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that he is somewhat comforted in the reflection that paralysis and poetry are united. Homer, he says, and Milton, were blind! Dante was a blear-eyed beggar man!! Tasso, mad; Pope, ricketty; Akenside, a cripple; Thomson, morbidly fattish; Shakspeare, stupid! Scott and Byron, lame; Cowper and Collins, mad; Coleridge had mannering fits of dreary daftness; and having thus recounted his lazar-book of diseases, the author considers his own complaint as affording an apology for venturing into the Limbo of fools. How he would have written while in health, we cannot say, but the following stanza seems to us a little morbid: Dim thro' the silence of that pageant hall,
In widow weeds he saw a lady glide, And bending raise the gorgeous sable pall That served a shapen church-yard clod to hide;
And with the ire of an insulted bride, Deep in the dead she plunged a gleaming knife,
And wildly ran, with frantic accents cried, "Now I am free-I am no more a wife!"
Sketches of the Beginning and the End, in
Of high-born beauties,
With chisel'd hands, and scornful lips,
Are bad subjects for Reviewers.
Literary Fables, from the Spanish of Yriarte, by Richard Andrews. 1835.The original tales of Yriarte are neatly devised, and skilfully and pleasantly executed; more simple than Fontaine, and more concise than Gay. The translation by Mr. Andrews, is very good. We will give a specimen from p. 75.
THE TWO THRUSHES.
A sage old thrush was once discipling
Soon as the grapes the youngster spied,
Come see a fruit which long I've known,
And he triumphantly exclaimed,
final settlement under Prince Leopold; who was acquainted with the principal persons, civil and military, both in Holland and Belgium, who were concerned in the progress of the great events described; who was privy to the principal negociations; and who has formed a cool, deliberate, and statesman-like view of the whole.
The Belgic Revolution, in 1830, by Charles White, Esq. 2 vols. 1835.-These volumes are written by a person of knowledge, acuteness, and observation, and form the very best account of that revolution, which, rising in the pit of the theatre, in a single night tore the crown of Belgium from the temples of the monarch. The causes of the discontent, its progress, and its movements; the delay, and difficulties, and errors of the king and his advisers, are clearly explained. The Allied Congress, in uniting two kingdoms so discordant, differing in language, religion, habits, interests, first laid the stone of future evil; secondly, William, by his preference of the Dutch in all situations, civil and military, increased it; thirdly, by delay, and obstinate inflexibility, he lost the chance of recovery; and, lastly, the total incompetence of Prince Frederic to fill the important office of commander of the invading and chastising army, in a most delicate and difficult crisis, sealed at once the fate of the sovereign, rendered re-union hopeless, and placed the revolted Belgians under a new and, we hope, a happier dynasty. Mr. White's book is highly interesting and instructive; it is the work of one who was present during the eventful period, from the breaking out of the revolution, to the
New England and her Institutions, by one of her Sons. The most interesting chapter in this work, is that which gives us an account of Slavery in America. It appears that there are in America two millions of slaves and three hundred thousand free blacks; and their numbers are increasing at the rate of sixty thousand annually; a fearful number, which has long naturally excited attention and inspired alarm. The Americans have a colony at Liberia in Africa, where free blacks have been sent; but it absorbs only one drop in a shower, and the colony itself appears to be in an unprosperous situation. The account of the insurrection of the negroes in August 1831 in Virginia, is most terrific; and presents a more frightful picture of misery, consternation, and horror on the one side, and brutal and bloody ignorance and frantic cruelty on the other, than we ever remember. Alas! what is to prevent a second eruption of this fearful volcano, and desolation in all its terrors a hundred times as great?
Facts and Fictions, or Gleanings of a Tourist, by the author of Rostang. We must always withhold our approbation from tales like these; they are dangerous by the false lights, the artificial and exaggerated colouring which they throw over the events of life, and by the violent manner in which they act on the imagination. Events like those here described seldom occur; when they do, they should as speedily as possible be buried in oblivion. The history of guilty desires, unrestrained wills, misplaced affections, rash and headstrong resolves, and catastrophes ending in desolation and death, was borne for some time reluctantly in the poetry of Byron, but will be rejected, when offered again in the prose of his less illustrious successors.
* How came Mr. White to make so unscholar-like a blunder, as to assert that Scaliger was born in Holland? Why the marble statues of the great La Scalas, at Verona, shook upon their lordly pedestals? Is the blood of Julius come to this?
cession of subjects so similar to each other, viz. the destruction of the great heathen cities of the ancient world, by the predicted judgments of God; thus Babylon, Nineveh, Tyre, &c. have all separate narratives; and the causes and sequences being nearly the same in all, the reflections and opinions cannot be much diversified. The introductions and notes also are too long; and, though well written, are rather out of place in a book of poetry. For the particular faults which we wish to be removed, they consist chiefly in some trifling defects of taste in the versification. The author has a
And on the gentle evening's calmness, OH! Full many a minstrel's harp's enrapturing strain
Pour'd forth its low wild notes of pathos on the plain.
Again this botch of an exclamation oc
Penruddock, a Tale by the author of strange and affected pronunciation of Waltzburgh. 3 vols. We many words; and others are misplaced. cannot commend this novel either for the propriety of the fiction, the probability of the incidents, the elegance of the sentiments, or the truth of the characters. The object of the author seems to have been, to make his tale exceedingly mysterious. Indeed, a cloud of mystery hangs over the whole narrative from beginning to end; from the introduction of the hero as a gipsy in the first part, to the attempt to carry him off by an Italian swindler in a night-anchored bark on the day of his nuptials, in the last. All the females too are as mysterious as the gentlemen, with the exception of the two ladies' maids, who behave like sensible women, and are by far the most interesting of the whole. One of the ladies walks into a gentleman's bedroom at dead of night, with a lamp and dagger, and sits quietly on the fauteuil, and talks to the astonished inmate in violation of all decorum; then blows out the candle and disappears-this, too, from a lady past forty! Another is going to be married to a very amiable young man, but changes her mind, after everything is signed and sealed; and the bridegroom, with well-bred nonchalance, agrees to the alteration, though she was the chosen of his heart, and he was devotedly attached to her. Such persons as these, are, therefore, beyond our criticism; and we again say, that the ladies' maids are the only rational part of the menage.
Sober Views of the Millenium, by the Rev. T. Jones, of Creaton, Northamptonshire. Of the extreme sobriety and moderation of Mr. Jones's views of a great event, supposed to be mysteriously predicted in Scripture, no doubt can be entertained; and we are most willing to separate the opinions of a very sensible man and pious Christian from the wild ravings of fanaticism and the rash hypotheses of overheated imaginations and weak judgments. Mr. Jones's reflections towards the conclusion of his book are worthy of all praise.
Songs of the Prophecies, by S. M. Milton. This is a very pleasing and instructive volume. The descriptive passages in the poems are, many of them, of great beauty; possessing much delicacy of expression, with an elegant selection of images, and a flowing, harmonious verse; there is, in fact, a truly poetic vein throughout. For the defects, the first and greatest consists in the suc
No tree, nor shrub, nor flower blowing
A sombre, sullen waste! from far be-
Yet burst them bravely, fearlessly, and oh!
For oh! the ivy climbs the temple's pride.
And what they did of good, go ye and do likewise.
Crush'd beneath which, the mountains deem'd stedfast.
As of the fire of his ancestors shone.
But these are only as mosses and lichens on the trunk of the poetic tree, which may easily be removed; in the meanwhile, its sap and vigour seem to prognosticate future crops of rich and mellow fruit. The moral parts of the poem are not equal to the descriptive; and there are proofs scattered up and down, of immaturity of taste; but while there is little to blame, there is much to commend; and if we do not extract any passages, it is only to induce our readers to read the whole.
ETCHINGS BY REMBRANDT.
The late Mr. Pole Carew's fine Cabinet of Rembrandt's Etchings was lately dispersed by auction, and a preface to the catalogue informs us that this collection was surpassed only by that of the Duke of Buckingham, the sale of which we recorded last year. If the latter proved more abundant in rare and unique specimens of the master, Mr. Carew's at least possessed its due share of gems of no ordinary interest, as the following prices of some of them will amply testify:Rembrandt's most celebrated work, 'Christ healing the Sick,' known among collectors as The Hundred Guilder, produced 1637. 16s. bought by Sir Ab. Hume. The Portrait of Tolling, the Dutch Advocate, 2204., purchased for M. Six, of Amsterdam, whose ancestor is commemorated by one of Rembrandt's finest portraits. The Little Polish Figure,' a diminutive gem of an inch and a quarter high, 531. 11s. was bought for the King of Holland. The Rat-killer,' 591. 178. by Molteno & Graves. The rare portrait of Renier Ansloo, 74. 11s. by Mr. Harding. A Girl reading,' 15. Mr. Woodburn. Lutma, the Goldsmith,' 31 10s. by M. Claussin, of Paris. Asselyn the Painter, with the easel,' 397. 18s. A Portrait of Rembrandt drawing, 317. 108.; another portrait of him, 581. 168. The finest specimens of this collection were either carried off by foreign agents, or found their way into private collections at home, whilst the officer of the print department of our national establishment sat a quiescent spectator of the sale, without funds at his disposal to dispute the possession. It is to be hoped the results of this sale may not be lost upon the Committee of the House of Commons who are now investigating the affairs of the British Museum, and that greater funds will ere long be placed at the disposal of the Trustees.
Four Views of Belvoir Castle, Leicester shire, the seat of his Grace the Duke of Rutland. These are from original drawings by Joseph Rhodes, Esq. of Leeds. They consist of two exterior views, the more distant one taken from the lake, and the near view from the woods below the castle on the north west. Plate 3. represents the Grand Hall and Staircase; and plate 4. the interior of the Chapel, with the altar-piece by Murillo. The plates are of large quarto size, well executed in lithography, by the masterly hand of P. Gauci,
Leonardo da Vinci.-A picture by Leonardo da Vinci has been lately discovered at the palace of Fontainebleau, which had long been given up as lost. The subject is Leda, and it is spoken of by the contemporaries of Leonardo in the highest terms of praise.
HEATH'S Gallery of British Engravings. 8vo. & 4to. Parts I. II.-The rapacious cupidity of foreign publishers, which has long pirated with impunity the copyright of English authors, has lately directed its attack upon the works of our engravers, whose acknowledged superiority in the execution of small plates has made their works an article of profitable speculation in the continental markets. To accomplish their purpose still more effectively, the said publishers have even proceeded to engage English artists to make the copies. In order to encounter, on equal terms, this unjust and illiberal competition, the proprietor of the Keepsake, the Book of Beauty, the Picturesque Annual, and Turner's Annual Tour, has determined to offer to the public, both of England and the Continent, impressions from the original plates, at a less price than his competitors can sell their stolen and inferior copies. His plan is to give three engravings in each shilling part, together with descriptions. They will usually consist of one portrait or fancy head, an historical subject, and a landscape. The wonderful durability of engravings on steel prevents any perceptible difference between the earliest and the latest impressions.
The Napoleon Gallery; or, Illustrations of the Life and Times of the Emperor of France. 12mo. Part I. This is an English edition of a series of French etchings, said to be taken from all the most celebrated pictures, &c. produced in France during the last forty years." It is to be completed in sixteen monthly parts, each containing six plates. They are effectively executed in outline, slightly shaded; and will certainly form a very interesting series when chronologically arranged, or as illustrations to the various Lives of Napoleon, for which their size well adapts them. In one instance "The Retreat from Moscow," the letter-press does not at all answer to the story of the picture.
British Atlas, by J. and C. WALKER. Longman.-This work is to comprise separate maps of every county in England, and the three Ridings of Yorkshire.
Wales will be contained in four sheets, and will be so arranged that they may be joined together, and form one map of the Principality. The whole will be completed in twenty-three monthly numbers, each containinng two maps. The plates measure sixteen inches by thirteen; yet are sold at the very cheap price of 9d. plain, or Is. coloured. In the first part are Lincolnshire and Gloucestershire, and in the second Kent and Dorsetshire. The modern electoral divisions and boundaries are duly inserted.
In Parts VIII.-X. of SHAW's Specimens of Ancient Furniture, some very great curiosities are represented. A reliquary of box work, said to have been brought from Spain, is an exquisite specimen of ancient carving, in the most florid ecclesiastical style, and deservedly occupies two plates. The enamelled candlestick of the twelfth century, belonging to Sir Samuel Meyrick, and formerly engraved in the Archæologia, makes a most splendid figure in colours, which are copied with the utmost fidelity and beauty. We have here also that monarch of all curule seats, the chair in St. Mary's Hall at Coventry.
The lovers of the art of painting have now before them not only the Exhibition at Somerset House, which is considered to contain many pictures of great merit this year; but also two Water Colour Exhibitions; and at the British Gallery a
very choice assemblage of the old Masters, together with nearly one hundred portraits on enamel by Mr. Bone, of eminent persons in the reign of Elizabeth.
At the Diorama two new pictures by M. Bouton have been opened. The Campo Vaccino, at Rome, is a splendid production; but the interior of the church of Santa Croce, is managed with the most magical effect. Day is succeeded by night, and the darkness followed by the whole building being lighted up with candles, for a nocturnal service, attended by a full congregation, which, wonderful to say, leave their seats on its termination, and presently the dawn of returning day is seen with its own peculiar rays of light.
At the Panorama in Leicester Square Mr. Burford has opened a new view of Thebes, and the gigantic temple of Karnak. The drawings have been supplied by Mr. Catherword the architect, to whom Mr. Burford was indebted for the view of Jerusalem, now exhibiting at the same place. Though the forms of the architectural ruins of Thebes have become familiar from recent works, yet the visitor cannot fail to be struck with their actual magnitude, and with their painted variety of colours still glowing in the burning sun.
Mr. Rippingille's works are exhibiting at the Cosmorama rooms in Regent-street. Among these are the Post Office, the Recruiting Party, and some excellent scenes of French life; and an Hogarthian series of six clever pictures, displaying the Progress of Drunkenness.
LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC INTELLIGENCE.
Chronological Charts, illustrative of Ancient History and Geography. By JOHN DREW.
New works announced for Publication. The First Part of a Series of 143 Plates of Roman Coins and Medals, comprising all the important varieties of the Consular or Family Series, and those of the Empire, from Pompey the Great down to Trajan Decius. Including many of those struck in the Colonies and Imperial Greek Cities, embracing a period of 475 years. With Introductory Observations. By the late Rev. JOHN GLEN KING, D.D. F.S. A. &c.
Greece and the Levant; or, Diary of a Summer's Excursion in 1834. With Epistolary Supplements. By the Rev. R. BURGESS, B.D. Author of "The Topography and Antiquities of Rome."
The Autobiography of Cowper: being an account of the most interesting portion of his life. Written by Himself.
REV. PETER HALL on Congregational Reform.
Biblical Theology. Part I. The Rule of Faith. By the REV. N. MORRENS. GENT. MAG. VOL. IV.
Lectures on Moral Philosophy. By R. D. HAMPDEN, D. D. Professor of Moral Philosophy in the University of Oxford.
Letters on the Philosophy of Unbelief. By the Rev. JAMES WILLS.
A Volume of Sermons, adapted to the Mechanical and Agricultural Population. By E. W. CLARKE, Rector of Great Yeldham, Essex.
Statement of the provision for the Poor, and the Condition of the Labouring classes, in a considerable portion of America and Europe. By NASSAU W. SENIOR, Esq.
Rosebuds rescued, and presented to my Children, By the Rev. S. C. WILKS. German Historical Anthology. By ADOLPHUS BERNAYS, PH. DR.
Valpy's History of England illustrated. Being the Third Vol. of the continuation