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manner of the monstrous gods of heathendom, al Chesterfield," that you behold the moon become so many symbols of things refined and stars." And there are people in the
1. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays. Five Volumes.
4. The French Revolution-a History. Three Volumes.
MR. CARLYLE's writings cover a wide field of | and beautiful. That their prophet should speculation-and widely different is the esti- always be intelligible to them is more than mate formed of them by his contemporaries. their modesty will allow them to expect. They So fascinated are some of our reading folk feel that it belongs to him to soar into regions with his performances, that they judge of to which they may not themselves hope to them after a fashion not a little perplexing to ascend, and to go down into deeps where no their neighbors. In the view of these per- common footsteps may follow him. But sons, his touch suffices to convert the veriest when out of their sight, he is not out of their commonplaces into something strikingly nov- confidence. Kingly nature as he is, he can el, and the thinnest superficialities into some- do no wrong-he is safe against all possible thing wonderfully profound. With such mistake. How could you sleep to-day uncommonplace and superficialities all men. der the discourse of a divine you praise so must have more or less to do-the humor highly?" said a simple Southern to a wary in this case is, that these simple elements of Scot. Oh," replied the latter, "I can thought, being rather oddly clothed, should trust him anywhere." Very much thus is it be so commonly mistaken for something dif- with a large class of Mr. Carlyle's admirers. fering so very widely from their proper na- When he essays to do anything, they fail not ture. But so it is. With these watchers at to give him the credit of having done somethe shrine of heroes, everything taken under thing marvelous, though proof on that point the patronage of the object of their worship may be somewhat slow in making its appearbecomes weighty and sacred; and all the ance. "Should the prince at noonday say, possible forms of the grotesque, after the It is night, declare," writes Sadi, our orientmanner of the monstrous gods of heathendom, al Chesterfield," that you behold the moon become so many symbols of things refined and stars." And there are people in the