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But the last words hardly convey the Greek, and are due only to the rhyme.

More pleasing still are the lyrical parts, where the very form of the metre seems to permit a less close adherence to the words of the text, for instance in the Nurse's appeal to the children (98-110):

tion, the verses 214-226; but the whole passage is finely done, though in the last words there is a fierce sneer at men (due to the need for rhyme) which the Greek does not countenance:

Ah, children, hark! She moves again

Her frozen heart, her sleeping wrath.

In, quick! And never cross her path, Nor rouse that dark eye in its pain;

That fell sea-spirit, and the dire

Spring of a will untaught, und ed. Quick, now!-Methinks this weeping

cloud Hath in its heart some thunder-fire,

Slow gathering, that must flash ere

long. I know not how, for ill or well,

It turns, this uncontrollable Tempestuous spirit, blind with wrong.

The glorification of Athens, which Dr. Murray compares with the famous speech of Pericles in Thucydides, Book il., is also a fine piece of metrification. We give the first strophe (824-834):

Women of Corinth, I am come to show My face, lest ye despise me. For I

know Some heads stand high and fail not,

even at night Alone-far less like this, in all men's

sight: And we, who study not our wayfarings But feel and cry-Oh we are drifting

things, And evil! For what truth is in men's

eyes, Which search no heart, but in a flash

despise A strange face, shuddering back from

one that ne'er Hath wronged them? Sure, far

comers anywhere, I know, must bow them and be gentle.

Nay, A Greek himself men praise not, who

alway Should seek his own will recking not

But IThis thing undreamed of, sudden from

on high, Hath sapped my soul: I dazzle where

I stand, The cup of all life shattered in my

hand, Longing to die-0 friends! He, even

he, Whom to know well was all the world

to me, The man I loved, hath proved most

evil.-Oh, Of all things upon earth that bleed and

grow, A herb most bruised is woman. We

must pay Our store of gold, hoarded for that one

day, To buy us some man's love; and lo.

they bring A master of our flesh! There comes

the sting Of the whole shame. And then the

jeopardy, For good or ill, what shall that master

be; Reject she cannot: and if he but sta ys

The sons of Erechtheus, the olden,

Whom high gods planted of yore In an old land of heaven upholden,

A proud land untrodden of war: They are hungered, and lo, their desire

With wisdom is fed as with meat: In their skies is a shining of fire,

A joy in the fall of their feet: And thither, with manifold dowers. From the North, from the hills, from

the morn, The Muses did gather their powers, That a child of the Nine should be

born; And Harmony, sown as the lowers,

Grew gold in the acres of corn.

We will conclude with the celebrated crur beginning at v. 214. We find it difficult to reconcile with either the Greek text or Dr. Murray's Latin version of it in his Clarendon Press edi

His suit, 'tis shame on all that wom- Home never taught her that-how best an's days.

to guide So thrown amid new laws, new places, Toward peace this thing that sleepeth why,

at her side. 'Tis magic she must have, or prophecy

R. Y. Tyrell. The Academy.

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Among works to come from the Cam- from the circumstances under which bridge University Press shortly is a they were delivered. volume entitled “National Life and Character in the Mirror of Early Eng- Messrs. Allston Rivers of London lish Literature," by Edmund Dale, have just published at a shilling each M.A., D.Lit. The object of the book two booklets of “Democratic Sonnets" is to set forth and to illustrate, by by Mr. William Michael Rossetti, as means of extracts from contemporary the first instalment of “The Conwriters, the ever-developing character temporary Poets Series." These fifty of the Englishman in the successive sonnets were mostly written about Ages of his early career.

1881, and only three of them have been

printed before, being regarded then as "The Many-Sided Universe," by C. too outspoken for the temper of the M. E. (E. P. Dutton & Co.) is an ob- time. The series is being produced unviously sincere attempt to make more der the editorship of Mr. F. M. Huetclear to young people the relations fer, and early volumes in it will be which exist between the natural and “Sealed Orders and other Poems," by spiritual worlds. Whoever the Mr. W. H. Pollock; “The Soul's De thor may be who conceals his identity stroyer, and other Poems," by Mr. behind these initials, he has a spirit W. H. Davies; and “Repose, and other at once earnest and tolerant; and his Verses," by Mr. J. Marjoram. little book is calculated to steady and make more vital the faith of young The twenty-sixth volume of the repeople who may give it a thoughtful prints of "Early Western Travels" reading.

which Dr. Reuben Gold Thwaites,

with the assistance of several coUnder the title “Truth and Falsehood workers, is editing for the Arthur H. in Religion," E. P. Dutton & Co. print Clark Company is devoted to the reproa second edition of six lectures which duction of Edmund Flagg's “The Far were delivered at Cambridge, England, West." All of these terms are relato undergraduates in the Lent term tive, so far as the history of this counlast year by William Ralph Inge, D.D. try is concerned, and the “Far West" These are direct, forceful discourses of which Flagg wrote in 1838 long aimed directly at the intelligence of a since became the “Middle West." student audience and intended to give Flagg's travels were confined to the a sane presentation of religion. They states of Missouri and Illinois, and the are upon such practical themes as Re- material out of which he made his book ligion in the Life of the Individual, appeared first as a series of letters in Faith and Fact, The Religion of Christ the Louisville Journal. Flagg was litand Problems and Tasks, and they de- tle more than a youth at the time-his rive a certain directness and cogency death did not occur until 1890_and his

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style is not wholly free from the ex- he was permanently lamed, but noth-
uberances of youth. But he saw ing could conquer the robustness of
keenly and closely and reported what his constitution.
he saw, and what he thought about it
in a vivid and picturesque manner. Mr. Denis A. McCarthy's "Voices
Some aspects of the development of from Erin" (Boston: Angel Guardian
the West can be nowhere studied to Press) have the true lyric spontaneity
better advantage than in these pages. and sweetness. There is nothing in

the least forced or artificial for ex.
The English papers record with re- ample, in verse like this:
gret the recent death of Sir William

Ah, sweet is Tipperary in the springHoward Russell, at the age of 86. time of the year, The Atheneum says of him that he When life like the year is young, was generally regarded as the first of When the soul is just awaking like a modern war correspondents, though he

lily blossom breaking,

And love words linger on the tongue: had predecessors such as Crabb Robin

When the blue of Irish skies is the bue son. As a veteran of the profession

of Irish eyes, Sir William won many tributes of re- And love dreams cluster and cling spect and affection, and retained to Round the heart and round the brain, the last the vivacity and geniality

half of pleasure, half of pain,

Ah, sweet is Tipperary in the spring. which distinguished his many narratives of camp and field. He began There is something charmingly inas a young man at Trinity College, genuous in the manner in which the Dublin, in 1841, to write correspond- poet annexes the delights of spring to ence to The Times concerning the those of his saint's day: troublous elections of the period, and

After the dreary winter weather, reported the trial of O'Connell in 1813.

After the cold and the silence too, Henceforth his career was settled, and Spring and St. Patrick's Day together he had a series of successes. He was

Come with a message of hope anew. in the Crimean War (where his com

Green grass growing in sheltered places

Shows its color to weary eyesplaints of neglect and mismanagement

How can we wonder that all the races caused both sensation and reform),

Welcome the day when the green and in India in 1857-1858, during the flag flies? heroic days of the Mutiny.

He re

In a different vein, and appealing to turned home so weakened by the trials

the universal human consciousness is of campaigning that he gave up the

this “At Night": idea of going abroad again, and established The Army and Navy Ga- Often at night my little daughter stirs zette, which he edited till his death.

And cries, perhaps at some rude

dream of ill, He was persuaded, however, to go out

But when she feels her father's hand to Washington in 1860, made a tour of

on hers the Southern States, and was present She sinks again to slumber sweet at the battle of Bull Run in 1861. His

and still. plain speaking on this occasion led to Often at night I, too, from dreaming unpopularity and bis recall.

He was

start, in the war between Prussia and Aus

Shaken by fears, alas, that are not

dreams, tria in 1866, and followed the Franco

But when Thou lay'st Thy hand upon German War with the victors in 1870,

my heart, and as late as 1879 went to South

O Christ the Comforter, how sweet it Africa for The Daily Telegraph. Here

seems.

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VOLUME XXXIV.

No. 3271 March 16, 1907.

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Vol. CCLII.

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CONTENTS. 1. Lords v. Commons. By Harold Spender. CONTEMPORARY REVIEW 643 II. An Attempt to Revive the Dramatic Habit. by Frank R. Benson

NINETEENTH CENTURY AND AFTER 654
Amelia and the Doctor. Chapter XXIII. Miss Carey and the Doctor

Visit William White in Prison. By Horace G. Hutchinson.
(To be continued)

660
With a Car to the German Maneuvres. By the Author of On
the Heels of De Wet." (To be continued)

BLACKWOOD's MAGAZINE 666 V. The Victorian Drawing-Room, By Herbert Paul

INDEPENDENT REVIEW 675 VI. Night at High Noon. By Dora Greenwell McChesney

MONTHLY REVIEW 682 vu, Browning Out West. By Frederick Morgan Padelford, Ph.D.

CORNHILL MAGAZINE 691 VIII. Giosue Carducci

SATURDAY REVIEW 698 IX. The Woods in Winter

SPEAKER 700 Colorless Religion

OUTLOOK 702

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XI. The Stranger. By Samuel Daniel

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