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If we are called upon to give our reasons for this judgement, we must reluctantly proceed to the invidious specification of the Author's sundry offences against taste, sense, and euphony. We must, for instance, indite him on the following count, — for uttering as poetry certain stanzas, purporting to be about the above-mentioned brooks and floods.
• There is a voice which speaks from them
To man's entranced and musing heart,
Though in its words it hath no part;
- Expressive praise, though feebly told,
By which man doth his thoughts unfold.
Or wild bee, in his humble flight,
When man shall vanish from his sight;
The thanks sincere of nature tell,
Accepted and acceptable.' Putting aside the doths and haths and false concord of these lines, what do they mean? That God is better pleased with the sounds of the mountain stream, the singing of birds, and the hum of bees, than the praise of his intelligent creatures. This is but sorry divinity: To the evening star,' Mr. Clarke singeth:
• Pale harbinger of silent night!
I gaze upon thy early beam
And in my musing fancy dream,
With an unused tranquillity.' Here is certainly a liberty taken with words that we are unused to ;-a beam tremulous with light, and a poet gazing on it, and dreaming, with his eyes open, but in his fancy, that the star is looking at him with unused tranquillity ;' and yet we are told, it is tremulous,' as it were at the very sight of him,-knowing, perhaps, what he was going to sing about.
We have been not a little amused with the Author's original use of the diæresis, suspended over a single vowel, thus :
• They laid thee in thy lowly bed,
And o'er the chafing sea,
With rude solemnity,
And saintless lips, unused to prayer,
Shed the last words of blessing there! Several similar instances might be given ; but in the following couplet it is perversely omitted.
• When the angel's trump shall arouse the dead,
And seas shall unbosom their bu-ri-ed !' We do not call in question Mr. Clarke's qualifications as bachelor of arts, the art of poetry being excepted.
Art. XI. The English Mother's Catechism for her Children : contain
ing those Things most necessary to be known at an early Age. llo lustrated by 100 Engravings. By the Rev, T. Clark. 24mo. pp. 72.
9d. sewed ; large paper, 1s. 6d. bound. London. 1822. ONE NE hundred engravings for nine pence! This ingenious
contriver of multum in parvo deserves to obtain our recommendation of his praiseworthy labours; and, in truth, the Catechism does comprise a prodigious variety of useful lore. It is quite a Lilliputian cyclopedia; and the wood-cuts, which to children are a hieroglyphic language more readily understood than the type, are most respectable specimens of the kind. They exhibit visible representations of rural processes, trades, fruits, animals, insects, heavenly bodies, national costumes, and skeleton maps. Surely never were the tools of Education brought to so great a perfection, whatever may be the skill employed in handling them.
Art. XII. Principes de la Grammaire Françoise, ou Livre de Conver
satiou a l’Usage de la Jeunesse Angloise. Par Mr. d'Emden. 12mo.
pp. 136. London. 1822. THIS new attempt to elucidate the elements of French
Grammar, does not appear to require elaborate criticism. It seems on the whole to be judiciously compiled ; and it possesses the important requisite of brevity. The form of dialogue has been adopted, and the whole series of instruction is conveyed in the French language; a plan which imposes some additional trouble on the master, but must be exceedingly advantageous to the pupil.
Art. XIII. An Essay on the Soils and Composts indispensably necessary
in the Propagation and Culture of the more rare and valuable ornamental Trees, Shrubs, Plants, and Flowers. By Thomas Haynes.
12mo. pp. 70. Price 5s. London. 1821. GA ARDENING is rapidly rising to something like the dignity
of a science. Instead of the arbitrary and empirical processes of our ancestors, derived, especially in the treatment of flowers and esculent vegetables, chiefly from the Dutch and the Flemings, our Horticulturists are now employed in practical inquiries on a large and expensive scale; and the aid of chemical examination is called in to ascertain the nature of soils and composts. To the Horticultural Society, as well as to enlightened and liberal individuals, we are indebted for these improvements; and among the more useful publications to which these efforts have given rise, we are disposed to assign a place to the " present little work. It might have been much compressed, and some very unnecessary repetitions should have been avoided ; but notwithstanding these symptoms of inexpertness in the art of getting up a book, we have read this little manual with profit and pleasure. If some of our dilettanti gardeners will avail themselves of its instructions, they will save themselves much vexation and disappointment in their experiments in horticulture. Art. XIV. A brief Sketch of the Life of Thuanus ; with copious Notes
to the Dedication of his History of France; illustrative of the most important Events of Ecclesiastical History, which have occurred on the Continent of Europe. By Josiah H. Walker.
12mo. pp. 256. Price 4:s. Nottingham. 1819. WITHOUT containing much novelty, this is, on the whole,
not an uninteresting book. Mr. Walker has been fortunate in his choice of a subject; and though we cannot compliment him on either the correctness of his style, or the extent of his researches,—the life of de Thou being drawn from the most common sources, and the Editor's notes to the celebrated Dedication, which loses much, by losing its Latinity, being of rather a common-place quality,--still
, the volume comprises in a small compass, much interesting information on an important subject.
Repeated errors in the orthography of proper names remain uncorrected. The regicide Clement is called more than once, Clerment ; Fulgentio is spelt Fulgentia ; and the President A. Mortier, elsewhere called au Mortier, is evidently taken for an individual, whereas it is only a title of office derived from the peculiar shape of the cap, resembling, we believe, an apothe cary's mortar. De Thou was president à mortier-i. e. with the mortar-shaped cap.
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The Rev. T. H. Horne has in the Shortly will be published, in 2 vols. press, a third edition of his Introduc- 8vo. (price 21s.) Lectures on Genesis : tion to the Critical Study and Know- or plain historical Serinons on the lead-' ledge of the Holy Scriptures. In 4 vols, ing characters, and most important 8vo. with some corrections and addi. events recorded in the Book of Genesis. tions. It is expected to be ready in the By James Rudge, D.D. F.R.S. course of the present month. At the same Mr. Bowring intends shortly to pubtime will be published, a limited number Jish, a second volume of Specimens of of a Sapplement to the Second Edition; the Russian Poets. containing (besides one new plate) the In the course of the ensuing month most material additions, which chiefly will be published, in a small 8vo volume, consist of illustrations of Sacred Writ, "The Cento,” a volume of Prose Sea derived from expensire books of Travels lections from the most approved works in the East, published within the last of Living Authors. ten months. These additions will be so Preparing for publication, in 8yo. printed as to be inserted in the volumes Fifty Lithographic Prints, illustrative of to which they belong, without injury to a Tour in France, Switzerland, and the binding.
Italy in 1819-21, from original draw.. Dr. Carey has in the press, a small ings. By Marianne Colston. neat edition of Statius, in addition to A new edition of Bythner's Lyra the forty five volumes of the Regent's Prophetica, is printing at the Glasgow Pocket Classics, already published. University Press, and will be published
Translation of Legendre's Elements in November, in one handsome octavo of Geometry.-A translation of this volume. classical and popular work on Geometry, Joseph Swan, Esq. is printing in an wbich has gone througb so many editions octavo volume, an Inquiry into the in France, is now in the press, and will Action of Mercury on the Living Body. be published in a short time. The work Dr. Jobn Baron will soon publish, Ilis edited by Dr. Brewster, and under the lustrations of the Inquiry respecting Tusanction of M. Le Chevalier Legendre, berculous Diseases, with coloured enwho has communicated several impor. gravings. tant additious to the Editor. As all the Mr. Henry Mayo, surgeon and lecdiagrams are engraven on wood, so as turer on anatomy, has in the press, to accompany the propositions, this Anatomical and Physiological Comedition will possess a very great superi. mentaries, ority over the original work, where they Mr. W. Wallace, lecturer on anatomy are given in copper-plates at the end of and surgery, is printing a System of the book.
General Anatomy, in an 8vo. volume. Mr. Elmes's Memoirs of the Life and Mr. J. G. Lockhart has in the press, Works of Sir Christopher Wren are in in a small quarto volume, Sixty Ancient great forwardness, and will appear early Ballads, translated from the Spanish, in the ensuing winter.
with notes and illustrations. Speedily will be published, in 1 vol. The Rev. T. R. England, of Cork, 12mo. with wood-cuts, &c. a concise is printing in an octavo volume, a Life System of Mensuration; containing of the Rev. Arthur O'Leary; including Algebra, Practical Geometry, Trigo- many unpublished documents relative to nometry, the Mensuration of Surfaces the Irish Catholics. and Solids, Land-Surveying, Gauging, Mr. T. Maule will publish in the &c., with proper Tables, adapted to the course of this month, an Analytical, use of schools. By Alexander Ingram, Catalogue of Books on Heraldry, ĠeneMathematician, Leith,
alogy, &c. in an octavo volume, under
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By James Parkinson. Fellow of the
Royal College of Surgeons, and Member The Life of William Peon, abridged
of the Geological Society of London, the and adapted to the use of young per- Wernerian Society of Edinburgh, and of By Mary Hughes (late Robson).
the Cæsarean Society of Moscow, post foolscap 8vo. with portrait, 4s, 6d.
Geological Essays, co
rising a view
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cliffe, A. M. Author of a Grammar of the English Language. Sro. 4s.
Memoirs of the Wernerian Natural
History Society. Vol. IV. part 1. 10 Views on the Thames : engraved by
engravings. 10s. 6d.
An Historical Review of the Spanish finished line engravings. With an 8vo. Revolution ; including some account of volume of descriptions, half-bound, Religion, Manuers, and Literature in royal 4to. 81. half-bound. Proofs, Im. Spain. By Edward Blaquiere, Esq. perial 4to. 121.-India paper proofs,
Author of Letters from the Mediterra151.
nean, &c. 8vo. 18s. GEOLOGY.
An Introduction to the Study of Fos. sil Organic Remains, especially of those found in the British Strata : jptended to aid the Student in his Enquiries respecto ing the Nature of Fossils, and their counection with the formation of the earth.
The different modes of cultivating the Pipe Apple, from its first introduction into Europe, to the late improvements of T. A. Koight, Esq. By a Member of the Horticultural Society. With 74 wood