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Poems, NARRATIVE AND LYRICAL. the veil of Miss Burney's early fame, By M. MOTHERWELL.* The public has, there would be knitting of bro's, if not in this instance, forestalled critical judg- decided marks of languor, and disappro. ments. Its testimony is applausive and bation of much of her books. It has al. unanimous. Mr. Motherwell's stray ways struck us that Mrs. Thrale's coterie, pieces, which already enjoy a most exten- aud, still worse, the small place in the sive and genial kind of popularity, are court of Queen Charlotte, spoiled and here collected into a handsome small chilled our originally charming, natural, volume, well fitted to occupy an honour. and lively Miss Burney. When Burke, ed place in any select modern cabinet col
on the appearance of her second novel, lection of favourite authors. It is need. said, “ Die to-night, Miss Burney!" he less to say how well we conceive this spoke as the true prophet of her literary volume entitled to a distinguished nook. reputation, which was crowned by Ca.
POEMS BY ALFRED TENNYson.t milla, and thenceforth declined and fell. Mr. Tennyson's new volume contains MEMOIRS OF THE LATE JOHN MAmany good and a few beautiful pieces ; son Good. BY OLINTHUS GREGORY.* but it scarcely comes up to our high- The life of this truly excellent man forins raised expectations of the author of the the seventh volume of the Select Library. Poems chirfly Lyrical. We must return The first section, containing the Life, is of to it more at leisure.
interest. The second, which is a review THE BROKEN HEART, A METRICAL of his publications, is occasionally prolix. Tale. This is a rather unlucky sub- The BUCCANEER, BY Mrs. Hall. ject, redeemed by much that it is beauti. This romance comes under the class historiful in thought, feeling, and language; cal, we presume, from Cromwelland Milton though, as an entire poem, the production being occasionally introduced, and the foris more distinguished by elegance and mer, with his family, mixed up with the careful elaboration, than force of imagi- narrative. It is a work in character soidenation, or the simplicity of conscious where between the romances of the Adieri. power.
can Cooper, and those of Mr. Horace THE WANDERING BARD AND OTHER Smith; and the agents are, as in those POEMS.S This is one of those poems of cases, bravoes, knaves, rufflers, odd people which a certain number appear every of the olden time, wild beldames, and year, and the average of which has of late daring outlaws. The story possesses conyears prodigiously increased.
In the siderable interest from the progress of the Wandering Bard, there is a thread of plot, but more from the descriptions and story; but the poem is chiefly sentimental characters. There is a heroic and devoted and contemplative. The writer is more Constance, contrasted with a lively Lady eminent in the spirit than in the sleight Frances, a daughter of the Protector; but of his craft. He assuredly wants the or- these ladies are neither so rich nur mare gan of tune, if he possesses the ordinary as a certain charming Barbara, the wait. number of fingers, which might partlying damsel of the former. She is the have supplied its place, and spared us many daughter of the Buccaneer, and a true and rugged lines.
original woman, delineated with feminine MEMOIRS OF DR. BURNEY, BY his delicacy and grace. A very delightful DAUGHTER, MADAME D'ARBLAY.|| chapter, referring to a period of ten years Those--and they are many-with whom subsequent to the events which close the the authoress of Evelina and Camilla, is a tale, concludes the work most happily. love and a memory of youth, will eagerly OTTERBOURNE, A ROMANCE. This, open these volumes, be, perhaps, at first which is a tale of the chivalry of the Bor. somewhat disappointed, but again return ders, is not, in our judgment, among the to their perusal, and find some true, most successful of Mr. James's romances; though sadly faded images of what was or perhaps we are getting tired of the once so delightful. Among the many thing altogether. The story relates to the volumes of reminiscences we have lately state of the Borders, and of the kingdoms had, these are entitled to hold a high of England and Scotland previously to the place, all eminence being comparative. battle from which the romance takes its But with something to interest and in- name. Save mannerism and rigid truth struct, there is certainly a good deal that of costume, there is nothing remarkable is tedious, and a prodigious deal that is in the book. The author is more happy de trop. If it were not felt becoming in in catching, not the language, not the critics to look reverentially at Madame idiom, but the queer words of the age he D'Arblay's Memoirs of her father through depicts, than its spirit ; and with human • Robertson, Glasgow. Pp. 232. + Moxon, London. Pp. 163.
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nature at large, his characters have small for infancy. Some of its little stories are concern. There are two fair cousins, really touching. “ My own Infancy, in a blush and a pale rose, and a sweet and a spite of the Evil One,” is one of these ; and dignified maiden ; there are domineering another is Poor Bessy, and a third, My and ferocious chiefs, and a gallant squire Brothers and Sisters. But the Frosty of low degree, who deserves to win, and Day is not so right; and mamma should does win his spurs, and a fair lady and not tell her darling, with the tippet her broad lands ; and there is also Harry and cloak, and shoes and stockings, Hotspur himself, and battles, captures, that the poor little girls sliding on the and escapes in large abundance, and still ice barefooted are “ quite happy," with there is much wanting to make even a “their little pink feet and toes, just like tolerably good imitation of Sir Walter; pigeons' toes," and that “ they don't feel which in the historical romance is all that it, because they are accustomed to it.” any one now looks for.
We can assure the “ little darlings” that TALES OF THE MANSE. We are to the
poor boys and girls do feel it, and that have more Tales of the Manse, and the it will be the duty of the children with second series is to be about the Fortunes the shoes and tippets, if they are good and Misfortunes of Charles Cranston. children, as soon as possible, to think The present is a romance or legend of St. how they may best contribute to obtainKentigern, the scene of which is laid in ing for the pink-toed children, comforts the Upper Ward of Clydesdale during the which are equally necessary or agreeable sixth century. It might as well have to all children ; and, in order to do this, been entitled the fast of the Druids. The they must not be brought up in the bechoice of the subject shows knowledge lief that though the poor bear, they do and power of imagination, but whether not feel, hardship. The cook, when she directed in the way most likely to be ge- flayed the eels alive, believed they were nerally popular, is a matter of grave used to it, and did not feel it ; but she doubt. The tale is introduced by a lively was mistaken. The moral of all this is, editor's preface, connecting it with the that children's books are most difficult Manse, and by a second preface, intro- compositions. ducing the story which restores the rites EDINBURGH CABINET LIBRARY, Vol. of Baal, and the wild superstitions of X.* Humboldt's Travels. By Mr. MacDruid worship, in times when Drumsech gillivray. It is next to miraculous that the Plump, and Lidel the Lank were the this rich mine was left untouched, until chieftains of Strathclyde, instead of Mr. it suited the convenience of Messrs. Oliver Hamilton of Dalzell and Lord Corehouse. and Boyd, to lay open its wealth to the The writer shews considerable power of public. They have done so in another description, and of simple pathos, as in of their neat, well-executed, compendious the dying scene of the poor dwarf, the volumes; and, in one word, have given faithful tricd servant of Prince Rederec, us the substance of the collected treasures for such was the high style of the great of the first of modern travellers, HumWestland lairds ) 200 years ago. The less. bold for five shillings! We give them er ones loved “ nappy ale," and caroused thanks for the enterprise ; nor do we foro' nights much as at the present day; and get that, unless there were, as in this case, very pleasant it is to us to hear about talented Mr. Macgillivrays, to give efthem in St. KENTIGERN.
fect to such literary speculations, and to The ExcitEMENTT is a neat small set in motion the printing-presses, we volume of selections, published annually, could have no such publications. To both and intended to excite young persons to author and publisher we, therefore, give read, and thus gain information ; and the honour due, and warmly recommend also with the farther object, or hope, that their joint labours for the amusement and if the faculty of attention be awakened to information of mankind. any one object, it may easily be directed NIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE ; OR, to another more valuable. The selections STORIES OF AUNT JANE AND are judiciously adapted to this beneficial FRIENDS. By the Author of the “The purpose ; and, besides this, the Excite. Diversions of Hollycot,” “Clan-Albin," ment makes a pleasing miscellaneous “ Elizabeth de Bruce," &c. Second Secompilation of facts, wonders, and adven- ries.* _The first series of this delightful tures,
work is too generally and favourably THE INFANT ANNUAL. Unless read. known to require more at our hands ing and writing do come by nature, it is than a simple reference to it. The not likely that the INFANT ANNUAL can tone of the second is slightly different from be otherwise than a sealed book. The In- that of its predecessor. There is none of fant Annual is, nevertheless, a nice, neat, the glowing richness of “ The Three pretty nursery tome, for childhood, if not
Westminster Boys," or the intimacy * Blackie and Son, Glasgow. Pp. 272. + Waugh and lunes, Edinburgh,
# Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh. 1 Ibid.
+ Ibid. NO, X, VOL. II,
with the dazzling and fantastic passions Mr. Hurst is preparing for publication, in of the rich exhibited in or The Two Monthly Volumes, The Dramatic Library, Janes." In return, we have more impres. comprising all the Standard Dramas in the sive pictures of the gentle power of self- English Language. Illustrated with Recontrol, and the rich treasures of house marks Critical and Biographical, forming a hold affection. “ The Quaker Family" complete History of the English Stage dure is the most beautifully elaborated picture volume will be published on the 1st of Janu
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Mr. TĂYLok has a Life of Cowper nearheroes have neither the dark glossy gran- ly ready for publication, which will contain deur of Hastings, nor the glittering raci
a more complete view of the Poet's religious ness of Thurlow, nor the plaintive wild- the public ; together with a variety of inter
character than has hitherto been given to ness of Cowper ; but, in return, they have esting information respecting some parts of a strength of purpose, a truth of feels his personal history, not before generally ing, and a loftiness of aim, that impresses known or correctly appreciated. To be us with the sense of a simpler and sub- comprised in one volume, demy Svo limer greatness. “ The little Ferryman"
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FINDEN'S LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRA. original It is good that we are old in
BYRON.-PART 9.* No age, and withered of substance, else how work that ever issued from the press should we inouth and babble about Ianthe, more thoroughly fulfilled the professed thou pattern of excelling sweetness! Truly, objects of the publishers, or realized the Mr Westall, you must have made the young expectations raised by the first number blood of many a fiery-mooded boy leap in than this. Each“ Part" is excellent, and, his very veins at this face of yours; she is, depending upon its own intrinsic merits,
-"But words are wanting to say what,needs no complimentary contrast, or esti. Think what a girl should be, and she is that." mation by degrees of comparison with its It is a pleasure, however, to find fanlo predecessor. The contents of the present with what we cannot enjoy,--the outline number are: 1. Cape Leucadia--Copley of the nose is unlovely:-confident we are Fielding. 2. Venice-Ilarding, from a right ! Sketch by Lady Scott. 3. Cork Convent, Cintra-Stanfield. 4. Castle of Ferrara LANDSCAPE ILLUSTRATIONS OF SIR -Prout. 5. Ianthe_Westall. 6. Pe- WALTER Scott. No. 9. (No. 8, Jost, trarch's Tomb-Cattermole. 7. Seville misla id, or not received.) This pleasing E. Finden. Fielding has made a beautiful little work continues to hold on the drawing of the Cape, and the Lover's Leap; even tenor of its way;' and those who the water in the foreground is liquidity originally patronized it as a fitting illus. itself. Harding's Venice is a charming tration to the possessed productions of picture. Prout, that living parallelogram, the most popular author of our times, in his Castle of Ferrara, is as square as
have no reason to be dissatisfied with usual. Finden's Seville, is a sweet little the manner in which the task is provignette; ditto, Petrarch's Tomb by Cate ceeding. Fast Castle, representing the termole. The extraordinary pictures of residence of the Master of Ravenswood, is this extraordinary and curiously-named an appalling place to look upon : desolation, man, must, we should think, well nigh dim, dark, and dismal, reigns throughout dery engraving altogether. Every figure the scene. The other scenes the Links and every outline, thanks to Mr Finden, of Eyemouth, Dunstaffnage, Inrerary is here distinct ; we should like to see the Pier, are pretty drawings. * Miss Ward
onr, in silent terror, took up the letter," * Murray and Tilt, London.
says the quotation from the Antiquary;