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THE TEMPLE OF THE WINDS.
wonderful land of ancient art and eloquence and measure allied with the poetic faculty. Whether, undying song!
however, he had failed or succeeded, how much Other peculiarities of the book than those men- might not the severities of a few campaigns have tioned, we may convey the best idea of by two done to re-invigorate his enervated system, purge quotations. We give them also for their intrinsic away his vanity, and shake him out of the selfinterest
love which imprisoned him! Byron has never
In his day he was extravagantly over-praised; " It is a fortunate circumstance that among the and after he had become the spoiled child of the monuments of antiquity which have escaped the public, whom he had spoiled,' his errors were with spoiler's hand at Athens, are some of a character as little discrimination exaggerated; a violent access so singular that if they had perished (and a touch of virtuous indignation, with which the public is might have destroyed them) nothing would have periodically visited, concurring with its natural remained to give us an idea of what they bad inconstancy. His works were, one and all, prebeen. One of these is the Lantern of Demos- mature-forced in the hot-bed of a too fervid thenes,' another is the well-known Temple of popularity. His severer critics forgot how adthe Winds’—a small octagon tower. of exquisite
verse his fortunes were to his true greatness. proportions, the alternate sides of which are graced They ask, “Had he not rank, wealth, fashion, with projecting porches supported by pillars, fame, beauty,' &c. &c.? No doubt he had; but while aloft the eight Winds expand their wings, these are only the elaborate nothings that cheat a floating forward with refluent hair, and holding in great design-the petty entanglements that check their hands the urns of benignant dews and free movements. Genius, like virtue, wears its showery influences, by which the seasons are tem- leathern girdle, and feeds on scanty fare; is flung pered to the use of man. This building, which upon faith for support, and follows the guidance contained a water-clock in communication with of a remote hope; in other words, has not its porthe fountain Clepsydra, was originally surmounted tion in the present, that it may lay up store for a by a Triton revolving on an axis, and sustaining remoter day. Those who run in flowing attire, in bis hand a wand, the point of which drooped not succinct, and on the soft field, not the raceover the emblem of whatever wind was blowing at course, cannot put out their full speed. Considerthe time. On the side of the building still remain ing the eminently practical nature of Byron's inthe lines which, like those traced on our dials, tellect, as well as the rhetorical character that marked the hour by the shadow cast from the pervades much of his poetry, and which so singustyles above. This building is a beautiful instance larly combines the impassioned eloquence of Rousof that architectural tact which turns every prac- seau with the declamation of Pope, it is likely tical need to account. It would be a dangerous that if he had steadily devoted himself to public model in the hands of a copyist, for the least altera- life, he might even bave become a parliamentary tion in its proportions would probably spoil its leader. His temperament, however, would not effect, and the slightest misapplication would have allowed of such a devotion.” make it ridiculous. One can hardly hope that it has hitherto escaped being travestied: if, indeed, it has ever been made to surmount a Greek portico, Wallace: A Franconian Story. By the Author and do service as the spire of a meeting-house, of the “Rollo Books.” New-York: Harper & there has at least been a moral significance in this Brothers. application of the Temple of the Winds.'”
The following, touching Lord Byron, is very in Jacob Abbott's works are always welcome visteresting :
itors to the young folks around the hearth. The “ Mr. F. * * joined the Greek cause, series of which the present volume is the second, to which he continued faithful during the whole partakes of the usual interest which a domestic of the war. In our discussion on that subject, he tale, neatly written, and with a good purpose, pretold me many interesting anecdotes of Lord By: sents. ron, with whom he was intimately acquainted. What he may think of him as a poet, I do not know; but he entertains the highest respect for The Moorland Cottage. By the Author of " Mary the powers which Lord Byron exhibited as a man Barton.” New-York: Harpers. 1851. of action and of business. His temper and his shrewdness (as he assures me) were equally ad We just read enough of this book to say, that it mirable; and whenever a quarrel arose between is a plainly but pleasingly-written story of dothe native chiefs, the matter was referred to him mestic Life in England. We most likely would as an arbitrator. He had always tact enough to have read it through, but fortunately a friend inallay heart-burnings, and bis energy was of a na- formed us that it was “touched not a little with ture so eminently practical that not a few of the the spirit that is manifesting itself of late in the vaporers around him found themselves hard at social condition of the English people.” We imwork when they had only thought of a little mediately put the book down, after thanking our agreeable excitement. What a pity that he was friend, and affirming our conviction that it was 80 prematurely cut off! Who knows but that he worse than folly to busy ourselves with the reprint might have displayed a high military genius--an of a social and political tale of English life, not attribute which includes so much of imagination spirited enough to be amusing as a tale, nor relias well as of intuition, that it must be in some ant enough for a political tract, while the gouty
state of our own government demanded all our
care and peculiar critical acumen the tendencies of the new Democracy, and candidly gives his approval of the new-born giant, or points out and warns him of dangers which his faithful and independent philosophy foresees. We believe the perusal of his observations will bave the effect of enhancing still more to his American readers the structure of their Government by the clear and profound style in which he presents it. This edition is suitable for the library as well as general reading.
Foreign Reminiscences. By HENRY RICHARD LORD American Institutions and their Influence. By HOLLAND. Edited by his Son. New-York: ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE. With Notes by the
Harper & Brothers.
These reminiscences will be found very interestThis is the first volume of De Tocqueville's cel-ing, as they consist of personal recollections and ebrated “ Democracy in America." This portion anecdotes ; accounts of political intrigues and geneof the work was originally published as it is now ral observations of the persons and events that presented, and is a complete and succinct essay on signalized the mighty drama with which the presthe institutions of our country. On its appearance est century was opened. it was universally welcomed, and admitted to be Associating intimately with many of the princithe best, “if not the first systematic and philo- pal personages of the times, he draws characters sophic view of the great principles of our Constitu- from his own observation; and notwithstanding all tion which has been presented to the world.” It that has been written on those times, this is a was the intention of the publishers to present De contribution that must command attention, Tocqueville's entire work in a condensed, abridged, and cheap form to the American public; but sinding that to condense would be to destroy, inas- Lavengro: The Scholar-The Gipsy—The Priest much as our author's opinions and illustrations are By GEORGE BORROW, Author of “ The Bible 80 admirable on every branch of the subject he in Spain," &c. New-York: Geo. P. Putnam, touches, they determined to issue the volume before us (as it originally stood) complete, in a com The author of this book has made himself so modious and cheap form, awaiting the public will famous by his previous publications, that we need to guide them in the publication of the succeed- not dwell upon his genius or his style. His books ing volume. It is unnecessary to state that the are of that adventurous personal and graphic second volume will be in anxious demand by all character that are most fascinating to the general readers of the first.
mind. The one before us is full of strange advenThe editor is more than usually well qualified ture, wild and picturesque scenery,
both of places for the task intrusted to him. “Having had the and people. Has there ever been a man of literahonor of a personal acquaintance with M. De Toc. ture, that so entered into the spirit of, and identiueville while he was in this country; having fied himself so completely with vagrancy? If Tiscussed with him many of the topics treated of Mr. Borrow has done with the Gipsy tribes of dn this book; having entered deeply into the feel: Europe, we invite him to those of America. What ings and sentiments which guided and impelled a field there is for him among our western wilds ihim in his task, and having formed a high admi- and along the Oregon and California trails, markration of his character and of this production, the ing the habits and manners of that strange nomaeditor felt under some obligation to aid in procur- dic race “ the pioneers," for ever“ moving” westing for one whom he ventures to call his friend, a ward, westward, half their lives living in their hearing from those who were the objects of his wagons in the wilds. And varying these by exobservations.”. The notes of Mr. Spencer will be cursions among the Indians on the way, he might found to elucidate occasional misconceptions of make one of the books"-sach an one as our the translator. It is a most judicious text-book, friend Putnam delights to put on his best Kingsand ought to be read carefully by all who wish land paper, secured as it would be by copyright to know this country, and to trace its power, posi- from all dishonorable or envious interference. tion, and ultimate destiny from the true source of By the way Tom Hyer has offered, we see, to philosophic government, Republicanism-the peo- any Englishman that will fight him, $3,000. We ple. De Tocqueville, believing the destinies of civil
. wonder if Tom's martial ardor has not been ization to depend on the power of the people and aroused by reading this book, (so full of the ring,) on the principle which so grandly founded an ex- and if he does not mean the challenge for our ponent on this continent, analyzes with jealous' author ?