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give the quiet and simplicity of Ehlenschlager, has not given much more than a paraphrase of the piece. Still, the charm of isolated passages is apparent. The versification, without being elaborate, might have been more careful and regular, and thus by no means diminished the quiet beauty and the natural flow of thought which mark the drama. “Correggio” is an interesting subject, and is well, though not strikingly or powerfully, developed. The flow and business of the piece harmonize with a quiet artist-life. A manager would have advertised it as “ domestic drama,” rather than a tragedy, albeit the fortunes of Correggio, the disappointed worshipper of the ideal, are tragic.Grillparzer's “Sappho" is a third-rate play, hardly worth translating; though it strikes us that Mrs. Lee has in this instance done better than with Correggio. We must thank that accomplished lady for her sketch of Ehlenschlager, so fresh and racy that we were grieved it was so short.
A Practical Treatise on Ventilation. By MORRILL WYMAN.
Cambridge: Metcalf & Co. 1846. 12mo. pp. 419.
This will be found a very useful book on a subject intimately connected with comfort and health. It is sufficiently thorough for all ordinary purposes, and though strictly practical, as it professes to be, it does not neglect those scientific expositions, which are necessary to show the reason of the rules laid down, and the general laws according to which the several processes described take place. Ample drawings as given, and an appendix of tables, etc. — the whole forming a volume which does great credit to the author, and cannot fail of benefiting the public. We especially recommend it to architects of churches, and parish committees.
The Olneys; or, Impulse and Principle. By Annie W. AB
BOT, author of “Willie Rogers," etc. Boston : J. Munroe & Co. 1846. 18mo. pp. 46.
A good moral tale, adapted to the capacity of youth, is a gift to the public, which, though diminutive and humble in appearance, we regard as of greater value than many of the volumes that arrogate to themselves far higher importance. When, therefore, a production of uncommon excellence in this depart. ment of writing is put into our hands, we hasten to recommend it to our readers, while, it may be, works of more showy pretension, but of less real merit, are allowed by us to remain for a time unnoticed. Such a book we deem the one whose title is given above; and we are glad of an opportunity of advising our young friends to seek the pleasure and profit, which this book from Miss Abbot's pen is fitted to afford them.
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My Wife. By Mrs. S. C. Tutaill. Boston: Crosby &
Nichols. 1846. 18mo. pp. 171.
This is a sort of novel in miniature, designed to show what is good as good, and what is evil as evil, in the habits of thought, feeling and conduct which distinguish certain classes of society amongst us, especially as regards domestic life. And if to give, in a way to produce the best moral effect, at once a brief and complete, connected and distinct, striking and just view of characters, qualities, actions, and their consequences, which in the real world are seen but partially and by glimpses, involved in many accidental circumstances, and seldom manifesting themselves fully except in a long series of years, be success in this species of literature, it has been attained, we think, in a remarkable degree by the author of the little volume before us.
An Elementary Treatise on Curves, Functions and Forces.
Volume Second, containing Calculus of Imaginary Quantities, Residual Calculus, and Integral Calculus. By BENJAMIN Peirce A. M., Perkins Professor of Astronomy and Mathematics in Harvard University. Boston: J. Munroe & Co. 1846. 12mo. pp. 290.
This volume is marked with almost every excellence that can be sought in a work of the kind. In beauty and compactness of symbols, in terseness and simplicity of style, in vigor and originality of thought, and in happy selection of lines of investigation, it equals the first volume; - as high praise as we could bestow.
Lyrica Sacra; or, War-Songs and Ballads from the Old
The author of these lyrics regards only the poetic element in the ancient Hebrew literature; with its theology he has nothing to do. He gives the “Song of Moses and Miriam," and of “Deborah and Barak"; “Saul with the Witch of Endor”; the “Song of the Bow," or David's Lament; and “Absalom.” His object is not to give a translation or paraphrase of the original, but to employ language, imagery and sentiments suited to his own conception of the scenes described." Complete success in an attempt of this sort requires rare powers, and besides the natural difficulties of the subject, men are in these days, fortunately we think, looking to the Bible for “angel melodies” of peace, rather than fierce war-notes.
Thoughts, selected from the Writings of the Rev. William E.
Channing, D. D. Boston: Crosby & Nichols. 32mo. pp. 160.
A COLLECTION of noble thoughts, that may well take its place by the side of the celebrated thoughts of Pascal, which have in them more of metaphysics, but less that touches the human heart. It makes a beautiful pocket volume.
Sacred Meditations. By P. L. U. Boston : Waite, Pierce &
Co. 1846. 32mo. pp. 160.
A MINIATURE volume full of devout ejaculations on various texts of Scripture, the effusion evidently of a pure and derout soul, but dealing a little too much in barren generalities to suit our taste. The initials will indicate the author's name to her friends, and conceal it, as she probably wishes, from the public.
The People's Journal. A new illustrated periodical for all
classes. Edited by John Saunders. Published in weekly Numbers, monthly Parts, or half-yearly Volumes. London. 1846. Boston : Crosby & Co.
We have looked over several numbers of this journal with great satisfaction. It affords pleasant and instructive reading, furnished by writers whose single aim is, to give “the people that kind of intellectual entertainment which may at once arouse and inform their minds. With such contributors as Mr. and Mrs. Howitt, Miss Martineau, and W. J. Fox - to name no others — zealously engaged in carrying out his plan, the editor can hardly fail of success. We cordially recommend the work as well adapted for circulation in this country.
A Statement of Reasons for rejecting the Calvinistic Doctrine
of the Trinity, Atonement, Unconditional Election and Reprobation, Total Depravity, etc. Read before the Congregational Calvinistic Church in Southington, Conn., May 29th, 1846. By CHARLES E. Munn. Hartford. 1846. 12mo.
The Day of Small Things. A Centennial Discourse, delivered
in Northborough, June 1, 1846, in commemoration of the Organization of the First Congregational Church in that place, and the Ordination of their first Minister, one hundred years ago. With an Appendir. By Joseph ALLEN, the third
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Minister in succession of said Church. Boston
The Consolations of Old Age. A Sermon preached at the First
Unitarian Church in Dover, N. H., on the 28th of June, 1846, being the one hundredth Birth-day of Ezra Green, M. D., the oldest living Alumnus of Harvard College. By S. K. LothROP, Pastor of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston. Boston.
1846. 8vo. pp. 25. The Distinctive Characteristics of the Pilgrims. A Sermon preached at the Church of the Pilgrims, in Lowell, Mass., July 12th, 1846. By M. A. H. Niles, Pastor. Lowell.
1846. 8vo. pp. 16. The Moral Influence of the American Government : An Oration
delivered at Albany, N. Y., July 4th, 1846, before the Young Men's Association. By Henry F. HARRINGTON. Al
bany. 1846. 8vo. pp. 8. An Address, delivered at Medfield, before the Norfolk County
Washington Total Abstinence Society, July 4, 1846. By
EDGAR K. WHITAKER. Boston. 1846. 8vo. pp. 16. The Scholar, the Jurist, the Artist and the Philanthropist. An
Address before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Harvard University, at their Anniversary, August 27, 1846. By
CHARLES SUMNER. Boston. 1846. 8vo. pp. 72. A Poem, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Alpha
of Massachusetts, on its Anniversary, August 27, 1846. By
James FREEMAN CLARKE. Boston. 1846. 8vo. pp. 24. Might and Right : An Oration delivered before the Erosophian
Adelphi of Waterville College, August 12, 1846. By E.
H. CHAPIN. Boston. 1846. 8vo. pp. 40. The Claim of the Church of Rome to the Exercise of Religious
Toleration during the Proprietary Government of Maryland, Eramined. By Josian F. POLK. Washington. 1846. 8vo.
MR. MUNA's “Statement of Reasons," which he seems in some sort to have been forced to make in self-defence, is marked by plain common sense and strong argument, and being addressed to a “Calvinistic church,” it must have been found easier, we should imagine, to deal with the author in the way of ecclesiastical censure or excommunication than to refute him from reason or Scripture. - Mr. Allen has given a very pleasant discourse on an occasion that he and his church did well to celebrate. As he reviews the “beginnings” of their history, with the ministries of his predecessors in the pastoral office, presents many curious facts and interweaves appropriate remarks. The minuteness of many of his details must have increased the
interest of the performance with those for whom it was intended.
– Mr. Lothrop well sets forth the advantages, pleasures and comforts of " an honorable, virtuous, Christian old age," then passes to such notice as it was proper to take in a sermon, of the individual, still living, who had suggested the subject of discourse. The appendix contains some interesting biographical and other matter. Mr. Niles's Sermon is an ingenious and successful vindication of the right of his congregation to consider themselves as true successors of the Puritan fathers of New England. In regard to the propriety of giving any human name to an association of persons united for the purposes of Divine worship, or to the building which they occupy for these purposes, we differ from Mr. Niles and his friends, but his assertion of their claim to "spiritual kindred with the founders of the New England churches” is both "manly and satisfactory." - Mr. Harrington's Fourth of July Oration contains a spirited defence of the framers of the Constitution in regard to the subject of slavery, and a bold reproof of the course since pursued by the nation, resulting in an extension of the evil. - Mr. Whitaker's is an annimated Address, uniting with some historical matter an earnest plea for temperance, but dealing a little in what some will call illiberal censure. — Without attempting any profound discussion or dealing in subtile analysis, (which would be out of place in a Phi Beta Kappa Oration,) but in a brilliant and highly eulogistic style, abounding in classical allusion, Mr. Sumner calls up four distinguished forms marked by a devotion to “knowledge, justice, beauty, and love," --Pickering, Story, Allston, and Channing. The four are well grouped and beautifully harmonize; and the eminent qualities of the individuals, with the fact that their names this year appear on the catalogue of the Society stellated for the first time, mark the fitness of the theme and justify the tribute. - The moral tone of the Poem is in keeping with the oration, and though its artistic merit is not of the highest order, the sentiment will win the sympathies of every honest reader. -- The pervading sentiment of Mr. Chapin's Oration, which is marked by fresh thought and eloquence, falls in with that of the two performances last named. He traces historically the different conceptions of power, speaks of its practical development at the present period, which he calls a "transition epoch," and then turns to that more glorious epoch in the future, in hastening the coming of which the scholar has much to do. It is his, to establish “ the true idea of power, as identified with truth and love.” – Mr. Polk's pamphlet contains an article republished from the Washington “Investigator" for January, 1846, calling in question the claim of the Roman Catholic Colony of Maryland to the credit of religious toleration, with a somewhat elaborate defence of the argument used in said article.