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exhibits him as an industrious and meritorious literary work

All his compilations are of a useful description, and most of them are deservedly popular. His “ Animal Biography" has reached a sixth edition. A third edition has appeared of his " Useful Knowledge, or a familiar Account of the various Productions of Nature, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal, which are chiefly employed for the Use of Man :” in 3 vols. 12mo. This is, perhaps, his most valuable work, and deserves a place in every young person's library, as a useful compendium of much accurate and entertaining information. The “ Biographical Conversations" on British Characters, Eminent Voyagers, and Celebrated Travellers, which form three small volumes, have been favourably received: we do not, however, consider the plan of breaking up biographical memoirs into conversations, a judicious one ; nor is the style in which these conversations are supported, of so superior a description as to reconcile us to the defects of the plan. The“ Modern Travels” is a much more useful compilation. It comprises an abridged account of some of the most popular works of modern travellers, arranged in geographical order, and interspersed with illustrative remarks and observations. The work extends to six volumes duodecimo, two being devoted to Europe, two to America, one to Africa, and one to Asia. The Author's

professed design, in these volumes, is, ' to allure young persons to • a study of Geography.' Whether they are adapted to have this effect or not, (and we are not very favourable to the plan of alluring young persons to studies of any kind,) they present in a small compass, a great deal of interesting matter relating to the habits, customs, and productions of foreign countries; and though hastily got up, and by no means of a scientific cast, will answer the purpose of entertaining and instructive reading for young persons.

Art. VIII. A Sabbath among the Mountains. A Poem in two Parts. 12mo. pp. 46. Edinburgh. 1823.

E have read this poem with much pleasure, and we believe

we have few readers whom it will not please. It is not a first-rate production, but the theme itself, the feeling with which it is treated, the picturesque images which are called up by the description, and the admirable sentiments of which the poem is made the vehicle, unite at once to disarm criticism and to give it a stronger claim on our notice than many publications of larger dimensions. We subjoin a short extract as a specimen.

• Fair was the morning, and the sun had shed
The light of Sabbath on the mountain head,
A beam to warm, not scorch-a soften'ray,
Serenely mild, befitting well the day.
A radiant maotle o'er the earth was rold
of ether-thread, in many a graceful fold-
The emerald blending with the golden hae-
Ample, and rich, and diamonded with dew.
Still was the hour, there was no wind awake
Upon the bright blue waters of the lake,
Unruffled, save by the small circliog ring
Where fishes leap, and seamew dips his wing:
· The mountaineer had marked the matin

Chime from the spire that overlooks the dell,
Where up the sunny slope, the church was seen,
Like a star twinkling through the foliage green.
Oh! there is soinething in that simple note,
Sweet to the dweller of the lonely cot,
Who, stretch'd at ease, beneath the garden thorn,
Hears it from far proclaim the Sabbath morn;
From toil it calls him by a flowery road,
To heaven's assembly--to the courts of God
The boon that he bestows on man the best-
Joy to the wretched to the weary rest.
Lone sorrow hails the hour with happy tears,
And earth evanishes as heaven appears.
The poor man's troubles then a while depart,
There is a Sabbath quiet in his heart ;
T'is then religion sweetens nature's ties,
Then are his children dearest in his eyes ;
Then friendship holiest, then is wedded love
The sacred glow of kindred saints above.
Then in his cot an emblem you may see,
Of Eden lost, and Paradise to be.

• In simple garb the children are in view,
In Sabbath brightness, fresh as morning dew,
And fondly circle round the father's knee,
Like clustering roses, beautiful to see,
And musically murmur at the task,
That Scottish parents of their children ask.
"Tis from the sacred volume that they read,
Words that to heaven their tender spirits leado
That book of which the knowledge is their pride-
Their youtli's companion, and their manhood's guide -
The book they reid in childhood's sunny bour-
That they shall read, when age's clouds shall lower-
When knees are feeble, and when locks are grey,
Eyes dim, and life is fading fast away-..
The book that did their youthful hearts inspire,
Shall lend life's dying lamp a kindly hre.

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• The psalm is sung, in music of the heart,
That science cannot reach, nor skill impart-
Nature's sweet melody to Scotland given
One of the inspiring airs that breathe of heaven,
That stir the spirit on her native strand,
But overpower it in a foreign land.

• Kneeling with simple, but with solemn air,
They humbly pour their souls to God in prayer,
Confess their sins to Him the heart who knows,
And pardon on the penitent bestows ;
With suppliant voice to Him prefer their needs,
Who framed the stars, and the young raven feeds,
Breathe the sweet incense of pure gratitude,
For ills escaped, and undeserved good.
Prayer is the poor man's glory and his gain,
The oblivion of his cares, and rest from pain,
His guiding star, the anchor of his soul
When the wind beats, and stormy billows roll,
Strength to his spirit mid exhausting strife-
A drop of water from the well of life.
The proud may spurn him, and false friends desert,
God makes his temple in the contrite heart.' pp. 11-14.

Art. IX. Exercises for the Young, on Important Subjects in Re

ligion : containing brief Views of some of the leading Doctrines and Duties of Christianity. By the Rev. John Brown, D D. Minister of Langton, Berwickshire. 18mo. p.p. 198. Price 2s.6d.

Edinburgh. 1824. THESE • Exercises are part of a little system of religious

truth, drawn up by the Author for the instruction of the more advanced pupils of the Langton Sabbath School. They consist of passages of Scripture, arranged in the manner of proofs in a catechism, under fifty-two heads, with short de claratory statements in lieu of questions and answers. Critical Notes are occasionally subjoined to the texts cited, in reply to the false glosses which have been put upon them by the So-. cinians and others. We have no doubt that the work will be found useful as an outline of the Christian system, which it may be a useful exercise to the student or the teacher, himself to fill up and illustrate.



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