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BRIEF ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES,
FOR MAY, 1822. "On the 6th is Full Moon, at fifty-two minutes past four in the a morning. She rises at night, nearly an hour after sun-set, which will excite the curiosity of the learners of astronomy, to point out the difference between her position now, and when, at full Moon, both Sun and Moon appear at the opposite points of the horizon at sun-set. On the 15th, she rises in the morning, and travels towards VENUS, above whom she passes on the 17th ; and on the 20th is New Moon, at forty-two minutes past elever, at night. On the 22d, the crescent of the Moon is seen at a considerable height above the horizon, at sun-set, in west-north-west, the rapidity of her motion having given her this great distance from the Sun since the conjunction. On the 27th, she is below MARS, now to the west of her; and her recess from this planet is the chief feature of her course.
“ MERCURY is in his superior conjunction on the 15th, and of course after that time an evening star. The Moon passes him on the 21st. The unfavourableness of his position and southern latitude render him invisible to observers, as on the 1st he rises little more than a quarter of an hour before the Sun, and, before his conjunction, he passes the two greatest of onr planets, SATURN on the 4th, and JUPITER on the 10th ; and, in the vain science of the astrologers, these conjunctions will doubtless give soope to their imaginations as to the effect of the position of these planets on the destinies of individuals and the fate of kingdoms. Vain and illusive dreams! Yet to what abzurdities may not the human mind be brought, when it leaves the path of reason' and revelation to attend to idle speculations of falsely-called science. These planets are pursuing their destined courses, which affect their inhabitants with alternations of heat and cold, and changes of seasons; but human affairs are not affected by them; and he disgraces the appellation of Christian, who gives heed to such idle tales. Where are your star-gazers ? exclaimed a Prophet, anticipating the fall of Babylon. Where are your prognostics of its approaching fate? Little did they know of it, when they were assembled in the ball of the monarch, with his thousand nobles, at the moment they were having recourse to their accustomed arts, and courier after courier was hastening to inform him that his city was taken.
" VENUS is a morning star. Her stay above the horizon, before sun-rise, is at first above an hour and a half, and at the end of the month about an hour and three quarters. The Moon passes her on the 16th.
“Mars is an evening star. The Moon passes him on the 27th.
“ JUPITER is in conjunction with the Sun on the 4th, and consequently after that time a morning star. The Moon passes him on the 20th.
“SATURN is a morning star. He is at first too near the Sun to be visible, but he gradually emerges from the solar rays, and will be seen towards the end of the month. The Moon passes him on the 19th.
“HERSCHEL rises a little before midnight on the 1st, and on the 15th about eleven at night. The Moon passes him on the 10th."
.. (Evening Amusements.)
[Miss CAROLINE SYMMONS, the writer of the three following poems, was the daughter of the Rev. DR. SYMMONS., From her infancy she discovered extraordinary powers of intelleci : the fact that these verses were written in her eleventh year, is a suficient testimony to the truth of this statement. She died at a very early age ; no elegy on her could be so expressive as her own Sonnet on a blighted Rose-bud, which is now inscribed on her tomb-stone.)
SPRING. THRON'D on soft clouds, his locks with hawthorn bound,
Twin'd with young rose-buds, jocund Spring appears ;
The little violet with his smile he cheers,
And near his feet, its head the sweet-brier rears;
And all the living scene its power reveres. The bills and valleys with bright verdure spread
The infant Ceres in her verdant gown ; The various plants which open in the mead,
And fapning gales, lis genial presence owo. But soon the rage of Summer shall succeed, And scorch the sweets which breathe in Spring's soft
ON A BLIGHTED ROSE-BUD. SCARCB-had thy velvet lips imbib'd the dew, And nature hail'd thee infant Queen of May;
Scarce saw the opening bloom the sun's broad rayo And to the air its tender fragrance threw; When the north-wind enamour'd of thee grew,
And by his cold rude kiss thy charms decay; Now droops thy head, now fades thy blushing hue,
No more the Queen of flowers, no longer gay. So blooms a maid, her guardian's boast and joy,
Hermind array'd in innocency's vest ; -
Death clasps her vigour to his iron breast.
Yet shuns the ruddy eye of morning,
EPITAPH ON A YOUNG WOMAN.
In others' griefs a tender part she bore,
REFLECTIONS IN THE MONTH OF MAY.
(Communicated by Mr. W. B. BROWNE.) Soft are the fruitful showers that bring The welcome promise of the Spring,
And soft the vernal gale ;
That gladdeos every vale.
That whispers sins forgiven;
Of peace and promis d heaven.
A thousand charm's unfold ;'
· That clothes the clouds with gold.
Where heavenly graces shine;
From glories all divine.
Will quickly fade and fly;
In endless darkness die. **17;.'
Nor know a sad decay;
Shines everlasting day.