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estimating his work, as well as of the gen-publishing such a selection of English poetry as eral public to whom he looks for its pecuni- the present, was this, namely, whether Mr. Palary success. And this is not all. The grave's Golden Treasury had not so occupied compiler of such an anthology is forced, the ground that there was no room for one who since the range is so extensive, to restrict sho
restrict should come after. The selection is one made himself within clearly defined limits. If he
If he with so exact an acquaintance with the sources wander too widely, he may fail from an ex
from which his Treasury was to be replenished,
with so fine a taste in regard of what was worcess of freedom, and he will best accomplish
accompusu thy to be admitted there, that this was the conhis end by a resolute restraint.
clusion to which at the first I was disposed to If proof be needed of the truth of these arrive. Presently, however, I saw reason to remarks, it will be found in the fact that change my mind. The volume which I mediof the scores of poetical selections extant, tated was on so different a scheme and plan from there are few that from a literary point of his, that while, no doubt, I should sometimes go view can be deemed of value, and of these over ground which he had gone over before, it the scheme of the collector has in every in- was evident that for the most part our paths stance been carefully restricted. Charles would be different and my choice not identical Lamb's Specimens of English Dramatic Po- with his. This to so great an extent has proved es. and Leigh Hunt's Selections from Beau- the case, that of more than three hundred pieces mont and Fletcher have taken an independent which compose this volume, less than seventy and, we believe, a permanent place in our
have appeared in his, and it is easy to perceive
how this should be. His is a Treasury of the literature, a position due in great measure to tbe choice criticism with which these charm
Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the Eriglish
Language, and of these exclusively; but within ing writers have enlivened their volumes, but
this circle he proposes to include all which is of due perhaps even yet more to a clearly de- first-rate excellence in our language by authors fined and carefully fulfilled intention. And not living. My scheme is at once broader and in this respect it is impossible to exagger- narrower; broader in that I limit myself to no ate the merits of Mr. Palgrave's Golden particular class of poetry, and embrace the livTreasury. That precious little volume, ing and the dead alike; narrower in that I make which deserves a place in the smallest libra- no attempt to be exhaustive, or to give more ry, and in the pocket or portmanteau of than a very few samples even of the best and every traveller, is specially remarkable for greatest of our poets." the wise principles of selection on which it is based. A critic of the highest order, The Archbishop adds, in justification of with a taste that is rarely at fault, and an the work, that many poems included in alenthusiasm sufficiently tempered with dis- most all collections will be looked for in vain cretion, Mr. Palgrave has not only brought in this, while not a few which, so far as he together the rarest gems of English lyric knows, none have included, have found poetry, but he has done this so as to add room in it. “It is not always," he says, an historical interest to the poetical value " that I have considered what I bring for of the book. He has linked one age of our ward better than what to make place for it literature to another, in rhythmical harmony, I set aside; but where I have only considshowing how the poetry of different erasered it as good, it has seemed a real gain to possesses a lyrical unity, the poets a fam- put new treasures within the reach of those ily likeness, and he has done all this not who are little able, or if able are little likely, by didactic precepts, but by the choicest to go and discover such for themselves.” illustrations of the art. We suppose the That the compiler has not entered upon Golden Treasury must be termed a compil- his work without reasonable grounds is ation, but it is a compilation that possesses fully made out by the preface; but the best many of the marks of a fine original work justification of this household book will be
- high culture, critical insight, breadth of found in its contents. The range, as in knowledge, and comprehensive taste. the contents of the Golden Treasury, covers
With such a rival in the field as Mr. Pal. three centuries; but, unlike that volume. grave, it may, perhaps, appear strange that this collection includes the poems of living Archbishop Trench should venture to pro-writers. So that while the book opens duce a household book of English poetry, with Sylvester, Spenser, and Ben Jonson, and conscious that such an objection might it closes with Tennyson and Browning: be urged, he has anticipated it in the pref with Walt Whitmap and Buchanan.
Notwithstanding the merits of this
“Household Book," we do not anticipate “The first question which I asked myself she for it the praise and popularity accorded to says) when I resumed a purpose long ago enter-, Mr. Palgrave's collection of the 288 tained, and then for a long while laid aside, of poems in the Golden Treasury there is
scarcely one which is not marked by mel- for it is not to be expected that a collector ody of language, or felicity of poetic of poems and the reviewer of the poems colthought, by lofty imagination, or graceful lected should in all instances see with the fancy; by some of those qualities, in short, same eyes. Suffice it that, on the whole, which distinguish the song, however hum- the book is worthily compiled, and that it ble, of the true poet from the brilliant ex- has a character of its own which marks it ercises of the versifier. A man may ex- off with evident distinctness from other press noble thoughts in irreproachable collections of English poetry. • metre without being a poet, but such Many familiar names and others less thoughts might have been uttered as well, known, but almost equally worthy, are if not better, in prose; whereas, the thought omitted from this anthology. Among the which is essentially poetical cannot be said, earlier poets no place is found for Daniel, but must of necessity be sung. The spirit for Browne of the Pastorals, or for the two of Archbishop Trench's collection is didac- Fletchers, Phineas and Giles; among the tic rather than lyrical, and we think that in later poets we miss Shenstone, Goldsmith, many instances the compiler has shown Crabbe, Hemans, Praed, Rogers, and othmore regard to force of language or to a ers. Again, while several notable poets quaint originality of thought, than to those are but slightly represented,- Pope, Cowcharacteristics which belong to the poet, per, Southey, and Mrs. Browning, for exand to the poet alone.
ample, others, like William Drummond, The pithy distichs of Barten Holyday, for William Blake the poet-artist, Hartley instance, would well deserve insertion in a Coleridge, and David Gray are lavishly selection of epigrammatic sayings, but ap- cared for. Indeed, Archbishop Trench, as pear inappropriate in a volume of house- already intimated, bas aimed at novelty, hold poetry. "Quite out of place, too, as it and there are few poetry lovers who will not seems to us, in such a selection are such find in this volum, some sweets hitherto poems as “ The Soul's Errand," by an anon- untasted. ymous writer, or “ The World's Falla- We are glad to see, by the way, that due cies,” by Quarles, which seems to have been praise is given to Henry Vaughan, whose suggested by it, or the “Hymn for Ad-poetic store has been conspicuously rifled vent," by Jeremy Taylor, most impotent of by at least one modern poet. Vaughan acwriters in verse, most eloquent in prose! | knowledged Herbert as his master, but we or “ The Valediction," by good Richard agree with Archbishop Trench 'in a preferBaxter, who also became crippled and ster-ence for the pupil. The Silex Scintillans, ile when he affected metre. Moreover, ex- which was published in a modern shape by cept from association, the lines of Charles I., Pickering about twenty years ago, contains, "A Royal Lamentation,” greatly abridged with not a few verses crude and fantastical, in the collection, have no interest whatever, much sacred poetry of the highest order, and the rather long and anonymous poem and some written with a graceful freedom entitled “Loyalty Confined" has not even that the reader fresh from the quaint and this merit. We might also take objection often grotesque verses of Herbert cannot to some pieces inserted in this volume com- fail to appreciate. Another poet of the posed by men of conspicuous ability, but same period, who receives from the comwho wrote verse as Warren Hastings wrote piler a due meed of praise, is Charles Cotit, for relaxation, and wrote it ill, were it ton,-“ hearty, cheerful Mr. Cotton," as not that Archbishop Trench defends their Lamb calls him, whose poems, although introduction on the ground that poems from praised by Wordsworth and Coleridge, are such authors “must always have a special read by few :interest for us." We do not question the interest, but we maintain that it is of a
“ They are sometimes prosaic [says the Archscarcely legitimate character. Because these bishop), someti
| bishop), sometimes blemished by more serious men have done badly or even moderately
faults, but for homely vigour and purity of lanwell what they had better not have done at
guage, for the total absence of any attempt to
conceal the deficiency of strong and high imagiall, it does not follow that their efforts,
nation by a false poetic diction, purple rags however curious, should be stereotyped in
torn from other men's garments, and sewn upon an anthology. If Mr. Tennyson were to
his own, he may take his place among the foreproduce a volume of sermons no doubt in-most masters of the tongue.” tense interest would be excited, but it does not follow that a place ought to be found. We are glad, too, to find here the best for the poet's theology in a body of English illustrations of the genius of Davenant and divinity.
Sylvester both true poets, and both comThese, however, are matters of opinion, I paratively unknown. Sylvester was born several years earlier than Herbert, and as I feign not friendship where I hate; a proof that what we consider quaintness
I fawn not on the great in show; was not the natural product of the age, we I prize, I praise a mean estate – may quote his brief poem upon “ Content,"
Neither too lofty nor too low; which has the ring of some verses on the
This, this is all my choice, my cheersame subject conceived more recently.
A mind content, a conscience clear.” One stanza is omitted for the sake of brevity :
There is so much in this admirable collec“I weigh not fortune's frown or smile;
tion suggestive of criticism that we are I joy not much in earthly joys;
tempted to add to these remarks; but I seek not state, I soek not style;
enough has been said perhaps to show the I am not fond of fancy's toys;
character of the volume; and if this has I rest so pleased with what I have, been done, any further comment is superI wish no more, no more I crave.
fluous. Henceforth the Household Book of I quake not at the thunder's crack;
English Poetry should be placed on the same I tremble not at noise of war;
shelf which contains the Golden Treasury. I swound not at the news of wrack; The charm and worth of the one will be I shrink not at a blazing star;
best appreciated by a knowledge of the I fear not loss, I hope not gain;
other also. I envy none, I none disdain.
MR. JOHN STUART MILL. — The list of works | both personally and as a thinker, has found for which stands at the head of this article will suffi- itself a most honourable and well-deserved exciently demonstrate to our readers that Mr. Mill pression in his election for Westminster, a posihas not been an idle man; and the numerous tion which we trust he will be long spared to editions through which many of them have gone enjoy. Men of his independent, wide, subtle will show that his labours have met with more cast of thought are absolutely needled in the than an ordinary degree of appreciation. And senate of our land — not merely because of the when we consider that the subjects discussed by light that they can contribute in the discussion Mr. Mill are neither attractive in themselves, of national questions, but also of the light they nor popular in their treatment, his success is all themselves can derive for the correction of theo the more remarkable and gratifying. The vo- retic and one-sided conclusions of their own, racity of the public for novels, and for any spe and which are simply what have been termed cies of literature which reduces the necessity for “ idols of the cave." Already, unless we are thinking to a minimum, is not one of the favour- mistaken, Mr. Mill has received some little benable signs of our times ; but it is no insignificant efit in this way, in exchange for the benefit he set-off to this indolent and emasculated condition has undoubtedly conferred. of the general mind of our nation that works of
British Quarterly Review. such sterling worth and merit as many of those which have emanated from the pen of Mr. Mill, on matters, too, of such confessed difficulty, should have attained so wide a circulation. Two FISH IN BRITISH COLUMBIA. – A remarkable volumes on logic, in the sixth edition; two on feature in British Columbia is the abundance of political economy, in the sixth edition; and fish, and of salmon particularly. Salmon swarm others on subjects almost equally recondite, in in such numbers that, according to Mr. Lord, the second and third editions, reveal a healthy naturalist to the Boundary Commission, every substratum of intellectual energy in the nation rivulet is so crammed that from want of room which gives us good hope for the future. And they push one another high and dry upon the we say this irrespective altogether of the intrin- pebbles. Each with its head up stream scuffles sio merits of Mr. Mill's speculations, of whieh for precedence. With one's hands only, tons of we hold many to be true, and as many to be salmon might be procured. Once started on questionable, if not palpably erroneous. For their journey, these fish never turn back. As the disposition to study and master problems so fast as those in front die, fresh arrivals take abstruse as those with which Mr. Mill chiefly their place and share their fate. For two months concerns himself shows that there is a number, this great salmon army proceeds up stream, furand that by no means insignificant, of persons nishing food without which the Indians must who desire to know something more than that perish miserably. For six months in the year bread-and-butter philosophy which has been they depend on the salmon which they obtain in supposed to have a supreme and even exclusive June and July, and preserve by drying in the charm in the eyes of Englishmen. The admira- sun,
The Canadian News, tion which Mr. Mill has awakened for himself,
No. 1267. September 12, 1868.
CONTENTS. 1. HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF THE REIGN OF GEORGE II. —
No. V. The Poet, . . . . . . . Blackwood's Magazine, . 643 2. THE BRAMLEIGHS of Bishop's FOLLY. Part XV.. . Cornhill Magazine, 663 3. A HOUSE OF CARDS. Part III. .
. . Tinsley's Magazine, . 4. CONCENTRATED PROGRESS OF THE WORLD, . . . Spectator, . . . . 689 5. DANTE'S INFERNO, . . . . . . . Spectator, . . . . 690 6. ORIGIN OF THE HEBREW, . . . . . . Bentley's Miscellany, . 693 7. ANNALS OF THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY,
. Saturday Review, . . 694 8. MUSIC IN POETRY, . . .
Dublin Univ. Magazine, 698 9. THE UNPUBLISHED POEM BY MILTON, . . . . Examiner, . . . 703
POETRY. LIFE's Voyage, . . . . . . . . . Dublin Univ. Magazine, 642 Hymx,
Churchman's Family Mag., 642 Man's PLACE IN NATURE,
Tinsley's Magazine, 642 MY TREASURES, . .
. . Sunday Magazine, . . 662 EVERLASTING Now, . . . . . . . . Fraser's Magazine, .688 THE CAPTURED CORNCRAKE,
. . Bentley's Miscellany, IN VACATION, . . .
. . . . Atlantic Monthly, . . 704
SHORT ARTICLES. MOZART: A BIOGRAPHICAL ROMANCE, . . . . . . . . . . . 677
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From The Dublin University Magazine. | And Thou hast said, where two or three
In Thy blest name together meet,
There shall Thy Holy Spirit be,
| To hold with them communion sweet. On the sea its splendour pours,
Spirit of Life, and Truth, and Love, And a ship is sailing into sight,
Thy promised blessing now impart, And it comes from distant shores.
That all who seek Thy face may prove
How holy, just, and true Thou art !
Oh, to Thy service consecrate
This sacred temple, make it THINE, A welcoming of cheers.
Shine forth in Thy most glorious state,
Here reign in majesty divine ! A little life is welcomed in
Here be Thy holy name adored, A bark from unknown shores;
Here pray’rs be offered — vows sincere Upon the world it casts its freight
Let all confess, with one accord, Of precious goods and stores.
That Thou, O Lord our God, art here ! Sweet music make the welcome words
“ To thee a child is given.” We hail it, as the ship is hailed, A blessing sent from heaven..
From Tinsley's Magazine. The sun sinks in the western sky,
MAN'S PLACE IN NATURE." The evening faints in night,
RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED TO MESSRS. DARWIN As the ship sails out to the unknown seas,
They told him gently he was made
Of nicely-tempered mud ; And dimly faint the shadowy masts,
That man no lengthened part had played Seen through a mist of tears.
Anterior to the Flood.
'Twas all in vain : he heeded not — A weary life goes sinking out,
Referring plant and worm, And it drifts to a distant sea,
Fish, reptile, ape, and Hottentot,
To one primordial germ.'
They asked him whether he could bear
To think his kind allied
To all those brutal forms which were
In structure pithecoid ;
Homologous in form :
He said, “ Homo and Pithecus
Sceptic, and infidel :'
Would plunge him into hell :
Made this deduction firm,
From one primordial germ.
FOR THE OPENING OF A NEW CHURCH. ALMIGHTY Ruler of the world,
Whose throne is heaven, whose footstool earth, Whose word the night of chaos furled,
Who spake and nature sprang to birth; O from Thy seat of glory bend,
And with a kind, all-gracious ear, Our humble pray’rs and praise attend,
And manifest Thy presence here. Vast as is heaven's unknown embrace,
Thy glory wider bounds demands ;
A temple reared by mortal hands?
A human form, the eross to bear,
With Thee immortal life to share.
That as for the Noachian flood,
'Twas long ago disproved ;
All by whom truth is loved
Research tends to confirm -
Came from one common germ.