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I — r712. BROJVX.
li Minor Poet rrith a Streak of
ir Genius in Him.
\ _ PROWN. Selected and Ar
-nfalS ***_£'», m introduction and Notes, by
r °^« 5-«5 -«* 1 ?«J H. G. D. (Golden Treasury
11^ * «"f » xnx, »4. The MacmiiUn
gerle*'- •
, q, poet, most harassed of all liter-
T» 9 Z\m cocsaxxtly being asked to put Into
tgJ ***** merits which are rare encash any
&s *°*. j, apt to retort that be Is asked
tftere- **c Tr: the chief demand made upon
fort °°^t at all severe-It Is simply that he
588 *Z himself' The trouble with the minor
Cfi^ i *L,~ Hy iiait he tries to be somebody
V* * "Hdeas* and a style really foreign to
el!*. » ■■* He w orks from the outride. There
mjsic to dirined
1 S^^,:,^e d^ Perhaps if
<*" to let htoself go it would be discov
** *«« w bad- after all. no poetry in him.
erf "- Mt j^ sad, but at any rate the experi
p-^t "°* be worth making. Perhaps, too. by
*** *!$« Mmself to the test, he might win
*~ » leaf of lanreL That was the experi
fct ■;* la*e T E- Brown. He was a minor
CCS **S which is in no wise obscured by the
** intf his ixOIWi in the "Golden Treasury
**"% Fat s«s» ** !imit * he was f enuine «
,rftb swiftly coursing blood in his veins,
* .Voucnts in his head and a perfect will
"°teSt *tfl°w'ite as he was moved to write- Ab-
sincere, he develop^ almost uncon
toWe-T * very personal i.nd engaging gift.
**"? y» was not. either in prose or in verse,
; ' '!«■■ he was taken to be by the late
! --%%.- J oth * r <Jrvoted friends - tht
*" . tatataWv a streak of genius in his
1T35 'J2SiJ
- . ... and career are easily outlined
He was bom in 1830, the son
S /S^y»an Fi-es^ms over a church in the
C ' * f^T The parish schoolmaster began his
jrfeo. -M^.^ ppn^nued and rounded out
Thai he was well grounded in the
"• altc^ther fitted to assume the
■'■-■ * *:, . of the Bdhool at Gloucester, with
-f : :;;. assc-ciated as a young man A
*" :d5 J^Thi« Me was given to educational
.."• h" arr-ars to have won his free-
taa harry existence in the island
with bta ■ ■ -
'' US ?S Emotions ir.Fplred In him by them
SsS»'teto vtrses of varying quality.
"■ iL of t!*— to I* published in a book ap
- he first or vSve ypars ago. It was not
! ' a:f E""E ""v ;< jcath in TSfT, that the printing of
■ r ' :na f!l~VVs 'collected poems drew general
1:5 to bis talent The manner cf man he
gaessan x_ -;■; ■ frora this passa^ in the
. ♦„ ..v-A nreseEt volume:
:r .^nct.o n to tel • ■ - : one
. . He had £
ISRakB «! « !Sfc &« leviathan pressir-S
£rt cf ESS^J^HL* wire was rich an,'- d^p.
"rouph tte "°^ ? lv "^vhe the mouth slightly
£ f»ce «i^it^'.> W ■ winr .:T,g kindliness.
the ere. ol of his PVII happy
rjßW^eejT <>«•" rondol boatiaß. bathinp. but
. ; ., I vea:l< 1 f: r "'^- r --:' s . ; "..hem- his fun. Ms hu-
SwTMgSi^ :-^*t CtAe pitch of rollicking
BCr . f.» nuiwcn . .o * a -> t almost an im-
C ttfflW -one Wt ' co a wakPn ed all over by
!bi!:t^]d -'-;:.' ; £ loud peaia of laujrhter,
ftwaH w ™Lv2iL~hoisterons, almost Bchoolboy
!* nerry «t ••• .-_.,,_>- report of an ever.ir.g
-^/V^ c-^-ar? Put beneath this, bub-
T , l?S ea in !--^ c< ; -, _ ; -Ri.ich -Ra.- only nter
- - •
r.i:t«Jt ia> - a_^ Ja«ghter were very close
- ■
a So<
» S?* 7 1 hyi'^M/ ;r; r one fo profoundly and
l ! --;^V"i^ -o FPnsitiv- to the torush of
haasaufcy ' ;•; • „ ,m a M *-^ poets of the

It from
M i. he
uaakJaj cf himself?
Methir.k? ir. hiir there Swells a!way
A sea of langfater very deep.
Asfl If He laashs at fools, why should He not?
■-' God doth dwell.
T>fc!rs the feigned gladness,
icJjaiiiting a sacrf-d core of sadness.
1" these passages Jip himself plve«= us the ei
--»sFler. cf th«> two moods. He would say. "I am
J-*ria:n &vl ma<Jp fools for us to enjoy, but-there
mat be aa econoir.v cf joy in the presence ol a
I prof :• " sympathy, which carried him
a'a-ays to the root cf the matter, was the prin-
pal •our* of his strength as a poet. He knew
bam to pierce b^n^aih the surface and to get at
Be true value of thir.es. When he is in Rome
L<> does not seek to illustrate the city's grandeur
!s rpsocading lirios. H° writes, instead, his
"Hcsaa 'Wosieii," !n which he contrasts the
Efcxgde Italian woman with a type of English
anventionality seer, on the Pincio. He is not
Ojsst to the latter. lie does not attack her
» - 1 - specious satire. But he sees clearly
rch"TPin the Roman woman has the advantage,
t"x ~- . ■ more cf a Tvrmai: she is in her moth
•*• <*>£. her firr.7lic.ity. her •utter naturalness.
It is the ratural flgnre that always moves him,
■afl heipg hha to write as sterling a poem as
"The Peal Life-Boat," too loag, ur-fortunateJy. to
be ;- -• - ben Egiaay well illustrative, how
wet of Mb wiclesczne tenderness, Is this
shorter composition:
THE mm — ■ " HE SAL.TTH.
A little zzzlira jr.et =0 in the lane,
And tsUel a Krlit so verr fain.
><■■ IsS cf tnat and haprir.ess.
J^couifl art rhoose b-jt Licss
I» child, ttat ehe ehould have «uch grace
-0 -H«T. lato r:y lace.
Ew aovw ccTilfl hare knorr. me; but I thought
'„,*■** '-he nmaaooß Jor tiia.t wrought
;■• : ~f tie little creature'e heart,
« *'•' should ■-" "Thou art
«tiH5! hfcav^- s " bright about
«M Lb»jv la God to love ■as
•*-■- 1 an; tut & little gleeful •..aid. '
And thou art big. and old, and staid-
But the blue hills have made thee mild
A? Is a. little child
Wh«Tßfore I !ai«rh that thou mavst see—
O. laugh! O! laugh witn me!"
A pretty chanenge! Then I turned me round.
And straight the sober truth I found.
For I was not alone; behind me stood
Beneath his load of wood.
He that of rtjrht the smile possessed—
Her father manifest.
O. blest be Cod! that smch an overplus
Of Joy is given to us:
That that sweet innocent
Gave me the Rift she new meant,
A gift secure and permanent!
FVtt, howjw'w the smite had birth.
It is an added glory on the earth.
This is Brown in his most characteristic mood,
brimming over with the milk of human kind
ness. He has his bookish moods, too, as witness
these three brief pieces:
Of two things one: with Chaucer let me ride.
And hear the Pilgrims' tal«»s: or. that denied,
l»et me with Petrarch In a dew-sprent grove
Ring endless changes on the bells of love.
If Dante breathes on me his awful breath,
1 rise and go; but I am sad as death —
I go. but. turning, who Is that I see?
I whisper: "Ariosto, wait for me I"
Literature and music both moved him. but it
was chiefly in the joys and sorrows of men and
women that he found his material. When the
purely human theme was not uppermost in his
mind he would give himself to the beauty of
nature, and sing just for the joy of singing. He
begins one of his poems with a reference to his
To «snp a son?: shall please my countrymen:
To unlock th<* "treasures of the Island heart;
With loving ■•••■. hill and pien,
And find tiie oro that is not for the mart
Of commerce: this is all I ask.
No task,
But joy. God wot:
Sing-ing was unquestionably a joy to him. You
feel it over and over again in such lyrics as
"Vespers," "Veris et Favcni," "Apple Tree."
"My Garden," and a dozen others that it would
be a pleasure to quote. Does he communicate
Joy to his reader? Yes, in his way. Nothing
that ho wrote sweeps you off your feet and
tabes you captive as. with the great poets, a
single line will often take you captive. But
(From a photograph.!
nothing that he wrote is commonplace, dull or
lifeless. His heart was in his work, his love
of truth and beauty and all things right and
fine amounted to a passion, and he struck a
note of purity and sweetness that promises to
Another Booh cm the English Coun
try Ilouse.
and Its Garden Environments. Edited by H.
Avray Tipping. M. A. Illustrated from photo
graphs by Charles Latham. Vol. IIL Folio,
pp. xl, 346. Imported by Charles Scribner's
The series In which this volume appears makes
Just th« right appeal to the lover of beautiful
gardens. Good taik about those gardens is al
ways welcome, but the main thing Is to have
pictures of them, such pictures as a skilled
photographer can make. Water color, in the
right hands. Is no doubt a good medium for the
CFrom a photograph.)
□lustration of sunny, flower filled spaces, bat
the right hands are tare, and in any case the
camera gives us a more vivid sense of the sub
ject. It is esi>ecial!y useful in the preparation
of a bock like this, in which architecture is no
less Important than are the triumphs of the
gardener. Indeed, a great part of the beauty of
these wonderful gardens is due ti the mansions
they surround. In some cases the bouse is so
Interesting that it holds, so tv say, the centre
of the stap-e.
One of Mr. lapping's notable chapters treats
of Layer Marney Towers, m Essex, the seat of a
family dating from the time of Henry 11. The
brick fac.ad< of the southern side of this remark -
g . mbraces two spacious bays, which
ris< to a h< -iirht of eight stories. The numerous
windows hint vaguely of Gothic design, but in
their general aspect the Impressive towers of
bri k recall Oh architecture of the North Italian
::• r:;i.:ssance. There is much In the book which,
as m this Instance, is significant for the student
of the art of building. The selection ran?"?
from the Imposing rile of Castle Howard, with
Its Italian dome, to modest manor houses whose
simple gabies stand for one of the most beguil
ing phasr-s of Tudor taste. In treating of the
first and s.-cond volumes in this series we have
paid ample attention to the fine character of Mr.
Latham's photographs, and the equally good
quality of Mr. Tipping 1 ? historical notes. We
need only to observe now that the third volume
maintains the standard of Its predecessors. It
celebrates some thirty or forty places of en
chantment, bringing their glamour to our very
The Fur.k & Waprr.alis Company has pub
lished the first volume of "The New Scbaff-
Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge
This i« based on the third edition of the
"Realencyki.pa.sie" of J. J. Berxog. It has been
prepared und>-r the supervision of Dr. S M
Jackson, with the assistance of eight or ten ex
perienced editors. It embraces Biblical, his
torical, doctrinal and practical theology, and
Biblical, theological and ecclesiastica] biography
from the earliest times to the prea at day There
are to be twelve volumes In all. Tl c first.
which caxrie-s tho record to "Basilians." the
monks or inns following the rule of St Basil.
who introduced the cenobitk lif« into Asia
Minor, runs to five hundn-d pages, but w« note
th^t a pai»T of fair tightness has been used, bo
that the well proportioned octavo is easy to
Mr. Brooks Adams has for two or three yeanli
been working on a biography of his grand
father, John Quincy Adams. Documents in the
possession of his own family have enabled him
to embody much new material in his book. It
will be published by G. W. Jacobs & Co. in their
series of '"American Crisis Biographies."
In reviewing very cordially last Sunday "The-
Gourmet's Guide to Europe." the little book in
which Lieutenant Colonel Newnham-I^aviy has
handled an interesting theme with the touch
of an artist, we expressed the hope that there
would be an American edition of it. This has
since come to hand, bearing Brentano's imj/rint.
We congratulate these publishers. A? we have
already stated, the book is as useful as it Uft
The Paris correspondent of "The Athenaeum-;
states that M. Maeterlinck is working at his
home in Normandy on his new drama, "Marie-
Magdeleine." The writer adds that "in spite
of what this title seems to hint, the subject
matfer of the play is not mystical, and the new
work has nothing to do with dramas of dream
and legend; it Is rather in the style of Monna
Vanna,' which marks an evolution of Maeter
linck's talent toward reality and drama meant
for the stage." This play is to be acted next
Mr Swinburne, it is reported, is engaged upon
the revision of his book on "The Age of Shake
speare." This means, we suppose, that he la
engaged in the congenial task of piling Penan
upon Ossa.
A new book by Major Martin Hume is always
down The book will appear in the fall.
The medallion of the late Mrs. Crapie, whicti
we reproduced In this place last Sunday, was
unveiled in the general j library of TJni *ersity
College, London, on Wednesday. Jul> 1. Lord
ship in modern English literature.
The July number of "The International
Studio- opens with an Dtastrated art* c an th»
recent exhibition of the National Sculpture So-
Sty at Baltimore. Tl.. - i^"^ °?
Se edition at the Carnegie In-titut. . t;,- work
r jsfess: tsrstrs as
Sdthe etchings of >:r Charles All
these articles are, of course, fulrj ululate*.
£S • r y~.SFJ=
SSSSS ffi«# 5 i S3Sffl
hZra ISo an Ibsen museum, but that his widow
is ° disinclined to have the project carried out
just now. i
T*i^ Putnam? have recently published
- M ".. ■, ■ ■ Eight Parliaments," a book by
Mr Henry W Lucy, the Parliamentary com
tor of -Punch," whoa pen has often been
employed In our own columns. The book is
divided Into two parts, one treating at men ana
ther of manners. The author ha* known
five Prime Ministers. Mr. Gladstone, Mr. Dis
raeli Lord Salisbury. Lord Rosebery ami Mr.
Balfour H< baa lately completed a volume of
• reminiscences, which will appear in tho
autumn under the title of -Sixty Tears Jn the
Wilderness: Some Passages by the Way."

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