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the writer can judge, the public abhor. adopted the colloquial o instead of the rence has arisen from the anomalous more elegant final a in the first person of manner in which it has been inflicted, the imperfect tense. Opening the Dicand an opinion that passion rather than tionary at hazard, we find Silenus incool reason too often awards it. Nothing serted as an Italian word, which it cercan be more evident than that on the tainly is not; Sileno being their cognomen principle of the existing military code, for the foster-father of Bacchus. We are not with a few practical and little expensive aware that there are many Misses Silena details to carry it further into execution, in this country, but should there be any, there can be no sphere of human life more we should certainly advise them to indict capable of happiness than that of a soldier." Mr. Meadows for a libel : here it is. Si-p. 19. The author demonstrates his lena, 8.f. a snubbed-nosed girl.' But let assertions by very satisfactory proofs and us not be misunderstood. We hope these deductions ; his pamphlet is well deserving remarks will be received as we give them, of the attention of the Commission of
in perfect good humour, and we corMilitary Inquiry, for which we under- dially recommend this little volume to all stand his Majesty has recently issued those who like to find a great deal of his warrant.
information in a small compass ; as it
contains, besides the Italian language as Italian and English Dictionary, by
now spoken, a large number of antiquated F. C. Meadows, M.A.—This is a very
words, contractions, and poesical licenses, comprehensive and generally accurate the want of which, in most Dictionaries, little volume. The dictionary is preceded
renders the study of the old Poets geneby a concise and well-arranged grammar,
rally so difficult. in which general rules are clearly laid down, but the author does not notice the
Memorials of a Departed Friend.-A exceptions, which are often as numerous cultivated understanding, an elegant and as instances of the rule itself; as in the
refined taste, an affectionate and amiable case of the plural terminations of nouns.
disposition, and above all, a deep sense of It strikes us this defect might be obviated
religion, with a never-failing watchful. in the next edition, without increasing ness over her own mind-such are the the bulk of the volume, (which would be qualities which are shown in this intethe case were all the exceptions noticed
resting little volume, and with which we in the introductory grammar,) by subjoin- are acquainted from the pen of the writer ing in the first part of the Dictionary the herself. It is a pleasing memento of plural termination to those nouns which departed innocence and worth. are exceptions to the rules before given in the Grammar. For instance, we read, nouns ending in a are feminine, and form
Ten plain Sermons, by the Rev. F. W. their plural in e: the scholar looks in the
Fowle, Rector of Allington.-Plain, forDictionary for the Pope, he finds Papa ;
cible, and sometimes eloquent, these serthe Pope, then, is an old woman; (mo
mons are worthy of the extensive patronarchs, dukes, and professional men are
nage which they have received. The last, in the same predicament;) and for the
the Assize Sermon preached before Mr. Popes, if he follows his rule, he will write
Justice Taunton, and published at his le Pape ; instead of i Papi. Or even should
and the Bishop's desire, rises to consi.
derable excellence. he be too good a Catholic to doubt the
The subject, the sex of the Roman bishop, he will still be
abuse of Liberty, was discreetly chosen, at a loss; for he is not told, as is usual in
and treated with judgment and propriety ; grammars, that all names of men are
we think it might be printed in a cheap masculine, &c. Again, we are told nouns
and separate form, for the use of the
lower orders, ending in a are masculine, (mano is an exception,) and form their plural in i, Dio
Who bawl for freedom in their senseless makes Dei and uomo, uomini. Anello,
[them free, castello, filo, and many others have two
And still revolt when truth would set plural terminations; others, as frutto,
License they mean, when they cry Liberty, gesto, labbro, three; these peculiarities For who loves that, must first be wise and should be noted in this manner :-)
good. 8. m. ti, te, ta, pl, fruit. Some marks should also be placed against obsolete Descriptive Outlines of Modern Geo. words; the authority for many of them is graphy &c. by T. St. Clair Macdougal.given, which is good. We do not think the The best compendium of geographical author has correctly given the plural termi- information we have lately seen.
What nation of nouns in io, which is a great a prodigious river is the Amazon. Its nicety in the Italian language, and he has length is between four and 5,000 miles ;
its mouth 159 miles broad ; it receives in that he is somewhat comforted in the re. its course nearly 200 other rivers, many flection that paralysis and poetry are not inferior to the Danube! We believe united. Homer, he says, and Milton, that the proper meaning of the word were blind! Dante was a blear-eyed begGhauts is not mountains, as the author gar.man!! Tasso, mad; Pope, ricketty ; uses it, but the passes through them. Akenside, a cripple; Thomson, morbidly
fattish ; Shakspeare, stupid! Scott and The Sunday School Reward-book. Se. Byron, lame ; Cowper and Collins, mad ; lections from the new Version of the Coleridge had mannering fits of dreary Psalms, fc.— A selection judiciously daftness; and having thus recounted his made, with an extract from Bishop Horne's lazar-book of diseases, the author conbeautiful and elegant Commentary. siders his own complaint as affording an
apology for venturing into the Limbo of Plain Sermons preached at Hampton,, fools. How 'he would have written while Middlesex, by Rev. H. F. Sidebottom, in health, we cannot say, but the followA.M.—These discourses, we are told, ing stanza seems to us a little morbid: were received with much attention by
Dim thro' the silence of that pageant hall, the congregation. They are plain, per
In widow weeds he saw a lady glide, spicuous, sensible, and agreeable to Scripture-dwelling on the great leading
And bending raise the gorgeous sable pall doctrines of Christianity, enforcing them
That served a shapen church-yard clod
to hide ; with earnestness, and explaining them
And with the ire of an insulted bride, with clearness and precision.
Deep in the dead she plunged a gleamMemoirs of a Serjeant late in the 49th
And wildly ran, with frantic accents cried, Regiment, and an Account of his con
“Now I am freemI am no more a wife !" version, &c.—The use of such works as these, if use they have, is to fill up the details of authentic history; they form Sketches of the Beginning and the End, in materials for the future Chronicler of the the Life of Gherardo de Lucca. war in Spain ; and even the observations This tale of wonders, of a common soldier may give an account And fatal blunders, of some particular manoeuvre or skirmish, Of high-born beauties, the truth and accuracy of which may be (We kiss their shoe-ties,) of importance.
With chisel'd hands, and scornful lips,
And eyes that sun and moon eclipse, Sonnets, meditative and devotional, by And knights as straight and stiff as Thomas Albin.
skewers,– SONNET SIXTY-FIRST.
Are bad subjects for Reviewers. I tell a tale-wilt listen while I tell ? A little girl was playing with her toys, Some trifling thing, which o'er her held Literary Fables, from the Spanish of a spell,
Yriarte, by Richard Andrews. 1835.And fill'd her infant breast with many joys. The original tales of Yriarte are neatly Her father, tho' they pleased his child so devised, and skilfully and pleasantly exewell,
cuted; more simple than Fontaine, and With one of those fond looks which more concise than Gay. The translation well decoys
by Mr. Andrews, is very good. We will A child's regard—cries—Throw them on give a specimen from p. 75.
the fire ; A bursting tear proclaimed the unuttered—Why?
A sage old thrush was once discipling Still she obey'd his seeming hard desire, His son-in-law, a hair-brained stripling, Nor murmur'd, though her breast gave In the purveying art; he knew, forth a sigh.
He said, where vines in plenty grew, He buys her toys which please her more, Whose fruit delicious, if he'd come, and saith,
[faith ; He might devour ad libitum. Remember, while you live, these are for • Ha! fruit! and is it good, I pray, And shall not our Almighty Father give My honoured sir ? do show the way.' A great reward to all who in his Word • Come then, my son,' the old one cried, believe?
'I to the spot will be your guide.
You can't imagine what a treat, Efforts by an Invalid. Greenock, Such fruit it is—so plump and sweet.' 1835.—The author of this volume tells He said, and gliding through the air, us he has had many paralytic fits, but They reached the vine, and halted there.
THE TWO THRUSHES.
Soon as the grapes the youngster spied, final settlement under Prince Leopold; * Is this the fruit you praise ?' he cried ; who was acquainted with the principal
Why, an old bird, sir, as you are, persons, civil and military, both in Hol. Should judge, I think, more wisely far, land and Belgium,* who were concerned Than to admire, or hold as good,
in the progress of the great events deSuch half-grown-small—and worthless scribed; who was privy to the principal
negociations; and who has formed a cool, Come see a fruit which long I 've known, deliberate, and statesman-like view of the In yonder garden, and you'll own,
whole. That not without some cause, I sneer, At your poor dwarfish berries here."
New England and her Institutions, Well,' said the other, lead the way, by one of her Sons. The most inte. But I'll my head and feathers lay, resting chapter in this work, is that Before I see it, 't will be found
which gives us an account of Slavery in Not worth those skins upon the ground ! America. It appears that there are in They reached the spot the youth had America two millions of slaves and three named,
hundred thousand free blacks; and their And he triumphantly exclaimed,
numbers are increasing at the rate of Show me the fruit to equal mine, sixty thousand annually; a fearful numA size so great, a shape so fine
ber, which has long naturally excited at. Now, now your silly taste confess,'- tention and inspired alarm. The AmeIt was—a pumpkin—nothing less! ricans have a colony at Liberia in Africa, Now that a thrush should take this fancy, where free blacks have been sent; but it Without much marvelling, I can see, absorbs only one drop in a shower, and But it is truly monstrous, when
the colony itself appears to be in an unMen, who are held as learned men,
prosperous situation. The account of All books, whate'er they be, despise, the insurrection of the negroes in Au. Unless of largest bulk and size;
gust 1831 in Virginia, is most terrific; A book is great, if good at all,
and presents a more frightful picture of If bad-it cannot be too small.
misery, consternation, and horror on the
one side, and brutal and bloody ignorance The Belgic Revolution, in 1830, by and frantic cruelty on the other, than we Charles White, Esq. 2 vols. 1835.—These ever remember. Alas! what is to prevolumes are written by a person of know- vent a second eruption of this fearful ledge, acuteness, and observation, and volcano, and desolation in all its terrors form the very best account of that re- a hundred times as great? volution, which, rising in the pit of the theatre, in a single night tore the crown Facts and Fictions, or Gleanings of a of Belgium from the temples of the mo- Tourist, by the author of Rostang. — narch. The causes of the discontent, We must always withhold our approba. its progress, and its movements; the tion from tales like these ; they are dan. delay, and difficulties, and errors of the gerous by the false lights, the artificial king and his advisers, are clearly ex- and exaggerated colouring which they plained. The Allied Congress, in unit- throw over the events of life, and by the ing two kingdoms so discordant, so violent manner in which they act on the differing in language, religion, habits, imagination. Events like those here de. interests, first laid the stone of future scribed seldom occur ; when they do, they evil ; secondly, William, by his pre- should as speedily as possible be buried ference of the Dutch in all situations, in oblivion. The history of guilty de. civil and military, increased it; thirdly, sires, unrestrained wills, misplaced affecby delay, and obstinate inflexibility, he tions, rash and headstrong resolves, and lost the chance of recovery; and, lastly, catastrophes ending in desolation and the total incompetence of Prince Frederic death, was borne for some time reluct. to fill the important office of commander antly in the poetry of Byron, but will be of the invading and chastising army, in a rejected, when offered again in the prose most delicate and difficult crisis, sealed at of his less illustrious successors. once the fate of the sovereign, rendered re-union hopeless, and placed the re- * How came Mr. White to make so unvolted Belgians under a new and, we scholar-like a blunder, as to assert that hope, a happier dynasty. Mr. White's Scaliger was born in Holland ? Why the book is highly interesting and instructive; marble statues of the great La Scalas, at it is the work of one who was present Verona, shook upon their lordly peduring the eventful period, from the destals? Is the blood of Julius come to breaking out of the revolution, to the this?
Sober Views of the Millenium, by the cession of subjects so similar to each Rev. T. Jones, of Creaton, Northamp. other, viz. the destruction of the great tonshire. — Of the extreme sobriety and heathen cities of the ancient world, by the moderation of Mr. Jones's views of a predicted judgments of God; thus Bagreat event, supposed to be mysteriously bylon, Nineveh, Tyre, &c. have all sepapredicted in Scripture, no doubt can be rate narratives ; and the causes and se: entertained ; and we are most willing to quences being nearly the same in all, the separate the opinions of a very sensible reflections and opinions cannot be much man and pious Christian from the wild diversified. The introductions and notes ravings of fanaticism and the rash hypo- also are too long; and, though well writtheses of overheated imaginations and ten, are rather out of place in a book of weak judgments. Mr. Jones's reflec- poetry. For the particular faults which tions towards the conclusion of his book we wish to be removed, they consist are worthy of all praise.
,chiefly in some trifling defects of taste in
the versification. The author has a Penruddock, a Tale by the author of strange and affected pronunciation of Waltzburgh. 3 vols. We cannot
many words; and others are misplaced. commend this novel either for the As, propriety of the fiction, the probability And on the gentle evening's calmness, oh! of the incidents, the elegance of the
Full many a minstrel's harp's enrapsentiments, or the truth of the charac
turing strain ters. The object of the author seems Pour'd forth its low wild notes of pato have been, to make his tale exceed.
thos on the plain. ingly mysterious. Indeed, a cloud of mystery hangs over the whole narrative
Again this botch of an exclamation ocfrom beginning to end; from the introduction of the hero as a gipsy in the first
No tree, nor shrub, nor flower blowing there,
[low, part, to the attempt to carry him off by an Italian swindler in a night-anchored
A sombre, sullen waste! from far be
The dark funereal waters leave the bare bark on the day of his nuptials, in the last. All the females too are as myste
And rocky mountain-sides, or deep, rious as the gentlemen, with the excep
[flow, &c. tion of the two ladies' maids, who be.
Full many a fathom down, their currents have like sensible women, and are by far the most interesting of the whole. One Yet burst them bravely, fearlessly, and oh! of the ladies walks into a gentleman's bed- How clear and how sublime shines forth room at dead of night, with a lamp and
the ark [adventurous bark. dagger, and sits quietly on the fauteuil, Of truth. Oh! give the sails to your and talks to the astonished inmate in vio. lation of all decorum; then blows out the
And, candle and disappears—this, too, from a
For oh! the ivy climbs the temple's pride. lady past forty! Another is going to be We do not like the concetto, married to a very amiable young man,
Wasted in beauty, beautiful in waste. but changes her mind, after everything is signed and sealed ; and the bridegroom,
Nor such lines as with we!l-bred nonchalance, agrees to the And what they did of good, go ye and do alteration, though she was the chosen of
likewise. his heart, and he was devotedly attached Crush'd beneath which, the mountains to her. Such persons as these, are, there
deem'd stedfast. fore, beyond our criticism ; and we again
As of the fire of his ancestors shone. say, that the ladies' maids are the only rational part of the menage.
But these are only as mosses and li. chens on the trunk of the poetic tree,
which may easily be removed; in the Songs of the Prophecies, by S. M. meanwhile, its sap and vigour seem to Milton.—This is a very pleasing and in- prognosticate future crops of rich and structive volume. The descriptive pas. mellow fruit. The moral parts of the sages in the poems are, many of them, of poem are not equal to the descriptive ; great beauty ; possessing much delicacy and there are proofs scattered up and of expression, with an elegant selection down, of immaturity of taste ; but while of images, and a flowing, harmonious there is little to blame, there is much to verse ; there is, in fact, a truly poetic commend ; and if we do not extract any vein throughout. For the defects, the passages, it is only to induce our readers first and greatest consists in the suc. to read the whole.
ETCHINGS BY REMBRANDT.
Leonardo da Vinci.-A picture by LeThe late Mr. Pole Carew's fine Cabinet onardo da Vinci bas been lately disco. of Rembrandt's Etchings was lately dis
vered at the palace of Fontainebleau,
which had long been given up as lost. persed by auction, and a preface to the catalogue informs us that this collection
The subject is Leda, and it is spoken of was surpassed only by that of the Duke by the contemporaries of Leonardo in the of Buckingham, the sale of which we
highest terms of praise. recorded last year. If the latter proved more abundant in rare and unique speci
Heath's Gallery of British Engravings. mens of the master, Mr. Carew's at least 8vo. & 4to. Parts I. 11.- The rapacious possessed its due share of gems of no cupidity of foreign publishers, which has ordinary interest, as the following prices long pirated with impunity the copyright of some of them will amply testify: of English authors, has lately directed
Rembrandt's most celebrated work, its attack upon the works of our en• Cbrist bealing the Sick,' known among gravers, whose acknowledged superiority collectors as The Hundred Guilder, pro
in the execution of small plates bas made duced 1631. 16s. bought by Sir Ab. Hume.
their works an article of profitable spe. The Portrait of Tolling, the Dutch Ad- culation in the continental markets. To vocate, 2201., purchased for M. Six, of accomplish their purpose still more effecAmsterdam, whose ancestor is comme
tively, the said publishers have even promorated by one of Rembrandt's finest por. ceeded to engage English artists to make traits. The Little Polish Figure,' a the copies. In order to encounter, on diminutive gem of an inch and a quarter equal terms, this unjust and illiberal comhigh, 531. Ils. was bought for the King of petition, the proprietor of the Keepsake, Holland. The · Rat-killer,' 591. 178. by the Book of Beauty, the Picturesque Molteno & Graves. The rare portrait of Annual, and Turner's Annual Tour, has Renier Ansloo, 741. 11s. by Mr. Harding. determined to offer to the public, both of • A Girl reading,' 151. Mr. Woodburn. England and the Continent, impressions • Lutma, the Goldsmith,' 311 10s. by M. from the original plates, at a less price Claussin, of Paris. ' Asselyn the Painter, than his competitors can sell their stolen with the easel,' 391. 18s. A Portrait of and inferior copies. His plan is to give Rembrandt drawing, 311. 108.; another
three engravings in each shilling part, portrait of him, 581. 168. The finest spe. together with descriptions. They will cimens of this collection were either car- usually consist of one portrait or fancy ried off by foreign agents, or found their head, an historical subject, and a land way into private collections at home, scape. The wonderful durability of enwhilst the officer of the print department gravings on steel prevents any perceptible of our national establishment sat a quies
difference between the earliest and the cent spectator of the sale, without funds latest impressions. at his disposal to dispute the possession. It is to be hoped the results of this sale The Napoleon Gallery; or, Illustrations may not be lost upon the Committee of of the Life and T'imes of the Emperor of the House of Commons who are now France. 12mo. Partl. - This is an English investigating the affairs of the British edition of a series of French etchings, said Museum, and that greater funds will ere to be taken “ from all the most celebrated long be placed at the disposal of the pictures, &c. produced in France during Trustees.
the last forty years." It is to be completed
in sixteen monthly parts, each containing Four Views of Belvoir Castle, Leicester- six plates. They are effectively executed shire, the seat of his Grace the Duke of in outline, slightly shaded; and will cerRutland.— These are from original draw- tainly form a very interesting series when ings by Joseph Rhodes, Esq. of Leeds. chronologically arranged, or as illustrations They consist of two exterior views, the to the various Lives of Napoleon, for more distant one taken from the lake, and wbich their size well adapts them. In the near view from the woods below the one instance“ The Retreat from Moscastle on the north-west. Plate 3. repre- cow," the letter-press does not at all ansents the Grand Hall and Staircase; and swer to the story of the picture. plate 4. the interior of the Chapel, with the altar-piece by Murillo. The plates British Atlas, by J. and C. WALKER. are of large quarto size, well executed in Longman.- This work is to comprise lithography, by the masterly hand of P. separate maps of every county in England, Gauci.
and the three Ridings of Yorkshire. 9