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1049 Muirhead, Life of James Watt, no-
632 Murray, Preachers and Preaching,
527 Nast, German Commentary, no.
441 New England, Palfrey's History of,
Lewis' “ Divine Human in the Nichols, Hours with the Evangel.
1053 Orleans, Memoir of the Dutchess,
605 Ossoli, Life without and Life within,
522 Owen's Commentary on John, no-
613 Owen (R. D.) Footfalls on the bound-
of Christ, by Kennedy, noticed, 1060 Review of the above, by J. P.
167 Palfrey's History of New England,
1053 Parker (E. G.) Reminiscences of
- 1065 | Patmos, Morning Hours in, no-
832 Paul the Preacher, by Esdie, no-
1102 Peck, (W. G.) Natural Philosophy,
1129 | Pentateuch, Commentary on, by
145 Jamieson's notes on, noticed, 487
218 Philology, Ilints on Lexicography,
899 Philosophy, Intellectual, Champlin,
Phşsics, by B. Silliman, Jr., noticed, 1115 Sermons, by Dr. Emmons, noticed,
582 Sermons, Farrar's Science in Theol-
223 Sermons, Fuller's, noticed, - 807
517 Sermons, Guinness's, noticed, 222
History of, by S. D. Alexander, viewed by W. I. Budington, 190
510 Sermons, J. A. Alexander, noticed, 808
726 Sermons, Trinitarian, preached to a
1124 of the United States, noticed, 1090
214 Sin Original, etate of the question,
1067 Sir Rohan's Ghost, noticed, - 266
818 upon Mrs. Stowe's description of
441 Slave Trade, Reopening of the Afri.
548 the Divine Humanity of Christ, - 851
1131 South and North, by Abbott, no-
519 Spiritualism, Sampson's, noticed, - 645
English Reviews, noticed, 1103 Squier, (M. P.) Power of Contrary
222 Christian Record, noticed, 511
Stedman's Lyrics and Idyls,noticed, 1112
Stier's Words of the Lord Jesus, Tyler's Bible and Social Reform,
110 Tyndall's Glaciers of the Alps, no-
550 Under Graduate ; see University
tion. (9. B. K. Address,) 43 Vaughan, Revolutions in English
1060 Voltaire's Henrinde, noticed, 259
Wells's Annual of Scientific Dis.
381 Williams College, Durfee's His-
627 Winslow's Precious Things of God,
1051 Wise, Vindication of New England
· 1091 Woolsey, (T. D..) Discourse Com-
Doctrine in the first three Cen. the Study of International Law, 815
795 Worcester's Dictionary, noticed, 275
240 Young's American Statesman, no-
248 Young's Province of Reason, no-
ARTICLE J.-MR. TENNYSON AND THE IDYLS OF KING
Idyls of the King. By ALFRED TENNYSON, D. C. L., Poet
Laureate. Boston: Ticknor & Fields. 1859.
JOIN MILTON, when, at the age of thirty, he had left England to perfect, by travel and by experience of foreign lands, the varied education by which he had been training himself for immortality,—"pluming his wings and meditating flight,” -had come at last, through France and Northern Italy, along the coast of the blue Mediterranean to Naples. Here he lingered among the charming scenes of that Italian landscape, rich in natural beauty and not less rich in historic memories. Here he mused over the tomb of Virgil, and as he looked about him or glanced off to seaward, his eyes, as yet not sightless, rested on many an object which had been made immortal by ancient fable or by classic verse. Here too he was the guest of the noble Manso, himself a man of letters and a poet, but more famous as the friend, protector, and biographer of Tasso, and as the patron of the more recent but less worthy VOL. XVIII.
poet Marini. Doubtless, in the weeks that Milton spent surrounded by such scenes and in such companionship, there was much talk and meditation of the poets, ancient and modern, whose names and memory were so associated with the place, and more especially of the tales of chivalry and romance, which lived in the verse of Tasso. Thus it was that the young English poet was led to speak about the ancient tales of British chivalry, and to tell the polite and appreciating Italian the mythic story which, centuries before, the romance writers had begun to fabricate,—the story of Arthur and his noble knights,—of Arthur and the battles that he fought for Christ and Britain. And here it was, most probably, (as indeed his biographer has suggested,)* that the plan of writing a great epic poem, upon which until now he had meditated vaguely, began to take definite shape in his mind, and to be freely spoken of in his intercourse with his friends. He would sing of Arthur and the British kings who fought the Saxons, and would make the valor and the faith of those old warriors to live again in his enduring verse. Such was the plan which he then hoped to accomplish. The hope grew upon him while he stayed in Italy, and, when he was suddenly summoned home again, he expresses it distinctly in his parting epistle to Manso :
“ Indigenas revocabo in carmina reges, Arturumque etiam sub terris bella moventem ! Aut dicam invictæ sociali fædere mensæ
Magnanimos heroas.” He carried his design with him back to England, and we find him still cherishing it in the elegant elegiac poem which he wrote soon after his return, on hearing of the death of his friend Deodati. In the mythic history of Britain, in the story of the crafty maneuvering of Merlin,—of the betrayal of the fair Igrayne, the birth of Arthur and the wars and treachery that followed, -was to be found the subject for his promised epic. Only it is noticeable that now, in the gravity of his maturing manhood, and chastened by the bereavement which he
* See Toland's Life of Milton, (London ed. of 1761,) page 14-17.