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young champions of metre and syntax shall treat with proper indignity the speculations of the abstruser Scotchmen ; with the same good reason for which Nelson taught his cabiu-boys to hate a Frenchman as they would hate the devil . Time and peace have cured the national antipathy ; and good sense will banish the " oppositions of science , falsely so
called . " The English schoolboy of the present day does not suspect his French master of the cloven foot : and if any one doubts whether Grammar and Logic ran shake hands , Mr . Keurick ' s little book will help them to solve the question . It makes one feel , what most grammars studiously keep secret , that language is the expression of ideas ; that
the parts of a sentence are related portions of thought ; and that the grammatical links of connexion , with all the varieties of mood and tense , express their several relations . To parse a sentence under the guidance of this rational grammar is a genuiue process of
philosophical analysis ; and instead of being a mechanical procedure whose only issue is weariness to the master and disgust to the scholar , constitutes a better species of mental gymnastics than all the syllogistic evolutions—Aristotle's intellectual nine-pins . The slight inconvenience attendant on the introduction of a few
technical terms in this grammar , is abundantly compensated by the logical aid which they afford ; and they have the unusual advantage of conveying ideas instead of hiding ignorance . We would point out the sections on the Use and Connexion of the Tenses , and on the Subjunctive Mood , as especially exhibiting the peculiar merits of the book . Inglorious as the task of translation and
abrigment usually is , we think that no one can compare the syntax , and particularly the latter of the above-mentioned sections , with the corresponding portions of Znmpt's larger Grammar , without admiring the patience and perspicacity which could so condense and lucidly dispose such a huge mass of grammatical rules . We recommend the Grammar to all who would wish their children ' s Latin and intellect to advance together .
Critical Notices . —Mkcelianemts . $ 47
Art . XI . — Omnipotence ! A Poem . By Richard Jarman . ( Jhappell . 1831 .
It is the present fashion to take vast abstractions for the titles and subjects of poems , instead of some particular branch of the conception , which in former days
was found quite fruitful enough for the purposes of anchor and reader . * ' Imagination" would now be preferred ; to " The Pleasures of _ Imagination ;" •* Primeval Man" to " Paradise Lost , " and so on . We have lately had " Omniscience ; " then " Satan ; " and here ' * Omnipotence" is laid before us . There
18 something puerile in the practice of taking such unbounded subjects , whereon we received in childhood a very salutary lesson . Finding it difficult to write themes on subjects proposed by our master , many of us asked leave for once to choose a topic . Leave- being given , we fixed cm * ' Music , " not heeding the warning given that we should write
nothing worth reading unless we iu some method denned our object . The influence of Psalmody , the power of Harmony , or of Melody , or the effects of Music in particular situations' and circumstances , were all proposed ; but no ! it must be -Music , and Music it was . And surely never such discord followed
upon such a key-note . O ! the ramblings from the Vieights of ether to the depths of the abyss : the salmagundi of emotions : the precious eonfusiou of topics among us eight theme-writers ! Our own convictions , stimulated by our master ' s suppressed smile , cured us of wide subjects for ever .
It makes no little difference , however , whether the effusions of the poet are wholly desultory , like R . Montgomery's ,, or whether , as in the work before us , they arc arranged in a perceptible order . The vagueness is here more in the title than the matter . To enable our readers to judge of the manner , we extract a picture which will bear separation from the text .
" But , there is one beneath that cloud , whose soul Heeds not the bullet ' s sigh or camion ' s roll , Knows not the gloom that thickens o ' er his head And hides from all but heav ' n the sevne of dread ; His youthful heart hears nought but dying groaus . Sad shrieks of auguihh , or despairing
moans ; His eye sees nought but corses pale and grim , Who ^ e rage-clench'd features sternly follow him ; Wounds gaping ghastly which his gaze iuvitc , And sicken Nature with the dreadful sight :
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), May 2, 1831, page 347, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2597/page/59/