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SUMMER.

Wasting in wood-paths the voluptuous hours.We pass out from the city's feverish hum

To find refreshment in the silent woods; And Nature, that is beautiful and dumb, Like a cool sleep upon the pulses broods.

N. P. WILLIS.

THE

BOOK OF THE MONTHS,

AND

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Circle of the Seasons.

To me be Nature's volume broad display'd,
And to peruse its all-instructing page
My sole delight, as through the falling grooms
Pensive I stray.

THOMSON.

Nature's voice is sweet,
Wherever heard; her works, wherever seen,
Are might and beauty; to the mind and eye
She speaks of things that but with life can die.

ELLIOTT.

WITH TWENTY-EIGHT ILLUSTRATIONS, ENGRAVED BY

J. 0. SMITH AND W. LINTON,

FROM DRAWINGS BY WILLIAM HARVEY.

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LONDON:
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PREFACE.

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The little Work now presented to the public, makes no pretensions to originality. When the Editor undertook his self-imposed task, it was his intention simply to confine his views to the production of a new edition of Aiken's popular “Calendar of Nature." He soon,

found materials so crowd upon him as to force him to abandon his original plan, and so extensive were the alterations and additions that it was thought expedient to give up the original title also.

In some respects the present Work has advantages not possessed by any of its predecessors. Its quotations from the poets are more ample, and its descriptions, being drawn from a variety of sources, have more general truth than could be hoped for, from the impressions of an individual mind. Being, moreover, of a strictly popular character, and intended for the perusal of the fair and the young, lists of systematic and scientific names have been altogether avoided. It has

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