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Chambers, Robert, 1802-1871 / Chambers's book of days, a miscellany of popular antiquities in connection with the calendar, including anecdote, biography & history, curiosities of literature and oddities of human life and character
Vol. II (1879)

September,   pp. 292-397 PDF (72.9 MB)


Page 292

SEPTEMBER
Next him September marched eke on foot,
Yet was he hoary, laden with the spoil
Of harvest riches, which he made his boot,
And him enriched with bounty of the soil;
In his one hand, as fit for harvest's toil,
He held a knife-hook; and in th' other hand
A pair of weights, with which he did assoil
Both more and less, where it in doubt did stand,
And equal gave to each as justice duly scanned.
SPENSER.
(DESCRIPTIVE.)                 Scores of cottages are shut up-one old woman
perhaps only left to look after the whole row-for
FAR     even the children have gone to glean, and many of
inland,  the village artizans find it pleasant to quit their usual
within   employment for a few days, and go out to reap the
sight of  corn. There will be no getting a coat mended or
our wave-washed shores, along the  a shoe cobbled for days to come. If there is a stir
margins of our pleasant rivers, in  of life in the village street, those who move along
level meadows and sinking valleys,  are either coming from  or going to the reapers,
on gentle uplands and sloping hill- bringing back empty bottles and baskets, or
sides, there is fnow a busy movement, for  carrying them  filled with ale and provisions. A
men and maidens are out, with their     delicate Cockney, who can only eat the lean of
be, ded sickles, to gather in the golden harvest.  his overdone mutton-chop, with the aid of pickles,
The village streets are comparatively silent.  would stand aghast at the great cold dinner spread
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