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love with Sir Gilbert, a knight, who cold and rigid, though the circumis won, after many difficulties, by stances are stirring and exciting. the infatuated creature, nymph or There is a formality running through sylph we cannot say, for a Salaman. the poem, which, though occasionally drine, it appears, is a being distinct stately, is very repulsive ; and it from both, according to the Rosicru- seems as if propriety and convencian system, on which the story is tionality were tyrannizing over the founded.
passions, which certainly have a right The poem is more than readable; to their full sway in a tragedy. The it is exceedingly interesting ; carry descriptions are lengthy, tho' occaing the reader on and lulling him sionally picturesque and eloquent; into that dreamy enjoyment which it but still they want the rapid delineais the property of such fanciful works tion and apt expression of our great to do. The versification is various, dramatists. We cannot but wish flowing and mellifluous, frequently that Schiller had studied Shakspere extremely beautiful, and the ideas more than the classical writers. But are full and imaginative, never strain it may be doubted whether he was ed or over-wrought. It is indeed a equal to the bow of Ulysses. fanciful and elegant production, and Britain ; a Poem: to which are added one that will soothe the hour or two Miscellaneous Pieces, some of which that is given to its perusal.
were written on Occasions of National Torrent of Portugal. An English Me.
Interest. By James Green. 12mo. trical Romance. Now first published
pp. 118. Sherborne : W. Roberts. from an unique Manuscript of the Of all the nuisances to himself and Fifteenth Century, preserved in the others, the talent for mere versifying Chetham Library at Manchester. is one of the greatest that can attack Edited by James Orchard Halliwell, aman. The mere putting into the form Esq., F.R.S., &c. &c. Post 8vo. of verse of the commonest and meanpp. 120. John Russell Smith.
est rhythm, ideas or statements that The indefatigable young antiquary bave been felt or rather repeated by who has restored so many ancient every individual of the same scribpieces of literature, and laboured so bling propensities, ought to fix upon zealously and judiciously for the nu any person the stamp of an irrecomerous learned societies to which he verable ninny. The pest of medibelongs, has done an additional ser ocre poetry creeps over literature vice to the lovers of old literature in like the mould on ill-preserved fruit, reprinting the present work.
and imparts even to the genuine a The poem itself, as Mr. Halliwell part of its own nauseous flavour. himself says, has no great merit; The author of the present poem but it is worth preserving for the nu (as it is termed by courtesy) threatmerous allusions it has to ancient ens to elongate it if he has an opportraditions and manners, and it is ex- tunity. We hope, most sincerely, for ceedingly valuable to the philologist. the sake of those who may be com
The rhythm is the same as that of pelled from compliment to read it, “ The Rime of Sir Thopaz,” by Chau that he never may have the oppor. cer; and indeed it is probably one of tunity. the ballads he intended to ridicule. If Mr. Green has any really new The Bride of Messina. A Tragedy, with
ideas to communicate to the world, Choruses. By Schiller. Translated
let him in future try prose, and not by A. Lodge, Esq., M.A. 8vo. pp.
abuse the patience of his friends by 136. London: John Bohn.
adopting a form which Nature has This translation is very ably per. not gifted him to succeed in. formed; and the best proof that it is The Fountain and other Poems. By so, is that it reads with the freshness William Cullen Bryant. Post Bro. and liveliness of an original work. pp. 100. New York and London :
This tragedy of Schiller has had Wiley and Putnam, objections raised to it, and apparently Mr. Bryant has already acquired a justly, on account of its classic form European as well as an American and romantic events. The form is reputation as a poet, and very deservedly so. Although the highest by his other works he is far beyond powers of poetry are not found in such a state ; but we do accuse him, his productions, and the region of and other writers of the like sort, of deep thought and passion are avoided misleading their disciples by creating by him, yet his Muse has her fit inferences far too sweeping for the meditations, and sweetly and touch premises on which they are founded. ingly warbles forth her feelings and To those who do not draw immediate her sentiments. This volume does conclusions from isolated facts, nonot seem to contain any poems so thing can be more valuable than a likely to be popular as those in the collection of them; and any man volume already reprinted, yet it has narrating faithfully what he sees, many that will well repay the peru does a great service by bringing new sal, and it is worthy to be placed on facts to those who are desirous of the shelf beside our own poets. deducing principles, and, of course,
the value of such a collection is Politics and Statistics. greatly enhanced, as in the present Notes of a Tour in the Manufacturing case, by the collector being enabled,
Districts of Lancashire, in a Series by his cultivation and talent, to make of Letters to His Grace the Arch a proper selection and classification bishop of Dublin. By W. Cooke
of them. Taylor, LL.D., &c. of Trinity Col.
The political and economical tenlege. Dublin. Fcp. 8vo. pp. 299. dencies of the book may be judged of London: Duncan and Malcolm.
by those of the illustrious prelate Dr. Taylor is well known to the
and writer to whom they are adpublic by several works of high aim
dressed. They advocate the welland pretension. “His Natural His
being of the people after the reasontory of Society” is a work of con
ing of the head, rather than the siderable scope, and, if not a work of
sympathizing of the heart. The Ten genius, still proves the author to be
Hours Bill with such is a shortfully capable of treating his subject
sighted measure, that increases the with a just reference to all that has
evil it was intended to prevent. At been previously done for it. The
the same time magistrates are stigwork of such a man cannot be defi
matized as dolts who refuse music cient, and, consequently, we find in
licenses to public-houses. There is the present one full proofs of the
a self-assurance in all political econovarious learning and talents of the
mists that is displeasing to those author.
who are guided by their first impresThe object of the book is to show
sions and sensibilities; and as the the actual state of the cotton manu
science is acknowledged by their facturing districts, and the form is
own professors to be still in a very that of a series of letters to His
imperfect state, we must say, we Grace the Archbishop of Dublin.
think those are safest who allow the The style is what is termed popular;
common feelings of nature to have that is to say, the author gives a gra
some influence on their judgments. phic description of what he sees or
The present work, though stained can collect upon the spot, and draws
by these defects, and also by what from it, or induces the reader to
appears to us a little tendency to draw from it, certain conclusions
cant as regards religion, is yet, neand impressions. This, although
vertheless, well worthy the perusal performed with an apparent logi
of, and will be of real utility to, the cal accuracy, is not perhaps the best
thousands who are directly, and the or most certain way of arriving at
tens of thousands who are more retruths, although with the mass of
motely, interested in the great cotton readers it has great effect, as most
manufactories of England. persons are delighted with what they call facts, and establish an opinion Who is to Blame ? or, Cursory Review upon them that is pertinacious in of “ American Apology for American the extreme. We do not mean to Accession to Negro Slavery." By accuse Dr. Taylor of being so nar
James Grahame, Esq. 8vo. pp. 112. row in his philosophy, for we know This is the work of a warm-hearted and well-informed man, but less heat Mackenzie, M.A., Vicar of St. He of argument might have been better len's, Bishopsgate, &c. Post 8ro. pp. for the cause he espouses. Thank 400. London: Smith, Elder, & Co. Heaven, there is but one opinion as This work was originally constructed to the slave trade amongst the en- in the shape of lectures, delivered lightened nations of Europe. The to the worthy minister's congregaonly question is, how so monstrous an tion on the Tuesday evening disevil can be removed with least misery course, founded by Sir Martin Lumto all parties. It always has been ley, in the parish church of St. Helen's, obliterated by civilization and Chris- Bishopsgate. So far they are exceedtianity, and it cannot be believed ingly creditable to the piety and that a republic will be the only ex scholarship of the author, and it ception to this process.
would be no bad arrangement, if Mr. Grahame is well informed on other ministers were in the same way the subject, and his just indignation to enlighten their parishioners on ecat the horrid institution frequently clesiastical history, a subject on gives him a forcible eloquence, al which most persons are lamentably though, as has been already said, it ignorant. sometimes carries him into a passion. The History, as may be supposed ate strain, that may weaken the effect from the size of the volume, is neof his reasoning, with severe logi cessarily brief; but it appears to comcians.
prehend all the important facts. As
the lectures, however, were necessarily The Fame and Glory of England Vindi.
of a religious character, they have cated ; being an Answer to “ The Glory and Shame of England." Post
rather more of theological discussion 8vo. pp. 306. New York and London:
than would otherwise be desirable in Wiley and Putnam.
a work so limited in its extent. The A Mr. Lester, some time since, pub
style is clear, and the doctrines,
though strictly those of the English lished a very absurd work on our
Church, are temperately and reasoncountry, made up of police reports,
ably urged. partial statements and imperfect sta
It can be justly recommended as a tistics, on which rubbishing founda
very lucid outline of Church History, tion he piled a great deal of bad logic, and worse feeling.
although the reader should be on his This
guard with regard to inferences, with "attack on England,” of course, fell
any writer who talks of Clarendon's still-born here, where men have far more serious pursuits than attending
startling truth; but although it
may have these leanings, yet justice to any such crack-brained rhodo
commands us to repeat that it is montade. It seems, however, in America, that such trumpery stuff has
totally free from that virulence and its effect, and the present author has
dogmatism that too generally deface
this species of history. very obligingly come forward to “ Vindicate our Fame and Glory."
A Symbolical Dictionary: in which, This is very kind, and it may appear
agreeably to the Nature and Principles
of the Symbolical Character and Lan. ungrateful that we say it is also very
guage of the Eastern Nations in the absurd. Such important matters as
First Ages of the World, the General the fame and glory of a great nation
Signification of the Prophetic Symdo not come within the grasp of any
bols, especially those of the Apocalypse, scribblers to attack or destroy. The is laid down and proved from the present writer has manifested a truly
most ancient Authorities, Sacred and liberal spirit in his work, and we Profane. By Charles Daubus, M.A., could wish he had given us the facts Vicar of Brotherton, in Yorkshire. and statistics unconnected with such A new and enlarged Edition, with a trumpery controversy.
a Memoir of the Author; and a Pre
face, by Matthew Habersbon. Post Religious Subjects.
8vo. pp. 226. London: Nisbet History of the Church of Christ until
and Co. the Revolution, A.D. 1688. In a This is a curious, and for many Course of Lectures by the Rev. Charles purposes a useful work. Daubuz's work is entitled “A Perpetual Com- very spiritually. Indeed, it seems mentary on the Revelation of St. too literal a version of all that is said John, with a Preliminary Discourse in the Scriptures upon these subconcerning the Principles upon which jects. It treats the whole question the said Revelation is to be under- of intermediate spiritual influences stood.” It was published in 1720, as if there were no metaphors used three years after his death. This in the Scriptures, and as if much of was a very learned, but a very the language employed in them was voluminous work, and was compa- not symbolical. ratively useless until it was abridged Putting aside the principle on and thrown into the form of a Dic- which the work is constructed, it is tionary by a Mr. Lancaster, Vicar of executed with fidelity and with conBowden, in Cheshire. The present siderable research and knowledge of work is a still further abridgment the subject. by Mr. Habershon, assisted by Mr.
A Review of the Bishop of London's
A Forbes, who, besides revising and
" Three Sermons on The Church." making some additions, has given a By John Howard Hinton, M.A. 8vo. Memoir of the originator Daubuz.
pp. 62. London: Houlston and Nothing can be more simple than Stoneman. the arrangement of the work, the
This pamphlet treats of the most
This namo article or subject being given, and
important doctrines of the Church, then the symbolical meaning to which
and it is quite impossible, in our it is applied. Of course this must
pages, to enter on the mighty quesembrace a very wide course of read
tions of which it treats. The Author ing, and a ready application of the
is a Dissenter, and one who rejoices symbolical meaning. To all diligent
in the appellation. He is a thorough readers of the Bible it will be very
Independent, denying the actual exvaluable, and general readers will
istence of a Church, or any of the find much information and agreeable
beneficial results arising from it. reading
Although he does this, we are bound Principalities and Powers in Heavenly to say the pamphlet is written in
Places. By Charlotte Elizabeth. a religious and conscientious spirit; Foolscap 8vo. pp. 322. Seeley and and, as far as the mere logic goes, is Burnside.
clear and distinct. Of those who Mr. Bickersteth, who is a very ex- desire to consider the controversy, it cellent authority, and more particu demands attention, both from its larly influential with one portion of style and its tone, which have nothing the Church, has affixed to this volume offensive in them beyond the tenets a few introductory remarks, in which, themselves. he says, he thinks it “ scriptural, seasonable, and practical ;” and also,
Travels, &c. “ the friend who wrote this work Excursions in and about Newfoundland, has been careful not to go beyond during the Years 1839 and 1840. By the Divine record, and to rest every J. B. Jukes, M. A., late Geological thing here stated on her own per Surveyor of Newfoundland. In 2 vols. sonal investigation of the words of P. 8vo. pp. 676. London: Murray. the Most High.”
This is a very agreeable work, and, The subject of the present work although unambitious in its style, it is one which appears to have been narrates exceedingly pleasantly the avoided by modern theological result of the Author's observations. writers. We recollect, in our boy Mr. Jukes is evidently a man of conhood, poring over Heywood's siderable cultivation, and has the “ Hierarchy of Angells,” a work requisite mental as well as bodily abounding with the fancy and elo qualifications of a traveller. In adquence peculiar to the poetic writers dition to the valuable information it of the time in which it was issued. possesses of the social and physical The present work has none of these condition of the island (as far as it charms of writing, and treats the has yet been traversed), it is exceedsubject neither philosophically nor ingly interesting from the spirit of adventure which animates it, owing pered to the right pitch. It is rather to the extraordinary difficulties which suspicious, however, that Dost Mabeset travelling in this land of rock homed, in whom we had been told by and marsh.
Mr. Vigne, and other writers, some Were it accordant with our system, virtues existed, is represented as a we could give many agreeable extracts, mere bandit. It is doubtless very and more fully develope the excel. difficult to ascertain the true inotives lences of it, but “therein the reader and conduct of these barbarians; or must minister to himself.” As it is, to be able to apportion the right we can say truly, the general reader, amount of guilt or virtue to their the naturalist, and the politician, will actions, unacquainted as we are with find much that will delight each of that conventional national and relithem in its pages.
gious creed which sanctions to most The Expedition into Afghanistan: minds any deeds, however revolting Notes and Sketches descriptive of the to those who have a simpler and Country, contained in a Personal Nar purer standard of morals and rerative during the Campaign of 1839 and ligion. 1840, up to the Surrender of Dost Ma. The most interesting part of this homed Khan. By James Atkinson, narration will be found to be that Esq., Superintending Surgeon to the
which relates to the personal advenArmy of the Indus, Bengal Establish.
tures of the Author. If politics ment. P. 8vo. pp. 428. London :
may give a bias to his mind, he seems W. H. Allen & Co.
to be reliered from all restraint on Mr. Atkinson has been already the score of the sentimental, for he known to the public by some well demolishes in a most remorseless executed and highly finished litho manner all the fabled beauties of graphic drawings, consisting of views this portion of the East. Mr. Elof the scenery, and events of the phinstone described Caubul as comcampaign. The present volume may pact and handsome. The former Mr. be considered as the letter-press to Atkinson allows it to be; but the them. The work does not embrace latter he denies, and designates it as an account of the late massacre, it a jumble of mud hovels. There is a having been despatched to England rude sketch of a map to the work, for publication prior to that calamitous and an Appendix giving the official event.
documents relative to the capture of Mr. Atkinson's style is clear and
Ghuzni. good, and his views comprehensive, Map to follow the Movements of the so that it may be considered one of,
Anglo-Indian Army in Afghaunistan, if not the best account that has yet
shewing the Routes, Passes, and Miliappeared, of the expedition. The
tary Positions. By James Wyld. 18 proceedings of the Indian Govern inches by 24. Notes to a Map of ment are pronounced to be sound Afghaunistan, the Punjab, &c. 2nd and politic, and there is an evident Edition, 8vo. pp. 18. London: Wyld. leaning towards them in every doubt. This is a very full and excellent map ful transaction. In so far as this is of the territories that are now exciting concerned, it may be considered as so great an interest. Every countthe opposite to the American General ing-house and public room should Harlan's work, which was noticed have one suspended in it, as a glance last month, though we place much at it would do more than several more confidence in Mr. Atkinson's pages of description, to give an idea narrative.
of the difficulties that besetour armies Shah Shoojah, contrary to all the in those regions. The positions and accounts that have hitherto been bearings have been made out from given, is represented as a man more the latest travellers and the best sinned against than sinning. We sources, and the notes which accomhad thought he was a monster of vice pany it contain all the important staand sensuality; but in Mr. Atkinson's tistical details, so that any one depages he appears rather the hero, voting an hour to the careful examiwho is tried fiercely in the fire of nation of both will have a very clear severe adversity, and comes out tem- idea of these countries.