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A POET IN PROSE.

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A POET IN PROSE. The Rector of Llangan writing to the Western Mail about The New Rambler of Sir Lewis Morris, says that it is always interesting when a great writer appears in a new field of literary composition. Especially is this the case when the new departure takes place at an advanced period of a literary career. Sir Lewis Morris, whose noble verse so worthily represents Wales in the glorious chorus of British Song which marked the Victorian period, now comes forward in the early years of the twentieth century to charm and delight an audience which will undoubtedly be large with a most attractive volume of prose studies. This work, which is published by Longmans, Green, and Co., bears the inviting title of "The New Rambler," and contains a varied selection of essays and addresses, the composition of which has been spread over a considerable number of years. Although from time to time charming studies by Sir Lewis Morris have appeared in many leading literary organs to which he is a valued contributor, this is the first occasion on which a representative selection of such compositions has been brought together in one volume. It may safely be said that the result of this experi- ment will afford keen enjoyment to all lovers of fine and graceful thoughts finely and gracefully expressed who are fortunate enough to encounter the book. The style is most attractive, lucid, and elegant. It bespeaks a mind thoroughly familiar with the best models of English literature, and yet possessing a strong individuality of thought and expression. There is a distinct resemblance in many fine passages to the manner of Thackeray, with its lucidity, vigour, and elegance, while some of the essays, the charming paper on The Disuse of Laughter," for example, re-call the exquisite grace and humour of Lamb. The range of subjects treated is a wide one, and all are handled so as to combine in a delightful manner a thorough sympathy with the modern spirit, and a dignity and repose of manner which are, indeed, refreshing in these days of hurried and slipshod writing. The book reveals a rich nature disciplined by wide culture and varied experience, and surveying the affairs of men with that gentle wisdom which is one of the most beautiful products of the maturity of genius and character. Several of the articles bear upon topics of special interest to Wales, and exhibit the writer as one of the wisest and truest friends of his country. The admirable essay on "Nationality" deserves to be read, marked, learned, and inwardly digested by all Welsh patriots, and the Principality may indeed be proud of the distinguished son who in this volume has made another very precious addition to the garnered fruits of his genius.

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