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Qui non Pfoilolt:, Doncit:.
The Gcraiti of the Beautiful.
Scatter the germs of the beautiful,
By the wayside let them fall,
That the rose may spring by the cottage gate,
And the vl ic on the gordo i wall:
Cover the rough and the rude of earth
With a vail of leaves n'id llowors,
And mark with the ope Ing bud and cup
The inarch of summer hours.
Scatter the genus of the beautiful
'In the holy shrlno of homo;
Lot the pure, and the lair, a id the graceful tlioro,
In their loveliest luster come;
Leave not a trace of deformity
In the temple of the heart,
But gather about its hearth the gems
Or Nature a..d of Art.
Scatter tho germs of the beautiful
In the depths of the human soul; v
'I hoy shall bud aid blosom, and boar tho fruit,
While the endless ages roll';
Plant with tho flowers of charity
The portals of tho tomb,
And the lair and the pure about thy path
In Paradlso shall bloom I
Thu world of letters lias recently been
culled to mourn the death of a giant
whose shadow fell broadly and grandly
in almost every 'department of human
tiittlight. ' Taken for till, liu was p'roWtily
without a peer among the literary men of
thi., or of anj otner, generation. Whatever
he attempted, he accomplished: whatever
lie touched, he adorned, lie was versa
tile beyond approach. Ho has left his
impress on poetry and history, on thu
drama and the romance narrative, on
translation from the ancient classics and
modern poetry, on the graceful, philosoph
ical essay.on politics, and on critical sehol
arship. Who.liko him, lias entered so many
fields, and done so well in all?
His books make u library in themselves ;
and a library of such general merit, that
whoever possesses them all, will have a
collection remarkable for variety and
good taste. His translations of Schiller's
Minor Poems, and of Horace's Odes, are
the best ever made. His History of Alh
ens, (which it is to be regretted he left un
finished,) is as superb it peiceof historical
writing as thorough in detail of scholar
ship and as elegant in style us any among
the excellent storks of the undying trag
edy of Greece. Hib Last Days ot Pompeii
is tho best picture of the social and do
mestic life of the old world that the gen
ius of the modern time has invented. His
novels of society, commencing with The
Cuxtons, and ending with the peices now
going through Bluckvood,s Magazine,
deal with life more practically, and wore
effectively, than those of any other liter
ary painter. Ho did not lack humor; imd
he alone among English novulUts was phil
osophical. In his Strange Story, ho show
eel his capability to grasp with tho wierd
theories that lie upon the border-land of
sense and spirit. While Dickens was rep
rcsentutlvo of only one department of nov
el writing, naniyly, thatdelineativeof the
comic or sorrowful condition's of the hum
bier walks of life; while Thackeray must
forever be known us n satirist ; Bulwcr has
tried his hand successfully in the various
romance regions of history, universal so
ciety, and philosophy,
i His essays from Blackwood are secure
of a permanent place. Cuxtoniu will not
die, but live. His dramas, too, both Com
edy and Tragedy are likely to keep their
footing on the stage, as they have done for
years, despite all rivalry. His speeches
in Parliament, and his addresses on many
occasions, are about as good as reading
of their kind, as those of any other recent
orator and statesman. His poetry, though
sometimes cloying for sweetness, is of a
kind whose high quality no one disputes.
And over all that he has written is that
aroma of precise and missive learning, to
which no imaginative rival can pretend.
At the Colonial Office where Bulwcr once
held sway, his colleagues assert that he
was always reliable for sound advise, and
a straightforward view of practical gener.
alities and details. He had both grasp
and judgment, and was seldom in the
There is therefore good reason to think
that the future will estimate Lord Lytton
as the most conspicuous literary figure of
the last forty years. Certainly no other
one man can be compared with him in so
many different departments. Not more
than one or two others in each department,
are worthy to be compared with him at
all. He commands a place in the very
front rank of every order wherein he at
tempted to set his name.
Not least among the sueesses and folio
ities of Lord Lytton's life, was the fact
that he left a son behind him not un
worthy of such a father, llobert Bulwcr
Lytton (Owen Meredith) held his father's
head upon. his bosom, when the great spir
it passed away. Owen Meredith, too, has
won a place in tho ranks of literary gen
ius, and bids fair to do so in that of skill
as men in the mass become more high
ly educated and refined, the work that
Bulwcr has done, is likely to become moiv
and more popular. Time, we think, will
reverse some present literary estimates;
and Buhver's name will be held to be that
of the most gifted man ot all tho many
gifted men of his time. 0. C. D.
A review of some of the events that have
transpired since the opening of the Uni
versity, though still fresh in the minds of
all, may not, perhaps, bo without interest.
When the students had become somewhat
acquainted, and settled to their studies,
they began to think of foiming a literary
society. With this purpose in vi3w, a meet
ing was called and there the usual ques
tions, of course, arose in turn: WhoV
IIowV When? What?
The first was the subject of some dis
cussion and thu voices of the chivalrous
against tho unchivulrous waxed strong
and eloquent, as they demanded equal
rights and equal priviligesfor botli sexes
But the arguments and the eloquence were
alike unnecessary, for thefew brave ladies
that stepped forward and gave their numes
to the secretary, silenced the guns of the
enciny, and the society at once became
"mixed." It is well known with what
admirable success this mixture has been
Thji second question How? was easi
ly answered and a stirring appeal was
sent to the Faculty for the desired permis
sion. This petition meeting the approval
of tho Faculty, tho answer to the third
question was not long delayed, for tho
members immediately came together to de
cide the fourth What?
Here, again, arose discussion and the
puzzled brains of the members became
more confused as name after name: "Wb
stcriun,,' "Philomuthinn," "Baconian,"
was brought up and rejected; until the
kind Goddess of Wisdom came to our aid
and wo became tho "Palladium" When
tliis was settled, a constitution and olllcers
were wanted, in the adoption of the one
and election of the others were displayed
that desire for good and earnestness of
purpose, for which the I'ultadiau has
since been distinguished, and as our little
President took his seat, the students felt
confident they had laid tho foundation of
a successful enterprise and were readv to
begin their regular work. And the work
that was done the disctissions and essays ;
the things that were said, good and bad,
wise and foolish, loud and low, timidly
and fearlessly, would fill how many vol.
umnes? Who would undertake to say?
Soon, however, this regular every-day
work became monotonous, more life and
spirit was necessary and the members cast
about for some way to remedy tho evil.
Some proposed un impeachment! but thut
was "squelched" at the outset, for fear
we should lower ourselves in someone'
estimation. Finally a Lecture Associa
tion was formed, and this absorbing the
attention of those joining it, the others
shot off in another direction, a division
of the society was at once affected, and
from that time ondissentions and difficul
ties were continually arising. Bui those
proved, not its utter dissolution, as some
would have had us believe, but rather its
firmness and stubility.
The time for u second election was
drawing near and O ! the secret caucus
es the private electioneering, the whisper,
ed consultations, tho button-holes torn
out! and then the election itself! I will
not attempt a diocription. But who that
were present at that memorable meeting
will ever forget its various incidents, the
intense excitement that prevailed, the sup
pressed ejaculations, especially those of
the gentleman from Bugville, and finally
the triumph of the successful party ?
Since then, similar scenes have been
enacted from time to time as various ques
tions have come up for discussion or elec
tion time lias approached, and these, to
gclher with the steady progress made by
tho membors, show that tho Interest has
not waned, but that the Palladian is over
dear to its members. May our chosen
goddess, Minerva, watcli over our society-
and guide our foot-step3 into the paths of
Tliis species of literature is sometimes
condemned as being frivolous and un--profitable.
This criticism, however,-is-narrow
Tho question now arises, what is fiction ?
Fiction is the narration, in a more or less
pleasing and impressive way, of real or
imaginary events and delineation of charl
ncter by nctuul or supposed examples.
Now the only difference between history
and fiction, is thut when thu events and
clinrncters are real, the narration is called
history, when imaginary, fiction. While
the historian and novelist differ in this,
that tlie former finds li is material in the
records of the past, the la'ter creates his
in other particulars they are very much
Both history and novel must be cohe-
rently and clearly constructed, must be
presented in a manner that will seize and
hold the attention of tho reader. The his-
torian must accurately relate event as -they
occurred, that is, lie must bo "true to
fact." The novelist must relate such events,
as are likely to have happened, or, In other .
words, he must bo "true to art."
From tho faithfully leconled and truth- .
fully described events and characters of
history, valuable lessons are derived as to...
the consequences of certain courses of
conduct and the tendencies of certain pas
sions. From the imaginary events and .
characters of the novel we derive precisely
the same lessons, provided they are in uc
cordunce nith nature which is being "true
If wickedness and selfishness appear re
pulsive and heroism and magnanimity
attractive in history, so they do in fiction.
Thus it appears that the moral derived
from each is equal. Since obtaining as it
docs a wider circulation than almost any -other
kind of literature, it should become
one of the principle agents by whlcn vir
tue is rendered attractive and vice odious.
J. F. E.
Nothing can be so perfect while wc,pos-'
sess it as it will seem when remembered.
The friend wc love best may nomutimes
weary by his presence, or vex us by his
infirmities. How sweet to think of him as
he will bo to us after we have outlived
him ten or a dozen years! Then we c'
recall him in the best moments, bid 1.
stay with us as long as we want his
pany, and send him away when w-
to be alone again. 0. W. ITolmen
A stranger meeting a man it
of New York some dujs sine
uccosted him with, " Hero! I
a . . il. m a TT . in rjtei
in uio ircmoui xioieis" rno
reply was, "Well you.
be gone long."
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