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CONTENTS.

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THEORY OF BEAUTY .............. 1 HENRY WARD BEECHER:

The Months....................... 104

THE PHILOSOPHY OF STYLE... 16

A Discourse of Flowers ..........

WILLIAM CULLEN BRYANT:

Norwood. – Stories for Children ..

The Anxious Leaf ..... ..... 116

Thanatopsis. ........

... 117

The Fairy Flower ...

The Conqueror's Grave .....

Coming and Going

... 120

The Past................

The Evening Wind ...........

A New-England Sunday ..........

The Battle-Field .......

RALPH WALDO EMERSON:

The Antiquity of Freedom....

Napoleon, or the Man of the World, 131

Homer................

HENRY W. LONGFELLOW:

WASHINGTON IRVING ...........

A Psalm of Life .........

Rip Van Winkle ..................

The Reaper and the Flowers ......

The Widow's Retinue.............

Footsteps of Angels..

Biography of Oliver Goldsmith ...

The Beleagured City.........

History of New York .............

Maidenhood ............

Excelsior ..................

NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE:

The Building of the Ship..........

A Rill from the Town-Pump ...... 175

Hiawatha's Wooing........

A Select Party...

........ 178

JOHN GREENLEAF WHITTIER..

WRITERS ON RELIGION, &c...... 189

The Eternal Goodness ............

The Angels of Buena Vista .......

SCHOLARS, ESSAYISTS, AND

The Barefoot Boy..........

CRITICS .....

....................... 100

Snowbound.....

OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES:

JAMES FENIMORE COOPER:

Extract from Poetry: A Metrical

The Capture of a Whale

Essay ...........................

The Wreck of “ The Ariel ”....... 196

The Last Leaf ....................
Extract from the Autocrat of the

AMERICAN NOVELISTS ..........
Breakfast-Table..................

WRITERS ON PHILOSOPHY AND

NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS:

SCIENCE ...................... 201

The Dying Alchemist
10 Alchemist .............

HISTORIANS, LAWYERS, POLITI-

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL:

CIANS, AND BIOGRAPHERS, 202

Notices of an Independent Press.. 89

A Second Letter from B. Bawin,

CHARLES DICKENS:

Esq. ............................ 93

Old Curiosity Shop . ............ 203

EDGAR ALLAN POE:

Pickwick. - The Dilemma ........

The Raven........................ 100

Speech of Serjeant Buzfuz........

382

........ 398

SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE: NOVELISTS..

The Rime of the Ancient Mariner . 293

Hymn, before Sunrise, in the Vale WILLIAM COWPER:

of Chamounix................... 301. The Timepiece ..

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1 JONATHAN SWIFT................. 483 GEOFFREY CHAUCER:

i Gulliver's Travels to Brobdingnag. 4841 The Parson ..

............. 625

ENGLISH LITERATURE.

THEORY OF BEAUTY.

Edinburgh Review, May, 1811.

I. OBJECTIONS against the notion of beauty being a simple sensation or the object of a separate and peculiar faculty :

1. The first is the want of agreement as to the presence and existence of beauty in particular objects among men whose organization is perfect, and who are plainly possessed of the faculty, whatever it may be, by which beauty is discerned. Now, no such thing happens, we imagine, or can be conceived to happen, in the case of any other simple sensation, or the exercise of any other distinct faculty. Where one man sees light, all men who bave eyes see light also. All men allow grass to be green, and sugar to be sweet, and ice to be cold; and the unavoidable inference from any apparent disagreement in such matters necessarily is, that the party is insane, or entirely destitute of the sense or organ concerned in the perception. With regard to beauty, however, it is obvious at first sight that the case is entirely different. One man sees it perpetually, where to another it is quite invisible, or even where its reverse seems to be conspicuous. How can we believe, then, that beauty is the object of a peculiar sense or faculty, when persons undoubtedly possessed of the faculty, and even in an eminent degree, can discover nothing of it in objects where it is distinctly felt and perceived by others with the same use of the faculty ?

This one consideration appears to us conclusive against the supposition of beauty being a real property of objects, addressing itself to the power of taste as a separate sense or faculty; and it seems to point irresistibly to the conclusion, that our sense of it is the result of other more elementary feelings, into which it may be analyzed or resolved.

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