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hitherto reverenced as the figure of Truth , tifully does Mr. Cheever exclaim, “What arrayed in the simple garments of philosophy. would not the world give for a collection of We are ready to admit an hundred times Milton's private correspondence! The only over Mr. Macaulay's literary powers--bril- | letters we have are letters of state, grand letliant even under the affectation with which ters, letters written with the eye of the world he too frequently disfigures them. He is over the shoulder of the writer. But of epistoa great painter, but a suspicious narrator ; lary correspondence, of that which is a carea grand proficient in the picturesque, but a less, hasty record of a man's familiar thoughts very poor professor of the historic. These and feelings, as they come and go in the curvolumnes have been, and his future volumes as rent of every day's existence, we have nothey appear will be devoured with the same thingeagerness that Oliver Twist or Vanity Fair excite--with the same quality of zest, though Thy soul was like a star, and dwelt apart; perhaps with a higher degree of it; but his Thou hadst a voice whose sound was like the pages will seldom, we think, receive a second

sea; perusal; and the work, we apprehend, will Pure as the naked heavens, majestic, free. hardly find a permanent place on the historic So didst thou travel on life's common way." shelf--nor ever assuredly, if continued in the spirit of the first two volumes, be quoted as

We hear the roar of the sea ; the voice, in authority on any question or point of the His- English literature, is as that of Niagara among tory of England."

waters. We behold, too, the perpetual shining of the star, but there is a sense of apariness, a majesty of loneliness about it. The roar of the

ocean is grand, but it is pleasant sometimes The Hill Difficulty, and some Experiences of to hear the gurgle of the running brooks Life in the Plains of Ease, with other Miss among forest leaves, when “inland far we

be." cellanies. By GEORGE B. CHEEVER, D.D.

And such a music is in the minor poems New York: John Wiley, 161 Broadway.

of Milton, but we have no familiar letters.

There appears to us to be much affectation in the title of this volume. In an article on the life and writings of John Foster, Mr. Chee- The Personal History and Experience of Daver praises and admires Foster for his child-like vid Copperfield the younger,

Bv CHARLES simplicity, Christian humility, nobleness of DICKENS. Illustrated by H. K. Browne. feeling, and intense hatred of oppression, but No. 1. New York: John Wiley, 161 Broadnotwithstanding, these glorious virtues, be way. cause Foster did not believe in the doctrine of eternal punishment, he is called by Mr. This edition is reprinted from proof-sheets Cheever an intellectual, but half-enlightened received by special arrangement from the Lonpagan. Did Mr. Foster believe in infant don publishers. This work bids fair to be as indamnation ? Certainly not; yet this one of teresting as any that has as yet issued from the doctrines of Calvinism. But what minister the fertile brain of Mr. Dickens. The illustradare preach it now? Every mother, especially tions are excellent, and the book is handsomely any of them who had lost children, could they printed. There is an old woman in the work for a moment think that the little cherubs whose favorite word is “ meandering.” She whose rosy mouths they had kissed, whose boasts that she has never been out on the heads had reposed on their bosom, whose little water, and expresses her indignation at the confiding hands had been pressed in theirs, impiety of mariners and others who had the whose first artless words they had listened to— presumption to go " meandering” about the could they for a moment think that such an world. It was in vain to represent to her that gelic natures had descended to the “bottomless some conveniences, tea perhaps included, repit," such a doctrine would fall powerless on sulted from this objectionable practice. She their ears; with faces turned heavenward, and always returned with greater emphasis, and eyes filled with tears, they would rejoice that of with an instinctive knowledge of the strength such is the kingdom of heaven. With Mr. of her objection, “ Let us have no meandering." Cheever the thought of eternal punishment There is another lady who, when speaking of seems to be delightful, it nestles in bis brain the kindness of her departed husband, and that and heart, he turns over the words in his they had always lived happily together, says: mouth as a sweet morsel, it is with him “I am sure we never had a word of difference “the silken string running through the pearl except when Mr. Copperfield objected to my chain of all virtues," and religion likewise. threes and fives being too much like each

Some of the descriptive and meditative pieces other, or to my putting curly tails to my sevens in this volume are pleasantly written. Beau- and nines.”


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