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cellor of the Roman Church soon after. been laboring among the Flathead and Requiescat in pace.
Blackfeet Indians of the Far West. On Thursday, February 7th, he died in a rude but in a camp of half-breeds on Milk River,
Montana. Father Decorby, 0. M. J., atAt the early age of thirty-seven the Rev. tended his last moments and administered Philip Rappagliosi, S. J., has been called to the last sacraments to him. May he rest in his reward. For the last five years he had peace.
THE FALL OF RORA. The Search after Mark, mark, thore awful sons of martyrdom,
With their uplifted hands, but eyes dowcast, Proserpine and other Poems, Meditative
As through the uncreated light had dazed them; and Lyrical. By Aubrey de Vere. Henry The error of nur brief existence past, S. King & Co., London, 1878.
They stand like saints resurgent from the tomb,
Suspended still on that great voice that raised The name of Aubrey de Vere is familiar them !" to the Catholic world as one written high in the temple of poesy. The characteristics Tennyson is exquisite in the songs that inof this great poet are his deep religious feel. terperve his longer poems. The Burle Song, ing, his powerful dramatic genius, and his Elaine's Song, and Queen Mary's Song. consummate skill in the composition of the are full of a subtle melody which dwells on sonnet-a form of poetical composition in the mind like music. But like songs inwhich few, even eminent poets, are success tended for music, there is little or no thought ful. It is observable that Tennyson care in them. Not so the songs of De Vere. fully avoids it.
Jur readers will find in this collection the The mention of the poet laureate's name best specimens of his genius, and we cor. suggests a comparison between him and De dially commend it to the lovers of good Vere, a comparison which results in giving poetry. the palm to the Catholic poet. Both belong to the same school, the Wordsworthian, and both have put forth their powers in
POEMS. By “ Eva," of The Nation. San the same field. Tennyson's place among
Francisco. P. I. Thomas, 1877. the Victorian poets, at no time secure, has The poems contained in this volume were been of late years seriously threatened by
originally contributed to the Dublin Nation, the younger generation of poets. His
and relate to the heroic but ill-fated strug. Arthurian Idyls, on which his fame will
gle of 1848, for the vindication of Ireland's ultimately rest, have been growing more right to all the liberties and prerogatives of turgid from year to year, while the chaste a free country. The poems vary in charand elegant poems of Aubrey de Vere show
acter, tone, and sentiment, but in the main a marked growth of the poetic talent and
they are the expression of the writer's inmetrical skill. All critics are agreed that
tense sympathy with the national movement Tennyson's dramatic attempts have proved for freedom, and their natural and fervid most unfortunate to his reputation, whilst tone indicates the depths of her hope and De Vere's Alexander and Thomas á Becket
grief as called forth by the varying fortunes abound in dramatic beauties and tours de of her country's cause. There are also force.
several very well-executed translations of In this collection of his poems we have some of Beranger's songs, though no subseventy-five exquisite sonnets on a vast
a vast sequent writer can hope to equal Father diversity of subjects and themes, all treated Prout's or Thackeray's success in this sphere. with an eye to the enforcement of some There is a monotonous lilt in many of the deep moral truth or Catholic sentiment.
nt. songs and poems, and a rigidity of metre The following on the saints as painted by that indicates a certain inexperience in the Perugino, is very beautiful :
writer; but there are many poems which “ Glory to God, of all fair things the maker, have an ease, vigor, and melody that show For that he dwelleth in the mind of man !
no uncommon poetic talent. This, on Our Glory to man, of that large grace partaker
Older Tongue, is truly melodious:
Deep in the silence of the tall, gray mountains' High artist then, as now poor artisan.
Thy silvery stream flows down with music bound- on Irish subjects. It will awaken feelings ing,
of patriotic affection and reminiscence in Oh, ancient tongue ! With love and tears, and laughter softly sounding the Irish mind, as it is on the whole the As wild bird's liquid song !"
best collection of Irish poems and songs
that has appeared since the days of Davis, We recommend the book as free from with possibly the exception of the poems of those blemishes which destroy some poetry Speranza, of whom we are reminded.
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