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(Our pbwmi nbtt. SONGS, BAHAM, &c., written by Thos. Blake. London: I J. C- Hotton. This is a small collection of lyrici,-aeveral of which have been set to music; and they display, generally, more poetical talents than fall to the lot of many song- writers. The author is vell-ktiovii in the musical pro- fession, having for many years, till within the last five or sis, managed the country business of the London firms of Addison and Co., Cramer and Co., and J ullien as he now does that of Messrs. Collard; and he is not more widaly known than he is respected. As he is, at present, we are sorry to say, seriously indisposed from the effects of aa accident, and other maladies, it is not likely that he 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 remind them of "pleasant hours," spent with the writer. We quote one of these short poems: TO ELIZA ON EBB BIRTII-DIY. When Winter, startled from his bed, Put on his robe of snow and Had, And genial Spring's returning 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 young cheek a rosier hue; And still above them all desury 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. "'For thee one soul that warmth shall feel AVhich Truth ne'er blushes to reveal, 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 PEERAGE of the United King- dom of Great Britain and Ireland. 1865. London Bosworth, Regent-street. WHO'S WHO, in 1865. Edited by Wm. John Lawson, London. 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, thetit'es 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 Forster'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 15 years. POEMS, by the Right Hon. Edward Bulwer 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 VVoodalling, 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 18215, 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 1823; that work at on cot 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 tliat evinced alike the exten- sive information, and vivid imagination of the writer. Most of them were republished, in a volume, called "The Student." In 1833, his England 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 -visited 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 Caxtons," Nly Novel," and What wiil he do with it," —appeared in the pages of "Blackwood." Theyaie his best works of fiction; and will, we have no doubt, be uioit valued by posterity, as they are most highly prized by his admirers of the present day.—Sir Edward, —(he received his baronetcy during the early days of the Melbourne administration, in 1835)-hii also writ- ten the dramas of The Duchess de La Vallere," the Lady of L3-otis," Richelieu," "Money," and Not so bad as we seem."—(written to promote the interests of the now defunct "Guild of Literature and Art,"— and the poems of the New Timon," 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 will, one day, become bet- ter known to his countrymen. The leading poem in 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 ilife—youths manhood, and age, The first part is founded upon the well-known, though ill-authenticated tradition oi 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, aftt-r 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 straugter 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 loos, 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 \he Heaven "0 Youth beware! For either light should but forewarn the gaze Woe follows love, as darkness does the blaze If Sir Edward had never written any other poem than this of "Milton," he would have shewn that he possessed the gift of poesy. It is the best long poem in the vo- lume but several of tbe minor ones have great merit,- especially the Boatman," The Pilgrims of the De- sert," and The True Joy-giver." Genuine poetry sparkles in every line of the following versee. from the latter:— Dullard, never on Falerrium The true Care-cfispcller trod; There the vine leaves wreathe no thyrw^, There the fruits allure no god. Liber's wine is Nature's life-blood; Liber's vineyard M<;«m upon Moon-lit hill-tops of Parnassus, Shady slopes of Helicon. But the hill-tops of Parnassus Are still free to every age I have trod them with thw 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 wfee. We must now leave Sir Edward's- Poems; and wa- do so with the conviction, that he is, — "take him for al in all," one of the most accomplishedi writers of the- day. LETTERS ON AMERICAS RAILWAYS. Londbo: 26, 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, adistance 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 beropened. 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 up extensive corn-producing distrieta-in the West, the coal-fields of Ohio, and the oil rfegion of/Penn- sylvania, which constitute boundless and exhaustless sources of traffic. The Company has now issued certifi- cates of debentures to the extent of 12,000,000, at jE90 for X100, 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 £ 4,23O;403. 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 with f,,Lvotir in 1, 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 etpial 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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