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gossip,” for the bad listener in “Lothair," “I think we want more evidence of a the " Midland sea," for the Mediterranean change. The vice-chancellor and I went down in “Tancred” and “Venetia;" the figure to a place we have near town on Saturday where of unbuttoning one's brains, and * the there is a very nice piece of water, indeed, jingle “plundered and blundered," of some people call it a lake. My boys wanted “Coningsby,” the “heresy of cutlets,”

to skate, but that I would not permit.”

“ You believe in the Gulf Stream to that from“ Venetia,” the “ortolans stuffed

extent," said Lothair," no skating.with truffles and the truffles with orto. lans” from “Endymion," the “confused Or once more, a piece of raillery from explanations and explained confusions,” “Vivian Grey: from " Popanilla.” The terms “states

“What a pity, Miss Manvers, that the fash” and “anecdotage, ," "melancholy ion has gone out of selling oneself to the

and "Batavian grace," remind us devil.” that Benjamin Disraeli is the son of an “Good gracious, Mr. Grey !”. author he has himself portrayed as saun- “On my honor I am quite serious. It does tering, on his garden terrace meditating appear to me to be a very great pity; what a some happy phrase.

capital plan for younger brothers. It is a kind It still remains for us to advert to the of thing I have been trying to do all my life, wit of sustained sparkle rather than of and never could succeed. I began at school

with toasted cheese and a pitchfork.” sudden flashes. Of this there is an admirable specimen in “Tancred.” Lady Or the report of the debate in the House Constance is alluding to “The Revela- of Lords “imposing particularly if we tions of Chaos," a tract on evolution. take a part in it.”

... It shows you exactly how a star is Lord Exchamberlain thought the nation formed; nothing could be so pretty. A clus. going on wrong, and he made a speech full of ter of vapor- the cream of the Milky Way, currency and constitution. Baron Deprivya sort of celestial cheese churned into light. seal seconded him with great effect, brief but You must read it; it is charming.”

bitter, satirical and sore. The Earl of Quar“Nobody ever saw a star formed,” said terday answered these full of confidence in the Tancred.

nation and himself. When the debate was Perhaps not; you must read the Revela- getting heavy Lord Snap jumped up to give tions. It is all explained. But what is most them something light. The Lords do not eninteresting is the way in which man has been courage wit, and so are obliged to put up with developed. You know all is development. pertness. But Viscount Memoir was very The principle is perpetually going on. First statesmanlike and spouted a sort of universal there was nothing, then there was something, history: Then there was Lord Ego, who vinthen I forget the next. I think there were dicated his character when nobody knew he shells, then fishes; then we came, let me see, had one, and explained his motives because did we come next Never mind that

- we his auditors could not understand his acts. * came, and the next change there will be some. Or the comparison of the Tories who thing very superior to us, something with wings. Ah! that's it, we were fishes, and I supported Peel in his defection to the believe we shall be crows. Everything is

converted Saxons by Charlemagne : proved by geology, you know. This is

When the emperor appeared, instead development; we had fins, we may have of conquering he converted them. How were wings.'

they converted ? In battalions the old This passage is not only wit, but humor chronicler informs us they were converted in also, according as we regard the speaker terly impossible to bring these individuals

battalions and baptized in platoons. It was utor the speech, and as both combined as from a state of reprobation to one of grace in fact Westoriental,” irresistible. Or with a celerity sufficiently quick.f again, Herbert in “Venetia :"

And last, though decidedly not least the “I doubt whether a man at fifty is the same dictum of Mendez Pinto: material being that he is at five-and-twenty."

“I wonder," said Lord Cadurcis, "if a English is an expressive language, but not creditor brought an action against you at fifty difficult to master. Its range is limited ; it for goods sold and delivered at five-and-twenty consists, as far as I can observe, of four words, one could set up the want of identity as a plea nice,” “jolly," "charming," and "bore," and in bar; it would be a consolation to an elderly some grammarians add "fond." gentleman.

And now we have done. Whatever Or the lady's reasoning on the Gulf the divergencies of opinion on the litStream theory,

* The Young Duke.

† Speech on the Repeal of the Corn Laws, May 15, • This expression is Beethoven's



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erary merit of Lord Beaconsfield — and cal. Nor is the least enduring of the this rests with the best critic, posterity - wreaths heaped upon his bier that he it is at least unquestionable that in wit always, and in the best manner, amused and humor he never flags. There are us while he instructed, and instructed us those who have called him dull, and they while he anused. are dullards. The Bæotians could hardly His wit and his humor offer a complete have proved fair judges of Aristophanes. refutation to the Shakespearian adage,

But our object in this article has been “When the age is in the wit is out,” for to vindicate a much higher honor for Lord he preserved them youthful as a septuaBeaconsfield than any such mere clever- genarian, and they in requital shall pre

We have endeavored to prove that serve his memory ever vivid and vigorous. not only does he “sparkle with epigram “ Alas! poor Yorick, where be your and blaze with repartee” of unusual bril- gibes now, your gambols, your songs, liance, but that his humor, necessarily your flashes of merriment that were wont hampered as it was by his surroundings to set the table in a roar ?" may

exclaim and his aims, can boast keen insight and one who discerns only in Lord Beaconsoriginal manipulation; that the bizarre field the court jester. Our rejoinder shall and the frivolous is the mere froth on its be that of truth and reverence, surface – unessential and evanescent

He being dead yet speaketh. and that as a wit and a humorist he is now, by the prerogative of death, classi



MIND IN WORK. - - Medical men see a great The Times Bucharest correspondent dedeal of life, and nothing strikes the observant scribes a curious result following the recent family practitioner more than the number of earthquake which passed under that city. The feeble, sauntering, and loitering minds with soil of Bucharest is a rich, black, porous vegewhich he is brought into contact. No incon- table mould, very springy under pressure, and siderable proportion of the common and some carriages passing in a street cause a strong of the special ailments by which the multitude vibration in the adjacent houses. The Grand are affected may be traced to the want of Hôtel Boulevard, however, was an exception vigor in their way of living. The human or- to this general rule, and in the correspondent's ganism is a piece of physico-mental machinery room, facing the principal street, on which which can only be successfully worked at a there is a heavy traffic, he never could feel any fairly high pressure. It will almost inevitably sensible effect from passing vehicles. During get out of gear if the propelling force is allowed the recent earthquake the windows and crockto fall below a moderately high standard of ery in less massively constructed buildings pressure or tension, and that degree of tension rattled very sensibly, whereas there was no cannot be maintained without so much interest audible sound produced in the hotel menas will secure that the mind of the worker shall tioned. Since the earthquake shock, however, be in his work. It is curious to observe the this state of things has changed entirely, and way in which particular temperaments and every vehicle passing the hotel causes vibratypes of mental constitution are, so to say, tion in the whole building. The singular part gifted with special affinities, or predilections of this change consists in the fact that the for particular classes of work. The men who effect produced by the vehicle is precisely the work in hard material are men of iron will, same as that accompanying the earthquake. which is equivalent to saying that the men of It is not a jar as previously produced in other what is called hard-headed earnestness find a buildings, but a sawing motion similar to that natural vent for their energy in work that re- described in the correspondent's telegram requires and consumes active power. On the lating to the late shock of earthquake. This other hand, the worker in soft materials is movement is so great as to cause pictures to commoniy either theoretical or dreamy. There sway backwards and forwards on the walls, is a special type of mental constitution con- and it is equally perceptible in the rear corner nected with almost every distinct branch of rooms farthest from the street. The hotel is industry, at least with those branches which of brick, covered outside with mastic, which have existed long enoug? to exercise a suffi- would show at once any crack in the walls. ciert amount of influenge on successive gen- He has carefully examined the exterior of the erations of workers. We are all familiar with building and there is not a crack in it. Hence, what are called the racial types of character. he thinks, this change in the solidity of the It would be well if sime attention could be structure appears to be due to some effect pro. bestowed on the industrial types, both in rela: duced in the earth underneath the building by tion to educational policy and the study of the shock of earthquake. mental and physical! ;'ty in health and disease.


and gay,




Through the green woods the birds sang shrill The meadow-lands with golden king.cups glow, Strown o'er their velvet carpet of pure green;

And then a suddeu sound Mingled with snowy pink-tipped daisy stars,

Of coming feet, a glimpse of raiment grey, And yellow-petalled cowslips.

And shaken blossoms falling to the ground;

From the thorn, Sweet was my dream of Love and Life and May, The fragrant-blossomed thorn, the blackbird

And blossoms scattered round. pipes A carol jubilant; and close at hand

And swift towards me his light footsteps came: His brother-minstrel, the brown, bright-eyed

O Love, I woke to see thrush,

Strange eyes upon me, dark with some spent A rival challenge, with full-swelling throat,

Alame, Sounds on the fair June morning!

So like to thine, O Love, and yet not thee : Bush and tree

Thine was his raiment, and he bore the name Gleam 'neath soft silver mist; whilst incense

Known but to Love and me. sweet Of countless flowerets, wet with glittering dew, The yellow crocus blossoms in his hand Falls grateful on the sense. And bird and Were crushed, and wan, and dead; flower,

Lo, as a wanderer on an unknown strand Meadow and woodland, with bright beauty He stood beside me with discrowned head: crowned,

“Love comes not twice,” he cried, “to any Silent, yet eloquent, alike proclaim

land, The power and wisdom of the Maker's hand ! But I am in his stead!” Chambers' Journal.

A. H. B.

He held to me a chalice of red wine

Filled to the very brim;
The twisted snakes about the tall stem twine

And closely coil around the jewelled rim;

He held to me a cup of blood-red wine,

And bade me drink to him.
LOVE held to me a chalice of red wine

Filled to the very brim;
About the slender stem the clinging vine

“Love came, but never will he come again, Was closely twined and round the jewelled Love did forsake, but I, his brother, Pain,

Drink thou to me ; rim ; Love held to me a cup of blood-red wine,

Will now forevermore abide with thee; And made me drink to him.

The dark earth-mist has gathered round us

twain, Around, the desert of my life lay bare,

Drink thou to me!” A waste of reeds and sand,

Cornhill Magazine.

U. A. T. Love stood with all the sunlight in his hair,

And yellow crocus blossom in his hand; And all around the cruel scorching glare, The waste and thirsty land.

SONNET. To bis white feet the loose grey raiment hung,

Va, les jours d'automme ont aussi leur joie ; His flushed lips smiled on me,

Un dernier parfum des bruyères sort, Across his pale young brow the bright curls

Et le cliquetis du feuillage mort clung,

Semble un frôlement de robe de soie.

ARMAND SILVESTRE. I would have fled, but lo! I might not fee, While through the heavy air thy clear voice I hold that day apart from all my days. rung,

A wan disastrous light was on the sea, And bade me drink to thee.

And o'er the moors the rain crawled drearily.

We heard no plover pipe about the place I took the graven cup, my lips I set

Or shift his lonely tune a little space Close to the jewelled rim,

Across the drenched hollows, where the bee And to Love's eyes there stole a faint regret, All spring and summer through went questing Then a bright mist made all the old world free

To drop and feed upon the gorse-gold's blaze. And in the golden cloud our blind lips met, And I drank deep to him.

Only the rain-drip in the birch, the sigh

Of the sere heather-bells that lingered yet, O Love, among the orchard trees I lay, The arrowy swirl where tarn-born torrents met Spring grasses at my feet,

And tossed and whitened with a windy cry; The flickering shadows fell upon the way, But it was then you called me “friend,” and

The pale narcissus made the fresh air sweet; high Among the blossoming orchard trees I lay, Above all days and years that day is set. Waiting my Lord to greet.

Fraser's Magazine.

W. A. SIM.



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From Macmillan's Magazine. which a corn of wheat dies, and by dying THE REVISION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. becomes capable of bringing forth much

“Once more the quiet years, from fruit. At all events, if “ gospel” has the their long slumber leap," and England, negative desect of suppressio veri, it is at after a silence of ten generations, is én. least free from the far graver fault of gaged in revising her Bible. Between suggestio falsi. 1526 and 161 new translations, partial or It is not so with an allied term, “relicomplete, were constantly coming forth. gion.” Whatever may be the etymology From 1611 down to very recent times, of the Latin religio — and Max Müller there was nothing of the kind. The Au- agrees with Cicero in deriving it from thorized Version seemed to share the im- re-legere, the opposite of negligere, to exmutability of the solar system; partly, no press thoughtfulness, the opposite of doubt, because it was an authorized ver- carelessness — it will hardly be denied sion or rather was supposed to be so, that in nine out of ten cases where it oce for, as a matter of fact, it never was for- curs it carries with it an evil flavor of mally authorized either by crown or Par: unmanly fear, seeking refuge in slavish liament, or convocation — and partly per- service. Tantum Relligio potuit suadere haps because, of the two parties which so malorum is the line which it at once long divided the Church, the one was less recalls to every scholar. And this even occupied with the words of the Bible than in its English forin it has never quite lost. with the formularies derived from them, In the Bible,“ religion "and" religious while the other regarded those words with are very rarely used, and never in their an exaggerated reverence which would best — if even in a good sense. Their have shrunk from the idea of amendment distinctive use is as the equivalents of as a profanation. Is the present move. Opnoreia and Opīokos, as in James i. 26, 27, ment a sign that these two great parties where the whole object of the writer is to have somewhat modified their views, or impress on his disciples how unworthy of that their exclusive domination is no God is the idea of his service which un. more? However this may be, it affords derlies those words. And though “relia fitting occasion for recalling some of the gion” is now enthroned on the lips and leading points in the history of our En- in the hearts of men as the recognized glish Bible.

name for the highest aspiration of the huAnd first, as to the name. It may be man soul towards God, it is constantly asked, What's in a name ? but every one betraying its meaner origin, not only in who has reflected at all on the subject, such phrases as “ Sister in religion,” knows how powerfully names may influ- the religious order," "a religious,” but ence thought. The late Mr. Charles also, though less obviously, in many othBuxton, in his “Notes of Thought,” | ers, as when we speak of “the religious speaks of it as nothing short of a national life," as something distinct from the calamity that the record of our Saviour's godly, righteous, and sober life after which life and teaching should be designated by every true Christian strives. Who shall the word “gospel,” a word which has to say how much in this case, as in others, the mass of those who hear it no signifi. the mortal word may have clogged the cance or “connotation," instead of by the immortal thought; to how great an extent word "good tidings.” Perhaps this is a good cause may have suffered from the not a very strong case; for it may be imperfection of a watchword, misleading maintained that “gospel” does carry with those within the camp as to the true it a meaning to those who think at all; strength of their position, and keeping and further that to express any complex out many who might have been within it? phenomenon of world-wide importance The name “ Bible,” as applied to the there must be one word set apart and Holy Scriptures, is perhaps open to some withdrawn from its ordinary uses; that to objection of a similar kind, as tending to fit it for its great mission it must pass make us forget their multifarious characthrough a process analogous to that by ter; that what we are speaking of is not



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