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Journals of the general Convention of the Prot. Epis. Church, held at Philad. from May 18 to 24, 1820. Philad.
Sermon preached at the opening of the Convention of the Prot. Epis. Church, May 17, 1820. By Rev. Richard O. Moore, Bp. of Virginia, Philadelphia
A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of the Prot. Epis. Church, assembled in Convention, May, 1820. Philad.
Letter from a Congregationalist to a friend, on the subject of joining the new Epis. Church. Boston.
A Funeral Discourse on occasion of the death of the Rev. James Muir, D. D. delivered at Alexandria, Aug. 1820. By the Rev. Elias Harrison. New-York.
A Discourse delivered before the Convention of Congregational Ministers of Mass. 1820. By Aaron Bancroft, D. D. Boston.
Sermons, on various subjects, by Henry Colman, 8vo. pp. 368. Boston.
• The Lord's Words are Spirit and Life.' A discourse delivered at Abingdon, May, 1820. By Holland Weeks. Boston.
Sermons of the late Dr. James Inglis, Pastor of the first Presb. Church in Baltimore, 8vo. Balt.
Minutes of the Warren Association, held in Providence, Sept. 1820. Providence.
The origin and progress of the late difficulties in Worcester, with the proceedings of several ecclesiastical councils. Worcester, Mass.
Episcopalian Harmony. Containing the Hymns set forth by the General Conventions of the Prot. Epis. Church, with app ropriate Mu. sic to each Hymn. To which are added, Chants, Doxologies, Responses, &c. By John Cole. E. Bliss, New-York.
The Unity of God, a sermon delivered in America, Sept. 1, 1816. Third ed. reprinted from the 1st Liverpool ed. New-York.
Remarks on the charges made against the religion and morals of the people of Boston, and its vicinity, by the Rev. Gardiner Spring, D. D. in a sermon preached before the New England Society of New York, Dec. 22, 1820. New-York.
Review of the Rev. Jared Sparks' letters on the Protestant Episcopal Church, ip reply to the Rev. Dr. Wyatt's sermon. (From “ the Christian Disciple,” published at Boston.) Baltimore.
Religion a social Principle. A sermon delivered in the Church in Federal street, Boston, Dec. 10, 1820. By William Ellery Channing, minister, &c. Published at the request of the hearers. Boston.
Some account of Thomas Paine, in his last sickness. New-York. Mablon Day. pp. 8.
Israel Vindicated ; being a refutation of the calumnies propagated respecting the Jewish religion ; in which the objects and views of the American Society, for ameliorating the condition of the Jews, are investigated. By an Israelite. New-York. Ab. Collins, 8vo. pp. 110.
(Foreign.) Mosheim's Ecclesiastical History. 2d 'Am. edit. [in the press] 4 vols. 8vo. Collins & Co.
(11.) MISCELLANEOUS. Address delivered at the opening of the Apprentices' Library, in Albany. By Solomon Southwick, Esq.
The Ladies and Gentlemen's Diary, or United States Almanac, containing besides, an interesting variety of matters, relative to the sciences, and the arts, so as to have the effect of a Philosophical Magazine. By M. Nash. No. II. for 1821-Published on the 1st of October annually.
The Husbandman and Housewife, by Thomas G. Fessenden. Bellows Falls, Vt.
The Sunday School, or Village Sketches, 18mo. Andover.
An Oration, delivered at the request of the select men of Boston, the 4th of July, 1820, by Theodore Lyman, jud. Boston.
An Oration, delivered at the request of the republican citizens of Boston, the 4th of July, 1820, by Henry Orne. Boston.
European delineation of American character, as contained in a Letter from a foreign traveller in New-York to his friend in London. (From No. 2. of the Literary and Scientific Repository.) New York.
The Gentleman's Annual Pocket Remembrancer, for 1821. A. Small. The American Ladies' Pocket Book, for 1821. Philadelphia.
The True Masonic Chart, or hieroglyphic monitor ; containing all the emblems explained in the degrees of Ent. App.-Fellow cr.-M. Mas.-Mark M.-Past M.-M. ex. M.-R. Arch.-R. M.-and Sel. M.--designed, and duly arranged, agreeably to the Lectures by R. W. Jeremy L. Gross, G. L. 2d edit. New-Haven. 18mo. 196.
Periodical Sketches, by an American patriot. No. I. (Sketch of an Indian irruption into the town of Shawangunk, in the year 1780.) 8vo. pp. 35. Goodrich & Co, New-York.
Intemperance cured, a pamphlet on the subject of intemperance, by John James Bound. New-York.
An Anniversary Discourse, delivered before the N. Y. Historical So. eiety, Dec. 27, 1820, by Henry Wheaton, Esq. E. Bliss, New York,
(Foreign.) Walker's Dictionary, 8vo. àd Stereotype edition-Collins and Hannay. [in hand.) New-York.
Advice to the Teens, or practical helps towards the formation of one's own character, by Isaac Taylor. Boston.
Proposals by William T. Robinson, of New York, to publish a new and complete Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. 3 vols. 4to. 140 plates. By G. Gregory, D. D. &c. Collins & Co.
Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, the first five volumes, (to complete the series,) proposed to be published by Clayton & Kingsland, New-York.
ERRATUM-ART. III. P. 31. The armament of the Pelican should read-16 thirty-two pound carronades, 1 twelve do., and 4 long sixes.
Among the various works left by Xenophon, (the beauty of whose style procured for him the flattering title of the Attic Bee,) is one, entitled Oixovousxo's, which particularly attracted the attention and commanded the praise of the ancients. It was the Vade Mecum of Scipio Africanus—was freely imitated by Virgil, and was translated by M. T. Cicero. These circumstances will recommend it to the general scholar; and there are others that cannot fail to make it acceptable to the country gentleman, since it presents, at once, the oldest treatise written on economy, and the best, on Grecian agriculture, that has come down to the present times.
We propose therefore to give a copy of the Greek text, from the edition of Zeunius, with an English translation and critical notes, so soon as a number of subscribers, sufficient merely for defraying the expense, shall have been found. Subscription papers will accordingly be left at the office of the Literary and Scientific Repository, and at the principal stores.
December 1, 1820.
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Art. I.-- The Faerie Queene. By EDMUNDE SPENSER. Imprinted at London, for Matthew Lownes—folio, 1612–17.
It is refreshing, in this age of exaggeration, to turn from the morbid melancholy or impious merriment of Byron, the palling lusciousness of Moore, the sickly affectation of Wordsworth, and the delirious dreams of Coleridge-to the simplicity, the solidity, and genuine poetry of Spenser.
To the present race of poets and celebrated men, England has an undisputed and exclusive right-but to Shakspeare, Spenser, and the rest of that splendid groupe, whose glory will descend to farthest ages, we assert an equal claim. They were the delight of our forefathers, and we will reverence them they have adorned the language we speak, and we will look to them as our models. Indeed, Milton and Shakspeare come as readily to our lips as the names of Washington and Franklin; and why should they not? Though we have separated from the country we so long called mother-have adopted another name, and different interests, yet, England is the land of our fathers' sepulchres, and the English language is spoken in its purity, by millions who bow not to English authority.
We do not intend to speak of “thoughts which lie too deep for tears,” “ heaven-drawn impulses,” &c. but to say a few words, in plain English, of an old English poet. A poet, who, in his command of language, felicity of expression, 'and exuberance of fancy, has seldom been excelled. The accusations which have been Vol. II.
brought, by critics, against Spenser, of having coined new words; and even, when it suited his rhymes, of changing the orthography of established ones, cannot be denied, though it must be regretted. This much, however, may be urged in his defence: That, which now would be justly considered a presumptuous innovation, an act of high treason against the laws of literature, was, at that period, the common and allowed practice of every author. Feeling little dread of criticism, which had not attained the full-grown and absolute authority. which it now seems too fond of wielding; and being, as it were, the discoverers of new worlds, the ancient authors thought themselves entitled to express their new-born ideas in the language they preferred.
Chaucer, the father of English poetry, and the first who gave permanency to our fluctuating language, still retains many uncouth expressions, whose mixture of French and Italian have a tawdry appearance amidst his sturdy English. Wilson, in his “Art of Rhetoric,” observes, that “some seek so far for outlandish English, that they forget altogether their mother tongue. And, I dare swear this, if some of their mothers were alive, they would not be able to tell what they say: and yet, these fine English clerks will say they speak in their mother tongue, if a man should charge them with counterfeiting the king's English.” “ He that cometh lately out of France, will talk French-English, and never blush at the matter. Another chops in with English Italianated.... The fine courtier will talk nothing but Chaucer. The mystical wise men and poetical clerks will speak nothing but quaint proverbs and blind allegories: some use over much repetition of one letter, as, pitiful poverty prayeth for a penny, but puffed presumption passeth not a point-pampering his paunch with pestilent pleasure-procuring his pass-port to post it to hellpit, there to be punished with pains perpetual.”
In this absurd taste, or fashion, we find the source of many of Spenser's errors, his alliterations, his fondness of blind allegory, and his antiquated style. Even the powerful influence of fashion affords but a poor excuse for the absurd allegory, with which he has so pertipaciously deformed his poem. It is wonderful, that the mind which could conceive so many beautiful visions, and pure images, whose simplicity was nature in unequalled loveliness, should not have rejected such unprofitable labour, and disdained to sacrifice its correct ideas at the shrine of such a taste. He had another fault, but we will touch it lightly-for it was his vocation as a courtier : his cloying and incessant adulation to Elizabeth, and the powerful nobles of her court, stain the beauty of his verse, and the independence of his character.
We are, certainly, well contented with the existing state of things, when warlike maidens are out of date, and damsels na