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let us know what they were, that we may self is better than a fortune. The state form an intelligent judgment of his cha of mind which the author must enjoy who racter.
could have written such dedications, and - There must be a perennial freshness published such poetry, any poor mortal in the works of Mr. N. P. Willis, for they might envy. Those who laugh at the bloom year after year, and seem as fra Doctor have all their merriment to themgrant now as when they were first blown. selves; he would as soon suspect the They are, at any rate, a proof that “a world of laughing at the ponderous tower rose by any other name would smell as of his brown stone church, as at his sweet."
We have before us, for instance, solemnly-intended utterances. Yet the 56 Cruise in the Mediterranean," Doctor is by no means lacking in a percepwhich we remember to have read a few tion of humor, as his most amusing descrip years since as part of a big book issued tion of the manner of Dr. Chalmers in the by Redfield, and which we then remem pulpit can testify; but no one who reads bered to have read also, some twenty the " Interviews" will suspect the author years before, in the old “Mirror," but
of that strange volume of entertaining a which we have reperused within the last suspicion that there is any thing either week, with as much eagerness and delight peculiar or humorous in his own manner. as we expended on the earliest editions. The rose of our Mirror days is still a rose; ENGLISH.-Some of the London critics or, in other words, the travels of Mr. fancy that they have found a new poet in Willis, twenty-five years since, are newer the person of Mr. ALEXANDER SMITH,and more agreeable than the travels of the name, by the way, under which the many a man with the dust still in his
great poet and orator of Hungary left the boots. He has such a sharply observant United States. But Alexander Smith, eye for all that is picturesque in scenery, who purports to be the author of a “ Life or original and striking in manners, ma Drama," is a real personage possessed of nages with such nice tact to convey his genuine poetical genius, and destined to a own sensibilities into the mind of his read high position in the world of letters. That ers, tells a piquant story with so delicate our readers may judge of the style in a smack, sentimentalizes with so knowing which he writes, the lady-love of Walter, an air, and yet enters into the real romance the chief character of the “Life Drama," of adventure with so rollicking a zest and charging him with being a book-worm, honest a faith, that it is quite impossible he replies: to escape the fascination of his pages. We
Books written when the soul is at spring-tide, have no doubt, therefore, that his books When it is laden like a groaning sky will be read for twenty-five years to come,
Before a thunder-storm, are power and gladnese with as much pleasure as they have been
And majesty and beauty. They seize the reader
As tempests seize a ship, and bear him on during the past twenty-five-which is With a wild joy. Some books are drenched sands,
On which a great soul's wealth lies all in heap, giving them a half-century of immortality
Like a wrecked argosy. What power in books! -a large slice.
They mingle gloom and splendor, as I've oit, -The literary world has cracked its In thund'rous sunsets, seen the thunder-piles
Seamed with dull fire and fiercest glory-rents. jokes, the past month, and indulged in
They awe me to my knees, as if I stood many a hearty gutfaw over the Interviews In presence of a king. They give ma tears ; Memorable and Useful, from Diary and
Such glorious tears as Eve's fair daughters shed,
When first they clasped a Son of God all bright Memory, by Rev. Samuel Hanson Cox, With burning plumes and splendors of the sky, D.D. But the doctor is as unconscious of
In zoning heaven of their milky arms.
How few read books aright! Most souls are sbnt his amusing pedantry as parson Abraham By sense from grandeur, as a man who snores, Adams, and he reminds us strongly of that Night-capped and wrapt in blankets to the nose.
Is shut out from the night, which, like a sex, best of parsons by his sturdy, hearty, and
Breaketh for ever on a strand of stars simple-minded boldness in saying what he thinks, in his own way, let the world
Here is another passage, in which interlaugh at him as it will. The Doctor's
nal nature is penetrated with passion: style is none of the best, and his memory
Sunset is burning like the seal of God
Upon the close of day.--This very hour may sometimes play him false in relating Night mounts her chariot in the eastern glooms his interviews, but he is always self-poised To chase the flying Sun, whose flight has left
Footprints of glory in the clouded west: and original, and just as sure of being Swift' is she haled by winged swimming steeds exactly right in everything he may Whose cloudy manes are wet with heavy dews choose to do, or believe, as ever Davy
And dews are drizzling from her chariot wheels.
Soft in her lap lies drowsy-lidded Sleep, Crocket was, when he had determined to Brainful of dreams, as summer bive with bees: go ahead. Let the Doctor appear to others
And rouud her in the pale and spectral light
Flock bats and : risly owls on noiseless wings as he may, he always appears to himself
The flying sun goes down the burning west with as palpable a nimbus round his head Vast night comes noiseless up the eastern slope, as ever encircled the crown of a saint.
And so the eternal chase goes round the world
Uurest! unrest! The passion-panting sea To have so comfortable an opinion of one's Watches the unveiled beauty of the stars
Like a great hungry soul. The unquiet clouds
author is not only a very able statistician Break and dissolve, then gather in a mass And float like mighty icebergs through the blue.
and economist, but from his official posiSummers, like blushies, sweep the face of earth; tion in Russia has made the management Heaven yearns in stars. Down comes the frantic rain;
and yield of the Siberian gold mines a We hear the wail of the remorseful winds
matter of particular study. He does not In their strange penance. And this wretched orb
anticipate that the product of California Knows not the taste of rest; a maniac world, Horneless and sobbing through the deep she goes.
and Australia will produce any permanent
disturbance of the present relation in the There is surely great originality and
value of gold and silver, for the reason affluence here, which augur a bright fu
that a largely increased production of the ture for Mr. Smith.
latter may ere long be expected. The -- Nelly Armstrong, a story of the
silver-producing regions of the world now day,” is the pretty name of a novel, by the
yield nothing compared with what might author of Rose Douglass, which is well be derived from them. received in England. It tells the old tale
- A propos to controversies now on foot of country virtue going to the city, to be
comes M. DE BREVAL'S Mazzini jugé seduced and wrecked, and then rescued
par lui-meme et par ses Tiens (Mazzini again by the kind-hearted interposition of judged by himself and by his adherents), friends. Its pictures of life in the wynds a bitter assault upon the Italian leader of Edinburgh are as dark and fearful as
which goes back for material through the any of the scenes in Uncle Tom's Cabin,
history of the last twenty years. Those and if true, exhibit a field for the bene
who desire to know the worst that may volence of the excellent ladies of Stafford
be said of Mazzini, may here find it uttered House, quite as ready for the harvest as
with skill and hearty hatred. any to be found on this side of the At
– The approaching new edition of lantic.
the writings of the first Napoleon will
contain some things fit to shine in any FRANCE.-HAWTHORNE's Scarlet Let
future collection of literary curiosities. ter has been well translated into French, Among these are Giulio, a Conversation and is duly admired by the Gallic public. on the Tender Passion, an Oriental Tale, The Rerue des Deux Mondes says that Notes on his Infancy and Youth, and a it is an excellent selection to initiate
Plan of Suicide, which on one occasion French readers in the style of the author, when still young he actually came near as a thinker and romance writer, and that putting in execution. His correspondence he treats his subject with manly bold with Maria Louisa will also figure in the ness and touching dramatic power. collection. Rev. J. S. C. Abbott will
-M. Nestor ROQUEPLAN, the manager perhaps find in it some new reason for of the Grand Opera of Paris, has pub- putting this man along with Washington lished, under the title of La Vie Paris
among the sacred heroes and benefactors ienne, a collection of theatrical reminis of humanity. cences, sketches of travel, literary frag --Les Cesars (The Cesars), by M. F. ments, and such other intellectual bag
CHAMPAGNY, is a series of careful studies, gage as he has judged would interest the
on the different emperors of Rome. The universe. We are sorry to say that M. author narrates the life of each of these Roqueplan's book is not as piquant as it individuals, and paints with spirit and ought to be, and that we would prefer an fidelity the varying phases of Roman evening in his magnificent theatre, with society under their successive reigns. An one of Meyerbeer's spectacles, and Garcia appendix contains a solid mass of statisupon the stage, to all the works he could tics with regard to the revenues, republish, if he were to keep writing and sources, and expenditures of the governpublishing until France obtains a settled ment they administered. The work has government.
passed to a second edition. -California and Australia have not -To novel-readers we commend the only flooded the world with gold, but Contes de Printemps (Tales of Spring), have also let loose a deluge of newspaper by M. CHAMPFLEURY, a book full of articles, pamphlets, and other disquisitions youthful genius, and touching interest. on the effect which the flood must have -La Lotus de la bonne Loi (The on property, commerce and industry in Lotus of the Good Law), is the last work their various relations. In the fulfilment of EUGENE BURNOUF, the deceased philoof our duty we have dug through many logian. It is a translation from the of these treatises, but none of them with Sanscrit
, with a commentary and essays more real instruction than M. TEGOBOR on different points of the Buddhist SKI's Essai sur les conséquences éven system. Philological science has no tuelles de la découverte des gites auri other recent production to be compared fères en Californie et en Australie. The with this in magnitude or importance.
-If MADAME DE GIRARDIN's new a literary and artistic undertaking; for it comedy has not obtained the brilliant must be understood, that Wagner writes success to which its title seemed to pre not for the student, but for the public, tend, she may hold herself compensated and for actual performance upon the by the praise bestowed on Marguerite, a stage. It is a doubtful matter, however, new novel from her vigorous and graceful whether any man can possess a genius pen. It is a story of love and despair, grand and potent enough to take the touching in itself, but doubly fascinating amusement-loving public for four succesfrom the delicate feminine good sense, the sive days to the theatre, in order to see facile wit, and agreeable, elegant style in the beginning, middle and end of a single which it is narrated.
opera. -Mont-Reveche, a new novel by A readable book is Dr. Klopp's GEORGE Sand, has made its appearance, Narratires and Traits of Character in to be sadly beset by some of the French the time of the German Empire from 843 critics. They accuse it of defective ar to 1125, just published at Leipzig. It is tistic management, a meagre plot, impos written in a pleasant flowing style, and sible characters, and absurd action. with undoubted historical accuracy. For Against its moral character not a word young people especially, the annals of that have we seen. By some chance a copy obscure period, lying as they seem to do of it has not yet reached America, and so midway between history and romance, we say nothing either to it or its assail have a great charm, and we should suppose ants.
that a skilful translator might draw from
this work the materials of a very popular GERMANY.—The publication in num
and useful little volume. bers of a new History of the German HOFMANN VON FALLERSLEBEN purPedple from the earliest times to the sues his literary studies with zeal none
esent, has just been commenced at Ber the less fruitful, because he has been lin, where two parts have appeared, bring obliged by circumstances to omit revoluing the subject down to the invasion of tionary politics from their programme. Attila in the west of Europe. T He has just added a very valuable contrithor is Mr. Jacob VENEDEY, a member bution to the means of appreciating the of the famous Frankfort Parliament, and literature of the middle
in Germany. a man in many respects competent to the We refer to Theophilus, 'a Low-German Herculean task he has undertaken. It is play, which he has discovered in a manucurious that in the whole wilderness of script of the fifteenth century, and pubGerman books, there is no first-rate work lished with an introduction, commentary on the history of the German people, and glossary. Theophilus is but another though there are many good histories of name for the mythical Faust of the Gerparticular epochs and movements. We mans, and Dr. Hoffmann is of opinion that mean that there is no history of the Ger this play is the first part of a trilogy the mans which is at once erudite and popu remainder of which is lost. His intro lar, accurate in fact and eloquent in style duction and notes are of the highest value and spirit. We hope Mr. Venedey may to those whose tastes and investigations supply the deficiency.
run in that direction. -RICHARD WAGNER is the poet and One of the most attractive recent musician of the gigantic. His conceptions productions of the German press is the are enormous. Ilis works are laid out Symbolik der Menschlichen Gestalt on plans of almost boundless magnitude. (Symbolism of the Human Form), Some day he will make an opera, or, as he published at Leipzig, from the learned would call it, a dramatic and musical epic, and eloquent pen of Dr. CARUS. As a embracing the entire history of the world. specimen of style, few works in German At present he is at work on the Niebelun are more admirable, while its combination gen Lied. The poem is done, and only of profound learning with poetic vitalithe music remains to be composed for it. ty, its frequent eloquence and brilliant The execution of this immense work will glimpses of new ideas, commend it to the occupy four successive performances. It study of all who would appreciate more is called The Ring of the Niebelungen, thoroughly the relations of soul and a Stage Play of a Preliminary Evening body. In some respects it may be comand three Days. The drama of the pre pared with Wilkinson's book on Man liminary evening is entitled The Rhine and his Body. It is intended for popuGold ; that of the first day, The Wal lar rather than professional use. The kyre; that of the second day, The Young physiologists accuse it of being inexact Sigfrid; and that of the third, Sigfrid's and imaginative. Death, This century-nor any other - Dr. Beck of Reutlingen, has a new for that matter- has not witnessed such work on a subject of interest to philoso
phical students. It is called Platon's with infinite industry from the mouths Philosophie im Abriss ihrer genetischen of the people, from old chronicles and Enwicklung. (Plato's Philosophy in its other reliable sources, and are very pleagenetic Development.) It is a dry, pro sant reading even to those who have no saic, formal book, on a theme which, above local interest in the beautiful country to all others, merits a genial and glowing which they belong. treatment.
-Those who wish to study the rise - Dr. John Uschold has published, and progress of Secret Societies, and esat Ambery, a Compendium of Psycholo- pecially of Masonry, will find a most gy (Grundriss der Psychologie), in which
authentic and satisfactory work in the the evangelical theory of the soul, the Geschicte der Frei-Maurerei in Franprimitive purity and blessedness of man kolich (History of Free Masonry in and his fall from grace, are taught in a France), by Prof. Kloss of Darmstadt. very succinct and lucid manner for the use It is based on authentic documents of of students.
every kind, and casts great light upon the Betrachtungen über den Physis- formation and development of the order chen Weltall (Considerations on the in every country of Europe, as well as in Physical Structure of the Universe), is a France. philosophical disquisition by Prof. Es -A volume which musicians ought to CHENMAYER, a disciple of Schelling, in read is F. CHRYSANDER's Ueber die Mollwhich we are taught that the entire, tonart in der Volksgesängen und über boundless complex of worlds, stars, das Oratorium (On the minor mode in comets, &c., depends upon and is govern music of popular origin, and on the Oraed by a great universal body (Allgestirn), torio). It is a learned and instructive the productive source of all forces and work, though it does not demonstrate all laws, in the centre of the entire concern, its propositions, as for instance, that the wherever that may be. It is fanciful and minor mode in popular songs, is derived vague, and will suit those who like to from the music of the early Christian take their science bathed in the mists of church, while the fact is that barbarous imagination, rather than in the clear and nations which never heard of Christianity, distinct light of exact knowledge.
delight in the use of the minor key. - LIEBIG's famous Chemical Letters — The booksellers' advertisements anhave received a reply in a book by JACOB nounce the publication of Des Negers Ira MOLESCHOTT, called Der Kreislauf des Aldridge Leben und Künstler-LaufLebens (The Circle of Life). The author bahn (Life and Artistic Career of the is a physiologist, but no chemist. He Negro Ira Aldridge), with his portrait and writes well and popularly, but Liebig's fac-simile. Mr. Aldridge is a tragic actor, theories are not much injured by his dis whose playing of Shakspeare's characters, quisitions.
such as Othello and Macbeth, has been as- Land und See Bilder aus der tonishing to the Germans. They hold him Gegenwart (Land and Sea Pictures of to be one of the first tragedians of the the Present Time), is a volume of transla age. This book is designed to make the tions from the Household Words, em public acquainted with the facts of his bracing articles on America and Aus personal professional history. tralia.
A volume more charming and wel--Otto SCHMIDT is the author of a
come to poetic readers could not be . History of the Thirty Years' War, named than the Lieder des Mirza written for the benefit of the universal Schaffy (Songs of Mirza Schaffy), of German nation, to warn the same against which a second edition has just made its the evils of dissension, and the necessity appearance at Berlin, with several poems of patience and tolerance. Mr. Schmidt not given in the first. Mirza Schaffy is a might have preached his sermon on a poet of the Caucasus, a man of very delishorter theme than one thirty years long. cate fancy and genial wisdom, whose
— The readers of Goethe's Autobiogra songs — fit to be named with those phy must preserve a sort of affection for of Hafiz — are rendered into elegant the old German province of Elsass, now German by BODENSTEDT, the historian the French department of Alsace, whose and traveller, and printed in a neat and great glory is the Strasburg Cathedral, convenient little volume. and whose people are a happy mixture of -A characteristic publication is the the Teutonic and Gallic elements of cha Deutsche Hauschronik (German Houseracter. Goethe loved to be among them, Chronicles), issued monthly at Munich, and would have been delighted with Au and now in its second year. It is a sort GUST STÖBER'S Sagen des Elsass (Tra of historical and ethnographic popular ditions of Alsace), just published at St. miscellany, consisting of memorable scenes Gallen. These traditions are gathered from history, descriptions of life in an
cient times, among the Germans espe pression of her Christian subjects, lately cially, sketches of eminent characters, cast upon her with bitterness by Austrian pictures of society in foreign countries, and other writers. The idea of intoleand particularly in those which are remote rance as attributed to the Mussulmans is and strange, written often in the shape of shown to be a mere prejudice from the stories, and all illustrated with an abun beginning. Jerusalem and Constantinodance of excellent wood-cuts. In fact it ple were conquered by them, without any would be difficult to find a publication, constraint being put on the faith or worwhich, in an artistic point of view, is supe ship of the Christian inhabitants. · A rior to the Haus Chronik, and its literary Belgian traveller told us,” say our Turkmerits are scarcely less remarkable. ish pamphleteers,
" that he had seen in Some of the best writers of Southern Constantinople what he could not have Germany contribute to its pages.
seen in Paris, a Catholic procession pass-In FREDERIC GERSTACKER's two vol ing through the streets, and the crowd umes of American travel, just published reverently making place for it. So much at Stuttgart, a great deal of valuable in is every form of religion respected among formation upon the political and natural the Turks, and so universal is the tolerance mysteries of South America, is given in of the nation.” “As, on our journey a very pleasant way. The traveller land hither, we came through Smyrna, a great ed at Rio Janeiro, and after having ex festival was being celebrated there by the plored the vicinity of the Brazilian capital, Catholics, and the Turkish Pacha, on the went to Buenos Ayres. His pictures of invitation of the Ladies of the Order of life on the pampas, are as fresh and vivid Providence, was present at the examinaas pen could make them. Next he crossed tion of the young girls, pupils in their the continent to Chili, and from there seminary, and listened with interest, and went to California. His adventures in even crowned those who gained prizes. On Brazil, the Argentine Confederation, and our ships of war we have often seen, at Chili, are narrated with as much spirit as one end the Greek sailors with their pope he carried into the acting of them; while going through with their prayers, while his observations on men and manners are at the other end, the Mussulman sailors marked by shrewdness, tolerance, and were worshipping God after the manner good sense. The second volume relates of their faith. În contrast to this, the to California exclusively, as it was two poor Irish who die for England's fame years ago, and can, therefore, have but
and power on the burning sands of India, little present interest for American read are to this day denied the consolations of ers. His further travels among the islands their church. If you would see intoleof the South Sea, in Australia, and in rance, go to the countries of Christian Java, will afford the material for several Europe, or to the Greek Christians in future volumes, which we shall look for Turkey, especially to the robber-horde of with interest.
Montenegro. It is they who invented
for Catholic Christians the epithet of BELGIUM.—The novelty we have here to Frank-dog,' which, like every thing else notice is Belgian in origin only by accident, that is bad, has been attributed to the and we are not aware that Belgium itself Turks. But the worst of all intolerance ever produced any thing half so original. is at Jerusalem, where Greeks and Latins But inasmuch as the pamphlet now before fight and squabble about the Holy Sepulus bears the imprint of Brussels on its title- chre, and the Turkish authorities, with . page, we will not refuse to the dominions the greatest impartiality and imperturbof King Leopold the honor of having pro able patience, endeavor only to keep the duced it. It is written in French, and
peace between them." entitled, Reply to certain Journals relative to the affairs of Turkey; the authors are RusTEM EFFENDI, and Seid When Ole Bull was at the height of Bey, two Turkish officers temporarily on his success in this country, M. Vienxa Government mission at Liege ; and we temps arrived. “Now," said the wise can truly say that if there are many as men,
we shall see what good playing clever writers in the Ottoman Empire, its is.” M. Vieuxtemps did play, with all literature should at once be made an ob his well-earned European fame behind ject of general study. The present pam him; but unhappily, very few listeners phlet is not unworthy to be placed with before him. At the Park Theatre be Montesquieu's Persian Letters, which in played to half-empty benches, while Ole deed, it somewhat resembles in style and Bull was nightly filling the Tabernacle spirit. Turkey could hardly have abler with an enthusiastic crowd. It was imor more earnest defenders against the im possible to deny the excellence of M. putations of religious intolerance and op Vieuxtemps. If at dinner the conversation