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The bleeding bosom staunch the wound, and win
The stubborn malady to its control?
Blessed Physician! happy is thy dole,

Whose praise hath in the Gospel ever been;
For thou wast His disciple who could bring
Help to the helpless on their bed of pain,

And from the gates of double death again
Restore the hopeless in their languishing."

There are a few things in the present edition of these poems, we regret to say, which show that the editor, Rev. A. Cleveland Coxe, looked for readers only within the bounds-to use his own favorite phrase of "a narrow sectarianism." We thought at first we would remark upon these unbecoming slants against good men and true Christians, who prefer other forms of worship, but it so happened we read the poems themselves before the memoir and notes of the editor, and we will be more just to the spirit and wishes of the author, and to the example of his venerated father, than has been his friend and editor.

ROSE TERRY'S POEMS.*-We have read these poems with much pleasure. We find in them proofs of genuine poetical genius. They have been published heretofore, we believe, in the periodical literature of the day, and it will be a gratification to many readers. to have them collected in a single volume for preservation. It is difficult to criticize such a number of poems, written in different moods of mind and on a great variety of subjects. We will only say, then, that we find manifested in them a true poetic sensibility, a genuine love of nature, and an ethical vein of thought, which moralizes on the lessons which nature teaches.

KORMAK. We have here a little poem, in blank verse, of unacknowledged authorship, telling of deeds which are supposed to have been done in the earliest period of the history of Iceland. The story is one of hasty love, reckless daring, hate, violence, craft, and blood, and it ends, like the lay of the Nibelungen, with the total destruction of all parties concerned. A laudable and

* Poems. By ROSE TERRY. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 1861. 12mo. pp. 206. [For sale in New Haven by T. H. Pease. Price 75 cents.]

Kormak, an Icelandic Romance of the Tenth Century. In Six Cantos. Boston: Walker, Wise & Co. 1861. 12mo.

partially successful attempt is made in it to catch and reflect the spirit of the old Norse sagas. One of its prettiest passages, to our mind, is the greeting to the Christmas festival, with which the second canto begins. The verse halts a little, occasionally. The fitting out of the book, on tinted paper, and in old style letter, is quite unexceptionable.

HYMNS OF THE AGES.-SECOND SERIES.*-The compilers of the first series of "Hymns of the Ages," that truly Catholic book of selections from the best sacred poetry of all branches of the Christian church, have felt encouraged to offer to the public another volume, which has been prepared on something of the same plan. If we may judge from the warm expressions of interest with which we have often heard the first collection praised, the present volume will be even more popular. The selections in the first book were chiefly from the Lyra Catholica, Lyra Germanica, Lyra Apostolica, Lyra Innocentium. Being to a large extent either translations of Hymns which were written in foreign tongues, or the compositions of the English lyrical writers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the interest with which they were received was dependent less upon their merit as poetical compositions, than upon the tender devotional spirit which they breathed. No translation can entirely obscure the effect of this. Wherever there is the outpouring of genuine and deep religious feeling, even though the medium through which it is conveyed is rude, it cannot fail to reach and move the heart of the sincere Christian. At a late meeting of the American Oriental Society, we listened to a missionary from India who translated into English some of the hymns which have recently been composed by native converts among the Tamil people. The translation was off-hand, and of the most literal kind, without any attempt to reflect the beauties of the original composition, or do anything more than give the bare thoughts. The ideas were all obvious and simple as in a song of Burns; but they had come from a heart which was overflowing with deep religious and poetic feeling, and every one who listened was electrified by the

*Hymns of the Ages. Second Series. Being selections from Wither, Crashaw, Southwell, Habington, and other sources. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1860. 12mo. pp. 336. [For sale in New Haven by T. H. Pease. Price $1.25.]

sweetness and tenderness of these new expressions which were given to the emotions of Christian faith, and hope, and love, and confidence, and joy. It may be that some who are not yet acquainted with the first series of "Hymns of the Ages," will find in both volumes many of the translations and many of the older English poetical compositions, which will at first repel them, if they have been accustomed to consider beauty and smoothness of metrical arrangement as all important; but we can assure them that if they will carefully read these hymns, which for centuries were "breathed by dying lips, traced on the walls of prisons, sung with hushed voices in catacombs, joyfully chanted on the battle march, and fearlessly at the stake," they will find that the elevated spirit with which they are written is most inspiring, and that they are rich in consolation and nourishment for the inner life. We can make room only for the briefest extracts from some selections that are made from gems of Oriental poetry:

"Diving and finding no pearls in the sea,
Blame not the ocean, the fault is in thee!"

"O square thyself for use; a stone that may
Fit in the wall, is not left in the way."

HYMNS FOR MOTHERS AND CHILDREN.*-This is a book of most inviting typographical appearance, which will soon be welcomed in thousands of pleasant homes where there are children to call forth a mother's and a father's love. It is full of rare gems of song and verse, which give beautiful expression to many of the holiest feelings which can fill the heart. Some of these hymns we recognize as choice morceaux which friends of ours have kept for years past in manuscript, and supposed to be their own special treasures. Parents and children owe many thanks to the fair compiler who has laid up such a store of hymns for them and for their little ones.

PICTURES AND FLOWERS FOR CHILD-LOVERS.-This is a volume of selections, in prose as well as in verse, on themes

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Hymns for Mothers and Children. Compiled by the Author of "Violet," "Daisy," &c. Boston: Walker, Wise & Co. 1861. 12mo. pp. 287. [For sale in New Haven by Peck, White & Peck. Price $1.25.]

Pictures and Flowers for Child-Lovers. Boston: Walker, Wise & Co. 1861. 24mo. pp. 211. [For sale in New Haven by Peck, White & Peck. Price 50 cents.]

which pertain to infancy and childhood. The plan is somewhat different from that of the work we have just noticed above. There are many charming little lyrics here, a few of which are contained in the collection of "Hymns for Mothers and Children ;" but the author has introduced in addition many detached portions of well known poems, which enhance very much the interest and value of the book. Although in typographical appearance this collection is quite inferior to the other, it will make a very good companion for it, on the tables of those who are interested in the literature of chidlhood.


DWIGHT'S MODERN PHILOLOGY.-It will be remembered by the readers of the New Englander that on the apppearance, in 1859, of this valuable work on Modern Philology, we gave our views respecting its merits at some length in the November number. One of the most popular of the essays included in the volume had previously appeared in this Quarterly, in August, 1858. It is with real pleasure that we learn that the first edition of the work, which was of a thousand copies, has been exhausted, and that a second edition has now been given to the public by Messrs. A. S. Barnes & Burr of New York. We deem it a very fortunate thing that the science of philology has obtained so enthusiastic an expounder. No person can read Mr. Dwight's work without finding his interest awakened and a strong desire springing up to pursue such studies further.

PROF. HADLEY'S GREEK GRAMMAR.*-The progress of modern scholarship is better marked in this country by the advance, from time to time, of our manuals of Greek Grammar and of Greek Lexicography, than in any other way. The appearance of Buttmann in English, and next of Kühner, and now of this work, which represents the most recent advanced state of Greek grammatical knowledge among the best scholars here and in Europe, mark, each, a distinct era of upward progress in our system of classical instruction. The discoveries of modern philology are

* A Greek Grammar. For Schools and Colleges. By JAMES HADLEY, Professor in Yale College. New York: D. Appleton & Co. 1860. 12mo. pp. 366.

quite reformatory, in their tendencies, of all arbitrary uncritical and superficial modes of studying both Greek and Latin. What noble minds also have wisely and effectively spent their strength, within a short period, in elaborating the science of grammar: Buttmann, Thiersch, Rost, Kühner, Krüger, Madvig, Curtius, Bekker and others. Whatever general or specific advantage has been thus obtained in the study of Greek Grammar, should be carefully afforded to American scholars, that they may avoid the errors into which their predecessors fell, and resolve the many difficulties which they, from want of the light now enjoyed, could not master. How many remember well the pleasure that Thiersch and Kühner gave them by their analyses of the verb-forms, which were then seen, for the first time, to possess within themselves a clearly developed mechanism, instead of being a mass of mere accidental or conventional accretions! That same higher linguistic analysis is carried in Prof. Hadley's book into all the forms of the language, substantive and adjective, as well as verbal. What we would briefly say of this scholarly work, may be perhaps best arranged under two leading heads: its general and its special peculiarities.

I. Its general peculiarities.

1st. The new and improved logic of its method in the noun and verb, based on the analyses of comparative philology.

2d. Its euphonic solutions of variations, exceptions, and supposed abnormal difficulties, scattered through the entire etymology of the language.

The idea of a mere traditionary, prescriptive, dogmatic mode of learning or teaching Greek, is very properly ignored, or rather displaced everywhere by the elements of clear philosophic insight into the structure and pathology of the language. Results are, of course, given rather than processes; and no waste of words is made in learned allusions to sources of discovery. Phonetic analysis is applied to all classes of forms, as they occur. Exemplifications of rules and statements abound, and are brief and conclusive. While occasional allusions occur,-and we wish that they were more, to kindred Latin forms, the most rigid self-restraint is evidently imposed by the author upon himself everywhere, not to diverge from the one object of explaining and clarifying the Greek as much as possible, without indulging in any of the manifold con

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