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THE ARTS, LITERATURE, &e. t A COPY of the first edition of Burn's poems, printed at Kilmarnock, was sold in London a few days ago for .£13. A LEIPZIG bookseller announces that he is about to publish the works of the late Emperor Maximilian. They will form seven volumes, of which four are already in the hands of the printer. This publication takes place at the express desire of the Emperor Francis Joseph. HANDICRAFTSMEN and Capitalists their Organisa- tion at Home and Abroad," by H. Herries Creed and Walter Williams, is the title of a work republished from the Times, being a series of papers on all-important subjects. Mr. Creed has added a preface to the book, which also possesses a map of the coal-fields of Belgium. "BRUSSELS, Malines, and Louvain," by Charles Sulley, is a little volume for intending visiters to por- tions of Belgium, being a conveniently-shaped guide to the antiquities and works of art they will encounter. Much curious information may be gleaned from its pages. IN music we have The Tender Time of May:" Song. Written by L. H. F. du Terreaux composed by Mr. W. Balfe. Mr. du Terreaux has written some admirable lyric verses, but none better than these. Mr. Balfe's music is worthy of the words, and well expresses their sentiment. "THE Dream of St. Jerome:" Sacred song by Beethoven. Apart from the beauty of its melody, this piece has a classic interest attached to it through being mentioned by Thackeray in his Adventures of Philip." It always sooths and charms me," said the great writer. After this, its absence from the vocal treasures of any household is an omission beyond excuse. LONG Live the Belgians Brave:" Song of welcome in honour of the Belgian visit arranged from the Belgian national air, La Brabanconne." Much cannot be said of the poetry of this song it by no means equals in bathos the famous Bartholomew ode to the Sultan. It serves its purpose well enough, however, which was to wed an English welcome to the Belgian national air. The music is arranged in a spirited style, and, apart from its national character, is by no means deficient in interest. THE Liverpool Academy are holding an exhibition this year at Griffith's Gallery in that town. The 12th of August was the last day appointed for the reception of works. The second exhibition, which has hitherto been held in Liverpool, is now discontinued, so that this will be the only one. It is the 40th under the Academy's management. THE ordinary visitor to the National Portrait Gallery, at South Kensington, will be pleased with the immense variety of subject and of costume, and interested in scanning the lineaments of those whom wit or beauty has made famous. The lovely sisters Gunning, for in- stance, or the dashing Duchess of Devonshire, all of whom played so conspicuous a part in the days of our grandfathers. The portraits, by the way, are not always complimented as we should like to see them, says a con- temporary, and certain "sets" are deficient in their more notable members. This, no doubt, was difficult to accom- plish. Where, for example, is Jean Maxwell, Duchess of Gordon, a contemporary of the Duchess of Devonshire, and a much more charmingly audacious woman ? The same reason is no doubt applicable here as holds good in the case of Gainsborough's famous full-length of the divine Mrs. Graham, to drown the sorrow for whose death her husband, Mr. Graham, of Balgownan, rushed to the wars, and fought his way to title and renown. He died Lord Lynedoch. The committee, we understand, tried hard to obtain this matchless Gainsborough, but could not, and were obliged to rest contented with the present half- length of the gentle beauty by the same master. It is numbered 463. The student of history, aàill, will get more insight here into what manner of men those makers of history were than he will obtain in a whole month's reading at the British Museum. The portraits of the present collection, for instance, begin with 1688, and, with the exception of King William III., there was no man filled a larger or more pronounced space in the public estimation than Viscount Dundee. The unco guid among the Scotch call him the Bloody Clavers;" but the poetic sympathies of Sir Walter found utterance in a truer phrase and in his spirited ballad, the hero of Killiecrankie comes to us as a conquering paladin, under the nom de guerre of "Bonny Dundee." Now the annals of those times scarcely satisfy us as to the immense influence exercised by Graham of Claverhouse. It is true, he served in Holland under William Prince of Orange, and, by the way, saved his life at the battle of St. Neff, and was by the Highland people esteemed a competent soldier. It is true, moreover, that the blood of the gallant Grahams ran in his veins, and in their eyes that was no small matter but, on the contrary, was associated in their minds with much glory, although, a hundred miles farther north than the Braes of Athole, with much shame.