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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,
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
Oihe of our art*, whose genius first design'd
* 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.
With trembling hands the boon let me bestow,
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,
Aided by thee, O art sublime! our race