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of servant-maids and private soldiers, impelled him to deny his master; which are accorded to those early Christians who were scared by the sight of the lions into offeriog incense to Jupiter ; which are accorded to natures too weak to dare wicked jeers and the hisses and venom of the votaries of a fasbion, not only silly and scandalous, but barbarian and devilish. We very deeply regret that a book of such ability and interest should, even partly extenuate or excuse any variety of the crime of murder. Yet we feel certain that the reaction against such a doctrine will counteract its evils ; and that few, if any readers, will agree with Mr. Sabine in the points where we have differed with him.
--Poems by ALICE Cary. This volume contains about a hundred and forty short poems, and one rather longer. Of the whole number, nearly seventy culminate in a death, or in the expression of a desire to die, usually on account of the unfaithfulness of a lover. And almost all the remainder of the book is melancholy in sentiment. This prevalence of the minor key, brings it about that the authoress seems to have published an In Memoriam for every friend she had in the world. We quote the whole of one of the prettiest of the poems
Let me never, foolish, pray
For a vision wider spread,
Give me, Lord, my daily bread." Yet this very pleasant little lyric, short as it is, is not free from the faults which superabound throughout the book. The figure in the second quatrain of the first stanza is aimless and indistinct, and lacks force and nature. In the third stanza the word “meadowed " is used for the sake of poetic grace, but unnecessarily and ungrammatically, instead of " meadow," which was all ready, and much better. The syntax of the last four lines of the same stanza is uncomfortably mixed up in a harsh and ambiguous construction. Nev. ertheless, the language is mellifluous, and the thoughts are graceful and natural. We apprebend that Miss Cary abuses her powers. We trace throughont the book, signs of haste and carelessness, of deficient study and slovenly thought. A modern American poetess can hardly be permitted to people her woods with British birds, cushats, ousels, and nightingales; to arm her laborers with mattocks, or to represent her shepherds as Virgil represented his, blowing on a reed. We believe that the poet, instead of making over the old clothes of his predecessors, should dress his thoughts in garments from the living present. Nor can that foreign and antique imagery any louger possess force or truth to a reader of this day and generation. A thoughtful writer would not bave represented a poet as “singing a waif," nor have indited twice in the same lyric, such a solecism as " Once when we lingered, sorrow-proof,
My gentle love, and me." Careful composition would likewise have saved many obscure images, which the reader stumbles over and leaves behind, or wastes thought upon, with equal discom fort; as for instance, in the Annuaries, where Autumn appears to be the time when
“ The harper of wide space
Shall chant again his mournful hymn." We cannot tell what is meant, unless it be the wind ; and the metaphor, if that be its meaning, is inapplicable. Yet, Miss Cary, with so much love of nature, and power of seeing and describing it; with such afflu ence of thought, and of words and rhymes, if she would only clarify the thoughts, and rigidly prune and train her language into more chastened and regulated forms, and
“My house is low and small,
But behind a row of trees, I catch the golden fall
of the sunset in the seas. Anda stone wall hanging white
With the roses of the May, Were less pleasant to my sight
Than the fading of to-day. From a brook a heisor drinks,
In a field of pasture-ground, With wild violets and pinks
For a border all around.
My house is small and low,
But the willow by the door Doth a cool, deep shadow throw
In the summer on my foor. And in long and rainy nights,
When the limbs of leaves are bare, I can see the window lights
of the homesteads otherwhere
*My house is small and low,
Bui with pictures such as these, of the meadow and the row
or illuminated trees, And the heifer as she drinks
From the field of meadowed ground, With the violets and pinks
For a border all around
give over her persistent and repetitious second, and third-rate authors, with an oclamentations among the tombs, may win casional poetical or prose-poetical chime lasting laurels in her chosen field.
interspersed from the Bell herself. It seems -Little, Brown & Co. have issued copies to be intended as a sort of manual for the of the first 200 pages of a work by Prof.
use of young ladies, for the better regulaPeirce, on Physical and Analytic Mecha
tion of their conduct and studies. The senics. These copies are issued in advance lections are usually judicious, and the matfor the use of Harvard University. The ter of the book, although not classified very complete work is to consist of four volumes, philosophically, and of a very mild nature, quarto, 500 pages each, treating respec- cannot certainly do any harm, and may do tirely of Analytical Mechanics, Celestial
much good. Mechanics, Potential Physics, and Analy.
-Pudge Doings, by IK. MARVEL, retical Morphology. It is dedicated to "the printed from the Knickerbocker Magazine, cherished and revered memory" of Natha
is a tale of the fortunes and misfortunes of niel Bowditch, " the founder of American the Fudge Family ; whose “united bead," Geometry," and will probably occupy the
Mr. and Mrs. Solomon Fudge, educate their printers ten years in bringing it out. Judg
children for fashionable uselessness, because ing from the 200 pages now in print, and
they have money; and afterwards, losing also from the papers of Prof. Peirce, read
their money by commercial revulsions, lose before the Anerican Academy, and the
their happiness with it, and suffer further Association for the Advancement of Science
misery by the follies of their daughter, and on the subjects of the third and fourth vo
the follies and crimes of their son. The lumes, we are confident that the work will
story is slip-shod and shambling, in be equally creditable to American Art and
thought and style, capable of being read American Science. The publishers deserve
with the very least possible attention or the more praise because, from the very na
exertion, and for such reading, respectably ture of the work, it cannot have an extensive entertaining. But it will bardly add to sale, and will probably never return them Mr. Mitchell's reputation, either as a thinktheir outlay. Yet it is a work of value, in
er or writer. its indirect results, to all men; giving -Ups und Downs, is a pleasant little honor to the country in which it appears, collection of naturally-conceived and welland throwing light upon the grandest and told tales, by Cousin CICELY.
“ Miss Tod, loftiest heights of Science.
M. D.,” which many readers will remember - The Life of Richard Cæur de Lion,
on its rounds through the newspapers, is the edited by Rev. FRANCIS L. Hawks, is the first and best. Several of the other sketchfirst of a series of biographies, under the
es have also been published scparately general name of Romance of Biography. heretofore. The present work is a clear and well-told -Captain MAYNE REID seems to be folnarrative of the life of the most warlike lowing in Marryatt's footsteps ; for he has king of England, who is presented therein, ascended from the manufacture of exagnot only as a hero, almost equal to the he- gerated Indian stories, to the higher posicoes of classic antiquity, but as an able tion of a bookmaker for boys. His Forest general, and a competent statesman. Exiles is a well conceived and quite inter
- Father Clark, or the Pioneer Preach- esting little story, of the “Swiss Family et, by Rev. J. M. Peck, is a homely and Robinson ” class, but much more consistent straight-forward biography of an unleltered and truthful. It is well calculated to inbat earnest and energetic Methodist and sinuate natural history and botany, in a Baptist clergyman, whose abundant labors narrative form, into a boy's mind. were performed in the Southern and West- --Brother Jonathan's Cottage, by HENern States, between 1790 and 1830. The RY H. Tator, is a “ Temperance Story." story is told with much unction, and with Its moral is good, of course; but the lite. an unwavering faith in the revivalist tac- rary merit of the book is very small. It is ties which have been so powerfully operated written in a pompous and exaggerated by the communions of which “Father strain of unnatural sentimentalism ; such, Clark” was at different times a member. indeed, as to imply a curious lack of ob
-Lities and Violets, by Rosalie BELL, servation by the author. What young felis a compilation of extracts and short com low, in actual life, ever talked to his mother positions in prose and poetry, from first, as in the following scrap of a farewell con
versation between Mrs. Vernon and Wil- —Thoughts to Help and to Cheer. A liam ?
second series of this work or collection is "I can give you counsel, my son, but published. The extracts are rather comyou alone must act."
mon-place, and very good. It would have " Aye, good mother, and your counsels added to the value of the book, if the shall guide my acts, even as the compass names of the writers whose thoughts are guides the mariner.” “I doubt it not, dear boy. I know that
used had been given. youth is always lavish of good promises ;
-Dr. E. J. LEWIS' American Sportsman still, I doubt you not.”
is a manual of practical information for the “ By my uncle's love," affirmed William,
more thorough and satisfactory destruction I'll endeavor to redeem mine, and by- of all such wild birds as may be eaten. It and-by return to you, not like the prodigal son, a repentant sinner, but like a Spartan
also contains many detailed collateral dihero, wearing the wreath of success on my
rections, apparently the result of actual brow, and the flush of triumph on my
experience; and certainly enounced both cheek."
lucidly and entertainingly. And so on, with variations, through the -It has been forcibly said that the study whole.
of the prophecies and the Apocalypse either -We have hesitated whether to say any. finds men crazy or leaves them so. In thing of Hagar, the Martyr, by Mrs. H. those mysterious regions of investigation, MARION STEPHENS. Lest, however, we it must be a very firmly-balanced mind should allow harm to happen for lack of which can shun the temptation to adopt our warning, we may briefly state that it is lucky hypothesis and accidental analogy, a vulgar book.
instead of axiomatic statement, and clear -Nelly Bracken, by ANNIE CHAMBERS demonstration. The author of Pius Ninth, BRADFORD, is a semi-romance of the times the last of the Popes, has not escaped the of the early history of the West. Its inci- influence of that mystic maze of figures and dents are somewhat forced and over-remark- types, the wonderful Revelations of St. able, and its characters rather harshly John. He succeeds entirely to his own satdrawn. But there is considerable power in isfaction in demonstrating that the year the story, and it indicates the existence in 1866 will witness the death of Pio Nono, the authoress of the capability, with due in- and the destruction of the Roman Catholic dustry, of producing something much better. Church. We shall not pretend to state an
-Country Life, and Other Stories, by opinion on such a subject; preferring, and COUSIN MARY, is a respectable little volume advising others, to wait and see, rather of moderately good stories for children. than to risk vain excitement and final mor
-Miss CHARLOTTE M. HIGGINS Angel tification. Children, or, Stories from Cloudland, is -The controversy between the partisans somewhat more ambitious in character, in- of formulary and extemporaneous prayers, asmuch as small angels mingle among the is probably loug or always to be decided human children of the tales, as guardians
not by any generally recognized logic, for and guides. The stories are rather pretty, all, but by idiosyncratic preference for but not elaborated as carefully as the su- each. We, however, apprehend that both, pernatural element requires. However,
at present, the spontaneity of American that is a point upon which the class of
character, and in future both that, and au readers for whom the book is written will advanced education in thought and expresnot be hypercritical.
sion, preclude any prospect of the univers-The abridged Exposition of the Gram- ality of the custom of using a formula for matical Structure of the English Lan- prayer. For all, however, not already guage, by J. MULLIGAN, A.M., is, we be- committed to any particular book, we can lieve, a good text-book for advanced schol. very honestly recommend The Bible Prayars. But it would need very ample illus- er-Book, by Rev. W. W. EVERTS. Its petitration and elucidation by the instructor. tions are numerous and varied, its language Mr. Mulligan very properly gives up the scriptural and chaste, and the hymns and foolish phantom called “ the objective case, extracts from the Bible which accompany and presents a clear and reasonable para- each prayer, usually judiciously chosen. digm of the English verb. The work seems Neither have we observed that the Baptist to be executed with thorongh scholarship, auspices under which it is published, have and independent and correct thought. at all incapacitated it for the use of those of other communions. It would, indeed, be graphical text-books, viz., beginning at the strange if they should.
wrong end, notable superficiality, and at -The Light of the Temple, by Rev. W. the same time, extreme compression, it is P. STRICKLAND, is a sort of paraphrase of neither better nor worse than the other elethose scenes of the Bible, which present mentary géographies of the day. most clearly the successive manifestations -We have received the twenty-sixth an. of God to men. The descriptions are filled nual volume of The American Almanac, out with rather too free an imagination; published by PHILLIPS, SAMPSON & Co. We and the engravings are miserable.
can testify experimentally to its extreme - Sermons, chiefly Practical, is the value as a convenient compendium of retitle of a volume of discourses, by Rev. ference, in all matters of contemporaneous CHARLES LOWELL, of the West Church, in general information respecting the political Boston. These sermons are brief and direct and politico-economical status of the naexpositions of scriptural truth, sometimes tion and of the separate States. aimed with uncommon directness against -Among literary projects in process of those every-day wickednesses wbich the execution, are two whose completion will Christian ministry are so often—and often supply lung-felt desiderata ; a History of so unfairly-charged with ignoring. Dr. Printing; and a Dictionary of English Lowell, as a Unitarian, does not anywhere Literature. In the first enterprise, one of speak of Christ as God ; an omission which the editorial fraternity of Boston, Mr. B. will, of course, disenable the book from cir- PERLEY POORE, has been engaged for ten culation or usefulness, with very many not years. The result of his labors will appear of his own denomination.
in twelve mailable numbers, sent to sub-Among the many duties of The Com- scribers for five dollars. One feature of ing Man, not the least difficult and neces- the work will possess especial interest ; sary will be the task of preparing a full set namely, fac-similes of early MSS. and of of good school-books for The Coming early printing. The Dictionary of English Children. Innumerable writers have felt, Literature is in preparation by S. AUSTIN in their experience as teachers, the lack of ALLIBONE, of Philadelphia, who addresses such ; have done their best to supply the himself to the task as to a labor of love, want; each in turn have been superseded and who is fortified for it by the possession by the “next no better," and yet the good of one of the best bibliographical and biosehool-books are a desideratum. It is our graphical collections in the country. The belief-nec inesperti loquimur—that the work will comprehend a biographical dicstruggle is in a wrong direction. Teachers tionary, a careful selection of estimates of must be better prepared, not books. To a authors, by other and confessedly compegood teacher, any book, or no book, is
tent authors, and—which will, we appreenough ; at least in elementary studies. hend, be the most extensively useful de With such views, we see with indifference partment of the work-an index of authors' the rapid successions of geographies or names, under the titles of the subjects on arithmetics “ on an entirely new plan,” which they have written. which flood the country weekly. They all fail, and mast fail, for the simple reason REPRINTS.-We have received A Third that the teaching cannot be put into the Gallery of Portraits, by GEORGE GILFILbook. The book which will tend to im- LAN. It is a truly Gilfillanian book ; full prove our methods of instruction, is a Man- of the excellences and faults of its writer's ual of Methodology for Teachers ; and strong individuality. It contains brief desuch a book we have yet to see, although lineations of the personal and mental char we believe that such an one is in contem- acters of Napoleon, Mirabeau, Chalmers, plation, at least in one quarter. CORNELL'S Gerald Massey, Macaulay, Emerson, Poe, Primary Geography, which lies before us Burke, Professor Wilson, Shakespeare, and as we write, seems to us an improvement several other leading writers and speakers, upon other primary geographies, in respect all of which are dashed off with a red-hot to paper, printing, binding and illustra- intensity of style, which sometimes exag tions; especially as to those cuts which gerates into spasms, and even further, al serve as definitions of the names of the most to mere gibberings. An expression of principal divisions of land and water ; but his own describes many of his figuresin respect to the common faults of geo- “ hot, gorgeous metaphors, hatched between
excitement and vanity.” For Mr. Gillllan is vain ; threatening to demolish adversaries ; talking of himself ; claiming remarkable intuitional discoveries ; perfectly convinced that he looks at everybody from just the right stand-point. This certainly is the way to succeed with the superficial; but the first inquiry which a thougbtful man makes about Mr. Gilfillan is, " Is he competent to estimate and define all these great men, the paradoxes and representatives of the human race?” Whatever is the bio graphical value of these rapid sketches, they are very entertaining reading, and full to overflowing with sounding and striking phrases and thoughts. We seem here and there to detect an imitation of Carlyle; there is a great occasional plunge into the bathos, as where he figures for a dreadful spectacle, the “ Tarpeian Rock, toppling over the Dead Sea,” calls Rousseau a “winged frog," or states, in relation to the Reformation, that Protestantism rent & covering from the Bible and that the Catholic Church could not repair the rent ; speaks of “Cyclopses,” and “Novum Organons ;" and cries out, as nobody ever did in actual earnest, “ Alas!" Yet, in spite of all that, and of his occasional unscrupulous and unacknowledged quotations of some very pat expression, his queer Pre-Millennial Second-Adventism, his obscure pets—one Aird, and the “ Bailey School” of poets-second-rate men often nourish third-rate pets and his funny rage at Firmilian, for making fun of one of them, Mr. Gilfillan writes with abounding vigor, earnestness and point; and has in the present work furnished a gallery of pictures very noticeable for striking effects and rich coloring, if not for severe accuracy of drawing
-Prof. F. BOWEN has edited DUGALD Stewart's Elements of the Philosophy of the Human Mind, revising, abridging, and annotating the same, in order to make a school-book of it. A book of such abstract nature may, if accompanied with much better instruction than college-students usually receive, be profitably used as & collegiate text-book ; but we presume there are very few institutions of a lower grade, except the higher female academies, whose scholars can profitably use it.
-Rev. F. A. FARLEY has superintended a second edition of Dr. Francis PARKMAN'S Offering of Sympathy to the Afflicted. The character of the work, which is a judi
cious compilation of extracts and short es. says, &c., intended for the perusal of persons in affliction for the loss of friends, is not changed; a very few omissions and alterations only having been made. We think it would have been more respectful to the memory of the deceased compiler, if the work had been left as he left it.
--C. S. FRANCIS & Co. publish a new edition in 8vo., double columns, of Professor LONGFELLOW'S Poets and Poetry of Europe. This volume is a collection of translations, original and reprinted, from the most characteristic poems of the Continent: al European nations, not compelled into English poetry, but so transferred as to show the peculiarities of thought and style, of each tongue. The work is well and thoroughly done, and the book of unquestionable value to the general reader.
-We have rejoiced in receiving THOMAS Hood's Poetical Works, edited by EPES SARGENT. It is much the completest and best printed collection which we have seen, of the poems of one of the very truest and noblest of England's many true and noble writers.
--May and December, by Mrs. HUBBACK, is a story of English social life. May, its heroine, a poor beauty, marries December, (Mr. Cameron) a wealthy mercbant, for his money. Through the machinations of a villain, ber cousin, who desires to manage her, and her husband's money by her means, he (the husband) becomes suspicious that she is unfaithful, and refuses to live with her. They are afterwards reconciled, the husband shortly dies, and the book leaves May a Lady Bountiful in a country parish, and James Wildey, the villain, endowed by her with great wealth, to his own entire satisfaction, but not exactly in a reasonable way. The book is not very remarkable, either for plan, thought, character, or diction.
-LITTLE & BROWN continue their Aldine series of English poets, with the Poetical Works of COLERIDGE, KEATS, and of Isaac Watts. Each collection is prefaced with a portrait and a succinct but comprehensive biographical notice of the author ; that of Coleridge, we presume, by the very judicious editor, Prof. Child ; that of Dr. Watts, by Robert Southey ; and that of Keats, a most delightfully written and piquant, as well as truthful and apprecia tive sketch, by James Russell Lowell.