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the annals of missionary work, hardly anything in the records of religious experience, more striking and beautiful than the devotion, the skill, the courage, and success of some of these Bible women, chosen from among the poorest of the poor. The descriptions of the worst haunts of London poverty are well drawn, and may stand fairly by the side of Mayhew's. They are introduced, however, merely to show the field of this charity. The argument urged throughout is, that the true way has been found in it, to bring in self-respect, thrift, comfort, independence, among the most haggard and hopeless of these children of God. The Bible opens the way to all the other forms of charity and improvement. It is never given, either gratuitously or on trust, but sold, in its cheapest or fairest form, to persons who are persuaded to save a penny a week - generally from the cost of tobacco and gintill it is paid for. Here is the first lesson of thrift and morals. In the same way, other religious books, and, by degrees, various home comforts as beds and clothing, of which they stand frightfully in need -are purchased out of the savings of the poor, and a new light dawns on their wretched estate. Of examples of humble, sincere, toilsome, self-denying piety, we do not know where we can find more or better than in this modest volume.
THE volume of selections from Dr. Brown's "Hora Subsecivæ " forms one of the most delightful collections of miscellaneous essays and sketches which have recently fallen under our notice. It opens with the well-known and much-admired tale entitled "Rab and his Friends," than which there is scarcely a more touching and beautiful narrative in our language; and this is followed by seventeen other papers, all of them of great and various merit, and some of them of unsurpassed pathos and tenderness. Among those which will be read with most interest are the admirable letter to the Rev. Dr. Cairns on his Memoir of Dr. Brown's father, the article on Arthur Hallam, and the sketch of Dr. Chalmers. Beside these, there are notices of Vaughan's Poems, and of Dr. George Wilson, the celebrated chemist, and several little sketches, of which it is not too much to say that they are only inferior to "Rab and his Friends." One article - not by Dr. Brown, but contributed by his kinsman John Taylor Brown deserves especial notice. It is an exegetical paper on Galatians iv. 15, and is designed to show that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was some disease of the eyes, the effect of the supernatural blindness that came on him in the way to Damascus. This supposition is not a new one, but we do not remember to have seen it anywhere else so strongly and powerfully urged; and we commend it to our clerical brethren as an ingenious, and we think satisfactory, argument in support of this hypothesis. The whole volume, however, will be read with pleasure and profit, and we doubt not that it will soon take its place among the small number of books which every reader cherishes as special favorites. A writer so genial and healthful in every page is a general benefactor, and will surely win his way to many firesides.
* Spare Hours. By JOHN BROWN, M. D. Boston: Ticknor and Fields.
THE new edition of Tennyson's "In Memoriam "* is by far the most elegant book which has been published in this country during the past year, and is one of the best specimens of American book-making that we have ever seen. Its exquisite beauty is alike creditable to the taste of the printers and the liberality of the publishers. Its value, moreover, is much enhanced by the insertion of a brief and very graceful memoir of Arthur Hallam, for which we presume that we are indebted to the pen of Mr. Fields.
A WORD of the neat and tasteful issue of Mrs. Browning's Poems (in "blue and gold") by James Miller, of New York, the more timely and acceptable, since the poet has sung her last song, and every note of her lyre is become doubly precious. It corresponds to the London edition of 1856, including also the "Poems before Congress," and the fugitive pieces published in the Cornhill Magazine and the Independent. Among the more attractive of these latter are "Little Mattie," "Mother and Poet," and "Parting Lovers."
JAMES G. GREGORY, of New York, is supplying a want that has long been felt. He is issuing rapidly a library edition of the Works of Charles Dickens, which, as to size, paper, type, binding, and illustrations, leaves nothing to be desired. Thirteen volumes have already been published; among which will be found the last, and in some respects the best, story of the genial and popular author of the "Pickwick Papers," "Great Expectations." The admirers of Dickens will be safe in ordering this edition, which is as cheap as it is hand
THE friends of Theodore Parker, and all who are interested in the characteristic utterances of his mind, will be gratified with the neat little volume of his Prayers, phonographically taken down as he spoke them, kept as cherished memorials of his ministry, and now published, with a portrait, by Messrs. Walker, Wise, and Company.
NEW PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED.
A Translation of the Syriac Peshito Version of the Psalms of David; with Notes, critical and explanatory. By the Rev. Andrew Oliver. Boston: E. P. Dutton & Co. 12mo. pp. 331.
A Text-Book of Church History. By Dr. J. C. L. Gieseler. Translated and Edited by Henry B. Smith. Vol. IV. A. D. 1517 - 1648. The Reformation and its Results to the Peace of Westphalia. New York: Harper and Brothers.
* In Memoriam. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 1861. 4to. pp. xxvii. and 343.
Historical Lectures on the Life of our Lord Jesus Christ; being the Hulsean Lectures for the Year 1859. With Notes. By C. J. Ellicott. Boston: Gould and Lincoln. 12mo. pp. 381.
Commentary on the Epistles to the Seven Churches in Asia. Revelation i. 11. By R. C. Trench. New York. 12mo. pp. 312.
The Book of Psalms, in Hebrew and English, arranged in Parallelism. Andover: W. F. Draper. 12mo. pp. 194.
Prayers. By Theodore Parker. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. 18mo. pp. 200.
First Principles of Ethics, designed as a Basis for Instruction in Ethical Science in Schools and Colleges. By J. T. Champlin. Boston: Crosby Nichols, Lee, & Co. 12mo. pp. 204.
HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY.
The Puritans; or, the Church, Court, and Parliament of England during the Reigns of Edward VI. and Queen Elizabeth. By Samuel Hopkins. Vol. III. Boston: Gould and Lincoln. 8vo. pp. 675. (See p. 127.)
Tales of a Grandfather. History of Scotland. By Sir Walter Scott, Bart. With Notes. In Six Volumes. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. (Uniform with the beautiful "Household Waverley.")
The Constitutional History of England, since the Accession of George III. 1760-1860. By Thomas Erskine May, C. B. 2 vols. Boston: Crosby and Nichols. 12mo. Vol. I. pp. 484. (See p. 133.)
The History of England from the Accession of James II. By Lord Macaulay. Vol. V. Edited by his Sister, Lady Trevelyan. With Additional Notes to Vols. I., II., III., IV., a Sketch of Lord Macaulay's Life and Writings, by S. Austin Allibone, and a complete Index to the entire Work. Boston: Crosby and Nichols. 12mo. pp. 335.
GEOGRAPHY AND TRAVELS.
Life and Adventures in the South Pacific. By a Roving Printer. New York: Harper and Brothers. 12mo. pp. 361.
The Okavango River; a Narrative of Travel, Exploration, and Adventure. By Charles John Andersson. With numerous Illustrations, and a Map of Southern Africa. New York: Harper and Brothers. 8vo. pp. 414. (See p. 142.)
The Last Travels of Ida Pfeiffer; inclusive of a Visit to Madagascar. With an Autobiographical Memoir of the Author. Translated by H. W. Dulcken. New York: Harper and Brothers. 12mo. pp. 281. (See p. 143.) The Cotton Kingdom; a Traveller's Observations on Cotton and Slavery in the American Slave States; based upon three former Volumes of Journeys and Investigations by the same Author. By Frederick Law Olmsted. New York: Mason Brothers. 2 vols. 12mo. pp. 376, 404. (See p. 137.)
NOVELS AND TALES.
Record of an Obscure Man. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 18mo. pp. 216. (See p. 141.)
Tales of the Day. No. 6. Boston: William Carter.
For Better for Worse. Boston: T. O. H. P. Burnham. pp. 165. Notice to Quit. By W. G. Wills. New York: Harper and Brothers. pp. 156.
The Artist's Married Life; being that of Albert Dürer, translated from the German of Leopold Schefer, by Mrs. J. R. Stodart. Revised Edition, with Memoir. Boston: James Munroe & Co. 16mo. pp. 204.
Works of Charles Dickens. Household Edition. Old Curiosity Shop. 3 vols. New York: James G. Gregory.
Lilliesleaf; being a concluding Series of Passages in the Life of Mrs. Mar
garet Maitland, of Sunnyside. Written by herself. Boston: T. O. H. P. Burnham. pp. 398.
Songs in Many Keys. By Oliver Wendell Holmes. Boston: Ticknor and Fields.
12mo. pp. 308.
Poems by John G. Saxe. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. (Blue and gold.)
32mo. pp. 308.
The Tragedy of Errors. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 18mo. pp. 249. Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning. From the last London Edition, corrected by the Author. 3 vols. New York: James Miller. 32mo. (Blue and gold.) (See p. 154.)
The British Poets. Poems of Lord Byron. 10 vols. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co.
Poems by William Allingham. First American Edition. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 32mo. pp. 276. (Blue and gold.)
The Works of William Shakespeare, edited by Richard Grant White. Vols. IX., X., XI., XII. Boston: Little, Brown, & Co. 12mo.
The Magnet Stories for Summer Days and Winter Nights. Illustrated. Boston James Munroe & Co. 18mo. pp. 296.
Streaks of Light; or, Fifty-two Facts from the Bible for the Fifty-two Sundays of the Year. New York: Harper and Brothers. 16mo. pp. 344. Spectacles for Little Eyes. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. 16mo. pp. 398. (A pleasant and well-illustrated account of the sights of Boston and its vicinity.)
The Stokesley Secret; or, How the Pig paid the Rent. By the Author of "The Heir of Redclyffe." New York: D. Appleton & Co. 24mo. pp. 245.
Spare Hours. By John Brown, M. D. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. 12mo. pp. 458. (See p. 153.)
Lessons in Life. A series of Familiar Essays. By Timothy Titcomb. New York: C. Scribner. 12mo. pp. 344.
Woman's Rights under the Law. In Three Lectures. By Caroline H. Dall. Boston: Walker, Wise, & Co. 18mo. pp. 164. (See p. 141.) A Course of Six Lectures on the Chemical History of à Candle; to which is added a Lecture on Platinum. By Michael Faraday. New York: Harper and Brothers. pp. 223.
Asaph, or the Choir-Book; a Collection of Vocal Music, Sacred and Secular. By Lowell Mason and William Mason. New York: Mason Brothers. pp. 384.
Two Dedication Sermons delivered in Wilton, N. H. By Rev. Jonathan Livermore, Jan. 5, 1775, and by Rev. A. A. Livermore, Jan. 10, 1861. New York: John A. Gray. pp. 33.
A Sermon preached at Cleveland, Ohio, before the A. B. C. F. M., at their Fifty-second Annual Meeting. By Richard S. Storrs, Jr. New York: J. A. Gray. pp. 45.
Our Sacrifices. A Sermon, preached Nov. 3, 1861, being the Sunday after the Funeral of Lieut. W. L. Putnam. By C. A. Bartol. Boston: Ticknor and Fields. pp. 23.
The Ship of State bound for Tarshish. A Sermon, preached in Sandwich, Nov. 21, 1861. By Henry Kimball. Boston: Rand and Avery. pp. 16. The Position of our Species in the Path of its Destiny. New York: Charles Scribner. pp. 32.