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such a course miglit 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 inude 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 coinpussion, it must not be sup- dently took to diverting herself by picking No voice among blithe birds that take for posed she is blarneless. 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 it 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;
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 ! " sitted 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 " “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."
crust-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 dreażn of you divinely and be stirred, sugar-plums. Then comes endless self-re
IAVE 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
heard wasted 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 feet 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
dies; 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 ungovernable 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 squabble, 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- wbatever 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. Beecber'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 bis 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,
any authority to assume that utterances whol. not continue in his sin, and he was overOr shadowy meadows when the feet of morning Are 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. new, 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 On, 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 eutitled 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. Beechier'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 him to be guilty fully realize which the sickening scandal arose. 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 obli. tare so almost wholly empts of evidence di terer, but the most brazen-faced hypocrite in gation of living an upright life is the duty of rectly 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 sus. facts 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 cumstances; 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 iushed 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 slan. tant 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, give bis 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 Desses 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 feas 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 l 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 have 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 conärming 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 ac- 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 maintnins 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 “
mon level of a life given up to animal instincts reason to the higbest 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
to the demand for pictures suited to the cathis affluent preacher gives the whole rein to ENGLISHMEN have been a little ashamed
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 æsthetic life of England. On tion of rhetoric and exclamation for logicegated 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
and the higher influences of social intercourse
paralyzed by an inroad of ignorant people who 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 batred 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." inethods 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. gravdizement.” 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 un. young 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 thao 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 has 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 rates 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 unboly 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.
lish, and very few translations of equal spirit A Londos cynic ventures the not very rance? It is obvious that, in an agreement
and fidelity bave appeared in English at all.
It is no secret, we believe, that the little good-natured remark that the new Albemarle reached by this compulsory method, votes
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 Lil. ception 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- proceedings in full. The human memory is
from German sources, and the names of
Goethe, Heine, Geibel, Rückert, and Tholuck, ment; a sort of gentle social concession to frail, and in this way alone would the jury
come up most frequently in the table of conthe women's - rights advocates ; an olive- have a sull 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 Gence."
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 the disposition to take up some exceptional and the newspapers, but mamma and the girls
“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 long
a bitter satire, is sometimes vexatious, but est and one of the best is Goethe's “ Epilog” opera, or a gossip after the ball. Its results on the domesticity of the members have yet
often amusing enough. Everybody on this in memory of Schiller. to be seen; they can hardly be otherwise, side of the Atlantic, for instance, knows that
It is our intention to quote one or two of one would think, than injurious. The club the yearly exodus of visitors to Europe is
the poems-enough to enable the reader to
catch the fragrance of these exotics, and to will be one more attraction beyond the walls prompted mainly by a desire to see historic
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 bas 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 ladics, 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, homeropean travel, can leave no observant person
edge of what has been accomplished by othin doubt as to the American attitude on this loving wife and mother. She will not go to
ers, and of personal experience and experi. it herself, and will be likely to prefer that, if subject. And yet some recent utterances by
ments, The allusions, similes, and illustraher 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, wbich 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 clabs, 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
reader upacquainted with the original the will fare in one which ignores sex, and brings study and observe, it seems, but to prosely
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 pleasIt is a question whether the policy of the
ideas. Some people deplore the extent to ure in itself as to live a life of its own in lit
which we are becoming Europeanized in our erature. Is this impossible? We have some law, in shutting up a jury, and keeping them
ideas by the contact of so many of our peo- examples to prove that it can be done." For in confinement for a long-protracted period,
ple with Old-World habits and institutions; literal accuracy, Mr. Clarke evidently cares is really best calculated to further the ends and others croak over the great amount of
little. The essential spirit is the attraction of jastice. When the jurymen retire to consolt about their verdict, they are fresh from money we are spending abroad; but small
of a poem, and, if that bas evaporated, of what
advantage is the residuum ? The test.questhe evidence and the summing up of counsel ; is the number, we imagine, who rejoice in the
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 ican way of seeing and doing things. ries, it would seem that their best recollec
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
own sake, and gives satisfaction, that is of the first bour or two. Suppose that they
enough. disagree; is not their confinement longer an
Now for the promised quo:ations, the first encouragement for the more willful to exer
THE title of “Exotics: Attempts to do. cise a pressure on the others—a pressure, mesticate Them," can hardly be re- * Exotics: Attempts to domesticate Tbem. 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, which has been translated before, but never with such spirit:
“THE RULE WITH NO EXCEPTIONS. " Tell me, friend, as you are bidden,
What is hardest to be hidden ?
FIRE is hardest to be hidden. “ I will tell, as I am bidden !
Love is hardest to be hidden.
LOVE is hardest to be hidden.
He will sing it, he will show it.
Tell the fellow then to bring it!
Poems never can be bidden."
Yet still were calm and self-possessed.
of ancient history from records which are The casing of each triangular face was then contemporary, or nearly so, with the events smoothed from the top or apex, the masons narrated. These records have hitherto been
standing on the steps and hewing away the published in such shape that the knowledge edges of cach row of stones as they descended
to the base. When finished, the faces were to be derived from them was confined to archæologists and philologists, and the object Each of the casing-stones capped the other so
perfectly smooth, and the top inaccessible. of the present series is to place them within
as to leave no vertical joint. The principle reach of the ordinary historical student, of the pyramid combined the power of inwho 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 raintoms, the language, literature, and history of
fall without allowing the water to penetrate the earlier civilizations. Each volume is to
the building. Simple in shape it was eternal be written by a scholar, who, in addition to
in durution, and exhibited a perfect mathemat
ical knowledge of the square and the trianhis general acquirements, is known to have
gle." made a special study of the field which he undertakes to cover.
All pyramids were not constructed ex. The first volume of the series has ap
actly alike; the oldest one (that of Meypeared, and was prepared by the well-known doum) is constructed with rubble and slantEgyptologist, Dr. Samuel Birch.* It is a ing walls; but the shape and mode of fincomplete history of Egypt, beginning with
ish are substantially the same. The size of Mena or Menes, the first monarch of the
the pyramid depended in a great degree on country, and closing with the conquest by
the length of the king's reign; but it is eviAlexander in B. c. 332. The narrative is
dent that those monarchs who desired to based mainly on the monuments, but what
excel their predecessors in the magnificence 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. the Greek historians, is freely used ; and, ner, by the expenditure of greater riches, or notwithstanding several enormous gaps in
by the oppression of corvées of forced labor, the records, the narrative is the most com
which has prevailed at all times in Egypt. plete and probably by far the most accurate
Some idea of what these monuments cost the that has yet been written. Nor is it on
nation can be gathered from the lists of lathe historical side only that it is valuable.
borers employed on the great Pyranid of Much that is new is told concerning the cus
Cheops. The causeway for facilitating the toms, habits, religion, culture, industries, and transport of the stone was built by a corrée forms of government of the ancient Egyp.
of one hundred thousand men, relieved every tians; and the gradual changes by which
three months for ten years, or in all four millforeign conquests, domestic incursions, and ion men; and twenty more years, at the rate the constant intermixture with various pa
of three hundred and sixty thousand, giving tions produced the modern Egyptian, are
seven million more men, were employed on clearly pointed out.
the pyramid itself. So much exhausted were As an example of the additional knowl. the resources of Cheops that ridiculous stories edge which these recent researches have
were circulated about it among the people; brought to us, we quote Dr. Birch's account and the monarch, on account of the hatred the of the building of the pyramids. The size,
work produced, was obliged to be buried in dimensions, solid contents, sepulchral. cham
a subterranean chamber encircled by the bers, fancied astronomical relations, etc., of the
water of the Nile. pyramids, we have long been familiar with, A sew illustrations, chiefly after the hiero. 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. have been the following:
When the plan of “Little Classics “Very early in the life of a king the surface of the limestone-work was leveled for the
first published, we felt that Mr. Johnson had base, a shaft more or less inclined was sunk
made a mistake in attaching a couple of volleading to a rectangular sepulchral chamber in umes of poems as a kind of tender to bis 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 tban in English was calculated at the distance the square base
prose; and, in the second place, while in the of the pyramid would cover so as to exceed
prose field he was almost without a competiand not be overlapped by it. If the king died
tor, when he came to poetry his work would during the year the work was finished at once, but should he have lived another year a
necessarily be brought into comparison with second layer of masonry was placed on the
that of a dozen others, and his lin
itions as substructure of the same square shape as the
to space would preclude the possibility of his 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 Treasafter year, each layer being smaller than the previous. When the king died the work was The thirteenth volume of “ Little Clasat once stopped, and the casing or outer sur- sics" is before us. It is entitled “ Narrative face of the pyramid finished. This was ef
Poems," and contains “ The Deserted Vil. fected by filling up the masonry with smaller stones of rectangular shape, so that the pyra
lage,” by Oliver Goldsmith ; “The Ancient mid still presented a step-shaped appearance.
Mariner," by Coleridge; “ The Prisoner of
by Mrs. Norton ; “O'Connor's Child," by
Thomas Campbell ;
“ The Culprit Fay,” by strong & Co.
Joseph Rodman Drake ; “ The Sensitive
I've made no end of verses;
I'd write an ode upon it."
“A LOVER'S ECONOMY.
from the paper, And there she stood! I rose in haste, and over
turned the taper. * Hlow careless to put out the light!' she said.
"Is it surprising, I answered, that I quenched my lamp when I
saw the sun arising?" We congratulate ourselves that we have found nothing but praise to bestow upon this little book; for what critic would care to confront the Horatian alternative which Mr. Clarke offers him in his preface? " If this hook suits you, call yourself our debtor ;
If not, take pains, and give us something better."
“ ANCIENT History from the Monuments” is the title of a series of brief historical nar. ratives in which it is designed to give a scientific but popular summary of the results of recent archæological investigations. It is well known that with the finding of the key to the cuneiform inscriptions, and the discov. ery of the many fresh monuments that have rewarded the efforts of recent explorers, it has become possible to construct the annals