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(glir I SONGS, B.VI.L.VDS, &C\, writtcu by Thus, lilake. London: J. C. Huttuii. This is a snnll collection of lyrics,—several of which have been set to music and tii-v di-ipiay, generally, more poetical talents than fall to the lot of many song- writers. The author is well-known in the musical pro- fession, having for many years, till within the last live or six, managed the country business of the London firms of Addison and Co., Cramer and Co., and Juliien as he now does that of Messrs. Collard and he is not more widely known than he is respected. As he' is, at present, we are sorry to say, seriously indisposed from the effects of aj accident, and other maladies, it is not likely that lie will take many journeys more, if any and we have no doubt that those who knew him, will eagerly possess themselves of this collection of pleasant verses," to reiiiiiid tht)iii of peiit with the writer. We quote one of these sliort p)ems TO ELIZA Ol HEII BIPRH-DAY. When Winter, startled from his bed, Put on his robe of snow and fled, And genial Spring's returniug reign Bade field and forest smile again, Then first, in infant's beauty bright, Eliza charm'd th' enraptured sight. While in her tiny cradle laid, Fair Venus view'd the slumb'ring maid; And in her golden chariot borne, In splendour brighter than the morn, With lib'ral hand the goddess shed Ambrosial blessings on her head. Be thine,' she said, 'each varied grace That decks the form, or tints the face; And each returning season view On thy youug cheek a rosier hue; And still above them all descry The first of charms—Simplicity. Ambition ne'er shall tempt thy youth To leave the sacred path of truth; Nor gaudy fops, in idle state, Upon thy steps of beauty wait; No cold neglect, nor falsehood's dart, Shall pierce thy unsuspecting heart. thee one soul that warmth shall feel Which Truth ne'er blushes to reveal, And sacred to thy love alone, Its power unceasingly shall own.' The Goddess spoke, then swift on high Her chariot mounted to the sky." DEBRETT'S ILLUSTRATED PEEIUOP, ot the United King- dom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1865. London Bosworth, Itegent-street. WHO'S WHO, in I860. Edited by Wm, John Lawson, Loudon. A. N. Baily & Co. The first of these volumes is devoted to the Peerage. It gives an Alphabetical list of all the Peers of the United Kingdom, the titles they bear, the offices they hold; the names of their wives and children with their heraldic bearings (shewn in wood-cuts, as well as described in the letter-press), and their residences. It is a very useful guide but as it does not contain any of those biogra- phical notices which we find in Dod's Peerage, Baron- etage, and Knightage," and Foster's Pocket Peerage," we should prefer to have either of those two works at our elbow. An elaborate Essay on "Titles, Orders, and Degrees of Precedence of Dignity," and The Marriages and Issue of the Sovereigns of England from the Con- quest," precede the list of Peers. Who's Who," is merely a list of peers, baronets, knights, privy councillors, members of the House of Commons, Generals in the Army, Admirals in the Navy, Judges and other public men; with, in most cases, their age and, in the lists of the members of the two houses, their political principles. No doubt the public find it a useful work, as it has now been published annually for IS years. POEMS, by the Right Hon. Edward Bnlwer Lytton, Bart., M.P. London Murray. Sir E. B. Lytton is more popularly known as a drama- tist, a novelist, and a politician, than as a poet,—though this volume establishes his claim to the title. The pro- digality of the author's genius is, indeed, remarkable; and in a review of the literature of the present age, no name will be more highly honoured by the critic, who mav live to write it in the future. This distinguished author, politician, and statesman, was the third son of the late General Wm. Earle Bul- 'wer, of Woodalling, and Heydon Hall, Norfolk. His 'mother was the only daughter and heiress of Richard Warburton Lytton, Esq., of Knebworth, Herts., whose name the baronet took on succeeding to the Knebworth property, on the death of his mother, in 1844. Sir Ed. ward was born in 1805. He was educated at Trinity- hall, Cambridge; and immediately after he left the Uni- versity, in 1826, he commenced his literary career by the publication of a volume entitled Weeds and Wild Flowers." This was a collection of fugitive poems printed only for private circulation amongst his personal friends. Then, in 1827, came his first novel, now never heard of, "O'Neil, the rebel; this was followed by Falk- land," published anonymously. Pelham appeared in 1828; that work at once gave its author celebrity, and determined him to pursue the path of fiction, at least for a time The Disowned," "Devereux," "Paul Clifford," and Eugene Aram" successively appeared; and then we find Bulwer editing the New Monthly Magazine," to which he contributed The Conversations of an Am- bitious Student; papers that evinced alike the exten- sive information, and vivid imagination of the writer. Most of them were republished, in a volume, called "The Student." 111183:3, hi., 11 and the En- glish appeared; a work that excited a great deal of criticism, and the preponderance of the balance inclined to hostility. His Pilgrims of the Rhine" redeemed his character in the opinion of the critics; and then came" The Last Days of Pompeii," written after he had viiite(I the buried city of Italy; and Rienzi," which is a noble effort of genius. He wrote several other no- vels, before those admirable works of genius,—" The Caxtous, kly Novel," and What wlil he do with it,"—appeared in the pages of Blackwood." They aie his best works of fiction; and will, we have no doubt, be mo^t valued by posterity, as they are most highly prized by his admirers of the present day.—Sir Edward, -to received his baronetcy during the early days of the Melbourne administration, in 1835)-liu also writ- ten the dramas of "The Duchess de La Vallere," the Lady of Lyons," Hidwlieu," "Ioucy," and Not 80 bad as we seem."—(written to promote the interests of the now (lefutict Gttil,l of Literature and Art" aud the poems of the New Tinion," and King' Ar- thur." Many of the poems in the present volume were fugi- tive waifs and strays; admired at the time; but they had passed away from memory, till they were collected by the writer. We have now a new and revised edition; and we have no doubt it will realize his wish, that what he has written in verse wiil, one day, become bet- ter known to his countrymen. The leading poem it) the volume is Milton; the design of which, says Sir Ed- ward, "is that of a picture. It is intended to portray the great patriot poet in the three cardinal divisions of life—youth, manhood, aud age, The first part is founded upon the well-known, though ill-authenticated tradition of the Italian lady or ladies seeing Milton asleep under a tree in the garden of his College, and leaving some tributary verses beside the sleeper. Taking full advantage of of this legend, and presuming to infer from Milton's Italian verses (as his biographers have done before me) that in his tour through Italy he did not escape the influence of the master-passion, I have ventured to connect, by a single thread of romantic fic- tion, the segments of a poem, in which narrative, after all, is subservient to description. This idea belongs to the temerity of youth, but I trust it has been subjected to restrictions more reverent than those ordinarily im- posed on poetic license." One passage will shew how charmingly the author has treated this subject. Milton is sleeping; the fair "stranger from the southern skies," approached; and "over the Dreamer dwelt the Beautiful." Felt he the touch of herdark locks descending, Or, with his breath her breathing fused and blend- ing, That like a bird scared from the tremulous spray, Pass'd the light Sleep with sudden wings away ? Sighing he woke; and waking he beheld; The sigh was silenced, as the look was spell d; Look charming looK, the love that ever lies In human hearts like lightning in the air, Flash'd in a moment from those meeting eyes, And opened all the Heaven Û Yout:. beware For either light should but forewarn the gaze Woe follonvi love, as darkness does tile blaze!" If Sir Edward had never written any other poem than this of .Milton," he would have shewn that he possessed tilt; gift of poesy. It is the best long poem iu the vo- lume but several of the minor ones have great inei-it,- especially the Boatman," The Pilgrims of the De- sert," and The True Joy-giver." Genuine poetry sparkles in every line of the following verses from the latter :— Dullard, never on Falerrium The true Care-dispeIIer trod; There the vine leaves wreathe no thyrua, There the fruits allure no god. Liber's wine is Nature's life-blood; Liber's vineyard bloom upon < Moon-lit hill-tops of Parnassus, Shady slopes of Helicon. But the hill-tops of Parnassus Are still free to every age I haye trod them with the poet, I have mapp'dthem with the sage And I'll take my young disciple To heed well, with humbled eyes, How the rosy Gladness-giver Welcomes ever-most the wise. We must now leave Sir Edward's Poems; and we do so with the conviction, that he is, take him for all in all one of the most accomplished writers of the day. LETTERS ON AMERICAN- RAILWAY. London 25, Throg- morton-street. We have been favoured with a small pamphlet, with the above title, written by Mr. W. Lance, Railway Ac- tuary, in which he calls the attention of the British pub- lic to the "Atlantic and Great Western Railway" in North America. This important line, which, independent. of its branches, is 385 miles in length, forms a connecting link to other lines between New York and St. Louis, on the Mississippi, a distance of 1200 miles, which dis- tance can now be traversed in 40 hours, without change of carriage. At present, for want of capital to fully complete the packing," &c., and to purchase the ne- cessary amount of rolling Stock, only local traffic can be performed whilst if through traffic could be opened. it is calculated that the receipts, which already realize 5,783 dollars per mile at the same time it is estimated that with through traffic, it will bring in 20,000 dollars per mile. Besides the main line, there are branches which open tip extensive corn-producing districts in the West, the coal-fields of Ohio, and the oil region of Penn- sylvania, which constitute boundless and exhaustless sources of traffic. The Company has now issued certifi- cates of debentures to the extent of zC2,000,000, at £90 for £ 100, to be redeemed at par at the end of three years with interest at 8 per cent., payable half-yearly the in- terest to be guaranteed by the Consolidated Bank, Lon- don, and the principal secured by a deposit with the trustees of bonds and shares amounting to £ 4,230,493. Considering the position of the Company, these terms appear to be liberal, and the operation has been received with favour in Europe, so that the company will have the means of making any farther improvements that may be required in their line. We may add that Sir S. Morten Peto speaks in the highest terms of this line and its future prospects, and states that under the direction of the chief engineer, Mr. Mc Henry, it has been ballasted in a style fully equal to the best of our English railways; while the extremely favourable nature of the country through which it passes has rendered necessary so few works of art, that its maintenance need not exceed the average cost per mile of our railways at home. Books and Periodicals for Review to be sent to W. C. Stafford, Esq., No. 21, Neville Terrace, Homsey Road, London.


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