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New General Biographical Dictionary. By Rev. Hugh James Rose, B. D. Part XX. London.
We have frequently noticed Mr. Reade's poetical efforts in terms of high commendation. There is not one of our living writers who has a deeper and more abiding sense of the requirements of his art, or who approaches his subjects with greater sincerity and earnestness than does the author of these Sacred pieces. He is not of the number who imagine that a set of verses strung together without Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orforethought and steady purpose can be fitting either as respects the purposes of Poetry, or his own char-ford, to Sir Horace Mann, H. B. M., Resiacter. As he himself observes, the great ends of dent at the Court of Florence, from 1760 Poetry are like those of Truth," with whom she is to 1785. Concluding Series. London. one, the sister and the adorning handmaid-to hold up the evil and the good in their most impressive colors." Accordingly he never thinks of applying his art as a mere plaything, but makes its employment a matter of conscience. Most sedulously has he sought to improve his skill by study, by travel, and by careful revision; and we may be sure that when he essayed sacred themes he did not rush unadvisedly into the temple, nor read his texts with an undisciplined imagination.
These Poems have for their subjects some of the
most remarkable events and characters to be met with in the Old Testament, which abounds with passages of the very highest capability for poetical treatment, and which at the same time impose the highest responsibility upon him who approaches them with the design of bringing out parts of the picture more fully than has been done by the inspired penman, or of enlarging a sentiment that may be but incidentally or indirectly suggested by the text. An example from the collection before us may be given to illustrate our meaning, and at the same time, to convince the reader of the beauties which shine in these poems. The lines are taken from the piece called "Jephthah's Vow."
The shouts of victory rose, the timbrels sounded:
vation of Forest Trees. By John Smith. Treatise on the Management and Culti
Cowper's Homer's Odyssey, with Com-
The Gospels Collated. By a Barrister.
A Practical Introduction to Life and Fire
Ueber eine wichtige Punkte in der Philo. sophie: von J. F. Reiff. Tübingen.
Ueber Schelling and Hegel. Ein Sendschreiben an P. Leroux: von K. Rosenkranz. Königsberg.
Der Gegensatz des kirchl. und reinbibl. Supernaturalismus: von I. Wiggers. Leip
For Jephthah's honored daughter they surround-zig.
Das Wahre Geburtsjahr Christi, oder wir Handmaids of beauty waiting round their queen. sollten 1862 anstatt 1843 schreiben. Ber
She stood among them yet alone,
All this is fairly within the scope of the sacred narrative, and certainly a very beautiful enlargement. We think that it would be idle after such a specimen to offer any further words of general recommendation.-Monthly Review.