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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. I (1879)

June,   pp. [unnumbered]-832 PDF (75.4 MB)


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JIUNE
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After her came jolly JUNE, arrayed
All in green leaves, as he a player were;
Yet in his time he wrought as well as played,
That by his plough-irons mote right well appear.
Upon a crab he rode, that did him bear,
With crooked crawling steps, an uncouth pace,
And backward rode, as bargemen wont to fare,
Bending their force contrary to their face;
Like that ungracious crew which feigns demurest grace.
(DESCRIPTIVE.)
has now come, bend-
ing beneath her
weight of roses, to
ornament the halls
and bowers which summer
has hung with green. For
this is the Month of Roses,
and their beauty and fragrance
conjure up again many in poetical
creation which Memory had buried.
We think of Herrick's Sappho, and how the
roses were always white until they tried to rival
her fair complexion, and, blushing for shame
because they were vanquished, have ever since
remained red; of Shakspeare's Juliet, musing as
she leant over the balcony in the moonlight,
and thinking that the rose ' by any other name
would smell as sweet.' They carry us back to
Chaucer's Emilie, whom we again see pacing
the garden in the early morning, her hair blown
backward, while, as she gathers roses carefully,
she 'thrusts among the thorns her little hand.'
We again see Milton's Eve in Eden, standing
half-veiled in a cloud of fragrance-' so thick the
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