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Thank God for pleasant weather!
Chant it, merry rills;
Ye exulting hills;
Thank him, fruitful plain,
And the silver rain.
Thank God, of good the giver;
Shout it, sportive breeze; Respond, O tuneful river,
To the nodding trees ! Thank him, bird and birdling,
As ye grow and sing; Mingle in thanksgiving,
Every living thing.
Thank God with cheerful spirit,
In a glow of love,
And our hopes above.
Revels in her birth,
Smiles upon the earth.
A FEW WORDS ABOUT GIPSIES. PERHAPS some of my readers have seen men and women belonging to this very strange people. They are very swarthy, all of them, have very black hair and bright black eyes; both men and women wear ear-rings, and while very fond of tawdry finery, never look clean in their persons. They first came into Europe about the beginning of the fifteenth cen
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tury, and then, as now, were dealers in horses, tinkers, basket weavers, fond of imposing upon people with fortune-telling and jugglery. They gave out to the French people, who were the first to notice them, that they were Egyptians, and the word Gipsy is a corruption of Egyptian. But as they came into France from Bohemia, the French called them Bohemians. As they spread themselves over different parts of Europe, and still kept their wandering habits, other nations called them by names which simply
66 Wanderers.” And wanderers they are. They came first from India, and their strange jargon has in it many Hindoo words. They are also like some of the Hindoos in their features, in their fondness for gay colours in their clothing, in their want of cleanliness, in their love of the flesh of animals that have died a natural death, and in their loving and making a lie.
In the time of Henry the Eighth many Acts of Parliament were passed against them in England. They were warned to “ avoid the realm.” Some were hung on no other charge than that they were Gipsies; and Sir Matthew Hale tells us that no less than thirteen were hung at one Sussex assize; and he himself, in 1664, left one to be hung at Bury who had
A FEW WORDS ABOUT GIPSIES.
been convicted of fortune-telling. Our laws are not so harsh and cruel now.
A remarkable queen in Hungary once tried very hard to break off the Gipsies in that country from their strange and wandering habits. They were not to live in tents, nor trade in horses, nor eat pork that had died a natural death, nor to be called any longer Tzigani, “ Wanderers,” but “New Boors,” or peasants. They were to settle down as farmers or smiths; and, so far did this queen or empress, Maria Theresa, carry her plan, that the Gipsies’ little children were carried off from their parents to be out of the reach of their evil influence. It was all in vain, as it was sure to be.
It is very sad to think that while the Gipsies, for their own ends, pass themselves off as being of the same religion as the people of each country among whom they wander, that they have little or no religion at all. Many curious customs, like those among heathen people are still kept up among them; and the Dutch always call the Gipsies Heiden or heathen. Some good people have tried very hard to teach them the good news of God; but we fear that many thousands of them are still men “who walk in darkness."
OFT have I seen the laughing Spring
Shed her rich blessings o'er the earth, While, born beneath her fragrant wing,
Sprung beauty forth, and love, and mirth. But Spring soon fled, and Summer then
Her genial heats diffus'd around, And nature's wildest, roughest glen,
Was by her hand with verdure crown'd. Sweet Summer, too, alas ! was doom'd
To quit the rich and smiling plain ; For while in fruitfulness she bloom'd,
Autumn began her glorious reign. But Autumn's sun soon ceased to burn,
And clouds, which roll athwart the sky,
In viewless icy car was nish.
Turned pale, and seemed to wait his doom, And all that late só radiant shone,
Now sunk in winter's joyless tomb. Thus blooming is Life's early spring;
For nature on each path hath shed Her smiles, and pleasure seeks to fling
Her garlands round each youthful head. My spring has fled, and summer now
Rich o'er my youthful cheek doth breathe;