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ART. I. The Life of the Right Honourable John Philpot Cur-

ran, late Master of the Rolls in Ireland. By his

Son, William Henry Curran, Barrister-at-Law p. 259
· II. Anecdotes, Observations, and Characters of Books and

Men Collected from the Conversation of Mr Pope,
and other eminent Persons of his time : By the Rev.
Joseph Spence. Now first published from the Ori-
ginal Papers, with Notes, and a Life of the Author.

By Samuel Weller Singer - - - 302
III. Observations on the Injurious Consequences of the

Restrictions upon Foreign Commerce. By a Mem-

ber of the late Parliament - - - 331
IV. 1. A General History of Music, from the Earliest

Times to the Present : Comprising the Lives of Emi-
nent Composers and Musical Writers. The whole
accompanied with Notes and Observations, Critical

and Illustrative. By Thomas Busby, Mus. Doc.
2. The Lives of Haydn and Mozart. In a Series of

Letters. Translated from the French of L. H. C.

Bombert.
3. Remarks on the Present State of Musical Instruc-.

tion. By J. Relfe.
4. The Thorough Bass Primer. By J. F. Burrowes 352
V. The Rise and Progress of the City of Glasgow, com-

prising an Account of its Public Buildings, Chari-

ties, and other Concerns. By James Cleland 382
VI. An Appeal from the Judgments of Great Britain re.

specting the United States of America. Part First.
Containing an Historical Outline of their Merits and
Wrongs as Colonies, and Strictures on the Calumnies

of British Writers. By Robert Walsh, Esq. 395
VII. 1. Franz Bopp über das Conjugations System der San-

skritsprache in vergleichung mit jenem der Grie-
chischen, Lateinischen, Persischen et Germanischen
sprache; nebst episoden des Ramayan et Mahabha-
rat in genauen metrischen ubersetzungen aus dem

original texte, et einigen abschnitten aus dem Vedas,
2. Nalus, Carmien Sanscriticum e Mahábhárato, edidit,

Latine vertit, et Adnotationibus illustravit Françis.
cus Bopp

431

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EDINBURGH REVIEW,

JANUARY, 1820.

No LXV.

Sin in the brinking and the country

ART. I. 1. Ivanhoe. A Romance. By the AUTHOR OF WA“

VERLEY,' &c. 3 vols. Edinburgh, Constable & Co. 2. The Novels and Tales of the Author of Waverley; comprising

Waverley, Guy Mannering, Antiquary, Rob Roy, Tales of My Landlord, First, Second, and Third Series; New Edition, with á copious Glossary. Edinburgh, Constable & Co. 1820. SINCE the time when Shakespeare wrote his thirty-eight plays w in the brief space of his early manhood-besides acting in them, and drinking and living idly with the other actors and then went carelessly to the country, and lived out his days, a little more idly, and apparently unconscious of having done any thing at all extraordinary—there has been no such prodigy of fertility as the anonymous author before us. ' In the period of little more than five years, he has founded a new school of invention; and established and endowed it with nearly thirty volumes of the most animated and original composition that have cnriched English literature for a century-volumes that have cast sensibly into the shade all contemporary prose, and even all recent poetry—(except perhaps that inspired by the Genius or the Demon, of Byron)---and, by their force of colouring and depth of feeling-by their variety, vivacity, magical facility, and living presentment of character, have rendered conceivable to this later age the miracles of the Mighty Dramatist. . Shakespeare, to be sure, is more purely original; but it should not be forgotten, that, in his time, there was much less to borrow --and that he too has drawn freely and largely from the sources that were open to him; at least for his fable and graver sentiment; --for his wit and humour, as well as his poetry, are always his own. In our times, all the higher walks of literature have izpen so long and so often trodden, that it is scarcely possible to keep

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