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Recreations for Solitary Hours

Note II.—Page 4

Note II.—Page 4.

"And forth has wandered, 'lured by Aurora's smiles,
To kiss the lips of Hygeia, and converse
With Nature's progeny. Bright Flora joy'd
To see him as he paced the dewy lawn,
page 71 Encompassed by our neighbouring Nymphs, displaying
The beauties of their treasure."

Aurora, according to heathen mythology, is called the goddess of the morning.—How pleasant indeed it is to leave the bed of sloth, and in the early dawn, allured by the smiling morn, and beauty of the rising sun, to go forth to the enjoyment of a morning walk, and kiss the lips of Hygeia, i. e., to breathe health in all its balmy sweetness from the freshness of the morning air. Nature's progeny then looks charmingly, and shows itself in all its parts to be most worthy of our meditations. Flora is the goddess of flowers, and the Nymphs are the goddesses of the woods or small plantations, surrounding parks and level lawns. Have woodland scenes and flowery fields no beauties to display? Yes, these are treasures from which fancy delights to draw her sweetest cup of pleasure, to entertain contemplative minds. How pleasant it is to be enjoying one's self amid fiowery fields early in a sunny morning, when all nature bathed in dew looks gay, and to hear at a short distance the rushing sound of a waterfall, when every thing else is still, and nought disturbs the mind contemplating the beauties of distant and surrounding scenery.