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itself-by: the perfume it imparts to the surrounding air. The peach, the nectarine, the almond, apricot, and cher. sy trees come into full bud during this month; the sale low-enlivens the hedges with its catkins full of yellow dust; and the leaves of the honey suckle, are nearly ex. panded.
In the latter part of the month of March the equinox happens, when day and night are of an equal length all over the globe; or rather, when the sun is an equal time above and below the horizon : for the morning and even. ing twilight make apparent day considerably longer than night. This takes place again in September. The former is called the vernal, the latter the autumnal equinox.
Winds and Tempests. WITH what violence the air is agitated! Hear how the winds roar in the upper regions ! Behold, how the clouds gather! how rapidly they fly! what deluges of rain they pour upon the earth! How terrible the force of the winds ! they tear up the largest oaks; they throw down palaces : they shake the foundation of the earth; and perhaps, alas ! at this moment, some unhappy ship is dragged into the abyss by the violence of the storm. Before the fury of the tempest abates, there may be some millions of families ruined ; and more still who will be plunged into the greatest misery, by the death of their relations and friends. But why does the Wise and BeDeficent Sovereign of the world thus permit the winds to spread terror and destruction by sea and land ! Mad question! What temerity to dare, judge, and censure the government of a Being infinitely wise! Ought we not
rather to reflect on bis ways with respectful silence, and be persuaded they are always full of goodness ? If whirl. winds and tempests m.ake terrible ravages; if they shat. ter ships, or plunge them 'whole into the bottom of the sea ! if they overthrow buildings, and destroy men and animals; have we a right, for that reason, to blame the government of the Lord ? innan ! ***?
They who calculate with so much care the mischief this element occasions, have they reckoned the advan: lages which accrue from it > Audacious mortals! ad. maire and adore the Sovereign of the world, who can even make storms contribute to the good of the universe. It is, in reality, by the particular direction of Providence, that towards spring, storms and tempests usually arise. At the return of that fine season, the moist and mild ait opens the earth, which had been closed all the winter: By this change of temperature, the air, which the cold bad purified, is again filled with hurtful vapours. Plagues and epidemic disorders would soon destroy men and ani. mals, if the air, by being agitated with storms; was not restored to its purity and wholesomeness:* By that means not only the vapours, which would otherwise stagnate, are put in motion, but also vapours of different natures being violently agitated, in every sense, it makes a happy mixture, more healthful to mankind, and more 'truitful for the earth. Thus, even in the midst of storms and tempests, the Lord is benefactor to his creatures. Every time I hear the winds roar above me, I will acknowledge his goodness, and think;' with grateful recollection, on the wisdom of his government.
:: SEEDS. 1
used ALL vegetables spring from seeds; but the greater. number of these are not sown, and are even invisible to us. It is nature that disperses them, ..With this view she. has furnished some seeds with a sort of light down, or little feathers, which serve as wings for the wind to carry them away, and spread them every where, Other secda. are small and heavy enough to fall perpendicularly on the earth, and to sink of themselves into it. Others, of a larger or lighter sort, which might be carried away by the wind, have one or more little hooks to catch, and prevent them from going too far from their place. There are some inclosed in elastic cases, which (as soon as they are touched, or acquire a certain degree either of dryness or moisturc,) are driven or cast to more conre nient distances. : And what is still more admirable, iso that nature seems to have given to some birds the cate of planting trees. They sow the nuts which afterwards shoot, and grow, Ravens have been thus seen to plant oaks: and this is their method ; They make a hole with their bill, and drop an acorn into it, which they after wards cover with earth and moss,, . It must not be sup, posed they do all this with an irtention to plant trees, It is instinct alone which prompts them. They bury the acorn for their food, , It shoots, and becomes an oak.
Many seeds by their agreeable taste and smell, invitethe birds to swallow them; and thus transport them bere and there, and render them fruitful by the heat of their bowels. After having kept them some time on their stomachs, they let them fall on the ground, where: they take soot, shoot, blossom, and produce new seeds.
conicht be better son of Lento at this time,
Shrove-tide, Pancake Tuesday, Fastern's, ... E'en-what they signify. : SHROVETIDE signifieth the time of confessing sins, as the word ride, which signifies timı; and the Saxon word shrive or shrift, which signifies confession, plainly shew. The reason why this time is so denominated, is, because it was set apart by the church of Rome for a time of sbriving or confessing sins. For then people were wont to confess their sins, and receive the sacrament that they might be better prepared for the religious observation of the following season of Lent. .
This custom of confessing to the priest at this time, was laid aside by our church at the reformation. - PANCAKE TUESDAY, is also called in the North Fa:tens, or Fastern's E'en, or even, or Sbrove Tuesday: the succeeding day being Asb-Wednesday, the first of the Lenten fast.
A kind of pancake feasi preceding Lent, was used in the Greek Church, from whence we have probably bor." rowed it, with pasche eggs, and other such like ceremo- 1 Ales. .iary: npri
A Description of that Horrid Diversion
the Welsh-main. ...in SUPPOSE sixteen pair of Cocks of these the sixteen conquerors, are pitted the second time the eight con. querors of these are pitted a third time--the four of these a fourth time and lastly, the two conquerors of these are pitted a fifth time; so that, incredible barbar.