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such a course might improve matters, and health " if they knew it.” Here, we suspect, Full soon, I know it, while they shall strain to could hardly make them worse. It is—“Ma- | lies the key to the whole mystery, and what tilda! I'm sick of telling you! Day after conversation does for those who can converse, From these idolatrous arms you shall be day, year after year, it's always the same squabbling accomplishes for such as cannot ;
torn; thing! Why will you sweep the wall with and this reminds us of the case of a young You are fated from my days to pass and be not, your dress?"
gentleman who for several weeks had made Like all of rare and fair they have ever worn! Or, “'Tilda, you have left every thing in himself very agreeable to a certain young ludy, I am doomed, although the stealthy doom I disgraceful confusion on the writing-table; though not in the way of flirtation; and, as
see not; and how often am I to remind you not to we have said our little say about squabbling, I feast, albeit I die to-morrow morn! stoop your shoulders?"
we will conclude this paper with the circumOf course this is mere nagging, but the stance which brought their intimacy to a pre You or your love, you are fated soon to falter moment 'Tilda retorts there is a squabble. mature close. Well, they saw so much of And vanish away, since here no sweet thing Everybody pities poor 'Tilda, but, though she each other that in time the young lady impru
dwells; may deserve compassion, it must not be sup- dently took to diverting herself by picking No voice among blithe birds that take for posed she is blameless. Very few mothers the young gentleman to pieces, or, in other
psalter are incurable naggers, and it takes two to words, by telling him to his face all the good The world at spring-tide, caroling what it squabble; so that if 'mademoiselle did not and bad she thought of him. After thus ban
tells; meet the maternal progs and digs with“Mam- tering on to a considerable extent, but with No light, no flower, no moon that fails to alma, you are always at me! do try to leave me perfect impunity, she at last one day ventured
ter, alone!" or, “I don't want to be improved; to say:
No song, no mellow minglement of bells ! if you want to get rid of me don't bother all the “I think you generally talks well; but you color out of my cheeks, and all the flesh off my would show to far greater advantage if you Yet, though you vanish, memory shall cling bones; and then perhaps I shall get married !" sifted the grain from the chaff. Why do you
dust-like she would probably soon cure her parent of talk so much ?"
To hours when your first kiss first met my her failing, and find soft, motherly smiles suc " Oh," he replied, with great sincerity,
mouth! ceeding to what a witty author has called "an "I've no choice in the matter. I'm ordered Though on loved lands the annulling snow lie eye like ma's to threaten and command.” to talk four hours a day by my doctor.”
erust-like, We have all known people joined by the Need we add that the young lady was furi Can we forget the old winds that blew from closest family ties who apparently spend their ous, still more with herself than with her
south? days in constant warfare, and yet, when partyoung man?"
Forget the old green of lands where lingers ed, almost live on each other's letters; and if
rust-like death has called one of such away, we have
The dull disfeaturing leprosy of drouth? seen the survivor left far more inconsolable
ADORATION. than many who have lived in a perpetual inter
And I, in reverent and memorial manner, change of what may be called Count Fosco's
Shall dream of you divinely and be stirred, sugar-plums. Then comes endless self-re
HAVE sought the intensest ways to best As sad Arcadia dreams of how Diana proach, not only for harshness shown to the
Made silvery limbs and laughter seen or deceased, but for so much time worse than I have lain my soul's last treasure at your
heardwasted which might have been made enjoya
As some rude crag - tower that wild grasses ble by an harmonious intercourse now forever Yet I tremble as in thought I bend before you,
banner, out of reach. There is something almost too With abasement and abashment and de Dreams of how lit there a great white tragic for the present occasion in the sublime
strange bird ! words of George Eliot, yet we cannot resist Knowing well that all the love I ever bore you quoting them as a precious warning to all Is requital weak of worth and incomplete ! Yet, let me at least love Fortune while she squabblers :
blesses, " When Death, the great reconciler, has As one might seize a lyre, across it sweeping No: vainly cavil at bliss because it flies; come, it is never our tenderness that we re His fleet precipitate hand that has no care, Let me not dim the sun with doubts and pent of, but our severity.” Imperiously upon the strained strings heaping
guesses, It is at such times that the desire to reform A mightier melody than these can bear, But pluck the flower - like day before it others, and a praiseworthy wish not to be trodden So Love has taken my life within his keeping upon-those two cloaks of self-deception un And smitten it with great strokes that Catch the fleet hour by back-flung robe or der which squabblers are never tired of show
scorn to spare !
tresses, ing themselves—turn out to be only miserable
And plunge a long strong look in her masquerades which have all along been trans- I am less than that which thrills me or en
sweet eyes! parent to every eye but their own, and in fact
trances, no disguises at all,
As a wounded bird is less than they that But ah! the vanity of desire, when kneeling, What, then, is the real cause-good, bad,
We yearn for utterance that no god will or indifferent-of this seemingly despicable As the suppliant surge that arches or advances,
teach! and dreary habit? To adopt a familiar rule, Than the resolute rock-mass where it comes When, at the finite bounded heart's appealing, nothing can lead us more truly to discover
An infinite boundless love evades its reach! causes than an examination of the conditions As a violet's color than the bland expanses, When the waves of deep un governable feelof existence. For example, malignant fevers The unshadowed calms of overcurving sky!
ing are most common where overcrowding, want
Dash powerless on the baffling gates of of ventilation, and want of cleanliness, pre- | Desiring from my soul to have given you great
speech! vail: whence, it is a received opinion that
ly these things produce fevers; so, if we ask Of my thanks for your great love-gift given My fervidest language hath an utter lightness, where squabbling most flourishes, the answer
My deeds devoutest are as deeds undone, will be in dull, isolated, vulgar, uneducated, I am slight as some poor rivulet flowing strait Do I mark your marble arm that slopes to or idle homes. Whoever heard of people who
slightness, live in a whirl of refined society squabbling? Near all the abundant splendors of the sea, Or see the clear smile at your lips begun !
Now, why is this? Nature abhors a stag And my worship is as nothingness by the That opulent smile, beneath whose lavish. nation almost as much as she does a vacuum ;
brightness and we believe she urges certain forlorn peo Magnificence of what it fain would be ! You are like a lily overbrimmed with sun! ple to squubble, under various self-deceiving pretexts, with the real object of circulating Over my soul, in hours of meditation, Who am I for whom the hand of hope is sendtheir blood. Much in the same way does she Murmurs a voice with monotones that tire:
ing perform the useful task of developing a baby's "God meant not that from this deep adoration Her freshest olive-spray, her dearest dove ? lungs by prompting it to roar for the moon; This vehement joy should feed me and Who am I that thus, though made for mortal and these delusions are necessary, because, of
ending, course, neither babies nor their elders would Looking on life, in passionate elation,
I sit Alcides-like with gods above? adopt such troublesome methods as brawling From heights that so transcendently as Who am I that dares, however lowly-bending, and squalling merely for the good of their
Be laureled with the chaplet of your love ?
How am I blest that have not met with scorn whatever to show. There is not the least le- enough, nor his conscience dead enough for ing,
gal evidence of the fact. The general public such a crime. Mr. Beecher's situation has Yet walk where worthier feet might well have trod,
may construe the meaning to be this, or been often compared to that of the guilty Being thrilled as earth at April's earliest warn they may construe the meaning to be some clergyman in Hawthorne's “Scarlet Letter." ing,
thing else; but we cannot see how a jury But Dimmesdale only concealed his sin; Through amplitudes of winter - withered bound down to the facts submitted to it has he was not a hypocrite, inasmuch as he did
sod, Or shadowy meadows wi the feet of morning
any authority to assume that utterances whol- not continue in his sin, and he was overAre beautiful upon the hills of God!
ly vague and indefinite in character have a whelmed with remorse; he did not preach a
definite meaning. Mr. Beecher emphatically doctrine of morality that he did not accept The illimited love I bear you ever urges denies that he made any such confessions ; and endeavor to act upon; and he never My ardent soul through deeps of distance
and while the witnesses may have honestly as- added falsehood or perjury to his offense. While far aloof, where mind in spirit merges,
sumed that his accusations against himself Fond as romance-writers are of depicting Fresh deeps of distance ever rise to view,
were of the sin of adultery, there is no abso. great crimes, it yet remains for a master of Like those dim lines that seem, o'er leagues | lute evidence whatsoever that they were so. fiction to paint a character so atrociously of surges,
All this is also true of the much-talked-of wicked as Mr. Beecher is if the charge Bastions of mist below the vaulted blue !
letters of Mr. Beecher. That these letters against him be true. We are asked by his Oh, for a hand its ruinous blows to dash on
show that the writer is very contrite for a accusers to believe too much. Confronting The expansive spirit's narrowing chains and certain wrong there is no denying; but there the whole mass of purely constructive evibars!
is no just ground for assuming that this dence stands the character and life of the Ob, for a voice that lordlier phrase might fash
wrong was adultery. The letters contain a man—and these should outweigh every thing ion Than this cold human phrase, which frets great deal, indeed, that renders the theory of but very positive evidence of guilt. And not and mars! adultery wholly inadmissible.
only does the man's but the woman's characOh, for a heart with room for all its passion, It would be unjust under any circum. ter fully deny the probability of the crime. As hollow heaven has room for all her stances to find a man guilty of a crime under In such a sin there must be not only a man stars ! EDGAR FAWCETT.
such purely constructive evidence-by boldly who does violence to all right principles, but declaring that utterances and circumstances a woman who outrages her instincts, who
wholly clear under one explanation must proves false to husband, children, faith, and EDITOR'S TABLE.
mean something more and something differ- her long life of virtue. Mrs. Tilton with
ent; and assuredly the reputation of those pathetic eloquence pleads her innocence; and URING the progress of the Beecher connected with this case demands a fair and she like Mr. Beecher is entitled to the bene
trial, we refrained from uttering an liberal interpretation of whatever is obscure, fit of every doubt that pertains to the quesopinion as to the guilt or innocence of the doubtful, or even suspicious in any of the tion. accused. Now that the legal trial is finished, facts elicited. It is assuredly a great deal we consider it our duty to form one of the great easier to believe that Mr. Beecher is innocent But, while we think that there is little or jury of the public, before whom the case of the crime of which he is accused, notwith no direct evidence of Mr. Beecher's guilt, now stands—a jury whose verdict is as im- standing all the circumstances so industrious and can but assume under all the circumportant to the great interests of morality and ly and ingeniously marshaled against him, stances that he is innocent, we are far from justice as that of the twelve men before than to believe a man of his character and being in sympathy with those social condi. whom the trial was conducted.
standing could have fallen so low. Do those tions and those emotional spasms out of The legal evidence of adultery by Mr. who believe bim to be guilty fully realize which the sickening scandal arose. Mr. Beecher seems to be almost nothing. There what it is they affirm ? They are not de Beecher had no right to so conduct himself probably never was a case of a similar na claring simply that Mr. Beecher is an adul. as to fall under suspicion. Next to the obliture so almost wholly empty of evidence di- terer, but the most brazen-faced hypocrite in gation of living an upright life is the duty of reetly supporting the accusation. In adultery the land, and not only a hypocrite but an au- making that uprightness to appear, and of suits there are very generally a great many dacious perjurer--that he is wholly without avoiding all conduct that might have a susfacts educed that unmistakably indicate the truth, without conscience, without principle, picious seeming. It is exacted of a woman illicit intercourse of the persons accused. without honor. But hypocrisy and perjury that she shall not only be virtuous, but that They are seen together under suspicious cir are simply parts and continuations of the her conduct shall be so circumspect and eamstances; their correspondence gives evi- crime, it is argued in some quarters. It is guarded that no one shall have occasion dence of their amours ; it is even usually quite true that one crime leads to another; to call her virtue in question. No less than possible to show when and where the crime and ordinarily protestations of innocence are this is due from clergymen; no less, indeed, has been committed. In the Brooklyn trial not of much value. But in this case the is possible with any man who would guard there was almost nothing of this nature in protestations have been made with so much his reputation from stain and dishonor. Men the least entitled to credit. Mr. Beecher and solemnity, with such earnest directness, with whose ways are circumspect as well as upMrs. Tilton were once found together by Mr. such passionate and heart-wrung fervor, that right never fall under suspicion. We may be Tilton, who describes the accused as being if the man is really guilty then he is abso- quite sure of this. A man's worst enemy fushed in the face. This is a rather slight lutely the most unprincipled wretch in Chris rarely finds it possible to circulate ill-reports incident upon which to base so grave a charge tendom. Any clergyman guilty of this sin, of him in those things wherein his conduct as adultery. There was really nothing impor- and who, while still declaring before God and has been wise as well as honorable; the slantant educed in the long trial but certain let man his innocence, could deliver such an derer usually ferrets out some weakness or ters, and the testimony of those who assert address to his congregation as Mr. Beecher takes advantage of some imprudence so as to ed that Mr. Beecher had declared his guilt did a few nights after the close of the trial, 1 give his tale a coloring of possibility. No to them. Now the testimony of these wit-would be a monster. The word is none too one suspects the soldier who is notoriously nesses does not establish the fact that Mr. strong. No! Mr. Beecher's guilt under all brave of being a coward; no one dreams of Beecher was confessing adultery; he did con these circumstances is inconceivable. No man charging dishonesty upon the merchant whose fess a wrong done to Mr. Tilton, but that living, not a long and confirmed criminal, long life has been conspicuously just and the wrong was adultery there is nothing would be strong enough, nor his heart hard | honorable. There are lives of both men and
women that no breath of scandal ever dares
You see there no such ragged commerce to his subjects, but even his life; to touch ; and hence we may be assured that vagabonds as those that preside over our for the dusky lords of his realm were not suspicion will not reach nor conspiracy trou- Broadway omnibuses. The railway-guards very secret in their threats of assassination. ble him whose goings and comings are wise are always neatly attired, and so even are He went, therefore, to England rather to conly ordered. And, of all men, the goings and the porters. But, then, every thing about ciliate than to be petted; besides, a very comings of a clergyman should be directed an English railway-station is orderly, and laudable curiosity led him to desire to see by caution and wisdom. As the world goes, they are often rendered attractive by flowers the greatest of cities. That his visit will prudence and discretion rank only just below cultivated on each border of the track. A bave the good result of still further impressthe cardinal virtues. It is imperatively ne compulsory commission of railway directors ing him with British power, and therefore cessary that a leader and teacher of men ought to be sent to England to study their of conårming him in his new policy against shall be pure and upright; and it is also su railway-stations. In regard to attire, the the most abominable traffic which the lust premely necessary that a wise, calm, and English writer from whom we have quoted of gain ever inspired savage-hearted men to superior judgment should control all his acc-speaks of the American dress of “ shady black, pursue
, is heartily to be hoped. The doings tions. In this view of the case, Mr. Beecher with a great deal of shirt-front not always of England on the east African coast are deserves the censure of all right - minded of the cleanest.” The shady black will be wholly beneficent, and should have the appersons. Nor is this all. Not only has the recognized by American readers as a by-gone probation and encouragement of the civilconduct of this great preacher been cen style in the cities, but we believe it still ized world. surable, but many of his utterances have maintains its sway in some of the smaller been exceedingly mischievous. Men are to towns. The expanse of shirt-front, however, The Saturday Review is afraid of the inbe kept in the paths of holiness solely by a has still its adherents even in the towns, and, fluence upon art of the present rage in Engceaseless self-repression-by a firm control as it happens, is most often found among land for pictures and articles of vertu. It of all those emotions and sentiments which those whose avocations call for a compact says: begin by captivating the imagination and end and well-closed dress. Altogether we fear
“It is impossible to contemplate without by subduing the heart and undermining the that the free and independent citizens of some alarm the consequences of a rush of rich whole moral structure. There is no safety for America are not as a whole well dressed, and people, without education, taste, or the capaci
ty of appreciating any thing above the comthat man or woman who has not elevated that they can borrow of the “pauper labor
mon level of a life given up to animal instincts reason to the highest place—who has not ers” abroad a lesson or two in neatness of
and mere material aggrandizement, into the brought all passions and emotions under the attire.
various fields of art and cultivated refinement. dominion of a cold and rigid judgment. But
As it is, a deplorable impulse has been given this affluent preacher gives the whole rein to ENGLISHMEN have been a little ashamed
to the demand for pictures suited to the ca
pacity of persons who have no love for art, emotion and fancy. Instead of teaching men of their effusive hospitality to the shah last and whose only aim is to get talked about on to moderate their transports, he instructs year, and are evidently not in the mood to account of what they buy. The same remark them to indulge in frenzies of feeling; and be very demonstrative over any stray sable applies to the collections of china and pottery out of paroxysms no permanent good ever sovereigns who may happen to wander Lon
which are now being turned out all over the has nor ever can come.
country, and the bulk of which is either spuThese effusions of donward. That very respectable Arab, the rious or in a bad style. All this may be a fine sentiment, so identified with a large class Seyyid Burghash, of Zanzibar, has found scant thing for the dealers, but it is very sad for the of people in our country; this substitu welcome in the English capital. He was rel future of the esthetic life of England. On tion of rhetoric and exclamation for logic egated to a fashionable West-End hotel, and
every side we see art corrupted and debased, and close deduction ; this parade of liberali- quite unembarrassed by the perplexities of paralyzed by an inroad of ignorant people who
and the higher influences of social intercourse ty, under which vices lose their name and the shab, who found it so difficult to decide
scatter their money without knowledge or disrighteousness forgets its hatred of evil; these between the multitude of his invitations. cretion, and for the sole purpose of vulgar osextravagances of assertion and unctuous The Seyyid has not even risen to the dignity | tentation.” methods of expression that heat the blood of being a lion. Yet his dominions, if not so But, while the immediate effect of the and fire the brain-these, one and all, are populous or powerful, are nearly as vast as mania may be all that the Review describes, hurtful instruments in the hands of a teacher. those of the Persian monarch ; and, person we may well believe that the influences under Paroxysm is a dangerous sort of firework ally, he is quite as estimable and well-man which this class are brought are sure to elevate in the social circle and in public places ; nered a gentleman. Were there any danger them above “the common level of a life given no man is safe for himself, vor safe as a pub- that, like the shah, he might become the ally up to animal instincts and mere material ag. lic guide, whose way of life is not wisely gov- of a rival, no doubt he would have been sur grandizement." It is odd indeed to find the erned, and whose instructions are not di feited with reviews and routs, Guildhall ban- Review in one breath denouncing the incurrected by reason rather than emotion. quets, displays of fleets, and palace-garden sion of rich uncultivated people into the do
parties. But Burghash knows only too well main of art, and in the next speaking of their An English writer speaks of the untidi that England holds his fate in her palm, and lives "given up to animal instincts and mere ness of Americans in dress. Is this true ? that it is only by conciliating her that he can material aggrandizement." If, moreover, There is something in it, we fear. The smart hope to retain a crown that is any thing but these people are to remain uncultivated unyoung men of the towns can scarcely be ex secure on his Arabic head. He has a broth der the experiences so bitterly deplored, celled anywhere either in elegance or tidi er reigning over in Muscat who would be more where is that elevating and refining influence ness; but we do not think there is quite so than glad to unite the patrimonies of Saïd in of art of which we hear so much ? We much shabbiness among the middle and low- his own person. Indeed, for some years the should judge that art, even if not elevating, er classes in England as here. We must ex ruler of Zanzibar bas been little more than is at least instructive; and men who blunder cept the dowdy cockney woman, and note the sceptred vassal of England. Her war in buying pictures and pottery in the beginthat harmony of color in female dress is not ships are ever stationed in his seas, looking ning would be very likely to learn something so well maintained there as it is with us in after the slave-dhows on the east African if they continued their expenditures in this any class below the highest. But one notices, coast, and his dominions are freely used for direction. Exclusiveness takes many odd almost as soon as he puts foot in London, freedmen's settlements. When he signed the forms, but the exclusiveness that raves behow much better dressed and more respecta now famous treaty with Sir Bartle Frere he cause uncultivated people give signs of deble looking are the omnibus and cab drivers | risked not only a lucrative source of unholy veloping out of their condition is certainly
a strange phase of human nature. It may be stantial argument? Are they not, moreover, | lightful.* No equally varied collection of said to belong specially to English human more and more liable to be tempted by con the minor gems of German and French nature.
siderations of personal convenience the long lyrical poetry has hitherto appeared in Eng
er they are kept in polite but stringent du- lish, and very few translations of equal spirit A LONDON cynic ventures the not very rance? It is obvious that, in an agreement
and fidelity bave appeared in English at all. good-natured remark that the new Albemarle reached by this compulsory method, votes
It is no secret, we believe, that the little
volume is the joint work of Rev. James FreeClub, which has just been opened for the re have been changed rather than opinions; and
man Clarke, of Boston, and his daughter Lilception of members of both sexes, has no a verdict of this kind does not really repre- ian; and the translations carry with them reason of existence, the objects and virtue sent the opinions of the jury, and hence is an the proof that they were a labor both of love of clubs being to enable men to get away, untruthful and therefore valueless declara- and of leisure. Some of them were evidently for a peaceful hour here and there, from their tion. It is clear, moreover, that a jury, es made many years ago, and all of them are wives. Certainly, men of this stamp will not pecially in a case that has been long pro
characterized by that finish and precision be found at the Albemarle, whither they may tracted, should be freely supplied with offi
which indicate careful and leisurely work. be remorselessly pursued by their better cial and duly authenticated reports of the
About two-thirds of the poems are taken halves. It is a curious and brave experi
from German sources, and the names of proceedings in full. The human memory is ment; a sort of gentle social concession to
Goethe, Heine, Geibel, Rückert, and Tholuck, frail, and in this way alone would the jury
come up most frequently in the table of con. the women's - rights advocates; an olive have a full survey of the matters, often of
tents. The French authors represented are branch extended to the many ladies who the deepest importance, on which they have Victor Hugo, Ed. Pailleron, and Malherbe. complain of clubs as nurseries of anti-domes to decide “according to the law and the evi. To these are added a few translations from tic habits in their husbands. Not only may dence."
the Latin, chiefly of Horace; and the volpaterfamilias drop in after a field night in
ume closes with remarkably spirited rendi. the House, or a trip out of town, for his chop
In foreign criticisms of American affairs
tions of some of the aphorisms from the and the newspapers, but mamma and the girls
the disposition to take up some exceptional “Gulistan" of Saadi. All the poems are short, may resort thither for a cream after the
fact, and base thereon a sweeping censure or seldom filling more than one page; the longopera, or a gossip after the ball. Its results
a bitter satire, is sometimes vexatious, but est and one of the best is Goethe's “ Epilog" on the domesticity of the members have yet often amusing enough. Everybody on this in memory of Schiller.
It is our intention to quote one or two of to be seen; they can hardly be otherwise, side of the Atlantic, for instance, knows that one would think, than injurious. The club the yearly exodus of visitors to Europe is
the poems—enough to enable the reader to will be one more attraction beyond the walls prompted mainly by a desire to see historic
catch the fragrance of these exotics, and to
estimate whether the attempt to domesticate of home. It is better for one parent to be places, to study the treasures of art, and to
them has succeeded; but, before doing so, away nights than for both to be so; and it learn the ways of the different peoples. One
we must give a moment's attention to the will take the world, with its pretty decided
would naturally assume these motives to be preface, which is quite as good as any thing notions about the social proprieties, some
of a kind to win the respect of our foreign else in the book. It is very brief and sketchy, time to be convinced, even by example, that
critics. The frequency with which they are but it contains more wise and suggestive clubs are proper places for ladies, or ladies
asserted, the numberless occasions in which hints on the art of translating and the rethe right sort of animate furniture for clubs.
American writers urge upon our countrymen quisites of success in its practice than can be Nor can we conceive that the establishment the necessity of the culture derived from Eu- gathered from many an elaborate essay; hints
which are the fruit at once of wide knowl. of such a club will conciliate the true, home
ropean travel, can leave no observant person loving wife and mother. She will not go to in doubt as to the American attitude on this edge of what has been accomplished by othit herself, and will be likely to prefer that, if subject. And yet some recent utterances by ments. The allusions, similes, and illustra
ers, and of personal experience and experiher husband must go to a club at all, he
the New York Herald—utterances marked by tions, are particularly happy, as, for instance, should go to the old-fashioned ones of Pall
its peculiar vein, which to some people would this: “Most poetical translations resemble Mall, and not to a resort where he will meet appear to sound like truth and earnestness, the reverse side of a piece of Gobelin tapesladies of the less retiring kind. Women's have been seized upon abroad as representa- try. The figures and colors are there, but clubs, pure and simple, have not flourished tive of our ideas and expectations in regard | the charm is wanting. ... A successful in London; it remains to be seen how ladies to European travel. We do not go there to
translation," he adds, “must produce in the will fare in one which ignores sex, and brings study and observe, it seems, but to prosely
reader unacquainted with the original the
same sort of feeling which that conveys. The men and women together in a sort of mantize. The army that every summer leaves
ideal of a translation would be one which, if like familiarity, which is certainly opposed to our shores is not composed of students and
the original were lost, would remain forever our previous ideas of English character. pleasure-seekers, but of missionaries, whose
as immortal. Without any thought of it as purpose is to convert Europe to American a translation, it should give us so much pleas
ure in itself as to live a life of its own in litIt is a question whether the policy of the ideas. Some people deplore the extent to law, in shutting up a jury, and keeping them
which we are becoming Europeanized in our erature. Is this impossible? We have some in confinement for a long-protracted period, ideas by the contact of so many of our peo- examples to prove that it can be done.” For is really best calculated to further the ends
ple with Old-World habits and institutions; literal accuracy, Mr. Clarke evidently cares of justice. When the jurymen retire to conand others croak over the great amount of
little. The essential spirit is the attraction money we are spending abroad; but small
of a poem, and, if that has evaporated, of what salt about their verdict, they are fresh from the evidence and the summing up of counsel ; is the number, we imagine, who rejoice in the advantage is the residuum ? The test-ques
tion of the success or failure of a translation and, as it is not usual to grant them records yearly exodus as a part of a great national might, he thinks, be this : “ Can you recite
scheme for converting Europe into the Amerand papers by which to refresh their memo
your version aloud, in the presence of men of ries, it would seem that their best recollecican way of seeing and doing things.
taste, so as to give them real pleasure ?” If tion, and hence best judgment, would be that
the poem is worth repeating aloud for its of the first bour or two. Suppose that they
own sake, and gives satisfaction, that is
enough. disagree; is not their confinement longer an
Now for the promised quotations, the first encouragement for the more willful to exercise a pressure on the others-a pressure,
THE title of “Exotics : Attempts to do.
mesticate Them," can hardly be re * Exotics : Attempts to domesticate Them. By too, by no means inspired always by sub- | garded as happy, but the book itself is de- | J. F. C. and L. C. Boston: J. R. Osgood & Co.
of which shall be a little poem of Goethe's, of ancient history from records which are The casing of each triangular face was then which has been translated before, but never contemporary, or nearly so, with the events smoothed from the top or apex, the masons with such spirit:
narrated. These records have hitherto been standing on the steps and hewing away the THE RULE WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. published in such shape that the knowledge edges of cach row of stones as they descended
to the base. When finished, the faces were ** Tell me, friend, as you are bidden,
to be derived from them was confined to
perfectly smooth, and the top inaccessible. What is hardest to be hidden ? Fire is hard. The smoke betrays of the present series is to place them within
as to leave no vertical joint. The principle Its place, by day-by night, its blaze. reach of the ordinary historical student, of the pyramid combined the power of inI will tell, as I am bidden, Fire is hardest to be hidden.
who may thus perceive for himself the light crease in size without alteration in form, and
which they tbrow on the manners and cus its sloping side carried off the occasional rain“I will tell, as I am bidden!
toms, the language, literature, and history of fall without allowing the water to penetrate LOVE is hardest to be hidden.
the earlier civilizations. Each volume is to the building. Simple in shape it was eternal Do your best, you can't conceal it; Actions, looks, and tones, reveal it. be written by a scholar, who, in addition to
in duration, and exhibited a perfect mathematI will tell, as I am bidden, his general acquirements, is known to have
ical knowledge of the Square and the trianLOVE is hardest to be hidden.
gle." made a special study of the field which he "I will tell, as I am bidden' undertakes to cover.
All pyramids were not constructed ex. POÉTRY cannot be hidden.
The first volume of the series has ap- | actly alike; the oldest one (that of MeyFire may emoulder, love be dead;
peared, and was prepared by the well-known doum) is constructed with rubble and slantBut a poem must be read. Song intoxicates the poet;
Egyptologist, Dr. Samuel Birch. * It is a ing walls; but the shape and mode of finHe will sing it, he will show it.
complete history of Egypt, beginning with ish are substantially the same. The size of " He must show it, he must sing it. Mena or Menes, the first monarch of the
the pyramid depended in a great degree on Tell the fellow then to bring it! country, and closing with the conquest by
the length of the king's reign; but it is eviThough he knows you can't abide it, Alexander in B. C. 332. The narrative is
dent that those monarchs who desired to "Tis impossible to hide it.
based mainly on the monuments, but what excel their predecessors in the magnificence I will tell, as I am bidden, POEMs never can be hidden."
ever light can be derived from customs, of their sepulchres would carry on the work traditions, etc., including the speculations of
on a large scale and in a more rapid man. It can hardly be necessary for us to say the Greek historians, is freely used ; and,
ner, by the expenditure of greater riches, or that the two following are from Heine: notwithstanding several enormous gaps in
by the oppression of corvées of forced labor, " CHILD-PLAY. the records, the narrative is the most com
which has prevailed at all times in Egypt. “Much have we felt in our inmost breast, plete and probably by far the most accurate
Some idea of what these monuments cost the Yet still were calm and self-possessed.
that has yet been written. Nor is it on nation can be gathered from the lists of laWe played, like children, 'Man and Wife,' the historical side only that it is valuable. borers employed on the great Pyramid of With little scolding, quarrel, or strife ; Much that is new is told concerning the cus
Cheops. The causeway for facilitating the Jested and laughed with merry faces, Gave and took kisses and embraces;
toms, habits, religion, culture, industries, and transport of the stone was built by a corvée And once, because we deemed it good, forms of government of the ancient Egyp
of one hundred thousand men, relieved every Played Hide and Seek'in plain and wood; tians; and the gradual changes by which
three months for ten years, or in all four millBut played it so well in wood and plain, foreign conquests, domestic incursions, and
ion men; and twenty more years, at the rate That we never found each other again!"
the constant intermixture with various na of three hundred and sixty thousand, giving "THE DIFFICULTY. tions produced the modern Egyptian, are
seven million more men, were employed on * About my darling's lovely eyes clearly pointed out.
the pyramid itself. So much exhausted were I've made no end of verses ;
As an example of the additional knowl the resources of Cheops that ridiculous stories About her precious little mouth, Songs, wbich each voice rehearses;
edge which these recent researches have were circulated about it among the people ; About my darling's little cheek, brought to us, we quote Dr. Birch's account
and the monarch, on account of the hatred the I wrote a splendid sonnet; of the building of the pyramids. The size,
work produced, was obliged to be buried in And-if she only had a heartdimensions, solid contents, sepulchral. cham
a subterranean chamber encircled by the I'd write an ode upon it."
bers, fancied astronomical relations, etc., of the water of the Nile. This quotation is from the “Gulistan : pyramids, we have long been familiar with, A few illustrations, chiefly after the hiero"A LOVER'S ECONOMY. but only lately has the principle of their con
glyphical drawings on the monuments, help struction been penetrated. It appears to
the reader to an understanding of the text. " While writing verses (for my love, I looked up from the paper,
have been the following: And there she stood! I rose in haste, and over"Very early in the life of a king the sur
WHEN the plan of "Little Classics turned the taper. face of the limestone-work was leveled for the
first published, we felt that Mr. Johnson had *Ilow careless to put out the light !' she said. * Is it surprising,'
base, a shaft more or less inclined was sunk made a mistake in attaching a couple of volI answered, 'that I quenched my lamp when I leading to a rectangular sepulchral chamber in umes of poems as a kind of tender to his saw the sun arising?"
the rock itself. The distance from the en prose series. In the first place, there are more
'trance of the shaft or gallery to the chamber little classics in English poetry than in English We congratulate ourselves that we have
was calculated at the distance the square base found nothing but praise to bestow upon this of the pyramid would cover so as to exceed
prose; and, in the second place, while in the
prose field he was almost without a competilittle book; for what critic would care to and not be overlapped by it. If the king died confront the Horatian alternative which Mr. during the year the work was finished at
tor, when he came to poetry his work would Clarke offers him in his preface !-once, but should he have lived another year a
necessarily be brought into comparison with " If this hook suits you, call yourself our debtor ; second layer of masonry was placed on the
that of a dozen others, and his limitations as substructure of the same square shape as the
to space would preclude the possibility of his If not, take pains, and give us something better."
base, but smaller, with the sides parallel to facing comparison with, for instance, Pal.
those of the base. The process went on year grave's in all ways admirable “Golden Treas“ ANCIENT History from the Monuments” after year, each layer being smaller than the ury.” is the title of a series of brief historical nar previous. When the king died the work was The thirteenth volume of " Little Clasratives in which it is designed to give a sciat once stopped, and the casing or outer sur
sics" is before us. It is entitled "Narrative entific but popular summary of the results face of the pyramid finished. This was ef
Poems," and contains “The Deserted Vilof recent archeological investigations. It is
fected by filling up the masonry with smaller! well known that with the finding of the key stones of rectangular shape, so that the pyra- Mariner," by Coleridge ; “ The Prisoner of
lage,” by Oliver Goldsmith; "The Ancient mid still presented a step-shaped appearance. to the cuneiform inscriptions, and the discov
Chillon," by Byron ; “Bingen on the Rhine,"
i ery of the many fresh monuments that have
by Mrs. Norton ; “ O'Connor's Child," by rewarded the efforts of recent explorers, it By S. Birch, LL. D. New York: Scribner, Arm
* Egypt from the Earliest Times to B. c. 300.
Thomas Campbell; “The Culprit Fay," by has become possible to construct the annals strong & Co.
Joseph Rodman Drake ; “ The Sensitive