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description in a “Rural Calendar.” pauses are occasionally harsh, and These little poems“ appeared,” says at times unvaried.
In four succes the author,“ in a newspaper, the sive lines, for example, p. 149, Kelso Mail, about nine or ten years (the seventh, eighth, ninth, and ago. I have since made several ad- tenth) there is a pause on the second ditions and corrections.” They con- syllable. We cannot recommend tain inch appropriate description: too forcibly to writers of blank but are still capable of improve- verse the study of the rich melody ment*.
and variety of Milton's pauses; and The poetic part of the volume the prefatory observations of Cow(for long and frequently inter- per on the modulation of blank esting notes complete it,) closes verse, which precede his Transla. with a short poem in rhyme on the tion of Honier. But in other respects Slave Trade, and one referring to also the rhythm of Mr. Grahame is the battle of Trafalgar: the former faulty; not only does he introduce of which, ifour limits had permitted, in a manner not sanctioned in the our interest in the subject would present age by any of our best have induced us to lay before our writerst, one and even two short readers. But it is time that we supernumerary syllables at the end should proceed to general reinarks. of his lines: but in some instances In such observations as partake of he furnishes lines equally deficient censure, Mr. Grahame may be as- in the legitimate number; and in surerl, that we speak under the in. inore, loads his senteuces with refluence of respect and kindness; and gular alexandrines. If the aleswith an unmised desire to lead him andrine is erer to be admitted into 80 to revise his whule work for fu- blank verse, assuredly its place ought ture editions, as to give the most at- to be exclusively at the close of a tractive and impressive effect to the sentence; not according to Mr. Grapiety which it breathes.
hame's practice, in the middle. That Mr. Grahame possesses very
In observations on nature, Mo considerable powers, the extracts Grahame has evidently been much which we have given are of them- occupied; and in general gives selves sufficient to prove. Ilis ver- great pleasure by his accuracy. In sification, however, is more some few instances he appears to equal tban is usual with the compo- have fallen into error. In p. 65, sitions of those who can write so the common swallow seems to be well. Sometimes flowing and har- described as building its nest under monious, it is not unfrequently. en. the corners of windows, a situacumbered, stiff, and rugged. His tion sought only by the martin, of When we came to the end
fole which bird Mr. Grahame speaks lowing line, taken from the description of afterwards. And the description “ February,” p. 129.
of the descent from the upper air, “ Fixing the plow share in the unfinished and of the shrill screams of the mar. Fur;"
tin, when storms approach, might we found it difficult to decide whether be transferred with much more prothe printer had omitted the concluding priety to the swift. The represeir syllable of the last word, or the word fur. tation, p. 70, of the falcon pursuing quio had been designedly left incomplete as the linnet into a bush, strikes an emblematic of the unfinished state of the Englishınan with incongruity; as real furrow; which would bave been such with us the term falcon is applied to unparalleled absurdity of false taste, as we were slow in attributing to Mr. Gra- large birds of prey, which do not hamn. We have been relieved from our embare commonly chase small birds. The rassment by a friend, who assured us, that month of November is characteris. notwithstanding the silence of the Glossary ed, p. 158, by the cutting down of subjoined by the author, fier is a Scottish + In Young's Night Thoughts may be teso signifying Jurror.
found an occasional though rare exceptioni
an vak: an incident belonging among “The circumstance,” he supposes, us to the month of May,
of their issuing from the former In one passage we noticed the publishers* to the society has progoing round of the bottle mentioned bably led your reviewer into this by Mr. Grahame, as a source of plea- mistake, a mistake into which maný sure, in a mamer grating to our feel- others are likely to fall. The society ings, and not very compatible with have indeed published a new series the christian tenor of his work. of tracts, intended principally for
Mr. Grahaine defends the occa- hawkers, and hich, being circu. sional introduction of Scotch or old lated partly-through the same meEnglish words," where a modern dium as that resorted to by the friends English synonyme equally emphatic of the Cheap Repository, will, it is did not present itself.”. Without hoped, rather promote than hinder objecting to this liberty, we may the sale of those invaluable publicaventure to remark, that Scottish ţions.”—“ Were they permitted," writers must use it very sparingly, he adds "to adopt any of the Cheap if they would be generally read on Repositorý tracts, they might be this side of the Tweed. But we inclined to avail themselves of the may decidedly say, that the rule privilege to a very large extent. does not vindicate such Scotti- But though this were too much to cisms as “ know" for kuoll;" or be hoped for, they still wish to de« blawn” for “ blown;” or “blae" clare the heartfelt satisfaction of for
blue;" or “smiddy" for which they are conscious, when smithy.” The last example, no they learn that the tracts of the less than many others which we Cheup Repository are widely diffused, might select, not indeed from Mr. and made widely beneficial.” Grahame, but from other Scottish It affords us real pleasure to find writers, (such as “ fà” for “fall;” that the ReligiousTract Society are thus “a” for “all,” &c. &c.) illustrates delivered from the disgrace of isa circunstance, which inevitably suing into the world, and giving renders much of the Scottish dialect circulation to the productions under disagreeable to Englishmen of culti- review, and we entreat our readers vated taste; namely, that the Scottish to correct the unfavourable imprespronunciation bears a frequent re- sion of that society, which the resemblance to that of the most igno- marks in our last number may have rant and vulgar among the English produced. peasantry.
Having repaired the wrong of which we have been the unconscious
instruments, we proceed to consider Cottage Library of Christian Know- the second part of the Cottage Li
ledge, a new Series of religious brary; and in doing so, we shall Tracts. Part II. London, Williams be very brief, as the character aland Smith. Price od.
ready given of the first part may be Before we proceed to the review applied with little variation to this, of the second part of the Cottage The greatest part of what is original Library, we are anxious to correct in it would be almost below criticism a mistake into which we were it not for the mischief wbich betrayed, while reviewing the first it is calculated to produce. Instead part in our last number. We there of aiıning at the correction of the attributed the production of this vices which prevail among the lower new series of tracts to the Religious classes of religionists in this counTract Society. We have been unde- try, the vices we mean of supersticeived in this particular by a letter
* The Depository of the Religious Tract from the Secretary of that society, Society, it appears, is removed from No. 10, who assures us that “they have no Stationers' Court, (Williams and Smith) concern in these productions.". to No. 60 Pater-noster Row. CHRIST, OBSERY. No. 55.
tion and enthusiasm, it falls in with ning sermon preached himself into a the popular taste, and is calculated living of £.300 per annum. to extend and rivet its influence. We really hope that those who Of three short tracts which follow have at heart the promotion of sound each other, two give an account of evangelical knowledge, by means of conversion by surprising dreams, the circulation of tracts, will be respecting which, even if satisfac- careful how they distribute these. tory evidence had been produced We shall, of course, be understood of their occurrence, (and we, need as exempting from all implication of scarcely say, that no such evidence censure the accounts of the martyr. is produced) it would have better dom of Ignatius and Laurentius, become the Editors of a Cottage Li- which appear in the work before brary to have been silent. The third us, as well as the life of Sir John tract is nearly as objectionable as Barnard, by the late Rev. Henry the other two. It relates, with appa- Venn, which is a very valuable piece rent approbation, the story (whether of biography, and deserves to be true or false we will not pretend to widely diffused. say) of a clergyman, who by a pun
LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL INTELLIGENCE, ,
The late Statute at Oxford for Public PREPARING for the Press:—The British Examinations has had the bappiest effects, Farmer's Cyclopedia; including every Sci- in exciting the diligence of the Students : ence or Subject dependent on, or connected but as it has been found to bear too hard with, improved modern Husbandry; in 12 on the candidate for a Master's degree, Monthly Parts; in 4to. by Mr. THOMAS after having passed the close examination Potts:--On the Character of Moses, as a now necessary for that of Bachelor, and Historian, a Lawgiver, and a Prophet; by frequently spent the interval on a curacy, the Rev. Josep& TOWNSHEND, M, A. Rec- a new Statute is expected, by which every tor of Pewsey.
Student will be obliged to undergo two pubIn the Press :- A Supplement to the Dis- lic Examinations, one in the Classics, and sertation on the Period of 1200 Years ; by one in the Sciences, at the interval of two G. S. Faber, B. D. in 8vo. price 4s.-A years between each, before he can obtain a Historical View of the Rise and Progress of Bachelor's degree ; and by the same Sta. Infidelity, with a Refutation of its Princi• tute, the present Examination for a Master's ples and Reasonings; preached at the Lec• degree is to be discontinued. ture founded by the Hon. Robert Boyle, in Preparations are making for the erection the Parish Church of St. Mary le Bow, from of DOWNING COLLEGE, at Cambridge, on the year 1802 to the year 1805; by W. the ground which lies opposite to the front VAN MILDERT, M. A. Rector; in 2 vols. of Emanuel. The plan adopted is that of 8vo. :- An Inquiry into the Seat and Nature Mr. WILKINS of Caius College. The estab. of Fecer; by H.CLUITERBUCK, M. D.;- lishment is to consist of a Master, a ProA fifth edition, in 3 vols. 8vo. of Curiosities fessor of the Laws of England, a Professor of Literature:-A new edition of the Como of Medicinc, sixteen Fellows, and Six Scho. plete Grazier, with considerable improve- lars. Tivo of the Fellows are to be in Huly ments, and many additional wood cuts of Orders; and the rest, after the usual standthe different breeds of Cattle and Sheep, ing, are to become Barristers at Law, or and of various Implements used in llus. Doctors of Physic. The Master, the two bandry.
Professors, and three of the Fellows, bave The Executors of Lord Macartney have been named in the Charter: they are Dr. conGded his papers to Mr. BARROW; and FRANCIS ANNESLEY, Master; Sir Busick they will soon be given to the public, ac• HARWOOD, Professor of Medicine; ED. companied with accurate Memoirs of his WARD CHRISTIAN, Esg. LL. D. Professor Lordsbip's Life.
of Lao; and Messrs. Lons, F&ERE, and
MEEK, Fellorus. It is understood that Me. Pour, is chiefly occupied by communica.' dicine is the branch of Science, which will tions on the subject of Female Friendly be chiefly cultivated in this Society. Societies. The result of these appears to
The following arrangement is made for be that in forining such societies, an expecthe Lectures of the next Season, at the tation of greater allowances has generally Royal Institution :--Mr. Davy, on Chemis- been held out than accurate calculations of try: Mr. Allen, on Natural Philosophy : human health and life would warrant; that Rev. T. F. DIBDIN, on English Literature: their probable success will greatly depend Rev. SYDNEY SMITH, on Moral Philosophy: on the number of members, but that none Rev. Mr. Crowe, on Dramatic Poetry: can safely be undertaken without the as. Dr. Shaw, on Zoology: Rev. Mr. HEWLETT, sistance of honorary members ; such memon Belles Lettres: Dr. CROTCH, on Music: bers, independently of their contributions, Rev. Mr. FORSTER, on the History of Come being essential (in female benefit clubs at merce: Mr. Craig, on Drawing in Water least) to the proper conduct of the business, Eolours: Dr. SMITH, on Botany : Mr. the preservation of order, the superintendWood, on Perspective.
ance of the sick, and the giving an example An interesting paper is given in Nichol- of moderation, benevolence and kindness. son's Journal, No. 57, entitled " Instruc- The object of Friendly Societies, it is well tions for building very strong and durable known, is to enable the lower orders to Walls and Houses, of any dimensions, of assist themselves, to save them from the common unprepared Earth, rammed into dependence and the degradation of parish Moulds; by the method called Pisé, which relief, and to encourage the young to prohas been practised from the earliest times, vide against sickness and age. Their tenin the vicinity of Lyons, and elsewhere." dency is so obviously to encourage industry Several English gentlemen have tried the and economy, that they have been the obmethod here recommended; and the suc. jects of the peculiar favour and attention of cess of their experiments has been such, the legislature. The act for their encouas to render them anxious lo exiend, by ragement and relief ought to be in the posall possible means, the knowledge of an
session of every friendly society. To give art so economical and beneficial: the
effect, however, to these admirable institucheapness of the materials, and the great tions, the superior information and the lisaving of time and labour which it affords, beral bounty of the higher orders of society. must recommend it in all places and on all
are requisite, and, judiciously employed. occasions. The Lyonese employ no other
must produce incalculable benefit, while method; and houses are known among by this union of different classes feelings of them to have stood for centuries. The reciprocal kindness are excited and cheoutside may be painted in fresco, or rough- rished. To those who wish to commence cast. Strangers, who have sailed on the
a friendly society, or to improve the plan Rhone, probably never suspected, that on which they have hitherto proceeded, we those beautiful houses which they saw rising strongly recommend un-attentive conside on the hills around them, were built of no- ration of the present report, in which, and thing but simple earth. There is every particularly in the accounts of the female reason for introducing this method of build friendly society at Leeds, and at Blacking into all parts of Ireland ; in the place heath, they will meet with much important of the miserable mud hovels, which disgrace information. The communications on this the country, and injure the health of the subject are followed by an account of seveinhabitants; as these houses are never ral societies instituted for the relief of mar. liable to the extremes of heat and cold: ried women during their lying.in, a species and are so cheap, that 3240 square feet of of chariiy which merits the attention of wall may be constructed for about ten every lady who has it in her power to con. guineas. A full detail of the method of tribute either money, or what is still more building, illustrated by plates, is given in valuable, time, to the alleviation of the the above mentioned paper: and also in miseries of her fellow creatures. An acBarber's Farm Buildings, published by count of some schools follows, which will Harding, in St. James's street; froin which be found both useful and interesting, partiwork the account is extracted by Mr. Ni. cularly the account of the Shakspeare cholson.
Walk female school, which does much hoLADIES COMMITTEE.
nour to the active and pei severing bepeyoThe second Number of the Reports of lence of the ladies concerned in it, and the Committee of the Ladies Society for the proves how much good may be produced, Educalion and Employment of the Female even in the most unfavourable siluations,
for what situation can be more unfavourable Poem has been discovered, containing than this, by the attention of ladies to the above 60 hexameter verses, which relate to education and conduct of the female poor. the battle of Actium and the death of Cleo. A brief sketch is given of an establishment patra. The MS. is written in large letters, formed under the immediate superintend- and all the words are separated by points. ance of the Lady's Committee, for quali
Some hopes are entertajued, that this will fying young women of a suitable age for
prove to be the poem of Varius, the friend the situations of nursery maids and school.
of Horace and of Virgil; and that the whole mistresses, an object which all must ac- of that work will be recovered. knowledge to be very important, who have considered the effect of early impressions
RUSSIA, on the minds of children, and the difficulty. The Government of China would not suf. and delicacy of the attempt to give them fer the learned med and artists attached to habits of self government and self denial. the Russian Embassy to proceed into the In addition to moral and religious instruc- interior of the country. One of them, the tion, the young women admitted into the
Counsellor of State, SCHUBAT, intends to establishment will be taught reading, writ
return by way of Northern Siberia, for the ing, arithmetic, needle-work and knitting, purpose of collecting in a country so little and be emploved in domestic business. known to Europeans, every thing worthy The establishment comprehends also a of observation. number of girls from seven to twelve years A judgment may be formed of the zeal of age, to be instructed by the young wo- for the sciences iu the province of Kiow, men, who will thus ac quire experience in from the circumstance, that, in three days, the art of teaching. It will be obvious that the sum of 500,000 roubles was subscribed an education which will qualify young wo- for the support of the College established men to act as nursery maids or schools in that city. mistresses will fit thein for other situations Prince BESBORODKO has given a fund of requiring intelligence and sound principles. 210,000 roubles, and an annual revenue of The funds of the Ladies Committee are so
15,000, to the College, which he has estabsmall as necessarily to limit the scale of lished at Naschin, in the Ukraine. their institution, and even to be scarcely adequate to its maintenance. They trust,
CHINA. however, that they will receive support Sir GEORGE STAUNTON, baving trans. from those ladies who feel the importance lated into the Chinese language a Treatise of such an establishinent.
on the Vaccine Inoculation, (the first EngFRANCE.
lish work ever published in China), a geThe Colleges for the education of the
neral inoculation for the Cow Pox has taken English, Irish, and Scotch Catholics in place in the populous city of Canton. So Paris, have, by a decree of the Emperor,
far have this jealous people surmounted been united into one establishment: and a
their prejudices in this isstance, that a course of Lectures on Philosophy is now
very large subscription has been raised for delivering there in the Latin language,
establishing an Institution in Canton, by
means of which the inoculation is to be ITALY.
diffised into the neighbouring country, and Among the MSS. dug out from the ruins the matter disseminated into every province of Herculaneum, a fragment of a Latin of the Empire.
LIST OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
Sketch of the Reformation of Religion in Bishop Hall's Works : vol. 5. containing England, and a View of the English Transxliii Serinons. demy 8vo. 8s. boards; royal, lations of the Holy Scriptures. By the 12s.
Rev. R. Warner, of Bath, 13s. The Book of Common Prayer, together A Sermon. By E. Sandwith; preached with the Psalier or Psalms of David; to at Sutton, near York, the 26th Feb. 1806, which is prefixed, an Introduction, com- on the occasional Fast, 6d. prising a History of the English Liturgy, a A Sermon occasioned by the Death of