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PUBLISHED BY JOHN ALLEN, NASSAU-STREET.

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Apostrophic to an Old Ilat. By J, G, SAXE,....69 EDITOR'S TAPLE,......78, 180, 283, 389, 499, 584
A Lady on the Rights of Women,............ 79 Essay on a Passage in Macbeth. By JOHN
A second Ralph Ringwood,........... ........81

W ATERS,................... ........155
Ascent of Mount Ætna. By 'THOMAS COLE,..103 Elementary Treatise on Human Physiology,..178
A Night on the Prairie. By a Buffalo Hunter,..114 Early Spring at the Homestead,.............438
A Wmter Trip to Trenton Falls,..... ....133 English State Trials under the Popish Plot,..447
A Veritable Sea-Story. By HARRY FRANCO,.. 151 | Exhibition of the National Academy of Design, 595
A Few Hints on the Philosophy of Size,......156
American Manners and American Literature, - 180
An Apostrophe to Healtlı, .....

.217 Anacreontic. By G. H. H.'....... ......275 Freedom's Beacon at Bunker-Hill,.... A Christmas Carol in Prose,...

.276 Fragments from the Greek. By "G. H. H.'..361 American Ptyalism : 'Quid Rides?'.. ..288 A Pilgrimage to Penshurst. By C. ALEXANDER, Esq.,..

..307 A First Night of Racine. By FLANEUR,....345 Ganguernet: or a Capital Joke,..............62 Apostrophe to Time. By Miss Mary GAR Gossip with Readers and Correspondeuts, 83, 192, DINER,..... .353

289, 396, 505, 599 An Alligatorical Sketch,..

361 Address and Poeun at Boston, ... A Brace of Pellets from Julian,....

.391 A Dream. By JOHN WATERS,....

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I Follow : from the French,................145 A Piscatorial Eclogue,...........

Isabel: the Death of the Young,..... ...218 A Picture by Murillo,...........

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Idyll : in imitation of Theocritus,............323 A Song. By JOHN WATERS,... .516 Inscription for a Sarcophagus,......

...367 Autobiography of the Prairie Hermit,.. 557

Italy and the Italians. By J. T. HEADLEY, A Dream of Youth,...

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Esq.,........

.498 A New Spirit of the Age, ............

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Impudence of the French,....

...499 A Day with the great SEATSFIELD,.... ......584 A Thrust with a Two-edged Weapon,....

.590 Another Pellet' from JULIAN,.....

.595

JOSEPH C. NEALE's Charcoal Sketc) ,'..184 B.

K. Benthamiana,...

.....282 Belizarius: A Historical Sketch,............337 KENDALL's Narrative of the Santa Fe ExBirth-Day Meditations,..

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Coronation of George the Fourth,...... 138 Lines to a Fringed Geutiau. By WILLIAM Curiosities of Foreign and Domestic Litera

CULLEN BRYANT, Esq., ...............28 ture,........ ..................490 Lines to Death, the Great Conqueror,........44 CLARK's Literary Remains,............495, 578 Letter to the Editor from Mr. JAMES JESSA

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Love's Elysium: fron the German,..........61
Lines to an Evening Cloud,

....73 Descriptive Poetry,...

...... LITERARY NOTICES,.. 74, 170, 276, 382, 490, 578 Drawings and Tintings. By ALFRED B. Lines to Time. By Mrs. J. WEBB,... ...113 .....387 Life's Young Dream,............

...119 Disguised Derivative Words in English.......570 Life: a Sonnet,....

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Lines to J. T. of Ireland. By C. W. Day, Esq., 169
Life and Times of the late WILLIAM ABBOTT, 187
Lines sent with a Bouquet. By PARK BENJA-

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Legend of Don Roderick. By WASHINGTON
IRVING,....

.262, 324,418 Literary Record,...

........305 Lines with a 'Floral Messenger,'............534 Lines written under a portrait of Jupiter and Danae,.............

..............430 Lines to my Sister. By R. S. CHILTON,....472 Legend of the Subjugation of Spain. By

WASHINGTON IRVING,...............572 Lines by Prof. Plutarch Shaw, or Tinnecum,..57 Life in the New World. By SEATSFIELD,..581

Some Sentiments on Sonnets, with Sundry
Specimens,.........

..283 Stanzas to Mary. By Mrs. M. E. HEWITT,..348 Stanzas on the Burial of an Infant ..........460 Stanzas to Niagara. By CLAUDE HALCRO,..489 Stanzas to my Three Departed Sisters,.......556 Stanzas Written in Indisposition. By the

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Mexico as it was and is. By BRANTZ MAYER,
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..77 Music, Musicians, Musical Critics, aud Ole

Bull,................................ Mr. CHEEVER'S Lectures on the Pilgrims,....38 MARY MAY: the Newfoundland Indian,......523 Mental Hygiene. By WILLIAM SWEETSER,

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The Idleberg Papers : a Christmas Yarn,....
Thoughts on Color By John WATERS,.....
The Quod Correspondence, 30, 120, 245, 368, 473,
Thoughts from Bulwer. By Mrs. M. T. W.

CHANDLER,.....
The Mail Robber,..
The qneid of Virgil : with Notes by CHAS.

ANTHON,.............
The Sacrifice,......
The Death-Bed. By the COUNTRY Doctor,'128
The Ruins of Burnside. By JAMES LAWSON,

Esq.,................................137 The Smithy. By ALFRED B. STREET, Esq.,.155 Two Pictures : Love Celestial and Love

....................160 The Hermit of the Prairie,.. Translation from CATULLUS. By Rev. Geo. W. BETHUNE,......

..............166 The Painted Rock,.....

......167 Thirty Years among the Players of England and America,....

........175 The Study of Woman's Life,...............179 The American Review,.....

.......179 The North American Review, for January,...183 The Alms-House : a New England Sketch, ..212 The Tyranny of Affection,.....

y.................222 The Fratricide's Death,........ .............232 The Spectre Imp. By Mr. GEORGE HARVEY, 338 The Church Bell, ........

...........368 The Inner Life of Man. By Mr. CHARLES

HOOVER,.......................389, 599 The Floral Resurrection,...................41

..417 The Dog-Star Spirit: or, Tray's Reflections, 431 The Poet Halleck: Epistle to the Editor,....437 The Plague at Constantinople in 1837,.......511 The Song of Death. By Miss Mary GAR

DINER,..............................525 The Householder. By JOHN WATERS,.......528 The Hearth of Home,..

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Song of the New Year. By Mrs. R. S.

NICHOLS,............... Stanzas suggested by GLIDDON's Lectures,... 29 Sketches of East Florida: St. Augustine,....45 Sonnet to the Old Year,.....................53 Some Thoughts on the Country,... ........70 Scenes and Scenery in the Sandwich Islands,..77 Sicilian Scenery and Antiquities. By Thomas COLE,.....

.......103, 230

Winter Evening : an Extract. By J.G.PER

CIVAL, Esq.,........ | What is Transcendentalism?......

.......205 | Wanderings of a Journeyman Tailor,........281 What is It? A Lover's Qucry,..............439

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WHATEVER the poets may say, it is incontrovertible that the great majority of men look upon the beauties and glories of Nature that sur. round them with almost entire indifference. We shall not inquire whether this is the result of a natural incapacity to perceive and admire the beautiful and sublime, or whether it is that their impressions are so deadened by familiarity as to be passed by unnoticed. Probably the former is the case with the greater number; although we cannot believe with some writers, that all our ideas of beauty are but the results of association, or of our perceptions of the proportion, or fitness, or utility of things. When we say that some things are naturally agreeable, and others naturally disagreeable, we have said all that we know about the matter; and this amounts to nothing more than a confession of our ignorance. Yet, if we admit in all men the existence of a natural sense of beauty, daily observation shows us that the pleasure arising from it is in most cases very feeble and evanescent. How many live in the midst of the most magnificent natural scenery, and never perceive its beauties until they are pointed out to them by some intelligent traveller! And often if admiration be professed, it is of that vague, undistinguishing kind, which indicates little knowledge of the causes why they admire. Even among men of cultivated tastes, there is much more of affected than real enthusiasm.

If what we have said be true, it is a curious subject of inquiry why descriptive poetry has been so popular. How happens it that so many who have looked upon Nature herself with great indifference, have been so much delighted with the reflection of her image in the pages of the poets? We suspect, indeed, that a part of the popularity of this class of writers is factitious. Thomson, the most popular, is we suspect oftener purchased than read ; and his “Seasons' are not unfrequently spoken of with admiration by those who know little of them but the episodes. The chief interest of the · Task’ is to be sought for in other

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