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Art. X. Old Friends in a new Dress ; or Select Fables of Esop, in
Verse. Third Edition : to which is now added a Second Part.
12mo. London. 1826. THI 'HE first eight and forty Fables in this pleasing little col
lection, were published many years ago in three small books, price one shilling each ; a circumstance which will account for their not having caught our notice. Mrs. Trimmer is stated to have recommmended them strongly in her Guardian of Education, and Mr. Lindley Murray speaks of the volume as the best publication he had seen of the kind. It has been the Author's object, to present the fables selected, in a simple and unadorned style, and in easy verse, with a view to their being committed to memory. For this purpose, we think them very well adapted, in proof of which our readers shall be favoured with two specimens taken at random
• THE PEACOCK'S COMPLAINT.
• The Peacock to Juno presented
A loud and distressful petition ;
And thus he bewailed his condition:
My note is unequall'd for coarseness:
While all the folks laugh at my hoarseness.
“ You are very ungrateful, I take it:
And I wonder you ventured to make it.
Yet gratitude still is your duty;
In majesty, elegance, beauty.”
“ My beauty is quite unavailing;
My fate I must still be bewailing.
People stop, just to see my tail glisten,
But to her they stay hours to listen.”
Replied, " Be content, pretty creature !
With one grand and distinguishing feature :
The eagle with strength soars above;
You are noted for gracefully walking ;
And the parrot is famous for talking.
That quality only possessing;
You all have a different blessing.
That just as you value and use it,
all be content if you like,
• THE FOX AND THE LION.
He trembled like an aspin ;
Upon his back lay gasping.
So far from being scared at him,
But really stood and stared at him.
Assured, and rather bolder,
And slapped him on the shoulder.
You bashful, bold, and rude one !"
This fable is a good one.' The volume contains 116 fables. The only fault we are disposed to find with them, is, an occasional diffuseness, owing to which, their average length somewhat exceeds the limits of an easy task. In point of humour, these fables must not be compared with Esop in Rhyme; still less will they admit of being ranked with Mrs. Wolferstan's admirable translations from La Fontaine ; but the volume amply fulfils its modest pretensions, and will be a very acceptable present to young persons.
ART. XI. SELECT LITERARY INFORMATION. The Rev. H. F. Lyte, Author of The and Private Students. By J. RowboSavoyard and other poems, (au interest. tham, Author of a German Grammar, ing volume which must be in the recol- &c., and Master of the Classical, Malection, if not in the possession of our thematical, and Cominercial Academy, regular readers,) has in the press, Walworth. “ Tales in verse, illustrative of the In a few days will be published, SoLord's Prayer.”
phía de Lissau ; or a Portraiture of the Io the press, and speedily will be Jews of the Nineteenth Century : being published, A Practical Grammar of the a mionte delineation uf the Religious French Language, illustrated by copi- and Domestic Habits of this most inous Examples and Exercises, selected teresting Nation; with Explanatory from the most approved French Wri- Notes. By the Author of Elizabeth ters; designed for the use of Schools Allen, or the Faithful Servant.
ART. XII. LIST OF WORKS RECENTLY PUBLISHED. BIOGRAPHY.
Thoughts on the Advancement of Memoirs and Poetical Remaius of the Academical Education in England, 5s. late Jane Taylor. By her Brother, Isaac Taylor. 2 volε. 12mo. Second Edition.
Devotional Verses. By Bernard BarMemoirs of the Rev. Stephen Morell, tou. 12mo. 6s. 6d. late of Norwich. By T. Binney. 12mo. The Prospect and other Poems. By 6s.
Edward Moxon. f.cap 8vo, 4s. 6d.
Osric, a Missionary Tale : with the The Portable Diorama; consisting of Garden and other Poems. , By CharRomantic, Grand, and Picturesque Sce- lotte Elizabeth. 12mo. 5s. nery, with the necessary apparatus for producing the various effects of Sunrise,
POLITICAL. Sunset, Moonlight, the appearance and Letters to a friend, on the State of disappearance of Clouds, the Rainbow,
Ireland, The Roman Catholic Question, &c. on the principle of the Diorama in and the Merits of Constitutional Religi. Regent's Park: accompanied with an
ous Distinctions. by E. A. Kendall, entirely new work, illustrated with
Esq. F.S.A. 3 vols. Svo. 11. 16s. plates, entitled the Amateur's Assistant; The Grievances of Ireland, their or, a series of Justructions in Sketching
Causes and their Remedies; in a letler from Nature, thc Application of Per- to Sir Francis Burdett, Bart. M.P. By spective, Tinting of Sketches, Drawing William Sturch, Esq. Svo. in Water Colours, Transparent Paioling, &c. The whole intended as a stimulus
THEOLOGY to young persons in the pursuit of a de
The Christian Psalmist, or Hymns lightful art, by enabling them to deli
selected and ginal. By James Montneate various scenes for the Diorama,
gomery. 12mo. 5s. as their taste may direct; thus furnish
Psalms and Hyains, principally for ing an inexhaustible source of rational
Public Worship. Selected from Dr. enjoyment, by blending Instruction
Watts and other Autbors, by Henry with Amusement. By John Clark,
Forster Burder, M.A. 18mo. 45. Fitted up in a handsome box. 31. 3s.
Essays on the Evidences, Ductrines, MISCELLANEOUS.
and Practical Operation of Christianity. Is this Religion? or a Page from the By Joseph John Gurney. 8vo. 10s. 60. Book of the World. By the Author of A Charge delivered to the Clergy of May you like it. f.cap 8vo. 7s.
the Diocese of Chester, at the primary Hebrew Tales; selected and trans- Visitation in August and September, lated from the Writings of the ancient 1825. By Charles James Blomfield, Hebrew Sages. To which is prefixed, D. D. Bishop of Chester. 4to. an Essay on the Uninspired Literature The Memory of departed Wortb ; an of the Hebrews. By Hyman Hurwitz. obituary of the late Rev. John Hooper, f.cap 8vo. 7s. 60.
A.M. By Jacob Soelgar. 6d.
FOR MARCH, 1826.
Art. I. 1. A Picture of Greece in 1825; as exhibited in the Personal
Narratives of James Emerson, Esq., Count Pecchio, and W. H. Humphreys, Esq. Comprising a detailed Account of the late Campaign, and Sketches of the principal Military, Naval, and Political Chiefs. In 2 vols. royal 12mo. pp. 704. London,
1826. 2. The Greek Revolution ; its Origin and Progress : together with
some Remarks on the Religion, National Character, &c., in Greece. By Edward Blaquiere, Esq. Author of the Historical
Review of the Spanish Revolution. 8vo. pp. 362. London, 1824. 3. Narrative of a Second Visit to Greece, including Facts connected
with the last Days of Lord Byron, Extracts from Correspondence, Official Documents, &c. By Edward Blaquiere, Esq. 8vo. pp.
360. London, 1825. 4. A Visit to Greece in 1823 and 1824. By George Waddington,
Esq. Fellow of Trin. Coll. Camb. and Author of Travels in Ethiopia. The Second Edition. Crown 8vo. pp. lx. 248. London,
1825. THESE works comprise the reports of no fewer than five
independent witnesses of high personal respectability relative to the affairs of Greece. On some points, their respective statements and opinions are, as might be expected, at variance; with regard to the real character of some of the most conspicuous leaders in the Revolution, singularly so ; but all concur in representing the state of the country to be in
every view inost deplorable, and the cause, without European interference, hopeless. The sanguine hopes of those Philhellenists who looked to see a self-regenerated nation emerge like a phenix from the flames of war, have at length given way to despondency, and in some quarters to disgust. To some persons, we fear, the cause of the Greeks has been interesting chiefly as a popular and democratic struggle which, Vol. XXV. N.S.
it was hoped, would issue in the establishment of another free republic; and the downfall of the Turkish power would scarcely be hailed by them as a propitious event, were it to be replaced by a government formed on monarchical principles. On the other hand, the sympathy of legitimate governments seems to have been strongly excited in favour of the Turkish despotism, and the success of the Greek insurrection has been deprecated as an alarming precedent. In Italy and in Spain, the Holy Alliance has, in some measure, indemnified itself for the triumph of freedom and humanity in the western hemisphere; and it beheld with dismay a third rebellion break out in Greece, against the established order of things and the sacred rights of legitimate monarchs. Mr. Waddington states, that proofs of a correspondence between the Greek patriots and the Carbonari were presented at the Congress of Verona. It is easy to imagine what effect would be produced by such documents in the hands of Prince Metternich. The consequence was, that the Emperor Alexander, on whose favourable disposition towards them the Greek patriots so sanguinely calculated, was led to condemn the insurrection in its origin, and it
appears never for a moment to have received its support. He viewed its principles as alike detestable and ominous; and the principles which he proclaimed at Laybach, were reechoed from the balls of Verona.'
• During the course of the most difficult negotiation ever conducted, many pretexts and some reasons for war wete afforded him by the blind pertinacity, not to say pugnacity, of the Turkish Govern. ment; public opinion, such as can be expressed in Russia, invited him to take advantage of them; and a part at least of his cabinet was active and incessant in its endeavours to seduce him into the same feelings ; religion and ambition were eloquent in the same cause, and even honour appeared sometimes engaged to provoke him to hostility. The emperor was inflexible-honour, or ambition, or religion, the intrigues of his ministers or the voice of his people, the very insolence of bis adversary could not compel him to the support of a cause whose principles he continued to disapprove.'
Nor was it over the mind of the Emperor Alexander only, that the master of the Emperor of Austria and of the Continent succeeded in throwing his political spells. There is too much reason to believe that the late Lord Londonderry was either the easy dupe or the ready confederate of the wily Austrian. When, at length, after the atrocious massacres of 1821, an opportunity seemed to present itself for arranging the • differences between the Turks and the Greeks on terms not unfavourable to the latter, a paper,' Mr. Waddington says, was actually drawn up, by the proposal of Lord Strangford, which