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ARVINE's CYCLOPEDIA OF ANECDOTES OF LITERATURE AND THE FINE ARTS. Published by Gould & Lincoln. Boston.

This is an admirably arranged work. The brevity of the chapters or divisions renders the titles more abundant and the variety of the anecdotes more apparent.

No. Four is before us,and is very rich in anecdotal matter touching authors and books, friendships and the comicalities of all sorts of life or trying to live. The work is very handsomely printed, and is a credit to the compiler and publishers. Twenty-five cents per No.

New Work, by Rev. E. H. Chapin.

J. S. Redfield, of New York city, announces as in press, and probably to be issued at the same time of this No. of the Repository, a new volume from Br. E. H. Chapin. It is entitled Characters in the Gospels as illustrating phases of Character at the Present Day." We had the pleasure of reading the first part of this book from the proof sheets, and are sure it will be received with great favor. It has graphic portraits.

ALBUM TRIBUTE,

ILLUSTRATING AN ENGRAVING, ENTITLED,

Scene among the Thousand Isles."

How sweet the scene ! the sunlight shines

Upon the water's mirror'd breast,The breezy murmur of the pines

Is rise with music glad and blest,

And flowers of bright and varied hue

Ale laving in the pearly tide ;Emblems of beauty pure and true,

Of love from passion purified ! What calmness rests on these green isles,

What anthems ever rich and free, Outgushing 'mid creation's smiles

Are soaring up, O God. to Thee !

To Thee, who buildest altars fair,

Where'er a bud or leaf is found, Where'er the birdlet wings the air,

Or brooks give forth t eir anthem sound.

LONDON LABOR AND LONDON Poor. By Henry Mayhew. Published by the Harpers; on sale at B. B. Mussey & Co.'s, Boston, Cornhill. Nos. 13, 14, 15.

The Christian Register says of this work just the right word, and here it is :

“Mr. Mayhew's researches, through the first two or three numbers of his publication, seemed to us among the extraordinary undertakings of the age ; but we had no conception of the immense mass of his materials, or of the scope of his design. His work is swelling into one of the most marvelous monuments of home-wonders in the world. Layer after layer of concealmeot is laid off, and right in the centre of civilization and Christendom a theatre of mystery, romance, suffering, shame, neglect and nobleness, is thrown up into the light, more intensely interesting to the true lover of his kind than all the dishumed curiosities of Pompeii or Nineveh."

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THE “ Book Trade" in speaking of the new publications in the United States for October last, says the whole number was 237. Of this number 44 were works of a decidedly religious characier; and of the whole number 32 were composed by female authors.

We think these two lutter facts will surprise many.

Sir John SUCKLING, in his “Ballad on a Wedding," thus sings :

Her feet beneath her petticoat,
Like little mice stole in and out,

As if they fear'd the light :
Bit oh! she dances such a way!
No sun upon an Easter day

Is half so fine a sight. It is very daring, and has a sort of playful grandeur, to coinpare a lady's dancing with the sun. But as the sun has it all to himself in the hea. vens, so she, in the blaze of her beauty, on earth.

CHRISTMAS.

Come once again, ye happy days,

When Christmas had a chime from heaven, And hallowed were my childhood plays

By sweetest hopes in Jesus given.

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