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LONDON:

GILBERT AND RIVINGTON, PRINTERS,

St. John's SQUARE.

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THE

CHILDREN'S BOWER,

&c.

CHAPTER I.

N a fine day, amidst all the triumph of the
summer's youth, in a southern county of
England, some strangers are passing outside
the wall of a well-wooded park,
“Nunc frondent silvæ, nunc formosissimus annus."

The nightingale, the cuckoo, and the linnet, have long opened the beautiful season in these groves; the lark is singing over head; only the heat at this hour suspends the full concert.

“ The birds are chirping faintly,

It scarcely is a song;
But the breath of green creation

And fragrant life is strong.
The lazy trees are nodding,

The flowers are half awake,
And toilsome men are basking

Like the serpent in the brake *."
It is Wednesday, the 2nd of July, 1856. But, lo! something

. Blackie.

VOL. 1.

B

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