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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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Hymn to the Seasons . . . . . . . . . .

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A Winter Sabbath. ...

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

Bloomfield .

· 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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The Gale . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Crabbe . . . . . A Vernal Thought. . . . . . . . . . Hemans . . . . A Morning in March . · · · · · · · · · Wordswo

. 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 . . . . . 119 Melodies of Morning . . . . . . . . .

Beattie . . . . . 120 Rain in Summer . .

Longfellow . . . . 120 Early Morning in Summer . . . . . . . . Bernard Barlon . . 123 A July Afternoon . . . . . .

. . W. Allingham . . . 124 A July Evening . . . . . . . . Philip Bailey . . . 124 The River and the Rock . .

. Isaiah xxxii. 2 . . 126 Glow-worms . . . . .

." Summer-time in the Countryby Willmott 127 The Jasmine . . . . . . . . . . .

. . Hemans . . . . . 129 The Jasmine . . . . . . . . . . . . Bernard Barton . . Summer Days . . . . . . . . . . . . A. K. H. B. . . . The Evening Cloud . . . .

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. Hymn for July · · · · ·

James Ford . . . .

AUGUST. Goodness of God in Autumn . .

. Bishop Mant Autumn Thoughts .. “ Summer-time in the Countryby Willmott 136 Corn-fields . . . . . . . . . . . . Mary Howitt... 139 The Beauties of Nature Evanescent . . . . . Heber . . . . . . 141 The

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Thomson . . . 142 Rydal Water . .

... Wordsworth . . . . 143 Rock Pools . . . . . . . Gosse's “ Recreations of a NaturalistCorn-flowers . . . . . . . . . . . . Various . . . . . 147 Forest Hymn . . . . . . . . . . . . Bryant . . . . . The Rising Moon . . . . . . . . . . Peaboay . . . . . Hymn in Harvest . . . . . . . . . . . Milman .....

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SEPTEMBER. The Harvest Moon . . . . . . . . . . Bishop Mant... 153 Lessons of Autumn ....

Samuel Martin .. Reminiscences of Switzerland. ...

Rogers .. .. The Hour of Death .

Hemans ... D imi: . . . . . . Hemans . George III. and the Dying Gipsy

Crabbe .. . The Gossamer . . . . .

L. Jermyn . . . Lessons from the Gorse . . . . . . . . .

Mrs. Browning · · 162 The Summer Shower . . . . . . . . . . T. B. Read . . . . Hymn for September . . . . . . . . . . George Herbert ...

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