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touched, that a head should produce a little
Which comes when the golden, of the stuff called “ nonsense verses”--that
Ripe harvest is stored; this article should be committed to scented
And yields its own blessings
Repose and reward. note-paper, and carefully sealed up with skewered hearts of amazing corpulence. God
The winter of love forbid that we should be thought guilty of a
Is the beam that we win,
While the storm scowls without, sneer at real affection !--far from it; such
From the sunshine within. ever commands our reverence. But we do
Love's reign is eternal, not find it in the noisy tribe of goslings
The heart is his throne, green who would fain be thought of the
And he has all seasons nightingale species. Did the reader ever
Of life for his own. contemplate a child engaged in the interest
What simple tenderness is contained in the ing operation of sucking a lollipop ?--we as ballad of “We were boys together"! Every sure him that that act was dictated by quite word in that beautiful 'melody comes home as much of true sentiment as puts in action to the heart of him whose early days have the fingers and wits of the generality of our been happy. God help those in whom this young amatory poetasters. We know of none
poem awakens no fond remembrances ! who have written more charmingly of love those whose memories it does not get wanthan George Morris. Would to Apollo that dering up the stream of life, toward its our rhymesters would condescend to read
source ; beholding at every step the sun carefully his poetical effusions ! But they smiling more brightly, the heavens assuming contain no straining after effect—no extrava.
a deeper hue, the grass a fresher green,
and gant metaphors-no driveling conceits; and the flowers a sweeter perfume. How wonso there is little fear of their being taken as drous are not its effects upon ourselves ! models by those gentlemen. Let the reader The wrinkles have disappeared from our mark the surpassing excellence of the love brow, and the years from our shoulders, and songs ; their perfect naturalness ; the quiet the marks of the branding iron of experience beauty of the similes ; the fine blending of from our heart; and again we are a careless graceful thought and tender feeling which child, gathering primroses
, and chasing butcharacterize them. Morris is, indeed, the terflies, and drinking spring water from out poet of home joys. None have described the hollow of our bands. Around us are the more eloquently the beauty and dignity hedges with golden gorse bright blossomof true affection-of passion based upon esing, as none bloom now-a-day.”
We have teem ; and his fame is certain to endure while heard of death, but we know not what it is; the Anglo-Saxon woman has a hearthstone and the word change has no meaning for us ; over which to repeat her most cherished and summer and winter, and seed-lime and household words.
Here is Morris's “Seasons of Love." Sel harvest, has each its unutterable joys. Alas! dom have the benign effects of the passion dream-land. Nevertheless, we have profited
never remain long in this happy been more felicitously painted
greatly by the journey. The cowslips and The spring time of love
violets gathered by us in childhood shall be Is both happy and gay,
potent in the hour of temptation; and the For joy sprinkles blossoms
cap of rushes woven for us by kind hands in And balm in our way;
days gone by shall be a surer defense than The sky, earth, and ocean,
a helmet of steel in the hour of battle. No, In beauty repose, And all the bright future
no ; we will never disgrace our antecedents.
We were boys together,
And never can forget
The school-house near the heather,
In childhood where we met;
The humble home to memory dear,
Its sorrows and its joys;
Where woke the transient smile or tear ,
When you and I were boys.
We were youths together,
And castles built in air,
Your heart was like a feather,
And mine weigh'd down with care;
WE WERE BOYS TOGETHER.
To you came wealth with manhood's prime, tagonist set foot in the south, he should To me it brought alloys
never return alive to Boston—no, though he Foreshadow'd in the primrose time, were girt with a body-guard of thirty thouWhen you and I were boys.
sand men. Channing's tribute to the memoWe're old men together
of Milton is a splendid piece of composiThe friends we loved of yore
tion. We consider it finer than that of With leaves of autumn weather
Macaulay's noble offering at the same sacred Are gone for evermore.
shrine-rich though that offering be in “ barHow blest to age the impulse given, baric pearl and gold.” And what shall we
The hope time ne'er destroysWhich led our thoughts from earth to heaven. say of Washington Irving, the gentle spirit When you and I were boys !
to whom we owe so many happy hours ?
he who has given us Rip Van Winkle and We regret we have not space to enter Ichabod Crane—who has collected for us more largely into the merits of Morris ; but the Moorish legends of Andalusia—who has there is one quality in his songs to which we voyaged with Columnbus for our benefit, and cannot but direct attention and this is their traced out the wonderful career of the proalmost feminine purity. The propensities phet and his sworded successors——the Addihave had their laureates ; and genius, alas ! son of the States, and best biographer of has often defiled its angel wings by contact gentle Oliver Goldsmith. And Leatherwith the sensual and the impure. But Mor- stocking Cooper ? who in the number of his ris has never attempted to robe vice in beau- fictions almost rivals our own James. And ty; and, as has been well remarked, his lays Prescott, the great historian ? and Herman can bring to the cheek of purity no blush Melville ? whose narratives fascinate like the save that of pleasure.
eye of the “Ancient Mariner.” And Dana, We began by expressing our disapproval and—but we must conclude; and this we of a certain criticism on American poetry; do by wishing fair competence and long life
cannot conclude without expressing our and happiness, and fruitful vines and beautideep obligations to the prose writers of ful olive branches, to every penman at both America. Many of them have rendered large sides of the ocean who labors to unite the service to the cause of humanity, and none two great divisions of the Anglo-Saxon race more than the ever-to-be-venerated Chan- in the bonds of brotherhood, and who desires ning. His eloquent treatise on slavery can to make those bonds endure till—to apply never become a forgotten book. The mighti- the words of the fine American poet, Pierest of earth's conquerors might well envy the pont, writing of the Pilgrim Fatherslittle Boston hero the moment when the southern slave-breeders, raging at the expo
Till the waves of the bay, sure of their crimes, swore with the most
Where the Mayflower lay, horrible imprecations that should their an
Shall foam and freeze no more.
Handwriting.–Some time ago, persons ( as regards your own object in writing, disreinclined to an ambitious turn of mind thought spectful as regards him. Not to perceive it indicative of an intellectual or literary dis- that certain words which do not derive eluposition to write an unreadable hand; and cidation from the context, such as technical we have heard men boast that they wrote terms and proper names, need particular so as not to be understood. This is an odd distinctness, is a mistake of dullness. We kind of success, and a very vulgar one to do not mean to say that all men who write boot. A rapid hand may indicate a habit of badly are dullards, or we might be confuted writing, and therefore a familiarity with pur- by a storm of illustrious autographs ; but suits more or less intellectual; but not to be we do mean, that when a man intends to able to write both well and fast is a defect make you understand an idea, has a pen in of skill, and can in no way be twisted into | his hand for the purpose, and fails for want of an ornamental trait. To write so that your capacity to make the letters of the alphabet, correspondent cannot decipher you is silly that man's intellect is asleep.--Spectator.
From the International Weekly Miscellany.
ENGLISH FEMALE NOVELISTS.
Among the most remarkable writers of ro- other, and the book passed to a second edi. mances in England, three women are enti- tion without the solution of the riddle. At tled to be reckoned in the first rank, namely, last there came out a second romance, . ShirMiss Jewsbury, Miss Bronte, and Mrs. Gas- ley,' by the same author, which was devourkell. Miss Jewsbury issued her first work ed with equal avidity, although it could not about four years since, a novel, in three vol- be compared to the former in value ; and umes, under the title of “Zoe," and since still the incognito was preserved. Finally, then she has published the “Half Sisters.” | late in the autumn of last year the report Both these works are excellent in manner as was spread about that the image of Jane well as ideas, and show that their author is Eyre had been discovered in London in the a woman of profound thought and deep feel person of a pale young lady, with gray eyes, ing. Both are drawn from country life and who had been recognized as the long-sought the middle class, a sphere in which Miss authoress. Still she remained invisible. And Jewsbury is at home. The tendency of the again, in June 1850, it is said that Currer first is speculative, and is based on religion ; Bell, Jane Eyre, Miss Bronte,--for all three that of the second is social, relating to the names mean the same person,-is in London position of woman.
though to all inquiries concerning the where Miss Jewsbury is still young, for an au- and how a satisfactory answer is still wantthoress. She counts only some thirty years, ing. She is now indeed here, but not for and many productions may be confidently the curious public; she will not not serve soexpected from her hand, though perhaps ciety as a lioness, will not be gazed and none will excel those already published, for, gaped at. She is a simple child of the counafter gaining a certain climax, no one excels try, brought up in the little parsonage of her himself. Her usual residence is Manchester; father, in the North of England, and must it is but seldom that she visits the metro- first accustom her eye to the gleaming diapolis; she is now here. She has lively and dem with which fame seeks to deck her brow, pleasing manners, a slight person, fine fea- before she can feel herself at home in her own tures, a beautiful, dreamy, light brown eye. sunshine. She is attractive without being beautiful, re- Our third lady, Mrs. Gaskell, belongs also tiring, altogether without pretensions, and in to the country, and is the wife of a Unitarian conversation is neither brilliant nor very intel clergyman. In this capacity she has probably lectual—a still, thoughtful, modest character. had occasion to know a great deal of the
Miss Bronte was long involved in a mys- poorer classes, to her honor be it said. Her terious obscurity, from which she first book, “Mary Barton,” conducts us into the emerged into the light as an actually exist- factory workman's narrow dwelling, and deing being, at her present visit to London. picts his joys and sorrows, his aims and efTwo years ago there appeared a romance, forts, his wants and bis misery, with a power "Jane Eyre,' by Currer Bell,' which threw of truth that irresistibly lays hold upon the all England into astonishment. Everybody heart. The scene of the story alternates was tormenting himself to discover the real from there to the city mansion of the factory -author, for there was no such person as Cur- owner, where, along with luxury and splendor rer Bell, and no one could tell whether the we find little love and little happiness, and book was written by a or woman, where sympathy with the condition of the because the hues of the romance now indi- workman is wanting only because it is not cated a male and now a female hand, with known, and because no one understands why out any possibility of supposing that the or how the workman suffers. The book is at whole originated with a single pencil. The once very beautiful, very instructive, and public attributed it now to one, now to an- written in a spirit of conciliation.
A Hunter's Life in South Africa, by R. Gordons of the Sicilian Vespers, by the Earl of Ellesmere. A Cumming, a sprightly and entertaining work, re- Reprint of Seba Smith's New Elements of Geometry. printed in 2 vols. by HARPER & BROTHERS, is thus Life, Scenery, and Customs in Sierra Leone and the commended by Bentley's Miscellany:
Gambia, by the Rev. Thomas Eyre Poole, D. D. “To the sportsman, par ercellence, to the man of Personal Adventures during the late War of Indepennerve and of enterprise, to the young and the daring, 1 dence in Hungary. to the fox-hunter of England and the deer-stalker of Mr. Murray's last includes the following among Scotland, to the wild boar-spearer and the tiger-hunter others :-England from the Peace of Utrecht, vol. 5 of India, to all that delight in the chase, in its dangers and 6, by Lord Mahon. State Papers of Henry VIII.'s and fatigues, and enjoy it the more from its greater peril to iheir life or iheir limbs, we could name few reign. Addresses and Charges, by Bishop Norwich. publications that would equally interest them. Five Christianity in Ceylon, by James Emerson Tennent. years they indeed were ‘of perilous adventure-of lion-bearding and elephani-spooring, of hippopotamus
An Englishman domesticated in Abyssinia, by Mansshooting and rhinoceros-hunting ; five years passed in field Parkyns, Esq. An Edition of Pope's Works, in the forest among the fiercest wild beasis of the earth; | 4 vols., edited by John Wilson Croker. Barron's and to whom, in their ignorance and simplicity, a horse was as much an unknown animal as was a
long expected work, Lavengro. Campaign of Rawhite man, and a rifle a bewilderment and a puzzle." delzy in Piedmont, by Lord Ellesmere.
Mr. Colburn has lately published:-The History of The Spectator speaks of the work thus :
Religion, by John Evelyn. Lives of the Queens of Sport and the free life of the hunter, not geographical description or discovery, were 'ihe objects England of the House of Brunswick, by Mrs. Everett of Mr. Cumming, and he enjoyed them to the fullest Green. Lives of the Princes of England from the extent. He has knocked over half-a-dozen elephanis Norman Conquest. Historic Scenes, by Agnes Strickor more at a time, chased and slaughtered cameleo-land. Letters of Mary Queen of Scots, by Agnes pards in like manner, killed and carried off hippopo; Strickland. Light and Darkness, by Mrs. Crowe. iamuses as men do deer at home; and grew so bold that two or three lions were less to him ihan an over- Adelaide Lindsay, by the author of Emilia Wyndham. driven ox to a London Alderman. He met the king Petticoat Government, a novel, by Mrs. Trollope. An of beasts in open plain, rode with them, at them, across them, and round ihem in the execution of his lactics;
Autumn in Sicily, by the Marquis of Ormonde. knocked them over right and left. The most valua
Smith, Elden, & Co, announce :- The Stories of ble parts of Mr. Cumming's book are those which de- Venice, by John Ruskin. New Christmas Book, by scribe the habits and appearances of the animals, as
Thackeray. A Volume of Table-talk, by Leigh Hunt. he saw them under more favorable circumstances than perhaps any other observer with equal powers of Literary Remains of Ellis and Acton Bell, with notices observation.
of both authors, by Currer Bell. Women Exemplary
for Piety and Charity, by Miss Julia Kavanagh. ConLights and Shades of Irelanu, a work written by
versations of Goethe with Eckermann, translated by Mrs. Nicholson, and originally published under the
John Oxenford. Pique, a novel. title of “Ireland's Welcome to the Stranger," by Ba
Blackwood's last embraces:-Notes on North Amer. KER & Scribner, New York, and now republished by ica, Agricultural, Social, and Economical, by ProfesGilpin, London, is favorably noticed in a long review sor James F. W. Johnston. Curran and his Contemby Tait's Magazine, which thus commences: poraries, by Charles Phillips, Lives of the Queens of
In the year 1817, Mrs. Nicholson, a native of New- Scotland, by Agnes Strickland. Agricultural PhysiYork, repaired to Ireland, to become there the dissology, Animal and getable, by J. L. Kemp. tributor of charity to the starving people of that couutry. As far as her own limited means would reach,
A work of great ability and value has been issued aided by some contributors from the United States, | by Messrs. HARPER & BROTHERS, to which the attenshe administered relief to the sufferers in person. She tion of scholars and clergymen will be attracted-A accordingly mixed largely with the poorest classes, and was occasionally thrown in contact with bodies
Greck and English Lexicon of the New Testament, by and individuals who were engaged officially, or as
Rev. Dr. Robinson, of the Union Theological Semivolunteers, in the same charitable work. The volume nary, New York, in one large octavo volume. The before us is, in its most interesting portions, an ac
typography deserves special commendation. It is recount of her adventures when so engaged.
markably clear and handsome, and will be regarded Mr. Bentley has lately published-A Year in the as among the best specimens of Greek printing among Punjaub Frontier in 1818-9, by Major Herbert Ed- us. Of the merits of the work itself, we have formed, wardes. A Pilgrimage to the Land of my Fathers, or from long acquaintance with the first edition, the a Narrative of Travel and Sojourn in Judea and highest estimate. In respect of precision, fullness, Egypt, by the Rev. Moses Margolionth. The History | order and style, we know of no other lexical work so finely realizing the true idea of a Lexicon as this, in propriate, though brief, letter press essays, suggested ils department.
It displays scholarship, research, by the history of the different characters delineated. judgment, and taste, in every page, and combines The sketches are highly meritorious as works of art, many qualities not often to be found in this class of They evince a fine conception of the character of the works. The latest results of Biblical learning in its persons portrayed, and a degree of spirit and intellivarious departments, were familiar to the author, and gence not often to be found in the purely imaginative his own practical theories have supplied him with creations of the pencil. St. Paul, David, Isaiah, abundant materials for the important feature of Ezekiel, especially, are replete with the traces of exegesis. The etymology and the logical develop genius; and of all of them it may be said, that they ment and changes of each word are minutely pre. do good justice to the lofty subjects they attempt to sented, together with all its grammatical phases, and sketch, the different forms of infection. A learned and useful The illustrative essays are from practised and wellcomparison of the New Testament usage of the word known pens. Among the authors we notice the names with that of the classic authors is also given, throw- of the reverend and esteemed editor, of Dr. Vinton, of ing great light upon many a passage. In addition 10 Boston, Bishop Spencer, of Jamaica, Dr. Adams and this, a great variety of exegetical explanation of words Dr. Smith, of the Presbyterian Church in New-York, and passages occur, so that the Lexicon as a whole
Dr. Bellows, Dr. Frothingham, and Mr. Bartol, of the furnishes the student with a fine commentary. The Unitarian denomination ; Dr. Hayne and Dr. Charles, work is ghly credilable the scholarship of our
of the Baptist denomination, and Dr. Scott, of the country, and will take rank as a standard production Methodist. These productions are of various interest abroad, as well as here.
and ability. Some of them possess great excellence. The first among the beautiful issues of the press, Purity of taste, genuine feeling, and exquisite approdevoted to the welcome purpose of holiday gifts, priateness are true of them all, while true eloquence which the approaching season brings forth, is the and poetry may be averred of a few. The massive, splendid volume of the Messrs. APPLETO», entitled rich and luxurious binding in which the work makes “ Our Saviour, with Prophets and Evangelists,” edited its appearance, together with the fine typography, and by Rev. Dr. Wainright. The embellishments-eigh. its truly beautiful and meritorious illustrations, will teen in number-present original and exquisitely fin- give it an unquestionable precedence in the elegant ished sketches of that number of prominent Scriptural class of which it is the pioneer. characters, including our Lord, accompanied by ap
The striking scene presented in the engraving ac- most revolting and cruel persecutions ever recorded, companying this number, will recall to the reader the were the result of her instigation. St. Bartholomew's closing period of the life of Charles IX of France. day was one of them. In all these the unhappy Weak and unprincipled, rather than wicked, this Charles was forced, often wiih great reluctance, to unhappy prince was made subservient throughout his play the principal part. The frequent and Magrant short and eventful life, to the policy and intrigues of crimes in which he was thus compelled to participate, his mother, Catherine de Medicis, who ruled France, embittered his life with regrets, and which gradually from the time of her husband's decease, whoever rose to a settled and terrible remorse. The sight of might be the apparent head of the kingdom. One his monster mother became at length intolerable ; and part of her policy was to play off against each other shortly previous to his death, her presence was the the different parties into which the kingdom was dio signal of paroxysms of rage and remorse. It is one of vided. The excesses of each party she adroitly these characteristic scenes which the artist has fostered, and secretly aided each to injure the other. seized upon, and presents at a glance the whole hisThe great issue which divided the contending parties tory of the miserable destiny which crime ever secures at that time, was the conflict between Catholicism and to itself. We shall present, in another number, a conProtestantism; and persecution of Protestants be- tinuation of an article in our last, on the House of came, therefore, a leading part of the policy of the Guise, a graphic sketch of these two characters, to Queen mother. Through her agency, some of the which the reader may be referred.