Dial Essays (1843)

Antislavery Poems

Dial Essays (1843) Antislavery Poems Antislavery Poems. By JOHN PIERPONT. Boston: Oliver Johnson. 1843. These poems are much the most readable of all the metrical pieces we have met with on the subject; indeed, it is strange how little poetry this old outrage of negro slavery has produced. Cowper’s lines in the Task are still…

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Augustine‘s Confessions

Dial Essays (1843) Augustine’s Confessions Confessions of St. Augustine. Boston: E. P. Peabody. We heartily welcome this reprint from the recent London edition, which was a revision, by the Oxford divines, of an old English translation. It is a rare addition to our religious library. The great Augustine, — one of the truest, richest, subtlest,…

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The Bible in Spain

Dial Essays (1843) The Bible in Spain The Bible in Spain, or the Journeys, Adventures, and Imprisonments of an Englishman in an attempt to circulate the Scriptures in the Peninsula. By GEORGE BORROW. Author of The Gipsies in Spain. “This is a charming book, full of free breezes, and mountain torrents, and pictures of romantic…

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Channing‘s Poems

Dial Essays (1843) Channing’s Poems Poems by WILLIAM ELLERY CHANNING. Boston. 1843. We have already expressed our faith in Mr. Channing’s genius, which in some of the finest and rarest traits of the poet is without a rival in this country. This little volume has already become a sign of great hope and encouragement to…

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The Dream of a Day

Dial Essays (1843) The Dream of a Day The Dream of a Day, and other Poems. By JAMES G. PERCIVAL. New Haven. 1843. Mr. Percival printed his last book of poems sixteen years ago, and every school-boy learned to declaim his “Bunker Hill,” since which time, he informs us, his studies have been for the…

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Literary Intelligence

Dial Essays (1843) Literary Intelligence The death of Dr. Channing at Bennington in Vermont, on the 2d October, is an event of great note to the whole country. The great loss of the community is mitigated by the new interest which intellectual power always acquires by the death of the possessor. Dr. Channing was a…

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The Spanish Student

Dial Essays (1843) The Spanish Student The Spanish Student. A Play in Three Acts. By H. W. Longfellow. A pleasing tale, but Cervantes shall speak for us out of La Gitanilla. “You must know, Preciosa, that as to this name of Poet, few are they who deserve it, — and I am no Poet, but…

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Paracelsus

Dial Essays (1843) Paracelsus Mr. Browning was known to us before, by a little book called “Pippa Passes,” full of bold openings, motley with talent like this, and rich in touches of personal experience. A version of the thought of the day so much less penetrating than Faust and Festus cannot detain us long; yet…

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Past and Present

Dial Essays (1843) Past and Present By Thomas Carlyle. Here is Carlyle’s new poem, his Iliad of English woes, to follow his poem on France, entitled the History of the French Revolution. In its first aspect it is a political tract, and since Burke, since Milton, we have had nothing to compare with it. It…

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Sonnets

Dial Essays (1843) Sonnets Sonnets and other Poems. By WILLIAM LLOYD GARRISON. Boston. 1843. pp. 96. Mr. Garrison has won his palms in quite other fields than those of the lyric muse, and he is far more likely to be the subject than the author of good poems. He is rich enough in the earnestness…

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A Letter

Dial Essays (1843) A Letter As we are very liable in common with the letter-writing world, to fall behindhand in our correspondence, and a little more liable because, in consequence of our editorial function, we receive more epistles than our individual share, we have thought that we might clear our account by writing a quarterly…

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The Huguenots

Dial Essays (1843) The Huguenots in France and America The Huguenots is a very entertaining book, drawn from excellent sources, rich in its topics, describing many admirable persons and events, and supplies an old defect in our popular literature. The editor’s part is performed with great assiduity and conscience. Yet amidst this enumeration of all…

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