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greater poets have attained. The one poem of his that has already established itself as a classic is the Recessional, written at the close of the Diamond Jubilee of Victoria's reign, the greatest pageant of worldly power ever seen since the days of the Cæsars. But the purpose of the poem was not to celebrate the glory of the empire so much as to fill the hearts of Englishmen with humble and becoming reverence for the God who had brought these things to pass and whose hand could bring them down to dust again. It is a hymn such as Cromwell's Ironsides might have sung.

RECESSIONAL

The title is taken from the name given to the closing hymn of the English Church service, which is sung while the clergyman and the choir pass out of the church.

LINE 4. palm and pine. These trees symbolize the wide extent of the British dominions from the pine trees of the north to the palm of tropic lands.

16. Nineveh and Tyre, types of ancient and ruined powers : Nineveh, the capital of the great Assyrian monarchy; Tyre, the oldest of great maritime cities.

21. the Gentiles, other nations than the English, whom Kipling considers, as an old Puritan would have done, the chosen people.'

26. reeking tube and iron shard. The “tube" is the barrel of a cannon; the “shard” is a rather contemptuous expression for the armor of a battleship

TWO NOTABLE
HISTORIES OF LITERATURE

By William J. LONG, PH.D. (HEIDELBERG)

DR. LONG's "English Literature" and "American Literature” are among the most scholarly and readable manuals of literary history available for class use. They are companion volumes, written in the same spirit and organized on the same plan, aiming, first of all, to teach a genuine appreciation and real enjoyment of literature. Their order and arrangement make them particularly well fitted for the classroom, while their vigorous, picturesque stye, their sympathetic appreciation of litcrary values, and their keen, critical judgments mark them as themselves a distinct contribution to our literature.

ENGLISH LITERATURE

Svo, cloth, 582 pages, illustrated, $1.35. This book offers a direct, simple, interesting account of the great periods of English literature. It gives an interesting biography of every significant literary man in his own natural and social environment, followed by a study of his best works and a clear, concise summary or criticism of his place and influence in literature. Summaries of the period, selections for reading, bibliographies, a list of suggestive questions, and a chronological table of important historical and literary events of the period are included at the end of each chapter.

The book is unusual in the number and quality of its illustrations. The frontispiece is a lithograph in eleven colors, from a direct copy of an early manuscript of the " Canterbury Tales” in the British Museum.

AMERICAN LITERATURE

Svo, cloth, xxi + 481 pages, illustrated, $1.35. In distinction from other textbooks in the subject, Long's "American Literature” is emphatically a national history, recognizing no geographical or political boundaries but treating all writers as the product and interpretation of the national ideals of their age. The material is organized in five chapters: The Colonial Period, The Period of the Revolution, The First National Period (1800-1840), The Second National Period (1840-1876), Some Tendencies in our Recent Literature. The chapters parallel Long's " English Literature" in arrangement and in method of treatment.

The book contains over eighty pictures, many of them portraits not generally familiar. The frontispiece is an unusually fine reproduction from the etching by Charles F. W. Mielatz, " Poe's Cottage at Fordham.”

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