, unless they the passage on the impropriety of falling in are particularly stylish people ; for I am convinced love in a fortnight; and to add in a postthat the happiness of young married persons script, that she was engaged to be married. chiefly depends upon the choice of company. Be Captain B-, found the “happy couple" sure give my best love to all the Johnsons and where he had left them, with this change in Dickenses, and tell them what a charming excur- their occupations--that the bridegroom havsion we have had, and how happy I am. I believe ing pared' his nails, was whistling a waltz ; I have now said everything of Pray remember about the ball fringe, and with and that the bride, having finished her my best love, in which George joins, believe me, letter, had taken up an old newspaper. my dear mother,
Thus ended a wedding excursion; in the “Your affectionate child,
course of which, two of the same party fell “MARY ANNE
out of love, and the remaining two fell in. "P.S. You may depend on seeing us in four What effect a return into the world produced days, at the farthest. I would not stay an hour longer than necessity compels me."
upon their respective feelings, we leave as a
problem to be solved by the sagacious The following are the closing remarks con- reader. tained in the bride's-maid's epistle:“And now, my dear friend, you will give
WIT AND GENIUS. credit to my assurance, that Mr. and Mrs. are utterly insensible to the charms of this earthly
TRUE WIT is like the brilliant stone paradise! Excursions which have enraptured
Dug from Golconda's mine; Captain B- and myself, have overwhelmed
Which boasts two various powers in one-them with ennui; and though I am sure we have
To cut as well as shine. behaved towards them with the greatest tact and delicacy, never intruding upon their tête-a-têtes, Genius, like that, if polish'd right, joining them in their rambles, or endeavoring in With the same gifts abounds; the least to divert their attention from each other,
Appears at once both keen and bright, they are evidently displeased with us. How dif
And sparkles while it wounds. ferent are tastes! They are perpetually sighing for noisy pleasures and vulgar gaiety; whilst we are contented with a solitary walk or ride, during LIFE.—The hyphen between matter and spirit.
ORIGINAL CORRESPONDENCE. was during the summer before the canary I speak
of was hatched). Does this one misfortune in any The Emperor Moth.--I have been much struck way account for the other?-A CLERGYMAN'S by the remarkable fact, recorded in your last by Wife.
Puss," in connection with this moth. It [Severe cold, arising from an exposure to puzzles me, quite as much as it does the other draught, no doubt caused both these misfortunes.] entomologists spoken of by your correspondent : I must confess I never before met with a similar Hempseed as Food for Goldfinches.—The precircumstance. It is not a very uncommon thing siding goddess of my home, says, Mr. Editor, that among the “Bombyx tribe," for two caterpillars to much as she relishes and enjoys your articles on envelop themselves in one common covering: that song-birds,--yet must she demur to your dictum is, the two caterpillars will make one large cocoon, with respect to the sparing use of hempseed. She and at the proper period, out of this one cocoon has a very favorite goldtinch, which was reared tuco moths will appear. But then, the chrysalides in a cage; he has lived in it six years at least, of the two moths are to be found. This has oc- and during the whole time has been fed upon curred to myself more than once. That two moths hempseed and green food alone. Nor will he eat should proceed from one single chrysalis is most anything else, although often tried in accordance remarkable ; and I certainly have never witnessed with your recommendations. He is a first-rate anything of the kind. I hope “Puss'has preserved songster, toujours heureux, toujours gai," and both the chrysalis and the cocoon ; as also both has always enjoyed most excellent health. How of the moths. They would be very pleasing me do you account for this? Will this one instance mentoes of a very curious fact. I always preserve at all affect your general advice, or do you consider specimens of the chrysalides, the cocoons, and the it an exception to the general rule ?--John GAReggs; and have quite an interesting collection of LAND, Dorchester. this kind ; indeed, many cases full of them. It is [Hempseed is always objectionable when its use very interesting either for reference or comparison. can be dispensed with. It assists in shortening I trust that “ Puss" is not going to abandon the de- the lives of all birds. Yet is it beneficial at lightful and interesting study of the insect world ; certain times, used in homeopathic combination and I hope that she will continue to watch closely with canary, flax, and rape. It is moreover fatal their singular changes and transformations. to the fine, gaudy plumage of a goldfinch; or the There is scarcely any study which is more grati-rich color of a bullfinch. It makes the latter fying to a contemplative mind.-Bombyx ATLAS. quite a dingy brown. We still adhere to our
(Had the circumstances connected with this principles; and would always recommend the “Emperor Moth” been communicated to us by a general use of the three seeds mentioned, excluding party unknown to us, we should have hesitated hempseed, except as a medicine. In this case, as before we gave them insertion. But the veracity the bird is hearty, it would be unwise to change of “ Puss" is far beyond suspicion. Her regard his diet. Yet is hempseed far too heating for for truth, rules every action of her life. So pure a summer food. A little egg and sponge-cake lover of nature is she, and so very close an observer should be occasionally given as a treat, and the of all that is interesting in the animal
, vegetable, bird should be allowed a bath daily.] and mineral kingdoms, that her conscience would be wounded were she to over-color or exaggerate The Chemistry of Nature.—An attentive any simple facts that might present themselves. observer of nature must often be struck with The freaks of nature are sometimes very puzzling, surprise, when he sees the indifference with and quite defy any attempt at explanation. This which the majority of mankind pass by her wonis evidently one of them. We feel these few ob- derful changes. To these, the most inexplicable servations to be called for, under the circum- performances of so-called magicians bear no comstances.]
parison; and it may perhaps be interesting to the
readers of our JOURNAL, to note one or two of Canaries " sitting" whilst travelling by Rail, the most remarkable in plants and animals. It dc.-In the Spring of 1850, I had occasion to will undoubtedly astonish many, to be told that move from Dawlish to Kingsbridge, a pair of the great fabric of the animal and vegetable kingcanary birds. This was at a time when the hen doms which meet our eye, have been built up enwas sitting on four eggs. The first part of the tirely from gases and water; and these, in most journey was performed by railway; the last nine cases, colorless. Even the brown and solid trunks miles by coach, or rather omnibus, over a rough of gigantic forest trees, which have stood the hilly road. The cage containing my little pets shock of ages, were composed originally of subrested on the lap of one or other of the party stances, as apparently immaterial. This, although during the journey; but you may imagine I had strange, is truc; for plants derive nourishment exlittle hope that the eggs would remain uninjured. clusively from gaseous and liquid products, no However, the birds were tame; and being in well- solid probably being ever absorbed. Animals known company, the little hen sat closely the subsist chiefly on the organised tissues of plants, whole time, and when she had been one week at or on each other. The four chief nutritive bodies Kingsbridge became the happy mother of three required by plants, are-carbon, hydrogen, nitrofine birds, all of which throve nicely. One I have gen, and oxygen; and these must be in a certain now, amongst twenty others; but, strange to say, state of alteration or modification ; as in air, carwhen about a year old, she lost one eye, without bonic acid, ammonia, &c. These gaseous bodies any apparent cause. The eye has sunk, and the are mostly dissolved by the rain, in its passage lid is closed over it. The father of this bird lost downwards to the earth ; and there absorbed by an eye whilst suffering from a severe illness (this the fibrillæ of the roots. In the minute cells of