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deep sympathies, which are doubtless intended to develope the powers of his soul; he is allowed to walk proudly in the enjoyment of other privileges, which shall be nameless; while the woman who refuses to marry, perhaps that she may devote her life, in a high spirit of self-sacrifice, to errands of mercy and offices of piety and religion, is treated by a rude class with ridicule and neglect.

But the subject of the volumes under notice should attract attention, aside from the general beauty of expression, and the interesting traits of nature which pervade them, because it is a c'ironicle of those times in our country's history that tried men's souls. Our journals and periodicals should not suffer books to remain unnoticed, which religiously attempt to save from time's effacing finger those stirring incidents so worthy to be remembered in our country's annals. We have said thus much in praise of the work, because we like it; and that must be a good book, in the best sense of the ter.n, from the perusa of which we rise with a stronger detestation of vice, and a new love of virtue; which makes us love our country and our fellow creatures better.

Poems. By S. Louisa P. Smith. In one volume. pp. 250. Providence, Rhode

Island : A. S. BECKWITH.

The articles in this Magazine, from the journal and correspondence of Mrs. Sortie MANNING Phillips, have suggested to us a brief retrospective review of the labors of a kindred spirit, who, like her, has passed beyond the reach of earthly praise. Many of our readers will call to mind numerous poetical productions, which ran the rounds of nearly all the papers in the United States, some few years since, from the pen of Mrs. SARAH Louisa P. Smith. This gifted lady died in February, 1832, al the early age of twenty-one. Mrs. Smith, then Miss HICKMAN, was born at Detroit, while her grandfather, Major-General William Hull, was governor of that territory. She removed to Massachusetts, in her infancy, with her mother, who there carefully watched over her education, which was in all respects a finished one. She was early remarkable for her quickness of parts, and for a disposition the most amiable and affectionate. We have been permitted to peruse some of her early letters to her dearest earthly friend; and must be permitted to say, in illustration of her character, and the character of her verse, that more ardent affection never breathed from woman's heart, than is evinced in these epistles; while the style is of mingled playfulness and endearment, which none but a female mind can dictate. When she had but just entered her teens, she surprised her relatives and friends by her extraordinary exhibitions of poetical talent. She soon after began to give occasional publicity to her effusions, through some of the literary periodicals of the day, and several of the annuals, and hence became an object of general notice, as a young lady of rare gifts, and eminent personal attractions. In the antumn of 1828, Miss HICKMAN was married to Mr. S. J. Smith, then the editor of a literary journal in Providence, Rhode Island, and now of the 'New-York Sunday Morning News.' The union was short, but one of great affection. The following season they removed to Cincinnati; and it is but just to the literary taste of the west, to state, that she was soon ranked among the sweetest minstrels of that region. We should not omit to speak, in this connection, of the prose of our poetess, which was no less remarkable than her verse, for grace and beauty of diction. Our present purpose, however, is to present a few extracts from the poems named at the head of this article, which we are confident the world will not willingly let die." Tho following lines, written upon the spur of the moment, at the request of a friend, upon

that affecting passage in the Polish annals, where Kosciusko fell, and was supposed by all Warsaw to have been dead, bear their own high encomium with them :

THROUGH Warsaw there is weeping,

1 There's a voice of woman weeping,
And a voice of sorrow now,

In Warsaw heard to-night,
For the hero who is sleeping,

And eyes close not in sleeping,
With death upon his brow;

That late with joy were bright;
The trumpet-tone will waken

No festal torch is lighted,
No more his martial tread,

No notes of music swell ;
Nor the battle-ground be shaken,

Their country's hope was blighted,
When his banner is outspread !

When that son of freedom fell!
Now let our hymn

Now let our hymn
Float through the aisle,

Float through the aisle,
Faintly and dim,

Faintly and dim,
Where inoonbeams smile ;

Where

moon-beams smile :
Sisters, let our solemn strain,

Sisters, let our hymn arise
Breathe a blessing o'er the slain!

Sadly to the midnight skies!
There's a voice of grief in Warsaw,

And a voice of love undying,
The mourning of the brave,

From the tomb of other years,
O'er the chicftian who is gathered

Like the west wind's summer sighing,
Unto his honored grave;

It blends with manhood's tears ;
Who now will face the foeman ?

It whispers not of glory,
Who break the tyrant's chain ?

Nor fame's unfading youth,
Their bravest one lies fallen,

But lingers o'er a story
And sleeping with the slain.

of young affection's truth.
Now let our hymn

Now let our hymn
Float through the aisle,

Float through the aisle,
Faintly and dim,

Faintly and dim,
Where moon-beams smile ;

Where moon-beams smile:
Sisters, let our dirge be said

Sisters, let our solemn strain
Slowly o'er the sainted dead!

Breathe a blessing o'er the slain! We should be pleased to present passages from “The Maid of the Temple,' an extended poem, imbued with some of our authoress' best characteristics, as well as from one or two pieces of kindred length, as 'The Bewildered Knight,'' A Legend,' etc., written in the west; but neither the connection, nor our limits, will permit. To the beauty and feeling of the subjoined, many a bereaved spirit will make answer:

They led me to a darkened room, with noiseless step, where lay
The last of what had shone on earth, like some bright thing of day;
There were quiet mourners o'er the dust, that still was passing fair,
Though the wreathing, rose-like smiles were gone, that had shone brightly there.
There was one, who o'er the sleeper bent, and breathed a saddening lay,
A brow from which the light of joy had faded long away;
A dewy cheek, and long dark hair, above a neck of snow,
That told, not age had brought to her this bitterness of wo.
I listen'd to her words, and there was something in the strain,
Which woke a fountain in my heart, I cannot still again;
I'll breathe them in my song, and they may catch some feeling eye,
While young light hea that know not grief, may pass them idly by.
• A last, a dreamless, dreary sleep, is thine, thou faded flower!
A sleep that knows no sunrise fair - no joyful waking hour ;
Not such as oft-times I have seen, steal o'er thine eye of blue,
As fleecy clouds enshroud the moon, that shines in glory through.
"I've walk'd the world, through lonely years of sunshine, shade, and gloom,
And seen the fairest blossoms fade, in the morning of their bloom;
I've seen the wreck of all that's good, and bright, and glorious here,
My weary days are numbered, and the closing hour draws near!
"I've seen the sun of joy go down on many a human brow,

But I never saw the spoiler seize so fair a thing as thou !
Spring wreaths are round thee! dewy flowers, io fade with thee, my child!
Just such as in the past, bright hours, amid thy tresses smiled.
These faded cheeks are stained with tears, from many a trial past,
But the bitterest drops are shed for thee, the bitterest and the last;
For something tells me 1 shall sleep thy silent sleep ere long,
And we shall meet again my flower, ali freed from worldly wrong.'
Unknown, unnumbered are His ways, who sends the grave its prey,
And human love must still weep on, to find its treasure clay,
And learn to lose its clinging hold and strong affections here,
For hopes that have a resting place, with nothing eartbly near.

We regret to be compelled to close our extracts with the following; but it is all for which we can find room. The volume is replete with poetry, upon various themes, equally touching and beautiful; and we can only hope that a new edition of the work before us, with the subsequent productions of the writer in addition, will ere long enable our readers to judge of the correctness of the estimate which we have placed upon the writer's genius. The stanzas are entitled 'The Orphan's Smile:

Oxs smile passed over her sunken cheek, She was beautiful, for beauty's flowers
It told far more than the lip may speak;

Bloom not alone in the sunniest bowers;
"T was grief's own poetry, iouching chords They love to gather round those who grieve,
That had never woke to the sound of words, And a delicate lustre there to weave;
And glimmered there with a light as lone, They dazzle the eye in the festal hall,
As the moon's pale ray on a marble stone. But there, the loveliest tints ne'er fall.
Love from the green earth for her had gone,

But that soft, sad smile, it told you so, And let her lone as a star at morn,

How the light of your love on earth must go ; Whose sister lights bad waned and set,

How the human heart must fill its springs, As dawoing smiles night's shadows met;

With tears for the loss of its dearest things; There was nothing left to shine for her,

You could not gaze and turn away And make the wide waste lovelier.

To the light of pleasure's careless ray.

Have you ever dreamed of an icy isle,
On which summer sunbeams never smile ?
Logely and far in the northern seas,
And rudely swept by the chilling breeze?
'Twas thus life's waters moved her on,
A chilled, a sad and a stricken one!

The sunny months went swiftly by,
The time for flowers to spring and die ;
Earth's silver sounds were heard in glee,
And the swell of joyous minstrelsy;
And her fairest things to light awoke,
Save the orphan girl, whose heart was broke!

In all the relations of daughter, wife, and mother, Mrs. Smith well sustained her part, 'linking all goodness with affections dear,' and dying, left behind her, in the warm memories of surviving friends, the best memorial to her many virtues.

A CHRONICLE OF LOUISIANA: BEING AN Account OF THE WARS or Don Diego Rosa,

called 'He of the Iron Arm,' the last Catholic Governor of that Province. In one volume. pp. 87. New-York: LINEN AND FENNELL.

CHARLES LAMB somewhere says, that he should like, as a matter of curiosity, to see the greatest ninny that ever lived. Elia died too young; for here is a person, without a solitary qualification for the arduous task, who has sat deliberately down to write — what do you think, curious reader? — why an imitation of Irying's History of New York! And such an imitation! We feel, in the very beginning, malgré the abundant pomposity and affectation, that the writer has nothing to say; and his performance fully justifies the presentiment. We know not when we have seen a volume which displays so much silliness and pretension. We submitted to yawn over it to the very last line, and must truly and honestly declare, that in our judgment, more dismal trash was never printed in a book. A good copy of what is excellent, is generally preferable to original mediocrity; but stupid imitation is of all things the most insufferable. From first to last, there is not a gleam, a scintillation, of humor; and yet it grieves us to say so, for never did an author labor so hard. Cumbrous and obscure description divides the palm with the weakest original conception; insomuch that, after all, one is in doubt whether the volume be not less calculated to excite ridicule than compassion. We are duly grateful for the kind wishes of the anonymous author, who sends us his volume accompanied by his "high and sincere regard;' but were he the warmest of bosom friends, we could conscientiously say no less, nor help regretting that his Ms. did not sleep in the centre of Gibraltero,' (meaning 'Gibralta,' doubtless, since the Spanish is affected,) the resting-place of the great Rosa, whose exploits it assumes to record. The true

son of genius to whom the work is dedicated, if he should chance to read the volume, will be doing injustice to his friend the author, if he do not advise him, that if he has, in suber earnestness,

set up for a wit,
The very best thing that he can do,

Is down again to sit!' We agree with some of our contemporaries, that it is truly melancholy to see fine paper, beautiful printing, and respectable wood-cuts, worse than thrown away, in the production and illustration of such irredeemable nonsense.

POEMS BY GEORGE Lunt. In one volume, 12mo. pp. 160. New York: GOULD AND

Newman.

Without attempting a review, (for weighty reasons, elsewhere stated,) of this little volume, the unbound sheets of which have been laid before us by the publishers, we would at once cominend it to our readers, as containing much good poetry, that will satisfy the imagination, and find a ready way to the heart. We beg the reader to rely upon this summary judgment of the work, until we have leisure and space to prove its correctness; and in the mean time, we offer the following from the lesser attractions of the book, as security for our 'appearance at court,' when Mr. LUNT'S trial comes uppermost on our calendar: Swifter and swifter day by day,

Thou passest on, with thee the vain,
Down time's unquiet current hurled,

Who sport upon thy daunting blaze,
Thou passest on thy restless way,

Pride, framed of dust and folly's train,
Tumultu us and unstable world!

Who court thy love, and run thy ways: Thou passest on! Time hath not seen

But thou and I -- and be it so
Delay upon thy hurried pith;

Press on vard to eternity ;
And prayers and tears alike have been

Yet not together let us go
In vain to stay thy course of wrath!

To that deep-voiced but shoreless sea. Thou passest on! and with thee go

Thou hast thy friends - I would have mine; The loves of youth, the cares of age ;

Thou hast thy thonghts – leave me my And smiles and tears, and joy and wo,

I kneel pot at thy gilded shrine, Lowa; Are on thy history's troubled page!

I bow not at thy slavish throne:
There, every day, like yesterday,

I see them pass without a sigh-
Writes hopes that end in mockery ;

They wake no swelling raptures now, But u ho shall tear the veil away

The fierce delights that fire thine eye,
Before the abyss of things to be ?

The triumphs of thy haughty brow.

Thou passest on, and at thy side,

Even as a shade, Oblivion treads, And o'er the dreams of human pride

His misty shroud forever spreads; Where all ihine iron band hath traced

Upon that gloomy scroll to-day, With records ages since effaced,

Like them shall live, like them decay.

Pass on, relentless world! I grieve

No more for all that thou hast riven:
Pass on, in God's name - only leave

The thing, thou never vet hast given;
A heart at ease, a mind at home,

Afi'ections fixed above thy suay,
Faith, set upon a world to come,

And patience through life's litile day.

THE HUGUENOT. A TALE OF THE FRENCH PROTESTANTS. By the Author of 'Richelieu.' In two volumes, 12mo. pp. 525. New-York: HARPER AND BROTHERS.

These volumes are named in this place, because we would keep the reader advised of the prominent works of fiction, as they issue from the press, and not for the purpose of review; since the demands of illness - stalking like a grim shadow throngh a small domestic circle, and pulling each member by the ears, as the quaint Thomas BROWNE hath it — have left us no leisure for its perusal. A friend, however, in whose literary judgment the reader may implicitly confide, has been more fortunate than ourselves. He has perused the volumes, he informs us, with unabated interest to the last; and gives it as his opinion, that no previous work of the author will effect more for his reputation.

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'MUSIC AND FRIENDS.' – Great is our delectation, on behalf of our readers, that through the kindness of an attentive correspondent in London, whose means are equal to the snggestions of a generous will, we are now made, and shall continue to be made, the earliest recipients on this side the water, of copies of whatsoever is rich and rare in the literary novelties, whether of books or periodicals, of the prolific 'trans-Atlantines.' In addition to the original 'Munthly Record of Foreign Literature, collected up to the latest possible period, by our capable contributor, and embracing, beside, all the imporant works in progress of publication, we shall not unfrequently be favored with early extracts from volumes in the London press, which are likely to prove attractive 10 American readers, and in one or two instances, with early sheets from the best of the magazines; so that we may safely proinise an ample variety of matiers, damp froin a foreign press, or fresh from the pen of a resident correspondent, to mingle, in due proportion, with the domestic productions of our review and 'table' department. In the case of Grant's amusing 'Sketches in London,' the copious extracts from our advance copy were widely circulated in the various journals of the United States, long before the book was on sale here, and even while it was yet a novelly in the London catalogues of new works; and we have now before us, through the same agency, a couple of volumes, even more entertaining than the one in question, which has not yet reached the American literary mari, and from which we purpose lo draw liberally, for the entertainment and aniusement of the reader.

Music and Friends, or Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante,' by William GARDI• XER, is the work to which we allude. The 'Music of Nature,' by the same author, has made the writer favorably known to the musical public. Though the present work is sadly deficient in aim and method, without chronological order,orany thing like regular arrangement in any respect, it is nevertheless a light, lively, and amusing funfaron, wherein the writer has compressed and brought together the floes of all subjects with which the ocean of society wherein he moved, by reason of his musical taste and abilities, was overspread. Sir Walter Scott once said, that he never remarked one who was exclusively attached 10 his own profession, who did not become a great twaddler in good society: this is undoubtedly true, and yet your professional twaddler may be an acute observer; and with a good memory, his brain soon becomes like a pawnbroker's shop, full of other men's intellectual goods; here a scrap of information, picked up casually on the road, and there a sprighily anecdote, gleaned at a dinner in good society. Here a composite joke, it may be, of the Joe Miller school, and there a profound disquisition, by some one eminent in science, upon a momentous theme. With all this, in the present instance, there is mixed up, it is true, a superabundance of musical leaven. Full often does 'the conversation turn chiefly on music;' and the most striking thought suggested to our author by the battle of Waterloo, where a hundred thousand combattants were engaged for eight hours, with all the horrid implements of war, is, what a great pily it was, that BEETHOVEN could not have been there, to seize upon the long roll of the artillery, the yells of mangled thousands, and the clash of arms, as a grand climax to his celebrated battle symphony! The still more sublime war of the elements,

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