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youth ; misanthropic in his manhood, it is difficult and insulting torments that devilish ingenuity to be more entirely displeasing. The last part has could suggest, to try their faith and overcome no connexion with the first; it contains sketches their constancy. Humanity shudders at the reof Spain, Turkey, and Syria, which are full of cital, even by Heathen poets and historians, of poetry and beauty. Your imaginative traveller is their multiplied sufferings, and the variety an a delightful companion, for the richness of asso novelty of the tortures to which they were exciation is around him. As a specimen of style, posed. But by patience in tribulation, by pray. how happy is the following: speaking of Jerusa. ing, and dying, and praising God in death, they lem and the city of Minerva, alter an exquisite did at length insensibly win Victory from the description of both, he says:" Athens and the very weapons of persecution, kindle the flame of Holy City in their glory must have been the the martyrs' pile into an undying blaze of gospel finest representations of the beautiful and the sub- light, and turn an unbelieving and unboly world lime." The bistory of “Manstien" and its suc- into a Christian and repentant. cessor, i. e. the First and Second Parts of “ Vivian Besides being a very admirable poem, Mr. Grey,” is very attractive : it is both curious and Hollingsworth's work has the advantage, by a pleasant to know the Autbor's own view of his variety of ably written or well selected notes, of
e. We now leave “ Contarini Fleming" to presenting the general reader with a more full public favour: it has power, passion, and beauty : and accurate picture of the state of the primitive its opinions, like its theories, are often extrava. Church than can anywhere else be found in 80 gant and untrue, but still they are such as would popular and engaging a form. not have entered into the mind of an untboughtful person. Mr. D'Israeli (and we cannot but say
The Agamemnon of Æschylus, translated this book is his) is among the very few writers of
from the Greek. Illustrated by a Dissertathe day whom we would urge to write again, from the assurance that his best is to come.
tion on Grecian tragedy. By J. S. Har
ford, Esq. D.C.L. F.R.S. Lithotrity and Lithotomy. By Thomas King, M.D. M.R.C.S.
We look upon the Agamemnon of Æschylus
as one of the niost valuable relics of ancient draThis work deserves a place in the library of matic genius, and as exhibiting, more than any every surgeon and anatomist. The author has other single piece, the varied and gigantic powers described in a clear and impartial manner, the of its sublime author. The judgment of the great relative merits of the operations of lithotomy and poet was particularly manifested in the choice of lithotrity, and he concludes by giving the verdict this subject at a time when the spirit of political in favour of the latter. Dr. Crocale was the first independence was at its height among bis counwho broaght litholrity before the surgical pro- trymen. It was well calculated to keep alive fession, in France, and Mr. Castello and Baron among them that indomitable spirit of lofty darHeartelop have introduced it into this country: ing in the cause of freedom, and the maintenance yet, strange to say, it has met with but few of their pre-eminence, which once taught Asia supporters here, and in order to put forward its that memorable lesson when she felt the ven. claims to notice in a clearer point of view, Dr. geance of insulted Greece under the conquering King bas, in a most able manner, brought the arins of Agamemnon, and by which she was comparison of the two operations before the pro again hambled, Miltiades being the Grecian leader. fession,
The fatal consequences of an abuse of power, and
the horrors attendant on war, served on the other Rebecca ; or the Times of Primitive hand to teach his fellow citizens a salutary lesson Christianity. A Poem, in four Cantos.
Cantos. of peacefulness, and to inspire a relish for those By the Rev. A. G. H. Hollingsworth, A.M. pursuits which tend to the happiness and real aga variety of sources. The volume is very expen. by the millions amongst his countrymen, and sively embellished, and is altogether a work of when bis soundness of principle shall have duly elegance and scholarship which we only fear is influenced the corrupted few in France, the true too costly for the taste of the present day.
grandizement of a State. But the poetry is of We have been greatly gratified by the perosal the highest order, and that, and not its didactic of Rebecca; it is a very beautiful, and very merits, constitutes the proper and extraordinary evenly written poem. The story is that of a fair excellence of this play. The plot of the Agamemyoung Jewish maiden, betrothed to a Roman non, like that of all the ancient dramas which officer of rank, but becoming a convert to Cbrist. have come down to us, is of great simplicity. ianity, and after a vajn effort to change the faith The hinge on which all turns is the guilty passion of her Pagan lover, preferring martyrdom for the of Clytemnestra and her paramour Ægysthus. name of Christ, to rescue, and the enjoyment of The hostility of both to Agamemnon is stimulated ber earthly love. The scene is laid in Bithynia, by revenge, in the one as mother of the imin the Proprætorship of Pliny, and the beginning molated Iphigenia, in the other as the offspring of the second century, whilst, as St. Jerome ex. of Thyestes, for there is a constant reference to presses it, the blood of our Lord was yet warm, the enormities of the Atreus line. Its members and recent faith was fervent in the hearts of the are evoked as furies from the regions of Pluto to believers.
plunge their burning brands into the bosoms of It is hardly possible for us, at this time of day, its descendants. Nor is the flame to be allayed to appreciate, or even to conceive, the contempt, until it bursts out in one widespread conflagration opprobrium, and detestation which the profession destroying the persons and desolating the very of Christianity uniformly incurred from its Pagan dwelling places of the votaries of crime. adversaries during the first and second centuries. Mr. Harford's translation of the Agamemnon is Persecution after persecution pursued with re. very respectable, and the preliminary essay conlentless and incessant ferocity the wretched tains a considerable body of useful information on Christians. They were exposed to the most cruel the subject of the ancient drama, collected from
use will have been drawn there from his glorious example, and the whole world will do his noble
character justice. Remarkable for qnalities bim. An Indian Tale and other Poems. By
self in which the French are singularly deficient, B. Gough.
his honours will rest upon their improvement.
Almost destitute of the power of calculating and As Mr. Gough professes that his claims to pub.
combining the means of civil action, their efforts lic patronage are humble, and is thereby encon.
against universally admitted misrule, are sudden raged to hope that the iron mace of criticism will
and misdirected. Their zeal for particular opi. be beld lightly over his head, we shall do our
nions amounts to intolerance ; and gives to the possible not to disturb either his cranium or bis
common enemy a false influence only to be derepose, but content ourselves with transcribing a
stroyed by the anion and mutual forbearance of wholesome little poem, the one that pleased us
real patriots. Hence the policy, that could not best in the volume, and which is most à propos
stand for a short year before judiciously planned to the present sultry season:
and perseveringly pursued attack, actually gains
unexpected strength in the defeat of honest, but SUMMER STREAMS.
injudicious assailants. La Fayette, however, falls “ The streams! the streams! the summer into do errors of this kind. Never hesitating to streams!
offer himself to danger, when fortune, and liberty, How freely do they flow along !
and life can be usefully hazarded, he proves to Where Joy reclines and Beauty dreams
his countrymen, and he has especially done so Of blossom trees, and love, and song. in these latter days, that the calmer efforts of Each rippling billow hath a toue
mind are in certain conjunctures likely to be Melodious as creation's voice,
more effectual than the most resolute physical reThat soothes the breast, and bids the lone sistance. And solitary heart rejoice.
It is said with apparent truth, that after the re
volution of July 1830, La Fayette was deceived The streams! the streams! the summer through the guilelessness of his own heart; and streams!
then mischievously placed in Louis Philippe a 'Tis sweet, at twilight's earliest blash,
degree of trust which more crafty politicians To watch the day star's trembling beams,
would have withbeld. This undoubtedly detracts And listen to the streamlet's gush.
from the patriot's repntation for judgment; and Tis sweet to pluck the wreathing flowers
bitherto the event has been most unfortunate for That bathe within their crystal tide,
France, in the postponement of guarantees for And sweet to slamber in the bowers
good government to be secured only by future That cluster lovely at their side.
struggles. Bu, the error may be corrected ; and
the brave men who have thrown themselves away The streams! the streams! the summer
in the late mad contest, must find consolation for streams!
their defeat in the better considered means of I love to linger wrapt in thought,
victory which the generous career of La Fayette Till every gentle whisper seems
80 well exemplifies. With supernatural music fraught
The Americans have proved themselves worthy Till sorrow's eye grows gaily bright,
of the devotedness of La Fayette to their cause And gusts of rapturous bliss are given,
by unwearied acknowledgment and gratitude. If While mortal darkness melts in light
Englishmen have treated this glorious citizen of And everlasting streams of Heaven!”
the two worlds with neglect, and even with vin
dictive insolence, he is amply indemnified in the The Story of the Life of La Fayette, as admiration of our countrymen across the Atlantic, told by a Father to his Children. By an whilst we, as a people, may only encounter en. American Lady.
mities where by being just we should secure re
spectful and affectionate attachment. The new Chapter added to the Life of La Fay. These reflections have arisen from the perusal ette, the two unhappy days of June 1832, suggests of a recent little work upon the Life of La Fay. an excellent occasion of considering the cbaracter ette, written by an American Lady for young of this remarkable man. In consequence of his readers—a work which ought to be read by all early heroism having been displayed, apparently to to whom the success of good principles, and the the cost of England, in North America, and in con- best reward of that success, the applause of an sequence also of the false steps taken by Great enlightened people, are matters of proper con. Britain in the first years of the French Revolu. cern. The object of this work is to exhibit the tion, we have been disposed in this country to superiority of civil glory, snch as that which has look upon his career with unfriendly eyes: and been obtained by La Fayette, over the military even at home, meeting with difficulties in the na. fame of conquerors like Alexander and Napoleon. tional character attributable to centuries of mis. The Story of La Fayette's Life, told by a Fath rule, it has not yet produced all the good which to his Children, is the subject by which this most such qnalities as La Fayette possesses must one important lesson is exemplified in a familiar day produce. When, however, his calm stead. style, well adapted to the understandings of iness of conduct shall be more carefully imitated youth.
Encyclopædia of Cottage, Farm, and seeds of perfection in itself, and that man, Villa Architecture.
born with few evil passions to impede his
advances to excellence, bas only to be left to This work is calculated to support the well- himself, unrestricted by those regulations which earned fame of its author, whose many useful and he is pleased to designate as “arrant humlaborious publications have been long before the bug," to show how villainously he has been tra. public. It is very well got up, and is written in duced by annalists and historians, from the time a remarkably clear, though concise manner, ex of the Author of the Pentateuch downwards. plaining all the mysteries and technicalities of There is no doubt but that man has for ages been domestic architecture in such language as to ren- the victim of legislation there is no doubt but der them perfectly comprehensible to the before that priests have distorted religion, and statesmen uninitiated reader. This is as it should be; the have played for a private interest with public po. days of qnackery are past-we are no longer sa- Jitics. These are truths from which we must not tisfied with the mere dicta of an architect; we skrink, but the deductions our author draws from wish to know the rationale of his art; and instead them are not always sound. Happily, however, of accepting the declaration of his intention as that era has arisen in the Christian world when law, we require him to give bis reasons for the we can hear opposing opinions without intoleplans be proposes, in order that we may be en- rance--when we can canvass great truths withabled to judge of them for ourselves. This, the out giving hard names; and we, as Christians book before us is admirably calculated to enable ourselves, are willing to set the first example of us to do. It sets out with the professed object differing without violence, and contradicting withof « improving the dwellings of the great mass out hatred. We dislike, then, many of the notions of society in the temperate regions of both be of the author before us: had we time, we would mispberes;" and to do this effectually it proposes undertake to disprove many of his conclusions; to “ initiate the general reader in the principles but as it is, we leave him, with a regret that one of architectural taste, and to enable young persons, who has learned to think has not thought more and especially ladies, to educate themselves in deeply--that one who can write so ably has pot architecture as an elegant art.” One great ad- written more profitably to the solid interests of vantage possessed by this work is, tbat in the mankind. We hope when he next appears be. Critical and Analytical Remarks on each design, fore the public to greet him with more kindness, wood-cuts are introduced, showing the effect of and examine his claims to notice with a more cedifferent alterations and improvements, such as remonious respect, adding additional rooms, or another story, or a porch, or a veranda, &c. This appears to us ex- Glen Mowbray. tremely useful; not only for the reasons given by the author, viz. to illustrate the principles laid
This is a work of talent, spirit, and promise, down, and to teach the reader how to apply them: spoilt by an evident imitation of Vivian Grey. but practically, as affording hints for the improve.
Of that book it may be indeed said that it is ay ment of dwellings already erected. Plans for
bad as a model, as it is clever as a composition, cottage gardens, with directions for laying them
We advise our author to appear again before out, and planting them, are subjoined to several the world with a more settled purpose, and after of the designs.
more deliberate study. He has talents which
ought to insure popularity. The Natural and Artificial Right of Property Contrasted.
Fitz-George. “ By a deduction from principles not here
This is one of those works in which a philoso. enunciated, the Author bas satisfied himself that pbic and sarcastic mind covers bitter truth in all law.making, except gradually and quietly to
smiling fiction. The character of George the repeal all existing laws, is arrant humbug."
Fourth and the favourites of his Court are pre« The God of our Priests is not the God of sented to us under false names--but with little Nature; not that great Being who fills and sus
other departure from reality. Perbaps indeed tains all, who spreads life and happiness through
the author somewbat maligns the mind, the increation, but a malicious and revengeful Being,
tellect, and the conduct of the late King. We born of the barbarous fancies of a cruel and
incline to believe that George IV. bad a fine barbarous people.”
nature, but that it was early and permanently
corrupted. This as it may be, the author of We quote the above sentences, which, however Fitz George bas produced a work full of that startling the propositions they contain may appear, ability which few living can rival-full too of a are yet fair specimens of the whole work from which grave and sad experience of human follies-of they are extracted, merely to show the nature of the disparities of the world—of the half-monkey, the principles from whence the Author draws all half tiger dispositions of mankind. We confess bis subsequent inferences. When a writer, at the we should like to see the author of Fitz-George very commencement of his argument, hazards opi. (we recognize “ the fine Roman hand") engaged njons so utterly at variance with the common in some work that should not be the offspring of notions of society, he either deserves to be dis- one season. Let bim take time in a deliberate missed as a heated speculator, or examined with and consummate plan, and time will reward bim profound and detailed attention. We cannot al. for the trouble. He has some of the principal low him space for the latter, but are unwilling to requisites for the formation of a great Novel. dismiss him as the former. Our Author supposes Let him not forget that the greatest of all rethat society contains naturally and inherently the quisites is matured design.
Economy of Manufactures. By C. Bab- characteristics of political science that all its bage, M.A.
parts are so intimately connected with each other
as to preclude the examination of any single Among the many circumstances which in a
subject, without considering, at the same time, more peculiar manner distinguish the present age
those immediately connected with it, and ultifrom those which have preceded it, and induce
mately, the very fundamental principles of the us to consider the bistory of the past, as it affects
science itself. We must, therefore, content ourman, as existing in that relation to his future
selves with general commendation, and have prospects and powers, which the dreams and fal.
merely to observe, that a more clear, explicit, lacies of infancy bear to the sober and matured
and unprejudiced treatise upon the important substrength of more advanced years, no circumstance
ject to which it is devoted, has never yet, to the is so calculated to excite the astonishment of the
best of our belief, issued from the press, nor one observer as the Titanic efforts of which our mana
which we could with greater confidence
chi facturers, aided by the combined exertions of
augar satisfaction and benefit to all classes of intellectual skill and unlimited mechanical power, readers. bave now become capable. A new Prometbeus in the form of chemical agency, applied to coun.
Maternal Sketches; with other Poems. teract the natural inertia or stubborn texture of matter, has descended upon earth within the last By Eliza Rutherford. fifty years. Manufactories which were formerly considered the mere abodes of industry and indi
There is much feeling and tenderness in the vidual exertion, are totally changed in their cha '
"Maternal Sketches,” which form the principal racter, and may now be considered as schools of poem in this modest little volume. The sensations
of a mother on the birth of her first-born, the the most exalted science. The experience of the first philosophers is brought into requisition by the
charms of opening infancy, parental anticipations, minutest operation. Truths acquired by the em
with a number of illustrative anecdotes of ma
ternal tenderness and filial affection, are given ployment of patient analysis, or its converse method of investigation, through many a series of
with great truth and beauty. The minor poems watchful observations, are rendered the willing are numerous, and from one of these we select instruments of the unlettered artisan. Every
a sonnet to the Hon. Mrs. Hope, the lady to gaseous principle has been enthralled for the pro- whom Mrs. Rutherford's interesting and elegantly duction of beneficial practical effects, and the written volume is dedicated : knowledge of one of the simple properties of fluid
TO THE HON. MRS. HOPE. bodies, arms the hand of an infant with force, compared with which the fabled exertions of the “O thou! whose lovely character displays Syracusan of old sink into insignificance. Nor is
The tender virtues of that name most dear, this all : by these means Great Britain is ren- To thee I dedicate my humble lays, dered the vast factory of the whole earth. The And pour my numbers on thy polished ear. face of the seas is covered by her fleets, and the No tale with proud enchantment seeks to move, products of the looms of Manchester and the work. Fraught with the glow of eastern imag'ry; shops of Birmingham bartered for the riches of Yet, haply, dearer to thy heart may prove Asia, or the raw material supplied by American
My simple song of cradle minstrelsy. commerce, cause that increased reflux of wealth When master spirits strike the sounding lyre, into ber harbours, which immediately assumes Enchanted nature owns the magic thrall; the form of increased capital, and in that shape Yet simple strains may some sweet thoughts supplies the encouragement to fresh exertions,
inspire, improved skill, and more extensive exportation. Some pleasing visions of the past recall : Truly, in that word manufacture is comprehended So, when the sounds of martial music cease, something more than the mere effects of pbysical
Sweet through the valley breathes the pipe of labour. These reflections have, of course, been
peace." made many handreds of times before, yet it is impossible to prevent their recurrence after the
Standard Novels. No. XV. Vol. XVI. perosal of Mr. Babbage's book, which, although prevented, by the extensive nature of the subject, Discipline and Self-Control. By Mrs. from containing any minuteness of detail, supplies Brunton. us, at least, with the vast outlines of our producing system, in its several relations to science and At the time these novels were first published political economy. The Author thinks it advis. they created a great sensation in the world at
al persons will agree with him large, whether literary or otberwise. Their exin opinion, that every one engaged in the pursuit cellent moral tendency, pure religious feeling. of an individual branch of art, should bave a an acute description and discrimination of cha. general knowledge of the whole system, of which racter, placed them at once high in the esteem his own occupation forms a constituent; and to of all who had any sense of the value of female forward this desirable result, he has produced, worth : and notwithstanding the amazing strides with great labour and accurate personal investi. that have more recently been made towards pergation, what may be considered a digest of all fection in the writing and arrangement of ricthe collateral information affecting the principles titious works, we would place them first, or, at on which the prosperity of our manufacturing least, amongst the first, in a young lady's bookinterests is founded. To examine any position case. separately would involve a longer discussion than “ Discipline,” although written some time after our limits at present permit, as it is one of the “Self-Control," is particularly interesting, from
its containing a Memoir of the interesting Author, the Barricades, engrafted upon a tale, not particoand copious, but not too numerous extracts from larly intelligible, of a Norman woman beloved by her beautiful letters, which are samples of a a gentleman with an Irish name. Tbe conclusion, graceful, elegant, and flowing style, devoid of which is separate from the story, consists of a any thing bordering upon affectation or pre- lament over the fall of Poland. The book is tension. Her modest shrinking from public printed in Paris, and is, altogether, a good deal knowledge; her love of domestic happiness; her more in French than English taste. appreciation of all that is beautiful in nature or art; and her fine, elevated religion softening and
Popular Zoology, comprising Memoirs sanctifying all her acts and feelings to the best
and Anecdotes of the Quadrupeds, Birds, and purest end, cannot be contemplated without
and Reptiles, in the Zoological Society's much sorrow at her early death. The embellishments in these volumes are amongst the best
Menagerie ; with Figures of the more imthat have adorned this interesting and well-chosen
portant and interesting. To which is prelibrary: those of « Discipline" are from the pen. fixed a descriptive Walk round the Gardens, cil and burin of Stephanoff and Bull, while “ Self- with illustrative Engravings. Control ” owes its adornments to the tasteral draw. ings of Miss Lucy Adams.
This little book contains a vast deal of informa!
tion, conveyed in a popular and anecilotic style. Poland, Homer, and other Poems.
“ The Animal Biography” of Bingley is appa
rently the model adopted by the compiler, who There is a great deal of true and beautiful
bas industriously availed himself of the labours of poetry, and much enthusiasm in the cause of free
recent naturalists and travellers. The figures are dom in this little volume : but alas for Poland!
well executed, and unusually numerous. They what signify our songs and sayings if we only
are, moreover, faithful representations of the incite ber sons to combat in order to look tamely
animals from wbich they are taken, and will be on while they perish in the death-struggle ? Far
readily recognized by those who have seen the better bad it been to have left them in their old
originals. The book is altogether an attractive repose than rouse them to an impotent effort,
one, and for unscientific, more especially youthful which, unaided, could only end in riveting their
readers, an entertaining and unexceptionable eom. chains more firmly. Or the second poem Homer
panion. is the hero, and a most philosopbic and poetical picture of the past it is, such as done but a true Letters to the Young. By Miss Jewsson of the muse could have penned. The prin- bury. cipal remaining poem is a “ Lament for Percy Bysshe Shelley." We gladly recommend the The fact of any work baving reached a third volume to public attention.
edition at a time like the present, when the fresh
and useful current of literature is choked by a Scenes from the Belgian Revolution. By
mnltitude of political thoughts, surmises, and
speculations, is a sufficient proof of its excellence C. F. Henningsen, Author of “ The last of
and popularity. It is impossible to enlogize these the Sophis."
letters too bighly, or recommend them too strongly Broken Chains; a Poem, in Four Can to tbe parents or guardians of our young friends, tos. By a Young Englishman.
for they contain the essence of all that is pure,
and necessary, and holy, for them to feel and Here are too little books of verse, not much know. There is more sound and practical reoverburdened with any other pretension to poetry,
ligion condensed in the pages of the little volume the first of which is an outpouring of wrath upon now upon our table, than in balf the tomes of the authors of the Belgian Revolution, which the homilies and sermons that have been published Author ascribes to a troop of glaciers' apprentices during the last five years. The language throughand disorderly printers' devils, and a lament over out is well chosen and elegant, and the style careour foreign policy, and the wrongs done to our fully polished ; in some places we are inclined to ancient ally of Holland. The second, on the think it almost too didactic, an error it is more other hand, is a glorification of the Three Days of than difficult to avoid in such a work.