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of a strong siding champion, so that Comus, / are all marked by good sense, absence of Tennywho is the father of much of the light reading sonian and Transcendental affectation, and by of the hour, and his rabble of monsters, will an easy, natural and generally correct versifinot dare approach.
cation. They cannot claim a high place for Mr. Montgomery's preface, though not very depth of thought, power of passion, or strength profound, shows a true love of the poet, and of imagination, but it is refreshing to meet points ont many of his excellencies very clearly. with a new bard, so unexceptionable in tone We are glad to learn that in his opinion the and sentiment, and with so loving an eye for poem of Comus “may claim the eulogium nature. The descriptive parts are generally which a critic of the purest taste, the late Dr. the best. The rhyme, Aiken, has passed upon it. Ile says: “The poem possesses great beauty of versification, “Drink, brothers! drink, brothers ! let the goblet varying from the gayest Anacreontics to the
go round, most majestic and sonorous heroics. On the Mankind ye have reddened with many a wound :" whole, if an example were required of a work is not good. made up of the very essence of poetry, perhaps none of equal length in any language could be produced, answering this character in so high a degree as the Masque of Comus.'” This is truly admirable and satisfactory, and
A Tour to the River Saguenay, in Lower Cancompletely condenses and exhausts the whole
ada. By CHARLES LANMAN. Philadelphia : subject.
Carey & Hart. 1848. There is an equally characteristic passage in Coleridge respecting Shakspeare and Milton, whether South Sea voyagers or summer tourists;
It ought to be an axiom with all travellers, which, for the instruction of youthful admirers that the first business of a describer of actual of what is commonly understood by genius, can places and occurrences should be to give his never be loo often quoted :
readers perfect confidence in his accuracy and "What shall we say ? even this; that Shak- veracity. If they mix up fact and fiction, their peare, no mere child of nature ; no automaton writings can have neither the interest of tales, of genius; no passive vehicle of inspiration
nor of true narratives; the acid and alkali neuPossessed by the spirit, not possessing it; first tralize each other, and the result passes off in tudied patiently, meditated deeply, understood a sudden gaseous effervescence. ninutely, till knowledge, become habitual and in. This little book is a very pleasant collection bitive, wedded itself to his habitual feelings, of sketches, and will while away thirty or forty nd it length gave birth to that stupendous pow. minutes of time for one who is easily pleased T, by which he stands alone, with no equal or very agreeåbly. The author is good-humored econd in his own class; to that power which and complacent. But why did he think it nerated bim on one of the two glory-smitten sumaits of the poetic mountains, with Milton as
cessary to catch so many trout? Why need
he have killed rattlesnakes? We have been is compeer, not rival. While the former darts imself forth, and passes into all the forms of in the hills of Catskill, have heard all Ethan aan character and passion, the one Proteus of Crawford's bear stories, yea, have “camped he fire and the flood; the other attracts all out” a week together, and put ourselves to great irms and things to himself, into the unity of bodily inconvenience, in search of adventures, is own ideal. All things and modes of action but with such total failure of success that we kape themselves anew in the being of Milton; are hardened of heart, and will not believe that hile Shakspeare becomes all things, yet for another can stumble upon them so readily. No ter remaining himself. O, what great men hast one can believe what contradicts his own exou not produced, England, my country! Truly perience. deed
But boys are a perpetual wonder to the “old We must be free or die, who speak the tongue folks.” It is many years since we visited many "bich SHAKSPEARE spake; the faith and morals of the scenes Mr. Lanman describes, and it
hold, bich Milton held. In everything we are sprung be more plenty now than they used to be. At
may be that trout, rattlesnakes, pike, &c., may earth's first blood, have titles manifold.
Wordsworth.'” all events we ought to consider charitably
the statements of a writer who has so much good feeling, and who, while he studies to
amuse the public, certainly does not, like some le llaunted Barque, and other Poems. By E.
of the class, deliberately set himself to make it CURTISS Hixe. Auburn : J. C. Derby & Co.; New York, Mark H. Newman & Co. 1848. Hany of the pieces in this very neat little | Teaching, a Science: the Teacher an Artis!. By ume have considerable poetic merit, and they Rev. Baynard R. HALL, A.M., Princimal of
the Classical and Mathematical Institute, New- “ The difficulty in the way of the necessary burgh, and Author of “ Something for Every- brevity arises, in part, from the wish to make a body," frc. New York: Baker & Scribner. text-book for all sorts of schools at once. If pri1848.
mary schools, academies and colleges could be,
either by compact or law, kept distinct, honest We have not had leisure to examine this
men could and would make suitable text-books. work longer than is necessary to discover that
But the insane spirit of an ultra-democratical it is written with force, ability and good sense
and abolition sentiment, is at war with distinc-qualities so obvious in it that it takes but
tions. It demands inexorably a dead level. It
would have lands, houses, education, religion, very little time to discover them. The observations on the study of the classics skill, and perseverance, that would naturally
pleasure, all alike for the mass; and industry, are worthy of remark. With a clear appre- place one above another, must be decried and ciation of the adaptedness of the old mode of insulted. It says nothing shall be special, pri: studying them to intellectual discipline, the au- vate; everything shall be common, public.it thor is still of opinion that “if not used as a allows a community but not an individual. It is discipline, the dead languages should be wholly as tyrannical, cruel and despotic as the most ababandoned as a school study." Perhaps, as ap- solute and barbarous monarchy ; it will bend the plied to a mode of running over them in private individual man to its will, or trample on all his high schools, this may be true; indeed, if they yea! stamp with its iron heel upon a man's
sacred rights, sport with his tenderest feelings, are to be any more superficially taught than they usually are in our colleges, we should be
very heart! The people ! the people ! liberdisposed to assent to their abandonment as
ty! liberty !' is its watchword and cry; but it is
the people as a mass, as an abstraction, as a soul. readily as he. Still any graduate who has been less body conventional, and liberty to live and many years in active life, knows whether he
act as a crowd! Individuals and individual libwould willingly be deprived of his “small Latinerties it abhors and destroys !" and less Greek,” and whether they have not contributed more largely to his happiness than he was, in the ignorance of his boyhood, accustomed to expect. For there is a certain refined beauty in the style of the classic authors
The Angler's Almanac for 1848. John J.
Brown & Co.: New-York. that is necessary to temper the dry Saxon strength; they are in writing what their cotemporaries were in sculpture_our best mod
This is a good idea, and has been very well els—which we should study, not to imitate, but carried out by the proprietors of the Angler' to enlarge our knowledge and educate our taste. Dépôt in Fulton street. The pamphlet before This, we apprehend, more than their intellect- us contains a great variety of interesting an ual discipline, is a reason why we should en- useful information, and is pleasingly illustrate deavor to know all we can of them, and why,
with woodcuts representing the angler in th if we cannot have full galleries, we should en- enjoyment of his favorite pastime. The worl deavor to possess such as we can obtain. Our is also neatly printed, and in every respect re legislators, we fancy, who should be familiar flects great credit upon the publishers as wel with Horace and Virgil, would be less liable to
as the editor. resort to the argumentum buculinum ; they could not, with the love of grace and propriety which such reading instils, suffer themselves to fall into coarseness: the Augustan polish would
FERRATA. have an effect upon their manners. On this account and many others, it is to be
In the number for January, page 19, nineteen! regretted that the study of the classics is more
line from bottom, for “such exceptions” rea
rule and exception : page 21, 12th line from to and more neglected in our colleges, and that first paragraph, for first” read last : 5th from of dry physical science usurping its place. top of same, for “them” read three : 22d pag
The following paragraph deserves quoting 20 line from bottom, for “repetition” 'rea for its suggestiveness :
· They t“ suclat this rtion to 'mies in erit" in y supejustice, he safereading ir wars, vays on it favors je other, and the
ruption, on, neeu nou de uweit upon a unis arve.
on the hey have opposed the whole policy of the side of order and equity; it favors the dministration, from the annexation of the strong constitution, and deserts the uncerar down to the present time. The Whigs tain and the corrupt.” The Americans