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VOLUME LXXXIX. .
Anglo-Saxon Let Loose,
188 Education of Englishwomen in the 16th
England and the War,
20 Esther, To, .
198 Forest Life,
429 France, Pioneers of, in the New World, 880
675 Germany, The Coming War in, 285, 408, 410
German Affairs, English Sympathies in
1 Golden Leaves, 499,
497 History Anticipated,
Ireland, How to Pacify,
The Coup d'Etat in,
Jacobite Family, A,
Jesuits in Rome,
Journal des Savants,
Jesus, Modern Theories Concerning the
Jordan's “Men I have Known,”
Josephine, Descendants of the Empress, 765
231 Lamb, Charles, His Friends, Haunts,
Life-boat, The Ramsgate, A Night with Quotations,
Ramsgate Life-boat, A Night with the, 321
30, 305, 718
771 Stanhope, Lady Hester, The Travels of, 237
Tunnel, The Mont Cenis,
160 Unitarianism, American, and Theodore
191, 229 Valparaiso, The Bombardment of, 761, 820
211 Wide Wide World, The, Novel by the
354 Civil War,
459 War in Europe, The Coming, 194, 572, 634,
681, 683, 758
578 Contrast, The,
Bockum Dollfs Bonneted,
207 Dead Ship of Harpswell,
Sick Beasts and
89, 254, 540 Minister's Sandy and Jess,
733 Miss Marjoribanks,
Old Sir Douglas,
Sir Brook Fossbrooke
Sleeping Beauty in the Wood,
150, 361, 648
30, 305, 718
LITTELL'S LIVING AGE.- NO. 1140.–7 APRIL, 1866.
From the Eclectic and Congregational Review. had the sad accidents of pauperism associatJOHN CLARE.*
ed with his life. Forty-five years ago, that
terrible critic, William Gifford, in the QuarIn the spring of 1864, in the Northamp- terly Review, expressed his sense of marveltonshire General County Lunatic Asylum, ling admiration over the genius of the poor after a sad incarceration of about twenty- young peasant. The whole review is cast three years, an appendix to a previous in- in the appreciative strain of the following carceration in a private asylum, from which words: he escaped, died John Clare. In the lucid intervals which shone upon him, he had al- We had nearly overlooked, amidst the bulk. ways expressed a wish to sleep his last sleep ier works which incessantly solicit our attenin the cburchyard of his native village, tion, this interesting little volume ; which bears Helpston. Accordingly, when his spirit indubitable evidence of being composed altohad tled, the superintendent of the asylum gether from the impulses of the writer's mind, wrote to the Earl Fitzwilliam, one of the as excited by external objects and internal sen
sations. Here are no tawdry and feeble paragreat peers of England, and whose proper phrases of former poets
, no attempts at describty lies immediately in the neighbourhood of ing what the author might have become acHelpston, asking for the grant of a small quainted with in his limited reading: the sum to carry the wish of the poor deceased woods, the vales, the brooksinto effect. The illustrious peer briefly replied by a refusal, implying that the de
" the crimson spots ceased died as a pauper, and should be bur- l' the bottom of a cowslip,”. ied in the pauper's burial-ground. There were others who judged more generously or the loftier phenomena of the heavens, conthan the noble earl, and it is a satisfaction templated through the alternations of hope and to feel that this great indignity was not per- despondency, are the principal sources whence petrated towards the remains of one of the youth, whose adverse circumstances and the sweetest village nightingales that ever resignation under them extort our sympathy, warbled the notes of pastoral melody in drew the faithful and vivid pictures before us. English verse. A requisite burial-fund
Examples of mind, highly gifted by nature, was raised in a few dayê ; the poet's body dage of adversity, are not rare in this country;
struggling with and breaking through the bonwas conveyed to Helpston, and now lies be- but privation is not destitution ; and the inneath the shade of a sycamore-tree, tombed stance before us is, perhaps, one of the most over only by the green grass and the eternal striking, of patient and persevering talent existvault of the sky. It is our purpose to in- ing and enduring in the most forlorn and seemquire a little, while we glance through Mr. ingly hopeless condition, that literature has at Martin's most affectionate and mournfully any time exhibited. interesting biography, into the claims John Clare has to memory and affectionate hom- Our distinguished predecessor of the Eclecage as one who has done honour to our tic Review for 1820 writes in an equal strain of land's language, and to inquire how far the eloquence and admiration in a review of conEarl Fitzwilliam was justified in treating as siderable length, marked by several subtle a pauper's, the remains of one who certainly touches of sympathy ; speaking of the poems
as "exquisitely vivid descriptions of rural *1. The Life of John Clare. By Frederick Martin. scenery," characterized by minute " fidelity
and tastefulness of description; as far supe2. The Rural Muse: Poems by John Clare. Whittaker, 1835.
rior in spirit and picturesque beauty, and 3. Poems 'descriptive of Rural Life and Scenery. tasteful expression, to the namby-pamby By John Clare, a Northamptonshire peasant. Printed for Taylor and Hes: style of ordinary English pastorals, as the
scenes from which he derives his inspira4. The Village Minstrel, and other Poems. By tions are to Vauxhall Gardens."
John Clare, the Northamptonshire peasant. 2 vols. Printed for Taylor and Hessey.
After some quotations, the writer says: FOURTH SERIES. LIVING AGE.
Macmillan and Co.
Fourth Edition. sey. 1821.