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« RrsrALDo's Travels*," translated from the French, is an excellent book for youth. The travels are imaginary, but they are the production of an author possessing a soundness of judgment and a skilfulness of discrimination not frequently met with.

Miss Edgeworth's " Early Lessons *" are well calculated to convey both amusement and instruction to the tender mind.

Among the numerous sermons which have appeared in the course of the year, Mr. Nott's volume, consisting of eight, which were delivered at the Bampton Lecture, on the subject of "Religious Enthusiasm," is entitled to warm commendation. This respectable author treats of enthusiasm solely as applied to religion; and his principal object is, to combat the opinion which confounds inspiration with enthusiasm.

The friends of piety and religion will learn, with much satisfaction, that " The Society for the Suppression nf ('ice" has now completed its internal arrangements, methodised its proceedings, and made considerable progress in the execution of those plans of utility and public advantage for which it was originally formed. We fear, however, that a considerable time must elapse before the metropolis will have attained that degree of improvement in its manners which the committee of this Society express -their most sanguine expectations of effecting.

We have thus closed our .rapid view of the state and progress of literature for the last year: and, in taking a retrospective glance of our labours, we feel high cause of congratulation to the literary and philosophical world. If in many books there be wisdom, we certainly possess an extensive increase; and, from the present aspect of affairs, we trust that a time, still more favourable to the cultivation of science, is approaching.

That beloved sovereign, for whose health all was recently alarm andanxiety, has been restored toourprayers, and now enjoys the choicest boon of heaven in all its glowing vigour. Our councils, too, arc firm. We arc

* Vide Notices, p. 464.

united at home; and, by our wisdom, magnanimity, and justice, are respected abroad.

"At once in mercy and in might to shine,
These ancient virtues, Albion, siill be thine;
By these, if these avail, maintain thy peace,
If not, 'tis God, who bids the blessing cease.
And oh ! though peace or war, may Freedom shed
Her saintly halo round thy sacred head;
With thee, when driv'n from every harsher clin;C,
Her dwelling fix, thy guardian power sublime."

Walker's Defence of Order.

FLOWERS OF LITERATURE,

•«. For 1804.

EULOGIUM ON THE PRESS.

Des inventions humaines,

La plus sublime invention!

On s'epuise en recherches vaines

Pour fixer ta creation:

Mais, d'etre auteur de ta naissance,

Si plus d'un savant s'est vant£,

'A tous, Toi par reconnoissance,

Tu donnes 1'immortalite. Anon.

• ADDRESS TO THE SHADE OF GUTTEMBEKG OP

MENTZ.

Oihe of our art*, whose genius first design'd
This great memorial of a daring mind,
And taught the lever, with unceasing play,
To stop the waste of time's destructive sway;
The verse, O great progenitor! be thine;
Late, but sincere, where all thy worth shall shine:
What printer, ever since thy distant days,
Hath touch'd the strings responsive to thy praise?

* The author is Mr. M'Cn Eery, a printer, who, courting the influence of the Muse, sings in these lines the origin, progress, and advantages of the press.

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With trembling hands the boon let me bestow,
Hear then, ye nations, what to him ye owe.
Incessani strove the scribe's industrious race,
Lingering and labouring with uncertain pace;
Slow from his hands the works of genius came,
His proudest use to feed th' unsteady flame;
So greatly circumscrib'd his power appears,
A volume oft hath ask'd the toil of years.
The intellectual feast for wealth prepar'd,
With humble life no generous bounty shar'd;
Depriv'd, by pa'Iid Want's depressing power,
Of cultivated Thought's delusive hour;
And as dull Labour toil'd the livelong day,
Th' unconscious soul in stupid dozings lay.
Yet why despise, in cold, unfeeling strain,
The means by which such glorious works remain?
Or blame the hoarding spirit, that confin'd
To private use the early fruits of mind?
Soon swell'd with nobler aim the gen'rous heart,
As letters spread their humanizing art;
When gorgeous fanes and palaces inclos'd
The sacred trust for public use dispos'd;
Collected Knowledge op'd her ample stores,
Which yet the eye of curious man explores;
And left—to call the powers of genius forth,
Those great memorials of surprising worth.
O, Mentz! proud city, long thy fame enjoy,
For with the Press thy glory ne'er shall die;
Still may thy guardian battlements withstand
The ruthless shock of war's destructive hand;
Where Guttemberg, with toil incessant, wrought
The imitative lines of written thought;

And as his art a nobler effort made,

The sweeping lever his command obey'd;

Elastic balls the sable stains supply,

Light o'er the form the sheeted tympans fly;

The beauteous work returning leaves unfold,

As with alternate force the axle roll'd.

His bosom now unbounded joys expand,

A printed volume owns his forming hand;

The curious work, from sculptur'd blocks imprest,

The rising glories of his art confest.

To give to distant times a name more dear,
To spread the blessing through a wider sphere,
Shoeffer and Faust, with kindling ardour fir'd,
Lent the strong aid that thirst of fame inspir'd;
The stubborn block, with rude unchanging form,
One end could answer, but one task perform;
Till Faust, with all his powers of genius ripe,
Struck the fine die, and cast the moving type}
That ever, as the curious artist will'd,
In some new station some new office fill'd.

Aided by thee, O art sublime! our race
Spurns the opposing bonds of time and space;
With Fame's swift flight to hold an equal course,
And taste the streams from Reason's purest source.
Yet some there are, whose dread, unhallow'd hand,
To deeds of guilt thine energies command,
For giddy youth's unguarded hour prepare
The luring tale, the foul, immoral snare.
May Vice, thy pow'rs, in these Our pages, find,
To cast in Virtue's mould the plastic mind.

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