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Lectures on the Lord's Prayer. By WILLIAM R. I tion; the composure of the Areopagus carried into WILLIAMS. Boston: Gould & Lincoln.

the struggles of Thermopylæ.* Now the work of

Hale, thus the household manual in the dwelling of A series of most admirable discourses by a pro- the youthful Washington, contains a long, labored, found and pious thinker, on a subject of universal

and minute series of Meditations on the Lord's application and interest. We enrich our page by Prayer. How much of the stern virtue that sbane the following extract from the preface, remarkable serenely over the troubled strifes of the Commofor its force and beauty :

wealth and Protectorate, and over the shameless “Could we write the history of mankind as

kind as profligacy and general debasement of the restored it will be read by the Judge of all the earth in Stuarts, came from the earnest study of that Prayer, the last day, how much of earth's freedom, and only the Last Day can adequately show. We can order, and peace would be found to have dis- see, from the space it occupies in Hale's Folume, tilled, through quiet and secret channels, from what share the supplication had in his habitual the fountain full and exhaustless of this single and most sacred recollections. We seem to recogprayer. It bas hampered the wickedness which pize, in his earnest, importunate deprecation of the it did not altogether curb; and it has nour sins from which society held him singularly free, ished individual goodness and greatness in the and in his urgent and minute supplications for all eminence of which whole nations and ages have grace and for those especial excellences in which rejoiced.

his age and land pronounced him to have most * Wbat forming energy has gone forth from the eminently attained the secret of his immunity and single character of Wasbington, upon the destinies his virtue. Is it fanciful or credulous to infer that, of our own land and people, not only in the days directly or indirectly, in his own acquaintance perof our Revolution, but through each succeeding sovally with the work, or in his inherited admiration year! He only who reads that heart which He of the author's character, our Washington derived himself has fashioned, can fully and exactly define bis kindred excellences from Hale; and that heal. the various influences wbich served to mould the ing virtue thus streamed from the robes of the character of that eminent patriot; yet every Saviour on the mount, as He enunciated this form biographer has attributed much of wbat George of supplication-streamed across wide oceans and Wasbington became to the parental training and the intervening centuries, into the heart and character personal traits of his mother. To Paulding, in his | and influence of him whom our people delight to Life of Washington, we owe the knowiedge of the hail as the Father of his Country fact, tha' this Christian matron daily read to her “No human analysis can disintegrate from the household, in the youth of her son, the Contempla- virtue, and freedom, and prosperity of modem tions of Sir Matthew Hale, the illustrious and Christendom, the proportion and amount of it Christian Judge. The volume is yet cherished in which is distinctly owing to the influence of this the family as an heir-loom, and bears the marks single supplication." of much use; and one of its essays, “The Good Steward,' is regarded by the biographer as having especially left its deep and indelible traces on the

The Religion of Geology, and its connected Science, principles and character of the youth whom God

By EDWARD HITCHCOCK, D.D., LL.D. Boston: was rearing for such high destinies. And certainly,

| Phillips, Sampson & Co. either by the direct influence of the book and its These admirable lectures form one of the most lessons on the son, or by their indirect effect upon valuable contributions to the subject that bas yet him through that parent revering and daily con- appeared in so popular a form. The eminent ausulting the book, the Christian jurist and statesman thor has devoted many years to the elucidation of of Britain scems, in many of his characteristic the harmony between the inspired Revelation and traits, to have reappeared in this the warrior and the discoveries and conclusions of modern scientific patriot to whom our own country gives such ear-research in the magnificent field of Geology and nest and profound gratitude. The sobriety, the its kindred sciences, (one of the grandest subjecta balanced judgment, the calm dignity, the watchful of human contemplation) and has brought to the integrity shunning the appearance of evil, the tem task a mind thoroughly furnished both as a theolopered moderation, the controlling good sense, car gian and a scientific savan. We regard the arguried to a rare degree that made it mightier tian ments which he puts forth as impregnable both us what is commonly termed genius,-all were kindred traits, strongly developed in the character

* "Calm, but stern; like one whom no compassion could alike of the English and of the American worthy. weaken, In Washington's character, this seems among its

Neither could doubt deter, nor violent impulses alter:

Lord of his own resolves - of his own heart absolute strangest and rarest ornaments, its judicial serenity

master." maintained amidst the fierce conflicts of a revolu- ! SOUTHEY (of Washington) in his Vision of Judgment.

against the skeptical materialist on the one hand, facts or even the laws of things or existences, but and those who still contend for the literal interpreto be morally and intellectually developed by tation of the Scriptures on the other. There can these-to become a conscious thought, worthy be no more profitable study than this work to all and capable of being the appreciator of the great parties.

Creator and Pervader of all.

The Epoch of Creation: The Scripture Doctrine The Works of Shakspeare: The Text carefully

Contrasted with the Geological Theory. By restored according to the First Editions; with ELEAZAR LORD. With an Introduction, by Rich- / Introductions, Notes, original and selected, and ARD W. DICKENSON, D.D. New-York: Charles Life of the Poet. By the Rev. H. N. Hudson, Scribner.

A.M. In eleven volumes. Boston and CamWe place our notice of this work in juxtaposi.

bridge: James Monroe & Company. Volumes tion with that of the above, inasmuch as it is an

I and II. argument directly upon the other side of the ques We have looked with much interest for this tion discussed by President Hitchcock. It is un- edition of the great master, since it was announced doubtedly able; the best argument, as a whole, as in preparation, knowing as we did the eminent on its side, that has come under our notice. Yet qualifications of the editor for his task. Several we must confess that to our mind it is utterly in. of the essays of Mr. Hudson which have been sufficient, and we fear not calculated to do the contributed to the columns of this Review, and good intended by its author.

afterwards published among his Lectures, have If the meaning and intention of the first chapter made our readers acquainted with his profound of Genesis, and other parts of Scripture that have study of the bard, and the remarkable powers of any reference to natural facts and phenomena, is criticism and analysis which he exhibits in his at all an open question, (and how it can be con elucidations of the wonders and beauties of his sidered otherwise we cannot conceive, when so plays. We beg to refer our readers to Mr. H.'s many of the learned and pious have argued it,) it editorial preface for what he designs, and we is certainly most rativnal to adopt the view that doubt not will aceomplish in this edition. We best harmonizes with what at least appears to us have little doubt but it will be altogether the best to be the facts and legitimate deductions of sci- | popular edition yet published. The volumes beence. The whole superstructure of modern Ge-fore us are executed in a most admirable style, ology, as a science of principles, Mr. Lord denies, both in matter and manner; with observations or at least doubts; its deductions, which come from and notes both judicious and acute; printed on the very necessity of our reasoning upon its facts, beautiful paper, with remarkably clear and elegant he ignores; and he would have us draw po infer- type. They are of the duodecimo form, of all ences- eliminate no laws; although he must be others the most convenient for so constant a necesaware that such deductions and such inferences of sity as Shakspeare. We predict an unbounded laws are every day being confirmed by new facts popularity for the work. predicted from such deductions and inferences. Such views are in our opinion in conflict with buman development and progress, both intellectu- Drayton : A Story of American Life. New. ally and religiously. The facts of the great York: Harper & Brothers, arcana of Nature are but the frame-work-if we may so speak-of the informing spirit of Law;

The slight glance which we have been able to and it is this latter alone that appeals to the high- 1.0

to the hich. bestow upon this volume hardly enables us to est principles in the intellectual nature of man.

judge of its merits. The story is a truly AmeriTo discover the principles of things has been the

can one, the career of a youth of genius, rising great educational stimulant of our nature through

Couch from a shoemaker's apprentice to the highest all ages, and the desire has been implanted in the

honors of the bar. The style is somewhat inhuman soul by the AUTHOR of Nature for this

flated, and yet there is a facility of parrative and bighest of all purposes. Can we then believe a express

expression which, whilst that indicates an unpractheory that will only allow the mind to store up |

tised band, this gives promise of a capacity for barren facts! Mr. Abbott observes, speaking of something better. the topography of that wonderful region, the valley of the Nile: “The human mind, connected with a pair of eagle's wings, would have solved

a Literary Reminiscences, from the Autobiography

at the mystery of Egypt in a week; whereas science,

of an English Opium-Eater. By Thomas DE philosophy, and research, confined to the surface of

QUINCEY. In two voluines. Boston: Ticknor, ihe ground, have been occupied for twenty centu- |

Reed & Fields. ries in accomplishing the undertaking." So from These will probably be the most popular of this the mount of God, with the eye of inspiration, elegant series of volumes of the miscellaneous Moses might have revealed to us the structure of writings of De Quincey, by this enterprising house. the earth, as well as the fact of its construction; / The wonderful grace and beauty of his language, might have demonstrated to us the mathematics the shrewd observation, the profound analytical of the heavens, as well as stated the simple and capacity, and the appreciative sympathy with all sublime fiat that bade them be and they were that is either refined or great in literature, qualify But this, even we can see sufficient reason for not this author, we had almost said beyond all others, doing. It is not the highest purpose to know the for such a purpose as is undertaken in these essays: namely, to represent to us the great liter- / subject, scenery, and treatment. We can promise al ary geniuses of his time and acquaintance-Davy, those who have not read it a treat; and those who Godwin, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Southey, Edward read the first edition, now so long since publisbed Irving, Talfourd, &c. These, with the many most will eagerly possess themselves of this new one. interesting circumstances of bis own literary career, will make the work a never-failing favorite with all for whom literature has charms beyond the

Elements of Thought; or Concise Explanations of vulgar things of sense.

the Principal Terms employed in the several Branches of Intellectual Philosophy. By ISAAC

TAYLOR. New-York: William Gowans Second Passages in the Life of Mrs. Margaret Maitland. American, from the Ninth London Edition New-York: D. Appleton & Co.

By giving the full title of this little work, and This is a “quaint and curious volume,” but of adding our testimony to the many before us of such unquestionable genius that no one with the the admirable manner in which the design of the faintest appreciation of quiet and truthful earnest-author has been executed, we perform a duty to ness of character, and with any taste for sim- the public as well as to the publisher. To the plicity of antique modes of thought and speech, student of philosophy, with whom so much de can open it without being fascinated by the quiet pends upon the proper definition and clear under and quaint pictures that the author, with such standing of terms, this work should never be skill, maketh to pass before his mental eye. It wanting. is altogether wholesome and good.

The Sea and the Sailor ; Notes on France end lo: A Tale of the Olden Fane. By K. BARTON.

Italy; and other Literary Remains of Rev. Wel New-York: D. Appleton & Co.

ter Collon. With a Memoir, by Rev. HENEI T.

Cheever. New-York: A. S. Barnes & Co. We must reserve our judgment of this book for a better opportunity of perusal. The scene is

We have had occasion to notice the several laid in ancient Greece, and the author has evi

other works of this pleasant and popular autbor. dently a feeling of classic enthusiasm. His

This is probably the most interesting of the series, manner and style is, however, strained and over

making us acquainted as it does with the personal wrought. Such, at least, is the impression that

history of the author, and exhibiting more fully the opening chapters make upon us

the versatility of his genius, and the variety of his accomplishments.

Episodes of Insect Life. By ACHFTA DOMESTICA, Vagamundo; or the Attaché in Spain. Including

M.E.T. Second Series. New-York: J. S. a brief Excursion into the Empire of Morocco. Redfield.

By John Esaias WARREN. New-York: Charles This volume is no less attractive and beautiful

Scribner. than the first, of which we have already expressed Mr. Warren has given us in this work his advenour opinion. Truly admirable contributions they tures, feelings, and reflec.ions during a six months' are to popular scientific knowledge, with all the residence in Spain. grace and attractiveness of fairy tales, notwith- Entering as he does truly into the very spirit of standing their accuracy of detail and minuteness that most romantic land, with a ready pen and of scientific knowledge. There is no falling off in enthusiastic temperament, he could not well, and the elegance with which the enterprising publisher has not failed to make a charming book. His has gotten up the work. • We know of no such style suits his subject, and his subject his style ; centre-table attraction.

and therefore we may predict that his book will be a favorite.

Swallow Barn; or a Sojourn in the Old Dominion.
By J.P. KENNEDY. Revised edition, with twenty

Chambers's Papers for the People. Vol. I. PhilaIllustrations by Strother. New-York: George

delphia : J. W. Moore. P. Putnam.

This republication is, we believe, a fac-simile of

the original Edinburgh edition of this popular misFamiliar as the name of this book has been to us, we had not, before this beautiful edition was of the neatness and taste with which it is issued.

cellany. This, therefore, will be sufficient to say put into our hands, seen it; and although we were The name of Chambers is a sufficient guarantee of prepared to expect a work of no ordinary merit

the excellence of the contents. from our knowledge of the later and graver writings of the distinguished author, we confess to baving our expectations more than realized.

A Wreath around the Cross: or Scripture Truths To our fresh enthusiasm over this elegant edition,

Illustrated. By Rev. A. MORTON Brown. With with its humorous and graceful illustrations, and

a Recommendatory Preface by JOHN ANGELL clear brilliant type, it appears a worthy com

JAMES. Boston: Gould & Lincoln. panion of the somewhat similar volumes of The purpose of this work, and the recommendaWashington Irving; not unlike his Bracebridge tion with which it comes, will insure its welcome Hall, of - shall we say?-equal grace and humor, among the class of readers for whom it is dewith the advantage of being more national in its signed.

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