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THE LOYER'B SONG.
BY EDWARD ROWLAND SILK
Lend me thy fillet. Love!
I would no longer see;
('over mine eyelids close awhile.
And make me blind like thee.
Then might I pass her sunny face.
And know not it was fair;
Th^n mishit 1 hear her voice, nor guess
Her starry eyes were there.
All! banished so from stars and sun-
Why need it be my fate?
If only she might deem me good
And wise, and be my mate!
Lend her thy fillet. Love!
I..et her no longer see;
If there ie hope for me at all.
She must be blind like thee.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 3. 1902.
Tlie probability, alluded to in this place last
week, that an exceptional quantity of new
books will be brought out by London publishers
iv the forthcoming season, is sadly acknowl
edged by the Editor of '"The Academy and Lit
erature." lie faces the autumn with some dis
content, remarking. "Why the year's production
of books should be crowded into a few months
it is difficult to understand." Indeed it is, and
this mournful commentator has our wannest
sympathy. We know just how be feels. It
seems altogether unlikely, however, that any
change will be made. Year after year most of
the uew books are crowded into the period
from. say. September 1 to May 1, though in
this country the season is sometimes carried
well on toward June. Even in this period the
new publications are distributed after a very
arbitrary system. Toward the middle of it the
mass of new books is nothing less than heroic
iv its proportions. Why this should be thus it
is, most decidedly, difficult to understand. Hut
the publishers must know why they abide by
the old tradition, if a change is impossible, it
would at least be interesting to have the facts
iv the matter made public.
Mr. (I. Somes Layard has published in a book
two magazine articles of his. entitled respect
ively, -The Gentle Art of Book Lending" and
"The Pooling of Private Libraries." These be
fine sun^estive titles, and we are sure that Mr.
Layard himself must be extremely "gentle" of
boul. Only such a man could make such a
proposition as his. Hut we fear that booklovers
will continue to cultivate a certain brutality
toward their friends when the latter come witli
the emotion of the borrower visible in their
eye,. Indeed, they owe it to the human race
in general, as well as to themselves, to preserve
a demeanor as of adamant when the book
borrower conies their way. for in refusing him
the desired boon they are saving him from an
immorality, and thereby helping along the re
habilitation of mankind. Everybody knows i- at
the practice of borrowing l>ooks works evil in
two ways. It makes the lender unhappy, keeps
him in a state of anxiety and worry, and de
relops in him a strain of morose, suspicious feet
ing. The borrower is insidiously corrupted by
indulgence in this wor-t of all bookish vices.
He may begin in what seems to him a con
scientious manner. He returns the borrowed
book before nightfall, and in good condition.
Hut in a little while he thinks nothing of keep-
Ing a book for twenty four hours, ani we have
known cases in which the time was extended,
in cold blood, to something over a week, of
course, when a borrower reaches this siau''- of
depravity ihe preservation in good condition of
the volume retained by him i< merely a matter
of luck. Mr Layard may rouse wild hopes in
some lost bosoms, but the booklover will only
clasp liis treasures the closer.
Mr. .!. florace Round, thai high authority on
matters <>i genealogy and heraldry, baa been
rapping over the knuckles a journalisi who has
been helping himself, without so much as a
"thank you," t<> some of Mr. Bound's printed
statements. The "plagiarist" Is thereupon
greatly indignant He points out that he bor
rowed 'farts." and that in "facts" Mr. Bound
can scarcely assert any claim to copyright But
when he goes on to observe that "a journalist
mist. write hurriedly of many subjects of which
he knows little," and adds that "the secret of
the successful journalist of today lies snrt'ly in
the maxim thai nest to knowing :i thing him
self, the best thing is to know as you find it."
iio talks heside ihe point. "We are all," he goes
on, "in that sense plagiarists, and the British
Museum is the state endowed store where lit
erary thieves may steal to their heart's eon
lent." Thai is all according to the way in
which one looks at it. Mr. Round, we imagine,
would lie the last man in the world to grudge
any one the use of his facts. But when facts
happen to have been sought out and put to
gether with laborious scholarship, it is .scarcely
too much to ask that whoever comes along to
employ them in writings of his own should at
least refer to the source at which he found
them. There is too much casual adoption of
other people's ideas and facts going on among
too many writers, nut all, be il added, jour
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
A NEW PORTRAIT BY A KRIKNOI-T
THE THSTORY OF MARY I. QUKKN OF ENG
LAND as Form.l in the rublir Records. Dis
patches of Ambassadors, in Original Private
Letters and Other Contemporary Documents.
Py J. M Stone. Octavo, pp. x, 545. E. P. Dut
ton & Co.
Mr. Stone is convinced that full justice has
not hitherto been done to Queen Mary. In this
volume he attempts to show merits in her that
have been overlooked or minimized, and to ex
pose what he considers to !>•• unfairly manipu
lated shadows in th>- ac< epted portraits of his
heroine. It is perhaps natural that she should
have been treated with a little less fairness
than is her due. She is very far from being
among the most sympathetic of England's royal
figures, and, moreover, her life story, for all
that it embraces some notable elements, is
very easily regarded as chiefly a sort of inter
lude between that of her prodigious father and
that of her even more imposing sister. In the
contemplation of a time which witnessed the
close of Henry's reign and the opening of Eliza
beth's the historian, almost as much as the
general reader, may be forgiven if he fails some
what In his duty toward Mary; her mightier
,; ■ • trait by Moro I
kinsfolk distract attention from her, as th-y dls
tra.r It from the boyish Edward. Mr. Stone
would make amends.
lIENUY VI II.
(Krotn the portrait by Luke IlorneboltJ
He Is not always as convincing as h» wouM
wish to be, but in the main he inclines U3 ,
believe in his hypothesis that Mary was not In
all things as black as she has been painted.
He is especially persuasive in his study of her
earlier years. Those were so full of sorrow and
even of peril that a certain pathos attaches to
Mary. That she weathered the storms of her
infancy and young womanhood Is indeed a mar
vel. Hers might have been the boast of that
survivor of the Terror in France who. being
asked what he had done during that period, re.
plied "1 lived." As Mr Stone points out, when
Henry saw that he was losing the love and re
spect of so many of his contemporaries he re.
solved to make hfmself feared. Ties of blood
never meant anything to hini. his ruthless hand
bore as heavily upon the daughter of Katharine
of Arragon as uron that unhappy woman her
self, and he treated both with scarcely mOT 9
consideration than might have b.-^n expected by
enemies and strangers. The little princes*
opened her eyes upon what promised to be. for
her, a happy world, but as Anne Boleyn's star
rose upon the horizon suffering fell not onhj
upon the Queen, but upon Mary, "the pearl of
the world," as Henry blithely < -all -d hc-r. "Near
ly all her life long." says Mr. Stone, the times
were out of joint, and she knew no other way
to set them right but that of uncompromising
opposition." She is admirable, for a time at
least, in that opposition. She showed remark
able courage and discretion in her behavior
toward her father and his circle for a long tim»
after the catastrophe which degraded her in he*
relation to the succession. The King and Ann*
might do their best to make I r
their conception of what we may .vail the re
organization of the royal family, but she woald
not submit -except in so far as force compelled
n£ . r to — to the exaltation of Elizabeth over her
head, and a good section of Mr. Stor:-"s book ij
taken up with the narrative >>t bet t ■■• ,
campaign of resistance Cestal k days
she had pluck, as one ar. il suf
fice to show. Wh-n she and ! v-re at
Kltham Anne Ko'-yn paid att« a visit.
and on this occasion sfcc beard mass one day
togeth-r with Mary. At the ■ •:■ !. ■aia the lat
ter left the room, she made a low courtesy, and
one of Anne's maids told her thai this was
meant for her. She sent an am; lati message
to 'the Lady Mary," but, faithful to her mother
and to herself, the princess said:
It is not possible that the Que<=>n can send me
sui h a message; nor is it fit she aaaaM, nor can
it be s ) sudden, her majesty being ss far from
this place. You would have said the l.ady Anne
Boieyne, for I can acknowledge as other Queea
but my mother, nor esteem them say friends
who are not hers. And for the rever-nce whick
I mad.- it was to the altar, to h. r Maker and
mine; and so they are deceived, and i- :eive her
who t'-ll her otherwise.
If Mary were always seen in this valiant mood
one might accompany her with complete admi
ration along what Mr. Stone justly cal!3 the Via
Dolorosa of her earlier years, and. as it ia. it
is impossible to withhold respect from her dowa
to th- entrance of Thomas Cromwell upon the
scene, with the sinister importunities instigated
l>y the Kins in his anxiety to crush his daugh
ter's pride. I'.ut when she affixed her BfcsaatßM
to the l ument repudiating the marriage be
tween -r-.ry and her mother she made it im
possible foe posterity to yield her unreserved
compassion. It was a foul deed of the King:
but. as Mr. Ston-: is compelled to admit, "her
intellect and mental and moral training wer*
such that he was able to appreciate to th- full
the extent of her fall." aad the reader can never
leave this |i II— in her history without retain
ing a bad taste in the mouth. Better the block.
one murmurs, than this vile treachery. Never
theless, it is important n keep her finer trait 3
in mind, and Mr. Stone legitimately gives these
prominence in the pages immediately succeed
tog his account of her surrender to Cromwell's
shameful stratagems. She obtained, of course,
some reward for her complaisance, and especial
ly un'ler Jane Seymour's kindlier regime she en-
Joyed fir more agreeable circumstances. Tha
Fcene not long before the birth of Edward,
when Mary was permitted to make a brave ap
pearance at court would 'ndicate at first blast
a revival of that affectionate atmosphere ia
which at her birth she was enveloped.
So soon as she came within the chamber doore
she made lowe curtsey unto him: in the midst
or" the chamber she did so againe. and when sh*
cane to him, sac made them both lowe curtsey.
and falling on bet kne«s asked his blessing, wbo
i:fter he had given s« his blessing, took her up
by the aaad, and kist her. and tbe «juevn aUo.
both bidding her welcome. Taw the King turn
ing him to the Lords there in presence snid—
Some of you weare desirous that 1 should put
this Jewell to death. Thai had been sreat pit
t;--. quoth the Queene, to have lost your chefest
jewell oi Kngland.
Hut Mary, as the •'. I chroi
"kaowiag that when bet (atari Sat
aiisrhifl was like to ensue, aei
nrm tag, al last in a swoai ■
them." aad. In fact, this ..
of hers is really illustrative of hex
The futtt r was always mingled <
and the nervous torsion ;nt:t led a]
Henry to the end of his - ■' P^ r "
manratrj relieved. Het father did i
she was thirty-one, aril She ■ ■ - time
fixed in her character, fairly
but obstinate and morbid. Klw v
brought her trouble eaaagji \\ ;
was concerned, and when that •'.-■•! !;i-J
passed from t;»e scene the how
was fraught with ill omen. She bad I - ' I •*"
portunity and she failed to improve it. Mould
ing her conduct on the ideals which she had
venerated from her youth upwards " says Mr.
Stone, "she regarded the new needs aad ten-