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notice of English readers: “ Po

ems on various Subjects, by Mrs.

Grant, of Laggan,” evincing a very creditable portion of poetic

animation, a refined taste, and a

feeling heart: “Scenes of Youth,

or Rural Recollections, with other Poems, by Wm. Holloway;” to

which a second volume has since been added, and which is not unworthy of the public favour that it hence appears to have acquired: “Society, a Pocm in Two Parts, with other Poems, by James Kenncy;” to whose society it is enough for us to have had the honour of having been once introduced, and which we found intolerably dull and monotorious : “Poems by Peter Fayley, jun. Esq.,” which prove that though the writer has no pretensions to the character of a poet, he has to that of a poetic reader; and whic', prove also that in his own person he is as little acquainted with honesty as with the muses ; for the sum and substance of almost every piece here presented to us is outrageously pillaged from other writers, without the least acknowledgement or reference: “ Clifton Grove, a Sketch in Verse, with other Poems, by H. R. White,” the whole of whose productions are matured beyond his years, and many of which are exquisitely tender, pathetic, and pclished:—Mr. White appears indeed to have first fallen in love with the Muses when a boy of thirteen ; he is now not more than seventeen or eighteen years’ old : “ Scenes of Infancy; descriptive of Tiviotdale, by John Leyden;” smooth, level, correct; but unanimated, uninteresting, and unpoetical : “ Calista, a Picture of modern Life, a Poem in Three Parts, by Luke Booker, L.L. D.;”

a name well known in the middle

regions of Parnassus, and for whom, if this effusion do not cotain a more exalted post, it will not displace him to an inferior. The dramas of the present day are worked up like spruce-beer at the demand of the moment, and are designed for immediate use alone. The fame of the greater part of those which belong to the eriod before us has already fleeted y, and it is scarcely worth while to stop the periturae charta. Mr. Reynolds has contributed two plays, of which the first is entitled “Delays and Blunders, a Comedy in Five Acts;” and the second “The Caravan;” which is called a serio-comic romance, in two acts: Mr. Boaden has produced two also-o: The Voice of Nature, a Play in Three Acts;” and “ The Maid of Bristol,” of the same description and length: Mr. Allingham has also contributed two ; “ Hearts of Oak, a Comedy in Five Acts,” and “Mrs. Wiggins, a Comic Piece in Two Acts.” Besides these, Mr. Holcroft has produced “Hear both Sides, a Comedy in Five Acts;” Mr. H. Siddons “ A Tale of Terror, in Three Acts;” and Mr. Kenney “Raising the Wind, a Farce in Two Acts.” The old romance of Amadis de Gaul has had the distinguished honour of being, either in whole, or in part, twice naturalised in our own language in the course of the current year. Mr. Southey has rendered it entire, and with interesting effect, from the Spanish version of Garciordonez de Montalvo : the translation is in prose, and occupies four volumes in twelves. Mr. Rose has rendered the first book into Iambic verse. It occupies one volume octavo and, from the spirit it monifests, we

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the “ Fstelle” of M. Florian, translated by Mr. Maxey.—Of those which are best entitled to notice, as the original productions of our own country, are Mr. Pickersgill’s “Three Brothers;” “ Leopold ;” “Thaddeus of Warsaw, by Miss Porter;” “Very Strange, but Very True, or the History of an old Man's young Wife, by Francis Lathom;” “Letters of Miss Riversdale ;” and Mrs. Helmes’s “ St. Clair of the Isles;” to which we may add, as not possessing a more definite place for their classification, “The Wanderer, by Mr. Fothergill ;” and Dr. Cowper's “Tourifications

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luminously engaged in theological criticism j polemics as the Germans, and on this account we commence with their productions. It is impossible, indeed, to notice the whole, but we shall endeavour to give a brief sketch of the chief of those which have reached ourselves. In the protestant church, for it is necessary to make a division, we perceive with much pleasure that the late M. Rosenmüller has a son worthy of being his successor in the province of sacred literature; and who, in imitation of his father's “Scholia” upon the New Testament, has just brought forward his own “Scholia” upon the Old. The system chalked out by the former Rosenmüller is here pursued to its utmost latitude; the same views, the same feelings, the same imaginations. Perused with hesitating scrupulosity, it will be found a valuable work in any country. The termination of the “Philosophical, critical, and historical Commentaries of Professor Paulus on the Evangelists,” we noticed in our last volume; and in the “Erläute rungen zum neuen

Testamente (Illustrations of the New Testament), of Dr. Stolz, of Bremen,” we perceive a critic worthy of treading in his steps. We are compelled to remark, however, that M. Stolz, like Paulus, appears to us to indulge by far too largely in conjectural criticism. We can by no means always approve of the

proposed emendations. Professor Vater, of Halle, has published a commentary on the Pentateuch, to which the same observations will apply, and which is accompanied by a sort of abridgement of the critical and explanatory notes of our own countryman Dr. Geddes, whose Biblical labours have long been received with more warmth of approbation in Germany than at home. Professor Smidt, of Giessen, in conjunction with his learned colleague, continues his elucidation of the New Testament, and the most ancient history of the church, in a work entitled “ Bibliothek für Kritik und Exegese der Neuen Testaments, und die àlteste Kritengeschichten.” This plan we need not, at this period, point out; the ability with which it is conducted evinces evinces no defalcation. M. Güte has at length published his “Einleitung in die Psalmen,” “Introduction to the Psalms;” and M. Schulze his “Literary Character and Estimation of the Epistles of St. Peter, St. Jude, and St. James,” * Schrift-s:ellerische Character und Werth des Petrus, Judas, und #. zum behuf der Special ermeneutik ihren Schriften untersucht und bestimmt.” The former contains many pertinent observations, and ingenious surmises: the latter is a critical investigation of the chief doctrinal points contained in the epistles in question, and offers an able solution of many difficulties which have often been conceived to attach to them. In Germany, also, we meet with a multitude of periodical publications devoted to the pursuits of theology, which are well worth noticing, although consisting of detached papers and essays. Of these we ought not to forbear to mention the “Manual of ecclesiastical History,” “Ausführliches Handbuch der Christlichen Kirchengeschichte,” by professor Smidt, whose name we have already noticed with approbation. This is one of the best journals of the kind which have reached us; it has now ... completed its second volume, and we trust it will long be persevered in. The ablest papers of which it consists are written by M. Smidt himself, and by M. Henke, of Helmstädt. M. Hemke is an indefatigable writer; for, independently of the casual assistance he thus renders his friend, the professor of Ciessen, he is also the editor of a journal of a similar description, under the title of “Magazin für Religions Philosophie, Exegese, und Kirchengeschichte,” “Magazine of theological Philosophy and Criticism, and ecclesiastical History,”

which has now closed its twelfth volume; and is busily engaged in an extensive “General History of the Christian Church, chronologically arranged,” “Allgemeine Geschichte der Christlichen Kirche nach Zeitfolge,” which has already advanced to its fifth volume, and brings down the history of the church to the last century. M. Henke gives the most evident proofs oft an enlarged and liberal mind, a masculine judgement, and the possession of an ample store of information for the important subjects on which he is engaged. At Tubingen we meet with a magazine of a similar kind, edited by professor Flat. At Marpurg a second, under the conduct of professor Wachler; and at Altdorf a third, superintended by professor Gabler. The “Beyträge zur Befórderung, &c.,” “Contributions towards promoting a rational Mode of thinking in Religion,” published in Switzer. land, under the guidance of the late learned M. Corrodori, is still continued under the title of “Neue Beyträge, &c.” and is possessed of the same erudition and spirit. Among the German catholics the publications chiefly worthy of notice are the “ Geistliche Monatschrift, &c.,” “Spiritual Magazine, for the Use of the Clergy of the Bishopric of Constance,” commenced under the patronage of the baron Dalberg, the late bishop of this city, a learned and liberal work; but now, in consequence of the death of the worthy prelate, unfortunately discontinued; and the “Hebersetzung und Anslegung der neuen Testaments, &c.,” “ Translation and Explanation of the New Testament, for the Use of the Clergy,” by professor Schwarzel, of Freyberg. . This last work is patronised by the present bishop of Constance, and is of a - very

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very different description from that which it has unworthily superseded. The version differs but in few places from the Douay edition, and the explanations are possessed of all its bigotry and commination. Upon the whole, however, the spirit of catholic liberality is considerably increasing; and such publications as M. Kiepler’s “ Kleines Magazin,” “ Small Magazine for religious Teachers,” published at Landshut; M. Seik’s “ Bibliothek für Geistliche, &c.,” “ Library for Clergymen in Town and Country;” and professor Geishapner's “Theologische Moral,” “Theological System of Morality,” both published, at Linz, are admirably calculated to augment it still further. The volumes of sermons, as also the single sermons, disposed of at the last Leipsic fair, are very numerous, but in no instance, so far as we are acquainted with them, possessed of such a pre-eminency of merit as to entitle them to individual notice in the present brief sketch. We shall therefore conclude our account of the theological productions of Germany by glancing at a work which, in the resent state of religious polemics in our own country, is well worth F.3. mean the “Weideregung einiger der Wichtigsten Einwendungen gegen die AEchtheit der to: “ Refutations of various Objections against the Authenticity of St. John’s Gospel,” a work of real merit, and warmly and deservedly recommended by professor Ziegler, in an introduction prefixed to it. There-establishment of the catholic religion in France has not yet produced any original works of prominent value or importance, though it has occasioned new editions of several that were out of

print, as well as a few translations from authors of our own country. Among the former may be mentioned the “Pensées,” “Thoughts of Father Bourdaloue of the Society of Jesus,” in three volumes twelves; “History of the Establishment of Christianity in the East Indies,” by the French bishops, in two volumes twelves; and the “Agreement of the Book of Genesis with Geology, and human Records, upon the Facts and Epochs of the Creation, and the universal Deluge,” by the elder M. Gervais de la Prise, one volume octavo. Among the latter may be instanced “Mr. Jenyns's Evidence of the Christian Religion, followed by Fenelon’s Plan upon the same Subject, together with his Thoughts on Providence; and still further augmented by a Discourse of the late Dr. Blair, on the Advantages of Religion, and the Maxims of

Christianity.” M. Lucet, author of the “Principles of universal Canon Law,” has published a work entitled “La Réligion Catholique, &c.,” “The Catholic Religion the only true Religion, and the sole suitable to the i; and Wants of Man.” The principles inculcated, as well as the spirit that pervades it, may easily be surmised from the title. We are sorry to behold any considerable body of Frenchmen thus for ever running from extreme to extreme—from monarchy to anarchy, from anarchy to tyranny, from superstition to atheism, and from atheism to fanaticism and bigotry. From the short interval we have enjoyed of a general peace, and the unhappy revival of a new war, it has not been easy to obtain importations of French works upon any subject; and we have hence been incapable of noticing, till the present moment, a publication of M. Necker,

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