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THE LITTLE ROBINSON OF PARIS. By Lucy Landon : Phila- tain some of the most impassioned passages in the whole delphia: J. & J. L. Gihon. This volume is like the pre- volume. The characters of Lady Imogen and of Ida, in ceding in its form and illustrations. It is a translation of these fragmentary sketches, are conceived with a degree a very popular French work intended for young people. of power that the reader would not have expected, who ILLUSTRATIONS OF LYING. By Amelia Opie. New York :

had known the author only by her delicate, gossamer-like, Carter d Brothers. This is one of those books of which floral fancies. Mrs. Osgood's poems on religious subjects too many copies cannot be circulated. “Lying in all its are generally admirable. So are all those which are sugbranches” is a vigorous and hardy plant, native to the gested apparently by her children, or which express sensoil, and to be rooted out only by constant digging. Mrs. timents growing out of the maternal relation. But we Opie drove the ploughshare to the very root of the evil, must cut short our pleasant task. The volume, indeed, and laid bare its deformities, and the oftener the operation everywhere teems with beauties that need no commendar is repeated, the better for humanity. The present edition tion of ours. We close it abruptly, but with a hearty is a cheap and convenient one.

wish for its most entire success. THE MERCY-SEAT. BY GARDINER SPRING, D.D. New

THE WORLD AND ITS WONDERB. Philadelphia : J. & J. L. York: M. W. Dodd. Dr. Spring has made that wonderful Gihon. The wonders of nature are an inexhaustible composition, the Lord's Prayer, the subject of a series of

source of interest and amusement to children. The commeditations, intended to promote a spirit of devotion, and

piler of the present volume has collected from various to give suggestions to those inclined to be devout. It is

sources descriptions of some of the most remarkable scenes an admirable treatise, suited to the wants of the age, and and objects in nature, to which the publishers have added brought out in a very attractive style by the publishers. numerous illustrative wood-cuts. Among the objects de

POEMS. BY FRANCES SARGENT Osgood. Philadelphia: scribed and illustrated are the Silk-worm, Fingals Cave, Carey d Hart. The admirers of genius naturally desire Pompey's Pillar, the Boa Constrictor, monsters of the to possess in a collected form the works which, separately, deep, &c. The volume is a small square 16mo., intended have given them so much pleasure. Mrs. Osgood, as one and suited to be a gift-book for children. of our sweetest lyrists, has many admirers, who will rejoice

WORKS OF WASHINGTON IRVING, VOL. XI. Oliver Goldin the opportunity, now first offered, of obtaining nearly all

smith. New York: George P. Putnam. In the preface to her published poems in a single volume. This volume is

this volume of his works, the author gives us to undera large octavo, corresponding in style and appearance to stand that it has been written almost entirely anew. The the editions of Willis, Longfellow, Bryant, and Sigourney,

original sketch was prepared merely as an introduction to produced by the same eminent publishing house. All who a selection from his writings. That sketch now appearing have seen these collections will understand, without fur

too meagre to stand by itself as a biography, the author ther description, the appearance and mechanical beauty of has gone over the subject again, and put it in its present this first edition of Mrs. Osgood's works. It is a truly fuller and more complete shape. He takes the opportunity, sumptuous volume, adorned with twelve fine line engrav- in doing so, of paying a most graceful compliment, as ings by Cheney, Burt, Pease, Humphrys, Cushman, honourable to himself as to its object, to another and rival Hinshelwood, Armstrong, and Illman, after original de

publication, & "Life of Goldsmith,” by Forster. Notwithsigns by Huntington, Darley, Rossiter, Cushman, and

standing Mr. Irving's modest disclaimers in regard to his Osgood. The portrait of Mrs. Osgood, by Cheney, is in this

own work, and his eloquent praises of Mr. Forster's, there artist's very best style. It is indeed an admirable portrait,

are few readers, English or American, who will not wish and an admirable engraving. But we have said enough to see what the author of the “Sketch-Book” and “Braceof the book, merely as a book,

bridge Hall” has written of the author of "The Deserted This publication will certainly add to the author's repu- Village" and the “Vicar of Wakefield.” tation. She is understood to write with great facility, and has been occasionally tempted thereby into the publica

LIVES AND ANECDOTES OF ILLUSTRIOUS MEN. Nero York:

D. Appleton & Co. No species of books is more generally tion of poems that did injustice to her acknowledged abilities. Many readers, seeing these fugitive pieces going the

acceptable than well-written biography. The present rounds of the newspapers, and seeing in some cases only

collection, forming a neat duodecimo volume, contains the

lives of Cromwell, Cortez, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Dr. Adam the worst specimens, formed from them an unfair estimate of the author's general merits. This unfavourable

judg Crabbe-something to every one's taste.

Clarke, Sir Humphry Davy, Lindley Murray, Cuvier, and ment will be corrected by the present publication. Poems which should never have seen the light, are here very

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. By Mary Somerville. Philadelphia : wisely suppressed, while the old favourites which first won Lea & Blanchard. The character of this work is, perhaps, the public ear, are all reproduced, with many new ones sufficiently known, from the previous edition of it. It of more recent birth. Every page gives evidence of the has received, however, very important additions from the ** born genius” of the author, while the impression received author, and the American reprint is enriched with a from the volume, as a whole, is that of admiration for the valuable glossary, which, to the general reader is almost large compass and the manifold variety of her abilities. indispensable. In its present condition, Mrs. Somerville's We feel that it is no longer a single brilliant that has en

work is one that ought to find its way into all our higher gaged our attention, but a rich mine with many veins,

seminaries of learning. It is replete on every page with some as yet barely opened, and none exhausted.

important facts with which every well-informed gentleman of the miscellaneous poems, which form the first and and lady ought to be acquainted. largest division of the volume, we marked many, in pass- Young Man's Way To HONOUR. By the Red. Anthony ing, for the purpose of comment-so many, indeed, that Atwood. Philadelphia: J. W. Moore. Mr. Atwood proWe find we cannot even name them. The address to the fesses to be strictly a utilitarian, by which he means "Spirit of Poetry,” is of the very essence which it invokes. that he writes solely to profit, not to please. On this “ Ermengarde's Awakening ” is not merely beautiful as a principle, the qualities at which he has chiefly aimed are picture of the imagination, but an instructive chapter in clearness and force. He aims to write so that no sentence the philosophy of the affections,—for Ermengarde is not the need be read twice in order to be understood. He treats only idolater that has bowed before qualities of her own of the responsibilities of the young, intellectual attaincreation. The stanzas, entitled “ Victoria on her way to ments, the importance of character, the dangers of youth, Guildhall," are a noble tribute of homage, not from the &c. The book is a valuable one to place in the hands of child of genius to the child of fortune, but from the heart young men. of a woman to the heart of her sister; an homage which SIDONIA, THE SORCERESS. By Wm. Meinhold. New York: a daughter of the Republic may honestly pay, which the Harper & Brothers. Sidonia, though faulty in many Queen of thirty millions of loyal subjects may be proud to respects, is no ordinary work. Every page bears evidence receive. The "Fragments of an Unfinished Story” con- of great power. It is a deeply interesting tale, though

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rendered a little prosy here and there by rather long, and PEOPLE I HAVE MET. BY N. P. WILLIS. New York: somewhat ambiguous and obscure disquisitions upon Baker & Scribner. Mr. Willis professes, in his preface, to theological metaphysics, &c. Those who seek for instruc- have drawn the materials of all his fictions, from his own tion through the medium of amusement, will find por experience and observation. The characters are all taken trayed here, more vividly than in almost any other work from real life, only under such disguises as to render iden. with which we are acquainted, those peculiarities of mind tification impossible. In the present volume, he has col. and heart which the degrading superstitions attendant lected some eighteen or twenty of his best tales, under the upon the corrupted Christianity of the middle ages pro- very significant title of “ People I have Met." The stories duced among their votaries. The translator appears to and sketches are very amusing. One needs not the open have done his duty well in rendering the original German avowal of the preface, or even the hint of the title-page in which it was written, into good, straightforward, old- to teach him that Mr. Willis has drawn from actual life. fashioned English, well suited to its professed legendary It would be impossible to feign anything so perfectly lifecharacter.

like. ELLEN SEYMOUR. By Mrs. Saville Shepherd. Philadelphia: INSTITUTES OF THEOLOGY. By Thomas Chalmers, D.D., J. W. Moore. Mrs. Shepherd is already favourably known

LL.D. New York: Harper & Brothers. Much has been to the reading public under her maiden name of " Anna

said of late of raising a monument to Chalmers. We Houlditch.” The “ Ellen Seymour” of the book before us

quite agree with a writer in the Newark Daily Advertiser, belonged to a class unfortunately common in England,

that Chalmers's proper monument is “The Free Church," but comparatively uncommon (as yet) among us. She

and his own “Posthumous Works." Every volume of was a governess. Her experiences and her virtues in

this wonderful series, as it is issued by the Harpers, that trying situation are related with much ability. The

serves to increase our reverence for the author. Vedere supercilious and brutal manners of a certain class of

ble man! His name alone would render illustrious any would-be superfine people are very happily exposed. The

age--not excepting our own. book is equally caustic upon some of the affected religion

THE KING OF THE HURONS. By the author of the "Young isms of the day.

Patroons," dc. New York: George P. Putnam. An his APOSTOLIC BAPTISM. By C. Taylor. New York: M. W.

torical novel, founded upon the colonial history of Nev Dodd. It does not comport with the object of a literary York and the Canadas about the year 1708. It is brought periodical to express opinions, much less to enter upon

out in uniform style with Putnam's editions of Irving, à discussion, on the vexed questions that compose Mr. Cooper, Frederika Bremer, etc. We have not been able Taylor's book. It is an extended argument in defence of

to read the “King of the Hurons," or the other works by infant baptism, and against the views generally enter.

the same author, but hear them very favourably mentained by Baptists on this subject. It has been many tioned by those competent to judge. years before the public, and is well known to theologians of all schools. The present edition of it by Mr. 'Dodd is a neat and commodious one.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND APOLOGIES. A SYSTEM OF ANCIENT AND MEDIÆVAL GEOGRAPHY. By

We know not how to be sufficiently thankful to our kind Charles Anthon, LL.D. New York: Harper & Brothers. Prof. Anthon has performed a truly valuable service to the friends, the writing and reading public, for the constantly public in the preparation of this work. It is a compact increasing favour extended to the Magazine. Its success, volume of nearly eight hundred pages, in which one way the last two months, has been really embarrassing. We find, under its appropriate head, exact information in

were obliged to stop in the midst of mailing, to reprint regard to almost every geographical word that occurs in

both the January and February numbers, though Fe classical or mediæval writings, from the “Works and Days" of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, to the writings printed a very large edition of both. This caused some of the time of John Palaeologus and the downfall of Con. delay in the delivery of the February number, and it may stantinople. The subject is treated methodically, each cause some in that for March, though we hope not. country being gone over in regular order, while an elabo

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TIIE OLD MAN.

BY TILE REV. ROBERT DAVIDSON, D.D.

* Tar SIXTI AGE shifts Into the lean and slippered pantaloon, With spectacles on nose, and pouch on siile; llis youthful hose, well-sured, a world too wido For liiy shrunk shank; and his big manly voice, Turning again toward childish treble, pipes And whistles in his sound."

Could I thy wheels, inexorable Time,
Roll back!--but no! a laggard in my prime,
Vain all resolves; to the propitious hour
Unequal once, unequal erermore.

RETURNLESS years of youth and pleasauce past,
Why have ye spread the wing, and fled so fast;
And left me thus, in blank amaze to stand,
I hopeless wreck on life's deserted strand;
While Memory Fainly lingers near the shore,
Bridging the roaring seas and time-gulfs o'er?
A thousand recollections pour their tide;
A thousan i early dreams before me glide;
A thousand goodly plans, dispersed in smoke;
I thousand healthful vows, forgot and bruke.
Vanished, the fond conceits that fired my blood,
Ranking me with the laurelled brotherhood;
Vanished, the visions of high-pillared fame,
A nation's worship, and a world-wide namne.
The night shuts in; few sands remain to run;
And life's great purpose scarcely is begun.
Errors and frailties rise in long review,
The ill I've done, the good I've failed to do;-
Oh human nature! still, mid my chagrins,
Blushing for follies oftener than for sins.

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My hollow temples, sprent with wintry snow,
Bear the deep footprint of the tell-tale crow;
The eye asks aid, the sinewy limb is shrunk;
The cheek, once plump and ruddy, wan and sunki
The young avoid me; though, methinks, I feel
Mirthful, and light of heart, and boyish still.

No more can be disguised th' unwelcome truth ;
Ill fits me now the levity of youth:
To graver cares be my whole thoughts inclined,
And loftier objects fill my serious mind.
On Tully's charminc pare portrayed, I see
The art of growing old with dignity;
While from the wiser llebrew I may learn
To wreathe immortal hopes around my urn.

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