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Literature, Art, and Religion.
ABEL STEVENS, EDITOR.
JULY TO DECEMBER, 1852.
Koh-i-Noor, Recutting of the...........
Literature and Logic of the Interior". .349
Birds, Pleasant Words about.....
Bryant, William Cullen....
Child, The Lost, Found.....
Moore, Thomas, his Character as an Author 57
Multiform, Bob, “ The Ne'er Do Well".. 49
Coleridge, Biographical and Critical Sketch of 289 Neander, Sketch of........
525 Olin, President, Sketch of..
Desert Island, The......
Ossoli, Margaret Faller .....314, 409, 529
174 Palm Leaves, Select Oriental Tales.... 121, 259
329, 434, 527
Passion, The Ruling...
Genius, The Struggle of, with Pain (Schiller) 339
A Scene from Wordsworth..
Ghost Stories, How they originate..... 228
Child in Heaven.....
Ein' Feste Burg ist Unser Gotte. 224
Grundtvig and his Song of Praise.... 40
Miller's Daughter, The....
Origin of the Moss Rose.....
The Ruler's Daughter.........
Iceland and its Inhabitants
Potts, Perugino, Humorous Passages in the
Ivory, and its Applications.....
155 | Questions, Simple, Scientifically Answered.. 276
Rap for the Rappers, A
349 | Southey in his Library.
273 | Sterling, John, Sketch of..
Richter, Detached Thoughts from.........470, 536 ' Superstitions, Popular.....
Talfourd, Sergeant, Scraps from.
Temper, Control of....
Times' Office, A Visit to the...
339 ! Touch, The Sense of, Philosophically con-
468 Training, Domestie, Anecdotes of Ani-
Scientific Items.........95, 189, 257, 3-4, 4-6, 572 Trenton Falls....
Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
Tyrol, Beacon-Fire of the.
Smith, Adam, Residence of..
Witches. Adventures of Will with the....
Solomon, The Tree of
323 Yezidis, or Devil Worshipers.................. 51
The Arch of Titus...
211 Dr. Samuel Hopkins-Portrait.
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