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broken only by the scream of the eagle and picturesqueness, the harmony, the delicacy the dash of the cataract, where human life is and grace, which her compositions display, indicated but by the shieling in the sheltered she is peculiarly the poet of her own sex. holm, and the shepherd boy, lying wrapt up Her pictures are not more distinguished for in his plaid by the furze-bush, with his “ lit- accuracy of touch than for elegance of finish, tle flock at feed beside him.” By Scott we Everything is clear, and defined, and palpaare placed amid the men and things of de- ble ; nothing is enveloped in accommodating parted ages.
The bannered castle looms in haze ; and she never leaves us, as is the trick the distance, and around it are the tented of some late aspiring and mystical versifiers, plain—the baron and his vassals—all that to believe that she must be profound because pertains to “ ladye-love and war, renown and she is unintelligible. She is ever alive to the knightly worth." We have the cathedral- dignity of her calling, and the purity of her pomp, and the dark superstition, and the sex. Aware of the difficulties of her art, she might that stands in the place of right,-all aspired towards excellence with untiring perthe fire and air, with little of the earth and severance, and improved herself by the study water of our elemental nature. The lays of of the best models, well knowing that few Wilson reflect the patriarchal calm of life in things easy of attainment can be worth much. its best, and purest, and happiest aspects - Her taste thus directed her to appropriate or, indeed, of something better than mere and happy subjects; and hence it has been, human life, as the image of the islet in the as with all things of sterling value, that her sunset mirror of the lake is finer and fairer writings have not been deteriorated by time. than the reality. Coleridge's inspiration is They were not, like the ice palace of the emblemed by ruins in the silver and shadow Empress Catherine, thrown up to suit the of moonlight,-quaint, and queer, and fan- whim of the season, or directed to subjects tastic, haunted by the whooping owl, and of mere occasional interest, to catch the gale screamed over by the invisible night-hawk. of a passing popularity. Mrs. Hemans built Campbell reminds of the Portland vase, on surer foundations, and with less perishable exquisite in taste and materials, but recalling materials. The consequence is, that her repalways the conventionalities of art.
utation has been steadily on the increase. When placed beside, and contrasted with Of no one modern writer can it be affirmed her great contemporaries, the excellences of with less hesitation, that she has become an Mrs. Hemans are sufficiently distinct and char- English classic; nor, until human nature beacteristic. There can be no doubt of this,
very different from what it now is, can more especially in her later and best writings, we imagine the least probability that the in which she makes incidents elucidate feel- music of her lays will cease to soothe the ear, ings. In this magic circle-limited it may or the beauty of her sentiment to charm the be-she has no rival. Hence, from the gentle heart.
NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.
Memoirs of the Life of William Collins, Esq., R.A. that station to which he belonged. We do not By his Son, W. Wilkie Collins. 2 vols. Long- mean to say that every man can be a William Col.
lins, can be so celebrated or so prosperous; but cer
tainly every man of ordinary ability and ordinary This is a biography which every one will admire, opportunity may hope to be a William Collins in for not only is it a well-written record of a life fer- degree, and may emulate that cheerful industry, tile in good qualities and pleasing incidents, but it that patient and untiring perseverance, that conis exactly one of those narratives which, in tracing tentment with moderate success, that amiability of the fortunes of estimable individuals, seem to mark disposition, that even uncomplaining good temper, out that course of conduct by which, in the plan of that prudent hoarding of resources, which went so Providence, happiness, contentment and prosperity far to give him the eminence he attained, and which are to be attained. In Mr. Collins we recognize certainly constituted, much more than any superior
ative of a larg class of individuals abilities with which he was gifted by nature, the whose names do not pass beyond the immediate prosperity of a remarkably even, useful and Chriscircle of their friends and relatives. He may be tian life. --Britannia. taken as a type,—the happiest and the best-of
The Analytical Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon, , prive matter of all “life,” “ energy,” “action," "
opecontaining an Alphabetical Arrangement of every ration," “ property," or any other attribute that can Word and Inflexion contained in the Old Testa- be predicated of mind. He coins terms of conment Scriptures, precisely as they occur in the tempt for all useful knowledge forms of literary Sacred Text, with a Grammatical Analysis of composition in relation to science—such as Modern each Word and Lexicographical Ilustration of the Mythology,' 'Modern Legendary Pathology,' • The Meanings; a Complete Series of the Hebrew and Modern Oracular,' &c.,--and insists upon a stricter Chaldee Paradigms, with Grammatical Remarks observance of “ the laws of exact reasoning.” That and Explanations. Quarto, pp. 90. Samuel there is a want of precision in popular treatises Bageter and Sons. London, 1848.
must be confessed; and it is perhaps owing to this, The publishers of this volume state that it has at least as one of the causes, that series of works occupied upwards of seven years of unremitting la originally well intended for the education of the bor on the part of its author. Any competent per popular mind, and for a long period received with son who shall read the above title-page with atten- encouragement, have lately decreased so much in tion will be aware that the compass of labor in- circulation. They were hastily written, and phrases volved in the carrying out of such a scheme must were, accordingly, adopted and repeated without have been so great as to have been appalling to any
sufficient thought. Meanwhile, the light of pbiloso mind possessing no more than the ordinary powers phy has been from other quarters shed upon the of application. Not only to Biblical students, but whole field of intelligence, and has produced disconeven to advanced scholars in this department, the tent with compilations that copied the verbiage of work is a boon of great value. The Lexicon, which
extinct systems. It were well if Dr. Halle had extends to nearly eight hundred pages, in double himself written in a style less affected; his work columns, is preceded by a grammatical introduc- would have possessed greater positive utility in its tion of nearly a hundred pages. The volume is increased intelligibility. As it is, we have to trans. beautifully printed, and the oversight, to preclude late it into our ordinary dialect. Of his earnestness errors of the press, appears to have been most vigi. and sincerity, there need be no doubt-and his lant and successful.
strictures upon Mill, Lewes and Comte are not withIn an analytical Lexicon, the great object is to out their value.- Athenæum. give the etymology and the signitication of words. We can conceive of nothing more complete than the process by which these results are aimed at in the present work. The entire body of words contained in the Hebrew Scriptures, exactly as they are found in the text, have been thrown into alpha RECENT BRITISH PUBLICATIONS. betical order; so that each, accompanied by its pre- | Visits to Monasteries in the Levant, by Hon. Robert fixes, suffixes, and under every modification of form,
Curzon. may be immediately found by the simplest operation. Each word, ihus arranged, is concisely but Nineveh, its Remains, by Austin H. Layard. 2 vols.
The Monuments of Nineveh, illustrated fom Mr. fully parsed, and its composition explained, and its simple form and root given; and whatever neces
Layard's drawings. sary information is not found in any case in the Life, by George Borrow, author of The Bible in Lexicon is supplied by a reference to the grammati
Spain. cal introduction and the tables of paradigms. The Original Treatises on the Arts of Painting in Oil, signification of the words is given under their re
Glass, Mosaic, &c., by Thos. Merrifield spective roots, which are always indicated in the
Notes from Books, by Henry Taylor, author of analysis of each form. In addition to the various
Philip Van Artevelde. significations of each root, a synoptical list of all the The Doctrine of the Incarnation, by Arch-deacon words derived from each is given, to aid the student Dalmatia and Montenegro, by Sir Gardner Wilkinin remembering the connection between the root and its derivatives. Altogether, it is a volume which should have its place in the library of every man
Outlines of English Literature, by Thomas Shaw. interested in the study of the language which is not
The Saxons in England; a history of the English only more ancient than any other known to us, but
Commonwealth until the Norman Conquest, by which has been made the vehicle of instruction
J. M. Kemble, M. A. 2 vols. transcendent in its influence and worth.—British
Charles Vernon, by Lt. Col. Henry Lenior. Quarterly Revicw.
The Fountain of Arethusa, by Robert Eyres Landor.
2 vols. Goals and Guerdons, or the Chronicles of a Life, by
a very old Lady.
A Practical Treatise on Musical Composition, by Exact Philosophy. Books I. and II. By Dr. H.
G. W. Rühner. F. HALLE
Historical Essays, by Lord Mahon. The design of this work appears to be to divest | The Victim of the Jesuits, or Piquillo Alliaga, by natural philosophy of all the terms which it has C. Cocks. borrowed from moral science. Dr. Halle wishes to The Loncashire Witches, a new novel of Ainsshow a disparity between the known qualities of worth. intelligence and the known components of physics, Austria, by Edward P. Thompson, Esq. and to deny the possibility of their analogy. Here The Diamond and the Pearl, a new novel by Mrs. in, the author undervalues the office and authority Gore. of the imagination. He condemns as “mythical” | Vol. IV. of the Pepys Diary. and “legendary" every attempt at illustrating one Anecdotes of the Aristocracy, by J. Bernard Burke, by means of the other-and in this way would de Esq.
wuwu spontani portion indolence; he went into society in the even- of his day's labors. By this quiet process of ing; he had the air of a lounger in the morn- study and thought he gradually brought his ing; he attended indifferently to things of mind to an elevated level, all beneath which small importance; and consequently he was he considered mean and worthless ; all above, called idle, and for many years of his life visionary and extravagant. Popular clamor decried as idle, by a vast variety of persons and aristocratic pretension were alike dis
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