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exhibits him as an industrious and meritorious literary workman. All his compilations are of a useful description, and most of them are deservedly popular. His " Animal Biography" has reached a sixth edition. A third edition has appeared of his " Useful Knowledge, or a familiar Account of the various Productions of Nature, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal, which are chiefly employed for the Use of Man :" in 3 vols. 12mo. This is, perhaps, his most valuable work, and deserves a place in every young person's library, as a useful compendium of much accurate and entertaining information. The "Biogra phical Conversations" on British Characters, Eminent Voyagers, and Celebrated Travellers, which form three small volumes, have been favourably received: we do not, however, consider the plan of breaking up biographical memoirs into conversations, a judicious one; nor is the style in which these conversations are supported, of so superior a description as to reconcile us to the defects of the plan. The Modern Travels" is a much more useful compilation. It comprises an abridged account of some of the most popular works of modern travellers, arranged in geographical order, and interspersed with illustrative remarks and observations. The work extends to six volumes duodecimo, two being devoted to Europe, two to America, one to Africa, and one to Asia. The Author's professed design, in these volumes, is, to allure young persons to 'a study of Geography.' Whether they are adapted to have this effect or not, (and we are not very favourable to the plan of alluring young persons to studies of any kind,) they present in a small compass, a great deal of interesting matter relating to the habits, customs, and productions of foreign countries; and though hastily got up, and by no means of a scientific cast, will answer the purpose of entertaining and instructive reading for young persons.

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Art. VIII. A Sabbath among the Mountains. A Poem in two Parts. 12mo. pp. 46. Edinburgh. 1823.

W E have read this poem with much pleasure, and we believe we have few readers whom it will not please. It is not a first-rate production, but the theme itself, the feeling with which it is treated, the picturesque images which are called up by the description, and the admirable sentiments of which the poem is made the vehicle, unite at once to disarm criticism and to give it a stronger claim on our notice than many publications of larger dimensions. We subjoin a short extract as a specimen.

Fair was the morning, and the sun had shed
The light of Sabbath on the mountain head-
A beam to warm, not scorch-a soften'd ray,
Serenely mild, befitting well the day.

A radiant mantle o'er the earth was roll'd
Of ether-thread, in many a graceful fold-
The emerald blending with the golden hue-
Ample, and rich, and diamonded with dew.
Still was the hour, there was no wind awake
Upon the bright blue waters of the lake,
Unruffled, save by the small circling ring
Where fishes leap, and seamew dips his wing.

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The mountaineer had marked the matin bell
Chime from the spire that overlooks the dell,
Where up the sunny slope, the church was seen,
Like a star twinkling through the foliage green.
Oh! there is something in that simple note,
Sweet to the dweller of the lonely cot,

Who, stretch'd at ease, beneath the garden thorn,
Hears it from far proclaim the Sabbath morn;
From toil it calls him by a flowery road,

To heaven's assembly-to the courts of God-
The boon that he bestows on man the best-
Joy to the wretched-to the weary rest.
Lone sorrow hails the hour with happy tears,
And earth evanishes as heaven appears.
The poor man's troubles then a while depart,
There is a Sabbath quiet in his heart;
'Tis then religion sweetens nature's ties,
Then are his children dearest in his eyes;
Then friendship holiest, then is wedded love
The sacred glow of kindred saints above.
Then in his cot an emblem you may see,
Of Eden lost, and Paradise to be.

In simple garb the children are in view,
In Sabbath brightness, fresh as morning dew,
And fondly circle round the father's knee,
Like clustering roses, beautiful to see,
And musically murmur at the task,

That Scottish parents of their children ask.
"Tis from the sacred volume that they read,
Words that to heaven their tender spirits lead-

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That book of which the knowledge is their pride— *}";
Their youth's companion, and their manhood's guide-
The book they read in childhood's sunny hour-

That they shall read, when age's clouds shall lower—

When knees are feeble, and when locks are grey,
Eyes dim, and life is fading fast away--

The book that did their youthful hearts inspire,
Shall lend life's dying lamp a kindly hire.

The psalm is sung, in music of the heart,
That science cannot reach, nor skill impart-
Nature's sweet melody to Scotland given-
One of the inspiring airs that breathe of heaven,
That stir the spirit on her native strand,
But overpower it in a foreign land.

Kneeling with simple, but with solemn air,
They humbly pour their souls to God in prayer,
Confess their sins to Him the heart who knows,
And pardon on the penitent bestows;

With suppliant voice to Him prefer their needs,
Who framed the stars, and the young raven feeds,
Breathe the sweet incense of pure gratitude,
For ills escaped, and undeserved good.
Prayer is the poor man's glory and his gain,
The oblivion of his cares, and rest from pain,
His guiding star, the anchor of his soul
When the wind beats, and stormy billows roll,
Strength to his spirit mid exhausting strife-
A drop of water from the well of life.

The proud may spurn him, and false friends desert,
God makes his temple in the contrite heart. pp. 11–14.

Art. IX. Exercises for the Young, on Important Subjects in Religion: containing brief Views of some of the leading Doctrines and Duties of Christianity. By the Rev. John Brown, D D. Minister of Langton, Berwickshire. 18mo. pp. 198. Price 2s. 6d. Edinburgh. 1824.

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THESE Exercises are part of a little system of religious truth, drawn up by the Author for the instruction of the more advanced pupils of the Langton Sabbath School. They consist of passages of Scripture, arranged in the manner of proofs in a catechism, under fifty-two heads, with short declaratory statements in lieu of questions and answers. Critical Notes are occasionally subjoined to the texts cited, in reply to the false glosses which have been put upon them by the Socinians and others. We have no doubt that the work will be found useful as an outline of the Christian system, which it may be a useful exercise to the student or the teacher, himself to fill up and illustrate.

ART. X. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION. A

In the press, and will be published early next month, handsomely printed in 4to, at the Cambridge University Press, Vol. I. (price 11. 4s.) of Gesenius's Hebrew Lexicon to the Books of the Old Testament, including the Geographical Names, and Chaldaic Words, in Ezra and Daniel; translated into English from the German, by Christopher Leo, formerly Teacher of German and Hebrew in the University of Cambridge, and now Professor of German at the Royal Military College, Bagshot. The philological labours of William Gesenius, Professor of Theology in the University of Halle, in Prussia, but especially his profound knowledge of the oriental languages, are so well known and appreciated in this country, as to render the speedy publication of his Hebrew Lexicon in an English dress a matter of congratulation to all who have devoted themselves to the study of the Scriptures, on account of the valuable assistance to be derived from it. This Lexicon is the first, in which the alphabetical arrangement of the words has been adopted, and that alone would give it a decided superiority over all that have preceded it. The Translator has spared no pains to do justice to the work; he has everywhere verified the citations with the passages referred to, and thereby been enabled to correct the errors which had crept into the original; and he has also made such additions as appeared to him to be necessary. To the liberality of the Syndics of the Cambridge University Press, the Translator is indebted for the means of prosecuting a work of such utility, and for the moderate price at which it is offered to the Public. The Second Volume is proceeding, and will appear with as little delay as possible.

On the 1st of June will be published, Part I. in imp. 4to. with descriptive letter-press, price 7s. sewed, or with the Views coloured after Nature, price 10s.60. to be completed in 12 Monthly Parts, of Views in Australia. Each Part will contain Four Views,-two subjects of the most interesting and pleasing Scenes in New South Wales, and Two in Van Dieman's Land; with an exact and faithful Description of each View, its Situation, Soil, Trees, Botanical Productions, &c. &c. The principal Settleinents of cach Colony, Rivers, Moun

tains, Plains, Lakes, &c. &c. will played with the utmost accuracy

whole of the Views are taken from Nas ture, upon the spot, by an Artist who was resident in the Colonies upwards of ten years, and during that time employed by the late Governor as his artist; consequently he had the best opportunities of selecting the most pictoresque and interesting subjects for the pencil, with which those countries so amply abound.

In the press, and speedily will be pub lished, Letters in Rhyme, from a Mother at Home, to Her Daughters at School. In a neat pocket volume. Also, Tales from afar. By a Country Clergyman. one vol. 12mo.

Mr. W. A. Hails, of Newcastle upon Tyne, has ready for the press, Remarks on Volney's Ruins of Empires, to be dedicated, by permission, to the Right Rev. the Lord Bishop of St. David's." These Remarks, it is hoped, will supply what has long been considered a deside ratum, a regular reply to the sophisms of that, daring and popular writer.

Sir G. F. Hampson, Bart. is preparing a short Treatise, endeavouring to pointui out the conduct by which Trustees wilbu be exposed to liability. 97] 1:9:3

Mr. Lambert, Vice-President of the A Linnean Society, has been a long time engaged in the second volume of his splendid work, a Description of the Genus Pinus, which is expected to ap pear in the course of the Monthwaite Q

This Work consists of Plates, and De scriptions of Species of the Genus en-el tirely new, and the most magnificent hitherto discovered which, as they willƆ bear the Climate of this Country, they.e cannot fail to be an important acquisition to the Parks and Plantations, both in usefulness and ornament. Besides the Genus Pinus, it includes likewise Descriptions of many other New Spenco cies of the Family of Coniferæ a stims

Mr. J. P.. Wood bas nearly ready fores publication, in one vol. 12mo. a Life of Law of Lauriston, Projector of the Mississippi Scheme: containing a den 13 tailed Account of the Nature, Rise, and Progress, of this extraordinary Joint Stock Company, with many curious Anecdotes of the Rage for Speculating in its Funds, and the disastrous Con-.. sequences of its Failure.

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ART. XI. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED.'

ASTRONOMY.

An Introduction to Practical Astronomy; containing tables, recently computed, for facilitating the reduction of celestial observations, and a popular explanation of their construction and use. By the Rev. W. Pearson, LL. D. F.R.S. &c. Treasurer to the Astronomical Sɔciety of London. Vol. I. royal 4to. 31. 3s. boards.

BIOGRAPHY.

The Life of the Rev. John Wesley, A. M. In which are included, the Life of his Brother, the Rev. Charles Wesley, A.M. and memoirs of their family: comprehending an account of the great revival of religion, in which they were the first and chief instruments. By the Rev. Henry Moore, only surviving Trustee of Mr. Wesley's MSS. In two vols. Vol. I. 10s. 6d.

Biography of celebrated Roman Characters: with numerous anecdotes, illustrative of their lives and actions. By the Rev. William Bingley, M.A. F.L.S. (with Plates.) 12mo. 7s.

The Life of Shakspeare; enquiries into the originality of his dramatic plots and characters, and essays on the ancient theatres and theatrical usages. By Augustine Skottowe, Esq. In 2 vols. 8vo. 11. 18.

EDUCATION.

Questions on Herodotus. 1s. Questions on Thucydides. 1s. Questions adapted to Aldrich's Logic. is. n. and

The Christian Father's Present to his Children. By J. A. James. 2 vols. 12mo.

9s.

MISCELLANEOUS.

The Chimney Sweeper's Friend, and Climbing Boy's Album; containing contributiors from some of the most eminent writers of the day, in prose and verse. Arranged by James Montgomery, and illustrated with designs by Cruikshank. Dedicated, by the most gracious permission, to His Majesty. In 1 vol. 12mo. gs.

Clark's Myriorama, Second Series, consisting entirely of Italian Scenery, and capable of a greater number of changes than the former series. 11. 4s. in an elegant box.

VOL. XXII. N. S.

The Manners, History, Literature, and Works of Art of the Romans, explained and illustrated; No. I. (containing 32 pages of letter-press, and eight Lithographic Drawings,) being the commencement of a Classical Cyclopædia, intended to present, in a neat and cheap form, the substance of what is at present spread over works of great extent, rarity, and value, illustrative of the manners, &c. of the celebrated nations of antiquity. 8vo. 1s.

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The Economy of the Eyes. Precepts for the Improvement and Preservation of the Sight. Plain Rules which will enable all to judge exactly when, and what spectacles are best calculated for their eyes, &c. &c. By William Kitchiner, M.D. 12mo. 7s.

PHILOLOGY.

A Grammatical Parallel of the Ancient and Modern Greek Languages. Translated from the modern Greek of M. Jules David, late of the Greek College of Scio. By John Mitchell. 12mo. 8s.

The Italian Interpreter, consisting of Copious and Familiar Conversations, on subjects of general interest and utility, together with a complete Vocabulary in English and Italian; to which is added in a separate column, the exact mode of Pronunciation, on a plan eminently calculated to facilitate the acquisition of the Italian Language. By S. A. Bernardo. 6s. 6d. half-bound.

A Philological Grammar of the English Language; in a series of lessons. Containing many original and important observations on the nature and construction of language; on the comparative merits of more than one hundred treatises on English Grammar; on the various new and popular modes of teaching; and on the necessity of examining the principles of grammars and grammarians. By Thomas Martin, Master of the National School, Birmingham. 12mo. 6s.

POETRY.

Poetic Vigils. By Bernard Barton. 12mo. 8s.

Conrad, and other Poems. By a Graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. f.cap 8vo. 5s.

The Silent River, and Faithful and Forsaken. By R, Sulivan, f.cap. 8vo. 5s.

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