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missing trophies of byegone genius, we should be entitled to add to our stores of words and forms. But is the record closed ? Then it is wise to search and know what our treasury actually contains, that accuracy in the knowledge of words may add to accuracy in the knowledge of thoughts and things. It is curious that Scotland, by no means, of late years at least, generally distinguished for classical research, should have contributed more than her due share to the minute knowledge of the Greek verb. Matthiae and Buttmann had done much. But the late Mr. A. N. Carmichael, of the Edinburgh Academy, a laborious and accurate scholar, whom we are surprised to find that Mr. Veitch does not even mention in his preface, by a careful perusal of the Greek authors, furnished a list much more complete than any that had preceded. The work was, however, notwithstanding Mr. Carmichael's minute scholarship, defective in certain particulars. He was not careful with regard to the editions to which he referred; and hence he introduces forms now rejected by the best critical authorities. And he did not discriminate sufficiently between the use of a simple verb and its compounds; if a tense was found in the one, he inferred that it might be found in the other, a conclusion by no means safe, and which exposed the list to many chances of error. Both these sources of mistake have been avoided by Mr. Veitch, another scholar of Scotland. The editions to which he refers are the best and the most accurate that have been produced. And he carefully distinguishes between the tenses found existing in the simple and in the compound verbs. Hence we have placed before us at a glance the result of the labours of many independent critics, and our trouble and perplexity are abridged and removed. Peculiarities in the signification are not overlooked, and much acuteness is evinced occasionally, in hints at the interpretation of disputed passages. The author seems to revel in minute verbal criticism, while now and then flashes of humour reveal the fact, that his has been a labour of love. It is above all refreshing, to find a man who reads and thinks for himself on matters, where we are all too much inclined to permit others to think and read for us. To all we cordially recommend this work as a trust-worthy guide; and the most accomplished scholar will not fail to find remarks on points of criticism, both as to various readings, to meaning, and to quantity, which he will regard as valuable and suggestive. We had almost omitted to mention that, in this work, the usage of the verb, as existing in the later prose writers, as well as of the later poets, is given, while the difference between them and the prose writers is carefully marked. To enable our readers to judge for themselves, though this is almost impossible in the case of a work like the one under review, we shall give beneath, the treatment of a verb chosen at random from Buttmann, (translated by Fishlake,) Carmichael, and Veitch.

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