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directly such as they were designed given at each university, the to benefit, they are seized upon by governing bodies are the natural intermediates, and passed on in a sovereigns. Informed by the more or less adequate, a more or general opinion of the members, less altered, a more or less masti- who in turn take into account Cated and digestible form, to those current opinion as formed without, whom they would otherwise fail to with its conclusions that may be reach. If the ideas are withheld, of permanent value, or of only there can be no such communica

temporary vogue, weighing them tion. How great an influence is by the more intimate knowledge of wielded by an university of con. their own ; quick to take in ideas, spicuous men may be determined deliberate in acting upon them; by the effect of the “Essays and these should themselves be the Reviews." We want the essays University Reformers. Their duty and reviews of the ideal university is to teach what they deem best to touch on all the burning topics and most in accordance with their with sanity and power.

wisest traditions. And if they are Oxford sets herself to culture as quick to take in ideas—which a quality, to poetry combined with faculty is gained best by giving accuracy.

Cambridge aims at them out—they will never mental discipline and the furnish- popular opinion take them by ing of the mind with rules that can surprise. The only motto for the be made applicable to their own ideal university is vigilance; by These are alike noble ob

watchfulness any valuable reform jects; they but require to be from the outside will be ever foreprosecuted in a wider field.

stalled, and ideas will have time to As regards University Reform ; work out their own mature forms, what is the quality of education within as well as without.

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A STATESMAN OF AN OLD SCHOOL.

(HOR. Odes iii. 5.)

High thundering Jove, the king of heaven

We own; on earth our God we greet
Augustus, with wild Britons driven

And surly Persians, to his feet.

Hath Crassian warrior lived defiled

With savage wife, and eked his age,
(Oh, Senate-house ! oh, world gone wild !)

A yokel, with kin villeinage ?

A Marsian, an Apulian made

A vassal Mede-of Bucklers, home,
And Gown, and Vesta, renegade,

While Jove existeth yet, and Rome!

'Twas this the shrewd mind had foreseen

Of Regulus, denouncing base
Conditions, and example mean,

Entailing curse on coming race ;

Unless the captive youngsters died,

Unhelp'd, unwept—“Our standards, lo,
In Punic temples hung!" he cried,

“And trophies pluck'd without a blow !

“ This I have seen, and seen have I

Gyved Roman arms on Roman back,
And gates flung wide, and ploughs in ply,

On lands we always used to sack !

Weighed back in gold, faint heart, I wot,

Shall come home stout ! Ye fools that so,
Pile bane on bale. Can wool, arot

With drugs, retrieve its sullied snow?

" True manhood lost is lost for aye,

Nor deigns reclaim degenerate clan ; When turns the carted fawn to bay,

Then he shall quit him like a man,

“ Who craved of perjured foes parole

He conquer Carthage, by and by, With shackled arms, and abject soul,

Who felt the lash, and feared to die.

" To save his life was all in all ;

For peace, or war, what odds ? Oh, shame,

Oh, Carthage, hoised to power and faine, On Italy's indecent fall !”

His chaste wife's kiss he waived aloof,

And little sons, as one allowed
No rank, no rights ; and passion-proof

To earth his manly aspect bowed.

Until, by one relentless will,

The wavering sires he over-rode, And leaving friends to weep their fill,

Away the lordly exile strode.

His doom right well he wot—the rack

By savage headsman worked ; yet so
He swept obstructive cousins back,
And folk that barred his

passage fro,

As if from irksome cares he went,

And litigating clients freed,

For pleasure, to Venafran mead, Or Lacedæmonian Tarent.

R. D. BLACKMORE.

A PICTURESQUE TRANSFORMATION.

BY JULIAN HAWTHORNE.

The studio of Mr. Edward Tre- by no stain of sensuality or sordidmaine, artist, presented a striking ness. And, whether gazing at the illustration of the romantic dogma young girl who, with sweet, apthat genius and affluence are in- pealing eyes, and blushing as it versely proportional. Unless he were at her own timidity, shrank sold the picture now on his easel, while she clung to the vigorous he could not pay his board-bill, youth beside her; or, again, at his and the picture was a work of noble young visage, which, bright genius I would not, indeed, with the fresh lustre of lofty undertake to say that Mr. Tremaine thoughts and impulses, was (still a very young man) was him- softened and made tender by the self an assured and full-fledged maiden's reliance on his strength; genius, every stroke of whose or, once more, at the grave eyes, brush must necessarily bear evi- thoughtful brow and eloquent lips dence of divine afflatus. It were of the sage in the background, safer to regard him merely as a mellowed by their expression of youth of grand possibilities, who, sympathy with the untried young under the influence of a profound lives before him :—toward whichand happy mood, had produced an ever of these the gaze was turned immortal work. If his subsequent it recognised, under their several productions reached or surpassed guises, the various phases of the the level of this, his claim to immortal passion. And Mr. artistic pre-eminence must be ad- Edward Tremaine, having added mitted; if not, it ought not only to the finishing touch to his work, be rejected, but the artist's temerity stepped back a few paces, with his in making it sternly denounced.

one side, and contemThe subject of the picture was plated it in silence. simple : three faces, two-bright “I call that good !” he remarked and vivid-in the foreground; a at length, with the candour of one third, grave and shadowy, appear- who is by himself. “Hope it'll ing behind. Nevertheless, the provo a true prophecy, and that design, pleasing even at the first the Doctor will take the hint. Take glance, gradually satisfied the in- the hint! By Jove, he can't help it!” most heart of the beholder. It This observation was not, pertouched the mainsprings of human haps, inspired by a sentiment interest, yet was there sufficient altogether so lofty and ideal as ideality in the treatment to exalt that which pervaded the picture; without weakening its effect upon but even young men of genius octhe mind. Love was the key-note casionally stoop to ordinary con-love in its fullest phase, dimmed siderations, and their noblest

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achievements may sometimes be Fair as she is, you have painted her brought about by other causes soul rather than its fleshlyer." besides abstract love of art. A Veil, he would have said, but work, destined to elevate and de- remembering that he had used light the world hundreds of

years that word already, and disdaining from now, will not therefore be to be tautological, the Doctor less useful as a provision against finished his sentence by a gesture its author's immediate_personal of the eyebrows. necessities; and Edward Tremaine, Edward's pleasure had by this deeply as he reverenced his pro- time overtopped his shyness. His fession, probably rejoiced in his patron was taking the very course present success more on account of which his fondest imagination had the benefit to result therefrom to mapped out for him—nay, he was his private purse and prospects, even improving on the original than because of any profit that plan. for the artist had long unborn generations might derive loved Fannie (or, as her guardian, from it.

the Doctor, preferred to call her, At this juncture the Doctor Francesca), and in painting this knocked at the studio door, and picture he had intended to indicate was cordially—I will not say this fact to the Doctor in a delicate obsequiously-welcomed by the and esthetic manner, and so preartist. He said very little, but

way for a full and sat down in a chair opposite the explicit confession. Such a conpicture and studied it in silence. fession was balancing on his He was not an effusive man, though tongue, just ready to jump out, kindly in his manner, and under- when the elder gentleman spoke stood to be benevolent in dispo- again, in a musing tone. sition. But brains, learning, and “Yes, it is confirmatory of my money combined in sufficiently theory,” he said. “Who regards large quantities, will cure any one life dispassionately alone portrays of loquacity; and the Doctor was it clearly. In this idealised conrenowned for all three.

junction of maidenhood and youth "You have been more than -of Francesca and yourself is successful here, Edward," he pro- embodied love's true essence; but nounced at last, in his slow, soft you could never thus have pictured tones. “The world might remember the passion had you yourself been you for this."

subject to its influence." Edward wore an air of pleased Edward's countenancefell. “Conshyness. So far, all was going found his theory!” he ejaculated well. He resented the idea of a - very much below his breath. trumpery board-bill having ever Evidently the language of paintgiven him annoyance.

brush and canvas was not unam“To look behind the veil Society biguous enough. It would be draws over our real selves,” pro- necessary, then, to break the ice ceeded the Doctor, folding his arms, in a more direct, if less artistic “ and to reveal to us what we are fashion. He cleared his throat, inwardly conscious of being, or of put his hands in his pockets and the capacity to be, is a great took them out again, glanced at achievement. You have at once the Doctor; and finally, fixing caught and idealised the likenesses, his eyes on the toe of his own and with the most difficult part of boot, he began, in a gently arguyour subject--the maiden, Fran- mentative manner cesca-you have best succeeded.

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