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Words are mighty, words are living:
Serpents with their venomous stings,
With heaven's light upon their wings:
True or false, that never dies;
Echoes in God's skies.
TIGRANES. A tale of the days of Julian critical character of the great Imperial
the Apostate. Translated and abridged Apostate is a masterly piece of pen-paintfrom the Italian of Father John Joseph ing. We feel disposed to regret that the Franco, S. J. Philadelphia: P. F. original has been somewhat abridged, Cunningham & Son, 29 South Tenth though doubtless it has been done judiciStreet 1874.
ously, and this certainly will not materi. This beautiful work of the great Jesuit rexiders whose name we confidently hope
ally mar the pleasure in store for those novelist of Italy first appeared, if we are will be LEGION, not only on account of not mistaken, in the great organ of the the interest and pleasure its pages will Papal party of Europe, La Civiltá Catol- awaken, but more especially for the adica, and it now comes from its well.; mirable lessons of self-repeating history known American publishers as “ No. 6” which it teaches the “liberal' Catholics of their “ Messenger Series" of Catholic
of our own times. The typography is romances, and bus, we are happy to
clear and beautiful, and the binding add, received already an unusually warm
richly chaste. series of greetings from the Catholic press of the United States, to which encomi- THE LIFE OF ST. THOMAS OF VILLAum.s we now desire to add a welcome on
NOVA, Archbishop Valencia and Auour own part no less cordial because it comes somewhat late. In the first place,
gustinian friar, with an introductory
sketch of the men, the manners, and the translation is remarkably good, so,
the morals of the sixteenth century. unexceptional, in fact, as to run with the
First American edition. Philadelphia: chusteness and fluency of an original
P. F. Cunningham & Son, 29 South composition, and the fine diction and
Tenth Street. 1874. sentiment have afforded the translator a brilliant opportunity, of which he has Some years ago there hung in the parlor not failed to avail himself. As a literary of wbat was then the Jesuit College of effort it possesses the mingled massiveness Philadelphia, but now known as La of an historical work, with the delicate Salle College of the Christian Brothers, grace of a captivating novel, and if at a large picture representing St. Thomas times the narrative seems somewhat to of Villanova distributing alms to the drag, it redeems itself for the temporary poor. The painting was, we believe, the contretemps by numerous passages re- property of a sister of the late General markable for brilliancy of description or Meade. U. S. A., residing in New York, startling rividness in the plot. Among but we have often wondered since if the these we have only space to enumerate large number of persons who gazed 20 the description of ancient Athens, with earnestly upon the beautiful masterpiece which the story opens, and the chapter of art during its temporary exposition in entitled The Sacred Liturgy, though there our city, had failed to take away with are many others equally worthy of special them a heartfelt admiration and love for mention. The historical and saintly per- him whose form and character it so grasonages of the period are finely deline- ciously portrayed. One of the great ated, while the development of the hypo- galaxy of the CHURCH'S REFORMERS in the sixteenth century; one of the most for young men of advanced classes, he shining lights of the Church in heroic has suited his otherwise attractive style old Spain; one of the master minds that to their comprehension, to the detriment illuminated her grand intellectual centres perbups of the interest of general readers. of Alcalá and Salamanca ; one whose rare We confess that when we took up the combination of all virtues, but especially book we felt somewhat prejudiced against his charity, not merely towards the pro- it; closer, though by no means thorough fessed mendicant, but more especially inspection, has decidedly softened onr towards those whose position in life would prejudgment. The work is pre-eminently only permit of their destitution being re- scholastic, and, we believe, thoroughly lieved with the delicacy of thoughtful- orthodox. His chapter on Literature and ness and circumspection of charity which the Reformation will need careful readonly a refined mind could administer, ing, in a class where students are not have merited for him the honor of canoni- thoroughly acquainted with the history zation among the most brilliant saints in of that eventful period, for he seems to the court of heaven. Messrs. Cunning- us as leaning unduly towards the Protesham & Son seem to delight in publishing tant version of the history of that time. but two classes of books, Catholic tales Undoubtedly many if not all the scandals and biographies of the saints. We have to which he alludes, did exist in the sixjust reviewed their newest issue of the teenth century, within the pale of the former series, TIGRAN ES, and we now take Church, but that they existed as a rule up with pleasure a companion publication rather than as exceptions, which we think and their latest addition to the latter he would incautiously lead untutured class in the life of this glorious son of St. minds to infer, we most emphatically Augustine. The biography itself is simply deny. We regret that lack of time has a republication of the Oratorian life by prevented us from giving the book a Father Faber, but it is enriched in this more thorvugh investigation, and nothing its first American edition, by the histori- but close examination should allow an cal introduction referred to on the title- opinion to be expressed, but from the curpage, and which is from the pen of Rev. sory review we have made of its pages, T. C. Middleton, O. S. A., of Villanova we would at present draw no harsher College, Delaware County, Pa. This in- inference than that some of its passages troduction is in itself a volume of research might be beneficially toned to a morejudiand thought, presented in a neat and fvw- cious key, if its author meant it for exing language, which claims most prompt- tensive use in Catholic colleges. ly the attention of the reader, and holds it In justice to the writer, we say that in a charmed grasp of interest till he finds the book is evidently not intended for himself not only through the introduction the weak-kneed students to be found in but almost unconsciously at the end of the the greater part of our colleges. It is entire work. We hope that the publish- meant for such as have learned to think, ers will allow us just one word of indirect by having been taught to study. It is disapprobation, and that in the form of a better for our students to learn something suggestion, that in future editions the which will require real thought, be it present pictorial frontispiece be either ever so little, than any amount of mere entirely omitted, or its place supplied memorizing. by something equally appropriate and To use this essay properly, both teacher decidedly betier.
and student must be in earnest, and we
need more such books, with the improveAN ESSAY CONTRIBUTING TO THE Puu- ments, however, that we mention above.
LOSOPHY OF LITERATURE. By B. A.
Lascine. New York and Montreal :
D. J. Sadlier & Co. 1874. Received Although there are no direct pretensions
through Cunningham & Son. to Catholicity about this work, yet it bears with it the indisputable character- The author of Lascine is, as we preistics of a Catholic treatise, the aim of sume every one knows by this time, an wbich, in the language of the preface, is Oxford convert, and a Catholic gentleman to embody in a united whole the laws of London, now sojourning in this counand principles of literature in its most try. In a review of his first work, which general relations; again, the author we find in our December number, the properly tells us that his work is too suc- writer stated, “We can safely say if it cinct throughout to be anything more does little good, it will do no harm," a than suggestive of thought on the subject sentiment which we must repeat with treated, while the essay being intended regard to the present volume. The auwe cordially recommend.
thor certainly possess
esses a refined and THE PIONEER; a poem by William Seton, cultivated mind, which is about the author of the Romance of the Charter largest meed of compliment we feel like Oak, the Pride of Lexington, &c. New paying him, for when an author gifted York: P. O'Shea. 1874. with common sense, and possessing as excellent literary abilities, as richly Seton of writing good prose ought to be
Any one as capable as Monseigneur stored and devotional a mind as some of these pages would indicate, wilfully
willing to forego the risk of inditing poor drops his tone of manliness, we cannot poetry. If he be a poet we can find no evi.
dence of the fact in the neat little volume excuse him for marring an otherwise
before us, which presents a very brilliant praiseworthy effort, by adopting a style of writing indicative only of talents for chaser's money. The Pioneer is an ex
cover as the sole equivalent for the purthe art of intellectual simpering.. The ceedingly simple and not uninteresting very nonsensical title is an excellentindex
narrative, told on a few tinted pages of of the style. We do not wish to be too
smooth and elevated blank verse. What severe, but it is absolutely irritating to find some really exquisite word pictures hands more habituated to handling a
might have been made of the theme in set in such a ridiculous framing, while the “talk" of some of the characters poet's pen we are scarcely prepared to would rather serve to nauseate us with say, but certainly not much less could be
brought out of it by any writer of repu. the “hueks" of poetical piety, than to
tation. strengthen us with the food " of solid devotion.
ADELINE DE CHAZAL; or Six Months'
Experience of the World after Leaving
School. Translated from the French SIN AND ITS CONSEQUENCES. By Henry by a Sister of St. Joseph. Philadel
Edward, Archbishop of Westminster. phia: P. F. Cunningham & Son. 1874. New York and Montreal: D. J. Sad. The title of this publication sufficiently lier & Co. 1874. Received through indicates its theme, which is treated in a Cunningham & Son.
series of letters combined in the form of
a plotless narrative. It seems to be much A new volume of Sermons, by Dr. more solid and practical in its dictations Manning, and if possible better than than such works usually are, and will be even their predecessors from the same read, we imagine, with much interest.
We need not of course recom- We feel, however, somewhat inclined to mend them, but we cannot refrain from take exception to the chapter treating of thinking, that from the practical nature balls and theatres, which, though quite of the themes here presented, they will sound in theory, is, we think, just a little prove more acceptable to readers gener- too severe in its application, thereby ally, than the other works of England's exciting a tendency to scrupulosity in prospective cardinal, which usually savor persons of a position and age peculiarly very strongly of the theological tendency liable to that unmitigated evil. of the author's mind. They are eight in number, six treating of the various kinds
CATHARINE HAMILTON; a Tale for Litand degrees of Sin, Penance, and Temp
tle Girls. By M. F. S., author of tation, the latter being especially appli
Tom's Crucifix, and other tales. New cable to almost every one who is willing
York: Catholic Publication Society. to read it. There are likewise two on The
1874. Dereliction of the Cross, and the Joys of A very creditable little juvenile, which the Resurrection.
VOL. VII, No. 40.— AUGUST, 1874.
WHAT ARE THE WILD WAVES SAYING ?
It is an old, old story, yet one People do not see things either ever new with the beauty of truth, by mental or optical vision all that anecdote of Canute, the Danish alike in this world, nor do some of King of England, sitting upon the them, unfortunately, “read life's seashore at Dover, surrounded by lessons all aright.” There is indeed flattering courtiers, who tell him in a beauty and utility in diversity, their deceitful words, that he is when it is ordained by the divine lord of all things by his royal power, economy, but when this variety of while he, penetrating the spirit of vision and sentiment is not regutheir lying adulation, confounds lated by that line of beauty traced their disgusting sycophancy by according to the laws of TRUTH, uncommanding the ocean to pour its fortunate mistakes are made in the tide no further; yet breaker after calculation, both of present facts or breaker, unbeeding his royal com- possible results ; thus, for instance, mand, casts, as if in mock submis- almost every man or woman boastsion, its wealth of foam nearer and ing of the smallest amount of edunearer at his feet, till the king and cation, has read in his or her juhis company are obliged to retreat venile days, the aforesaid story of to save themselves from the en- King Canute; and while all have gulfing billows; when he, king in drawn therefrom a beautiful moral, soul as well as in power, turning yet not all have applied its teachupon bis attendants, reproves them ings rightly. Among these latter, in scathing tones, for that blasphe- Mr. Thomas Nast, the dubiously mous and false courtesy which celebrated, yet not the less able, would attribute to a mortal man, cartoonist of Harper's Weekly, saw albeit a crowned conqueror, the pre- proper, while looking around some rogatives which belong alone to Him months since for new allegories who is KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF wherewith to recuperate his penLORDS.
cil, exhausted in its active caricaVOL. VII.-13
turing of the Catholic Church and ideas of artistic unity, he was pio its divinely appointed ministers,-a tured as whispering to the Pope, in pencil wbich its wielder deems as the language of the well-known mighty as a sword, in his Quixotic English ballad, which has so freefforts at artistic tilting,-hit upon quently been screeched out by this fine old anecdote as a capital “performers "in our modern Amerisource of inspiration for his mental can parlors: photography, from which he repro- "What are the wild waves saying? duced, with some slight changes, Saying — to thee!" the following picture. Our Holy We suggested at the time that Father, Pope Pius the Ninth, per- Mr. Nast's artistic ambition had sonified as a pontifical Canute, was overleaped itself. Our prophecy represented as sitting upon the then was privately expressed, as Tiberian strand, commanding the we did not find it convenient just breakers to approach no further then to adopt the character of a towards his sacred feet. Very public seer ; but now that its realifierce were these breakers, accord. zation is seemingly so close at ing to Mr. Nast's delineation; very hand, and we consider our promighty in their wrath, lashed by phetic reputation on the point of the storm-clouds around and about "getting out of the woods" of them. And their respective names doubt, we will study the picture were labelled on their foam-crested analytically, critically, and profronts, “ Italian occupation of phetically. And although the torRome,"German unification, French rid state of the August atmosphere republicanism, Spanish liberalism, would seem to prohibit any such and all the other ations and isms intellectual effort at attention, they represent, were pouring their either on our own part, or that of yawning billows at his feet, as he our audience, yet we can assure the sat commandingly in his pontifical latter, that the seaside inspiration rocking-chair. To the right of the and the nature of the subject, will picture, the dome of the capitol at render it very seasonable if they Washington, serving as a throne will but lend a brief and kind atto the sculptured figure of Ameri- tention. can liberty, shone resplendently We must premise then that of through the storm-tossed elements. all the pictures which the Harper's No flattering courtiers, however, Weakly sheet has given to the stood about the old mitred man in public, from the one which reprethe rocking-chair; not one insidi- sented the Pope as a woodchuck, ous fawner was there to soothe his about to fall into the hands of his ear, pained by the roarings of the pursuers, by being sawn off with the storm, or his mind, supposed to be limb of infallibility from the dog. agonized by its unfettered ap- matic tree, on which limb he had proach; only one attendant could run out as a final refuge, down to he boast, and that one a rival in its latest reproduction of a photodeceit, blasphemy, and villany, to graph from Geneva, which reprethe whole of Canute's court, as sents Père Hyacinth dancing his with malicious leer he, in the pen- infant son on his knee, and informcilled form of Victor Emmanuel, ing the public in a footnote, that “King of Italy,” reclined with one he would — gracious condescenarm upon the back of the pontiff's sion !--come to terms with the chair, and with the hand of the Pope, only when the latter had at other twirled, with all the Re galan- his bidding, given up his infallituomo's nonchalance, his extensive bility, and “ blessed the cradle” of mustache, while, with far-fetched Hyacinth, junior. Of all these