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a strong siding champion, so that Comus, 10 is the father of much of the light reading the honr, and his rabble of monsters, will t aire approach.

Mr. Montgomery's preface, though not very Tirana1, shows a true love of the poet, and rat* out many of his excellencies very clearly. •■* are glad to learn that in his opinion the •ni of Coinus "may claim the eulogium iicb a cruic of the purest taste, the late Dr. ken, baa passed upon it. He says: 'The •ni possesses great beauty of versification, ■ying from the gayest Anacreontics to the rt majestic and sonorous heroics. On the nle, if an example were required of a work d» up of the very essence of poetry, per'<■ none of equal length in any language iH be produced, answering this character in hijh a degree as the Masque of Comus.'" « is truly admirable and satisfactory, and apletely condenses and exhausts the whole Sect

rherv is an equally characteristic passage in Itndpe respecting Shakspeare and Milton, ica, for the instruction of youthful admirers •bat is commonly understood by genius, can <•■' be too often quoted:

'What shall we say? even this; that Shakare, no mere child of native ; no automaton fnuua; no passive vehicle of inspiration »ra*d by the spirit, not possessing it; first M patiently, meditated deeply, understood lately, (ill knowledge, become habitual and ini»t, wedded itself to his habitual feelings, H length crave birth to that stupendous pow»* which be stands alone, with no equal or noil in his own class; to that power which W bim on one of the two glory-smilten sum• of the poetic mountains, with Milton as aopeer, not rival. While the former darts *-lf forth, and passes into all the forms of a«a character ami passion, the one Proteus of fire and the flood; the other attracts all at and things to himself, into the unity of •*» ideal All things and modes of action pt ihemselves anew in the being of Milton; le Stukspeare becomes all things, yet forr remaining himself. 0, what great men hast - '• •! produced, England, my country! Truly i«d—

|r* mist be free or die, who speak the tongue

'" Suivuii spake: the fiith and morals


ich Milto* held. In everything we are sprung

■tnVt first blood, have titles manifold.


1 I hunted Barque, and other Poems. By E. .imss Hike. Auburn: J. C. Derby & 'c; New York, Mark II. Newman &. Co. 348.

kny of the pieces in this very neat little imc bsvc considerable poetic merit, and they

are all marked by good sense, absence of Tennysonian and Transcendental affectation, and by an easy, natural and generally correct versification. They cannot claim a high place for depth of thought, power of passion, or strength of imagination, but it is refreshing to meet with a new bard, so unexceptionable in tone and sentiment, and with so loving an eye for nature. The descriptive parts are generally the best. The rhyme,

"Drink, brothers! drink, brothers! let the goblet

go round. Mankind ye have reddened with many a wound .'"

is not good.

A Tour to Ike River Sagvenay, in Loner Canada. By Charles Lanman. Philadelphia: Carey & Hart. 1848.

It ought to be an'axiom with all travellers, whether South Sea voyagers or summer tourists, that the first business of a describer of actual places and occurrences should be to give his readers perfect confidence in his accuracy and veracity. If they mix up fact and fiction, their writings can have neither the interest of tales, nor of true narratives; the acid and alkali neutralize each other, and the result passes off in a sudden gaseous effervescence.

This little book is a very pleasant collection of sketches, and will while away thirty or forty minutes of time for one who is easily pleased very agreeably. The author is good-humored and complacent. But why did he think it necessary to catch so many trout? Why need he have killed rattlesnakes? We have been in the hills of Catskill, have heard all Ethan Crawford's bear stories, yea, have "camped out" a week together, and put ourselves to great bodily inconvenience, in search of adventures, but with such total failure of success that we are hardened of heart, and will nut believe that another can stumble upon them so readily. No one can believe what contradicts his own experience.

But boys are a perpetual wonder to the " old folks." It is many years since we visited mnny of the scenes Mr. Lanman describes, and it may be that trout, rattlesnakes, pike, &c, may be more plenty now than they used to be. At 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 docs not, like some of the class, deliberately set himself to make it worse.

Teacfiing, a Science: lie Teacher an Artist'. By Rev.baykabd K. Iiali., A M., Principal <f the Classical and Mathematical Institute, Newburgh, and Author of" Somet/iingfor Everybody," <Sfc. New \ ork: Baker & Scribner. 1848.

We have not had leisure to examine this work longer than is necessary to discover that it is written with force, ability and good sense —qualities so obvious in it that it takes but very little tims to discover them.

The observations on the study of the classics are worthy of remark. With a clear appreciation of the adaptednoss of the old mode of studying them to intellectual discipline, the author is still of opinion that "if not used as a discipline, the dead languages should be wholly abandoned as a scfiool study." Perhaps, as applied to a mode of running over them in private high schools, this may be true; indeed, if they are to be any more superficially taught than they usually are in our colleges, we should be disposed to assent to their abandonment as readily as he. Still any graduate who has been many years in active life, knows whether he would willingly be deprived of his " small Latin and less Greek," and whether they have not contributed more largely to his happiness than ho was, in the ignorance of his boyhood, accustomed to expect. For there is a certain refined beauty in the style of the classic authors that is necessary to temper the dry Saxon strength; they are in writing what their cotemporaries were in sculpture—our best models—which we should study, not to imitate, but to enlarge our knowledge and educate our taste. This, we apprehend, more than their intellectual discipline, is a reason why we should endeavor to know all we can of them, and why, if we cannot have full galleries, we should endeavor to possess such as we can obtain. Our legislators, we fancy, who should be familiar with Horace and Virgil, would be less liable to resort to the argumentumbatulinum; they could not, with the love of grace and propriety which such reading instils, suffer themselves to fall into coarseness: the Augustan polish would have an effect upon their manners.

On this account and many others, it is to be regretted that the study of the classics is more and more neglected in our colleges, and that of dry physical science usurping its place.

The following paragraph deserves quoting for its suggestiveness:

"The difficulty in the way of the necasB] brevity arises, in part, from the wish to mskfj text-book for all sorts of schools at once If pni mary schools, academies and colleger could i* either by compact or law, kept distinct, \ma men could and would make suitable text-boob But the insane spirit of an ultra-democr;tic and abolition sentiment, is at war with dirtia tions. It demands inexorably a dead If«1 would have lands, houses, education, reiizia pleasure, all alike for the mass; and iadustr skill, and perseverance, that would natum place one above another, must be decned r insulted. It says nothing shall be special, [« vale: everything shall be common, public, allows a community but not an individual. Il as tyrannical, ctuel and despotic as the icost > solute and barbarous monarchy; il will bend l individual man to its will, or trample on ill I sacred rights, sport with his tenderest feeii^ yea! stamp with its iron heel upon a ca. very heart!' The people! the people! Ut> ty! liberty !' is its watchword and cry; hot il the people as a an abstraction, mm less body conventional, and liberty to live I act as a crowd! Individuals and individual 1 erties it abhors and destroys ! "

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