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To the Memory of Constance, the Wife of
On an Infant.
We have received several other Epitaphs, but we cannot, in the present Number, find room for them all. The remark of our anonymous correspondent is perfectly just, that most of the Epitaphs we meet with are remarkably deficient in * Christian character.” It is true, that, in so short 'a composition as an inscription on a grave-stone, it is not easy to bring forward the prominent doctrines of our religion in all, without making all nearly alike; and, moreover, it is not, we trust, to be supposed that the Christian doctrines are rejected, though they are not expressed. A Christian epitaph, however, to be really good, should have a Christian character; at least, we have a right to expect that it should contain nothing contrary to Christianity; that there should be no light quibbles and jokes on sacred things; that there should be no false, unscriptural hopes; no foolish praise of the wit, and beauty, and learning, and talents of the dead all the pride of which seems to cruinble to nothing when we think of a grave-stone, and a coflin, and a shroud. If, indeed, the gifts of Providence are applied to the. purposes for which they were given, then will they
have been real blessings; but they are not, inthemselves, the subjects of monumental praise. Our Church, in her burial service, has taken from Scripture the best of epitaphs
6 Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord."
We should be obliged to our Correspondents, too, to recollect, that we are not asking for such inscriptions as might adorn the walls of Westminster Abbey, but for epitaphs for a country churchyard.
To the memory of
Aged 31 years.
“ She being dead, yet speaketh.”
In life he faithful, and in death find rest.
near Lymington, in the Year 1818. .
Almighty Goodness, stedfast to its trust,
How luminous the track they leave behind!
“ Bless'd are the dead, when dying in the Lord." John Bacon, the sculptor, who died in 1799, ordered in his will the following inscription to be placed over his
“ What I was as an artist seemed to me of some importance while I lived; but what I really was, as a believer in Christ Jesus, is the only thing of importance to me now.”
THE COTTAGE GARDEN DIRECTORY.-APRIL. To the Editor of the Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
SIR, DIRECTIONS have already been given for doing the principal spring work; what, however, has hitherto been neglected, must be now done with all speed.
In the beginning of the month transplant peas to fill
up the vacancies in rows of early kinds. Peas are the most productive when they have rods to support them place, at least, double the number of rods on the sunny side of the rows to what are used on the opposite. Transplant beans into the drills made for late potatoes. Planted at the distance of eighteen inches apart, they will not prove detrimental to the crop. Where successive crops of brocoli are wished for, the following kinds may be recommended : early purple, a tender sort, bears in November, when it is sown in the first week of this month; the cream-coloured, sown in the second week, bears in March; the sulphur, sown at the same time, bears in April; and the latest green, or Danish, which, sown in the last week, will survive the severest winter, and will head in May. Sow German borecole, early and late York, and sugar-loaf cabbage, in the first week. Early Dutch and stone turnips, to supply the table in June :- a little radish seed sown along with them will generally protect them from that destructive insect the fly, which devours the radish in preference to the turnip; but, should this precaution prove ineffectual, dust the plants over with a little fresh slacked lime. Sow athungham and orange carrot, also celery, for the chief crop, the best kinds are the upright Italian and the solid upright. Sow a few kidney beans in the last week: the Battersea and Canterbury dwarfs are depended on by market gardeners, and do not require rods; the scarlet runners are more lasting bearers, but, excepting in very warm situations, should not be sown till next month. Sow'sweet herbs: the finest thyme and rosemary plants are raised from seeds. Sow rhubarb seed in a rich deep soil; if possible, procure the kind known to seedsmen by the name of rheum hybridum. Rhubarb is much superior, and comes in earlier, when blanched, which is easily done by covering the beds six inches thick with light litter, or straw. Pinch off the runners from strawberries as often as they are reproduced. Finish planting deciduous trees as soon as possible. Transplant evergreen trees and shrubs; and, should the weather prove dry, water them. Prune evergreens,
making use of a knife; nothing is more unsightly than the large leaves of laurels, &c. cut in two in the middle with a pair of shears, or dead stumps, produced by careless pruning, projecting beyond the leaves. Do not shorten the shoots of the lau-, rustinus. When it is necessary to thin the shrub, take out the branches from the place whence they are produced. Whenever the clay on grafted trees cracks, carefully replace it. Propagate flowers by dividing the roots, by slips, cuttings, offsets, and seeds.
Observations. The following are the names of a few hardy kinds of flowers, which are raised from seeds, and are proper for a small garden :
Annuals. Adonis, mignionette, marigolds of various kinds, sweet peas, Venus' looking-glass, Venus' navel-wort, poppies of different kinds, Lobel's catch-fly, Tangier peas, annual stocks, candy tuft, lupins of different sorts, nasturtium, convolvulus major and minor, sweet sultan, sun-flower of different sorts, hieracium, linaria, astragalus, prince's feather, China-asters, zinnia of different kinds.
Biennial and perennial. Columbines, Canterbury bells, French honeysuckle, stocks of different sorts, wall-flower, sweet-william, tree primrose, polyanthus, Greek valerian, campanula of different kinds, sweet and starry scabious, scarlet lychnis, rose-campion, catch-fly, speedwells, hollyhocks of different kinds, everlasting peas.
Many gentlemen, who reside in the country, have done great kindness to cottagers, by giving them plants and seeds, and by allowing their gardeners to propagate a few young fruit trees for them, and advising them where to plant them.
E. W. B.
A young Nurseryman. Birmingham, March 5, 1824.