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A

PICTURE

OF THE

SEASONS,

WITH

ANECDOTES AND REMARKS

ON

EVERY MONTH IN THE YEAR

EMBELLISHED WITH CUTS.

Dublin:

Printed by A. O'NEIL, 17, Chancery-Lane.

1819.

Price, bound in Sheep, 8d. - in Grain, 6d.

HARVARD COLLEGE
NOV 20 1928

LIBRARY

Edward Percival hierut

JANUARY.

Stern winter's icy breath, intensely keen,
Now chills the blood, and withers every green;
Bright shines the azure sky, serenely fair,
Or driving snows obscure the turbid air.

A YEAR is a natural period, and the first imperfect year of ancient times must, no doubl, have arisen from observing the regular changes of heat and cold, of the leafing, flowering, and fruiting, of the various tribes of vegetables; and the agreement of these appearances with the laying and hatching of birds, and the production of the young of quadrupeds. This way of Teckoning, however, was subject to so many variations, that it was soon necessary to make choice of some more constant occurrence by which to mark the length of the year.

The ancients began their year in March, and it may appear singular, that modern civilized nations shouid choose to commence, their year, at a period when nature lies

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