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Life of Daniel Defoe-See Defoe.
Pleasures of LiteratureSee Literature,
Point of Honor, the, -Chambers' Journal, 345
Periodicals and Serial Publications for 1852—
Poet, the, of 'Hawthorden-Sharpe's Magazine
Pictures of Sweden-See Sweden,
Romance in Real Life- Morning Post,
Royal and Illustrious Ladies–Dublin Univer.
141, 283, 427, 569 sity Magazine.
Submarine Telegraph-Blackwood's Magazine, 95
Skellig Rock, Visit to--Bentley's Miscellany, 221
433 Scottish Cavalier of the Olden Time--Tait's
526 Shell-Fish, their Ways and Works— Westmin-
, Ascent of Mont Blanc-Sce
, 237; An Indian Sword-Player, Sweden, Pictures of—Sharpe's Magazine, 552
, 540; Telegraph, the Submarine-Sée Submarine.
Thorwaleden's First Love-Chambers' Edin-
Turner, the late Joseph Mallord William-Fra-
U. V. W.
Walpole, Horace, and Thomas Gray-Cham-
bers' Edinburgh Journal,
Widow Burning in India, Abolition of Quar-
Visit to the Skellig Rock-See Skellig.
Westminster Review on American Literature
To the minds of most men the word Nor- | national eye in newspaper columns. It is a folk is suggestive merely of turkeys, par- quiet, homely, regular-living province, decidtridges, and the four-course shift of hus- edly open to the reproach of being some bandry; while to the ladies it conjures up modicum of years behind-hand. It is little visions of crapes, bombazines, lustres—all visited, except for straightforward business the endless combinations of cotton, wool, and purposes. A few summer immigrants come silk. With those ideas there is an end of from the adjoining inland counties, for the Norfolk to the world at large. This corner sake of Yarmouth jetty and its sandy beach. of Old England has no landscape of renowned The musical festival brings down some outbeauty or grandeur to attract the tourist; landish amateurs, who, while in the fine old though in the wild, the curious, and even city of Norwich, doubtless fancy themselves the romantic, it may be richer than is sus- at the šoxara xdovos; and who would find pected. It has not the thinnest vein of sub their impression remarkably confirmed if they terranean wealth resembling that which con- had the courage to penetrate as far as the verts a sweet little Welsh valley, or a breezy unfrequented line of coast—10 Winterton, Scotch upland, into a seeming Pandemonium. Horsey, Salthouse, or Snettisham. An exIt is not enriched on the fiendish condition of cursion thither is a most complete and exhilhaving to breathe an atmosphere of diluted arating escape from the cut-and-dried wellsoot and coal-dust as a fine-certain on the behaved people whom Eöthen describes as continuance of its prosperity, but is for weeks "the sitters in pews." and months illumined by sunshine to which Should any stranger wish really to explore the white-lights of the Opera are but as the sister provinces once so dear to Sir shadows. Nor bas it been made the scene Thomas Browne, he cannot get on without of any remarkably glorious "demonstration, some knowledge of their language, and therewhich would bring it prominently before the fore we have placed on our list two glossa
* Sir Thomas Browne's Works, including his ries, both careful and also spirited works Life and Correspondence
. Edited by S. Wilkin, for even glossaries may show life. Moor's F.LS. 4 vols. 1836.
was put together with great zeal and goodVOL XXV. NO. I.
will, under the vivid impressions of a return the very language of Ben Jonson, Shakhome after twenty-years' absence in India. speare, or Chaucer. The study of Moor
' Forby, on the contrary, passed all his days should re-assure many such timid gentlemen. within the boundaries of East Anglia; yet his The weakness, too, is as ineffectual as it is Vocabulary, unluckily but a fragment, is en- unworthy. Not one man in a thousand but livened with a heartiness that is no less de- can be detected to have had a home, howlightful. The reverend author committed ever much he may mince and Londonize bis the imprudence of taking a warm-bath, to talk. . which he was unaccustomed, without the The Icenic archaisms collected by Forby presence of an attendant; fainting, as sup- are still alive and current in 1851. It is to posed, he was found drowned. His friend be wished that some competent hand would and pupil, Mr. Dawson Turner, of Great set about supplying his omissions. He “ canYarmouth, has prefaced the posthumous not forbear figuring to himself some plain, work with a pleasing memoir.
unpretending, old-fashioned yeoman, who has Browne had made a slight beginning in been unmercifully rallied upon his Norfolk or his "Tract vii.—Of Languages, and partic- Suffolk talk, lighting by chance upon this ularly of the Saxon Tongue." In the course book, and discovering that he speaks a great of it he observes :-—“It were not impossible deal more good English than either he or his to make an original reduction of many
words corrector Bestius was aware of.” Some of of no general reception in England, but of the Norfolk talk, however, is very tolerable
, common use in Norfolk, or peculiar to the French. Thus, paryard, the yard by the East Angle countries; which to effect, the barn-door where the farm-animals are kept, Danish language, new and more ancient, may though derived by Forby from par, an enprove of good advantage.” But he uses
But he uses closed place, is clearly the pailler, or strawsome local terms passim, as snast, the burnt yard, which some Norman brought into the · portion of the wick of a candle (iii
. 178). country. He could not mistake about planForby is only to be blamed for having spoken cher, a boarded floor, and refers us to the of his subject in an unduly apologetic tone. planched gate in Measure for Measure." If, as he truly asserts, after much prolix and Some words in his list strike us as scarcely elaborate criticism by the annotators on the dialectic ; e. g., poorly, in the sense of ailing, old poets, and especially Shakspeare, "a dif- and onto-upon. Others fascinate by their
— ficulty often remained as it was found, which apt expressiveness, as plumpendicular ; lalan East Anglian clown would have solved at drum, an egregious simpleton a fool and a first sight or hearing "-he should bave seen half; mush, guardedly silent; pample, to no need to anticipate a cold reception—as if, trample lightly. A child pamples upon a
A " being merely oral, and existing among the bed in a garden newly raked, or upon a floor unlettered rustics of a particular district, pro- newly washed.
newly washed. A heavy-heeled fellow slods vincial language were of little concern to over either. Some expressions seem to be general readers, of still less to persons of re- Malapropic rather than Icenic :-2.9., refuge fined education, and much below the notice potatoes, a currency of air, and circulating of philologists. But the truth is, that Eng- windows. To terrify is not to frighten, but lishmen, instead of being proud of their to tease, to annoy. Sheep are 'nationly terricounty vernacular, as they ought, are mostly fied by the flies. A young woman, on some ashamed of it. An Italian, although he may proposition being made to her, replies, “Sir, use a perfect bocca Romana in polite society, I ha' n't no projections. Another suitor would on no account forget his home dialect, gains a hearing by the promise that be will whether it be the vocalic Venetian, the harsh not contain you long. An entired tradesman and aspirated Tuscan, or the Neapolitan mish- inclines having anything more to do with mash of transplanted" roots.” Dialectic Ital business: he 'oon't be bull-ringled, nor yet ian is not thought low and vulgar; it has its made a hoss-fair on no longer—that he oon't. dictionaries, its standard works, and the pa- One grand characteristic of the East Angtronage of the upper classes; but an educated lian dialect, which cannot be divested of its Englishman, instead of being proud to con- ludicrousness even by classical authority, is verse with his rustic neighbors in their own the system of abbreviation, by which certain idiom, would have it thought that he was phrases are compressed almost into nothingborn nowhere. If, in the warmth of debate, ness. •A farmer's spouse will procustize my a phrase, or tone, indicative of his native spot husband down to m’usban. Lord Wodeescapes his lips, he blushes like a school-girl ; house must submit to have his title smoothed as if he had uttered naughty words, and not l into Wuddus. We can call to mind numer