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LAMARTINE ON BYRON.

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"JOHN PENRY."

POOR AND EDUCATION LAWS,

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taining our own righ t to criticise Welsh poetry as it appears, whether we be proficient or not in its four-and-twenty metres. To return to GWII.YM MAI. The verses on "Picton's Mo- nument" are very smooth and flowing. We wish they had a better subject; and hope to live to see the time when fewer such tributes will be paid to men of blood." "Verses to the Spider" arc exquisite. The metre is one of the simplest, and a boy of ten could commit it to meriiory in a few hours, and it would be his for ever. Then we have a very affecting composition. To us, always excepting the englyn, the cyw- yfl(l is the best of the twenty-four metres; and it is less arti- ficial, and therefore, of course, a nearer approach to the natural." GWILYM MAI seems quite master of its peculiar structure (which consists of a constant series of a kind of short couplet), as in this instance he was fully impressed with the awful subject of his song. Then come Englynion 11 n to the Memory of the late Rev. Edward Evans, of Aberdare," a grateful tribute by a young bard to the memory of a de- parted one. The Elegy to JOSEPll Harris is an elaborate and comprehensive estimate of his various and enduring services to his country. The Elegy to Gwilym Ddu" is worthy of the living and the dead. The poem to the Swan- sea Royal Institution ought to be committed to memory, and to' be kept there. "Llangwniiwr Churchyard" is very truthful and graphic in its descriptive parts, and is a capital poem. But we must pass by much. Still we cannot pass over the Elegy to the late Joshua P. Watkins, Esq., of Carmarthen." Well knowing the man and loving him af- fectionately, this has touched us keenly, and we would cheer- fully pay the price of the whole book for it alone. Of the few Jjii<Tlish compositions we stay not to give any opinion, but hope GWILYM MAI will pay his addresses exclusively to his own native A wen, while we sincerely thank him for this hook, and hope it will find its way to every hut and farm- house ia the land, and every kind of dwelling-place in the land.. We heartily wish the Welsh poets would give us more of their works in the ordinary metres. An entire discontinuance of the pfdwar mesur ar hngain would not be advisable, nor do we desire it, though often wish Dafydd ab Edmvvnt had never gone to Car- marthen. Let them by all means be preserved and practised-be md in an eclectic sense-in poetry for poets and scholars. Let one of the Welsh poets watch a common working man, addicted to reading and of ordinary intelligence, take up a Welsh periodical on its appearance the beginning of the month (and few strangers can corrtpreHfend the eagerness with which this is dune); he turns over page after page, arrives at last to the Poetry. The first thing that meets him is an modi; perhaps he reads it,—the probability is that he does not, but passes on at once to any piece on the next page on any of the common metres, which he peruses lwith great interest and obvious enjoyment. We doubt not that is true of at least seven out of ten of all the readers of all the Welsh periodicals. Let our native bards take such a fact into consideration, and may time and thoughtfulness secure to it a good digestion.