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cessful ever delivered in the city of Is Punishment by Fine just and im. Melbourne. The general designation given to the lectures was - Scotland Ought the Criminal Magistracy to be and some of its Celebrities," and the paid or unpaid? subjects embraced were-1. Christo- Is Concert-room Life consistent with pher Norih, professor, editor, and Personal Piety? sportsman.

2. Edward Irving. 3. Is Oratory an Endowment or an AcPeden the prophet, and the Covenant- quirement ?

4. Motherwell, Taonahill, Thom, Is Man more subject to the Emotions or Nicol, &c., Scotland's lesser poets. 5. the Will? Hugh Miller ; and, 6. The witches and Is the East India Opium Trade dewizards of Scotland. The lecturers fensible? were Professor Irving, Mr. David Blair, Ought Morality or Expediency to hold and the Revs. J. Ballantyne, P. Brown, the Balance in Business? J. W. Inglis, and G. Mackie. The ob- Are the Vices of the Streets curable? ject of the course was to aid in raising Are Refurmatory Schools founded on funds for the erection of a manse in right principles ? connection with the congregation. Ought our Statute Laws to be con

solidated ?

Should we bury or burn the Dead ? SUBJECTS FOR DEBATE.

Is the Pulpit a Social Power? Do Ancient Nations in the Causes of Do Population and Wages affect each

their Rise and Fall supply analogies other? for Modern ones?

Are Negroes capable of European Ought the Clergy to be Celibates?

Culture? Are the Laws of Bastardy just and Is the “ Maine Law" sound in Philosoexpedient?

phy and practical in Social Life? Is Mormon Polygamy suited to Modern Should Prison Discipline be mild or Life?

stern? Is Boarding School preferable to Public Is Caste an essential of Eastern Life? School Education?

Does Education lessen Drunkenness? Can High Art be encouraged by Sub- Does attending Lectures, or reading scription Monuments ?

Books, more improve the Mind? Ought Ministerial Resignation to follow Ought Libraries for the People to be a Vote of Censure?

establisbed at the Public Expense Was the Synod of Dort advantageous to and by a Parish Rate? Protestantism?

Is the Employment of Women otherCan Parliamentary Representation be wise thau in Domestic Spheres adsecured for the Working Classes?

visable? Would Parliamentary Reform benefit Are Trade Societies beneficial to the the Working Classes ?

Working Classes ? Is the Working Class qualified for Self- Is the Permission of Slavery consistent Government?

with the Constitution of the United Ought we to have Free Trade in Land? States? Is the State of the Revenue a true In- Should Fashion be followed ? dex of National Prosperity ?

Are Labour and Machinery opposed to Ought Intoxicating Drinks to be heavily each other? taxed ?

Have our Discoveries in Africa been Should Public Vices be made the sources useful to us and beneficial to iis of Public Revenue?

Inhabitants? Ongbt confessed Drunkenness to secure Is the Social Philosophy of Robert

a Mitigation of Panishment for Crimi- Owen in harmony with Human nal Offenders?

Nature?

Is the Use of Tobacco beneficial to Ought Fashion to be followed in Dress? Health?

Was Arthur H. Hallam, or Alfred Ought Christian Societies to encourage Vaughan, the greater thinker and Book-hawking and Colportage?

writer? Do the Laws of Demestic Service accord Is Monasticisin consistent with Prowith Justice?

testantism? Are our Coal-fields likely to fail? Ought Bankruptcy to be considered a Can Gambling be abolished by Law? Civil Offence? Were the Crusades beneficial to Society? Are Yoaths more tempted in Town Do our Laws on Illegitimacy encourage than in the Country? or restrain Infanticide?

Is the Palmerston Policy advantagenas Ought the Church to encourage Sisters to the British Empire? of Mercy?

Are Christian Missions condacted by Is the Employment of Children con- Sects advisable (or right]?

sonant with a judicious Political Onght pnshing a Business by Puffing Economy?

Advertisements to be made a CrimiIs Co-operation capable of General nal Offence? Adoption and Success?

Is the Education of Soldiers advisAre Benefit Societies conducted as they able? should be?

Is Pauperism Hereditary? Is Neology reprehensible?

Is the Divorce Court consonant with Is the Social and Religious Condition of Christianity?

Britain equal to its Opportunities and Is Celibacy commendable?
Blessings?

Are Second Marriages advisable? Ought we to bave Children's Churches ? Are Newspapers well adapted for LiteIs it the Nature or the Education of

rary Criticism? Woman that makes her the Inferior Is a Study of Myths and Legends of Man?

requisite in an Historian? Is Sensationalism advisable in novels Is Sewerage a Cause of Disease?

and the drama?

Our Collegiate Course;

OR, AIDS TO SELF-CULTURE. GERMAN.--Senior.

Und sieht die Welt kaum einen Feier" Wagner-Verzeiht ich hör' euch de- tag, clamiren,

Kaum durch ein Feroglas, nur von Ihr las't gewisz ein griechisch Trauer- weiten, spiel?

Wie soll man sie durch Ueberredung In dieser Kunst möcht' ich 'was profi- leiten? tiren,

Faust. „Wenn ihr's nicht fühlt, ihr Denn heut zu Tage wirkt das viel.

werdet's nicht erjagen, Ich hab' es öfters rühmen bören,

Wenn es nicht aus der Seele bringt, Ein Komödiant könnt einen Pfarrer Und mit urkräftigen Behagen lebren.

Die Herzen aller Hörer zwingt. Faust.-Ja, wenn der Pfarrer ein Ko. Sitzt ihr nur immer! Leimt zusammen, mödiant ist;

Braut ein Ragout von andrer Schmans. Wie das denn wohl zu Zeiten kommen Und blast die kümmerlichen Flammen mag.

Aus eurem Aschenhauschen 'rans! Wagner.-Ach! wenn man so in sein Bewund'rung von Kindern und Affen, Museum gebannt ist,

Wenn euch darnach der Gaumen steht;

Doch werdet ihr nie Herz zu Herzen joined poetical versions, the former of schaffen,

which is extracted from a spirited and Wenn es euch nicht von Herzen geht. lively translation issued in 1834, by John Wagner. -Allein der Vortrag macht Stuart Blackie, por Professor of Greek des Redners Glück.

in the University of Edinburgh; and Ich füch es wohl: noch bin ich weit the latter from a translation by Lewis zurück.

Filmore. It will be seen that we have Faust.--Sach' Er den redlichen selected a passag- nearing upon public Gewinn,

speaking, a subject of considerable inSei Er kein schellenlanter Tbor! terest in mutual improvement associaEs trägt Verstand ünd rechter Sinn tions, on which many, whether studying Mit wenig Kunst sich selber vor; German or not, may like to see Goethe's Und wenn's each Ernst ist was zu opinion.

sagen, Ist's nöthig Worten nachzujagen?

Wagner.- Excuse me, I bear you Ja, eure Reden die so blinkend sind, declaiming: you were surely reading a In denen ibr der Menschheit Schnitzel Greek tra kedy I should like to imkrauselt,

prove myself in this art, for now-a-days Sind unerquicklich wie der Nebelwind, it influences a good deal. I have often Der herbstlich durch die dürren Blätter heard say a player might instruct a sän elt!

priest Wagner.-Ach, Gott! die Kunst ist Faust. --- Yes, when the priest is a lang!

player, as may likely enough come to Und kurz ist unser Leben.

pass occasionally. Mir wird, bie meinem kritischen Bes- Wagner.-- Ab, when a man is so treben,

confined to his study, and hardly sees Doch oft um Kopf und Busen bang. the world of a holiday-hardly through Wie schwer sind nicht die Mittel za a telescope, only from afar, how is he to erwerden

lead it by persuasion ? Durch die man zu den Quellen steigt! Faust. --- If you do not feel it, you will Und eh' mali nur den halben Weg not get it by hunting for it; if it does erreicht,

not gush from the soul, and subdue the Masz wohl ein armer Teufel sterben. hearts of all bearers with original deFaust.- Pergament, ist das der heil'ge light. Sit at it for ever, glue together, Bronnen,

cook up a hash from the feast of others, Woraus ein Trunk den Durst auf ewig and blow the paltry flames out of your stillt?

own little heap of ashes! You may Erquickung hast du nicht gewonnen, gain the admiration of chikiren and Wenn sie dir nicht aus eigner Stele apes, if you have a stomach for it; but quillt.

you will never touch the hearts of others Wagner.-Verzeibt! es ist ein grosz if it does not flow fresh from your own. Ergetzen

Wager ---Bnt it is elocution that Sich in den Geist der Zeiten zu verset- makes the orator's success. I feel well zen,

that I am still far behindhand. Zu schauen wie vor uns ein weiser Faust. — Try what can be made by Manu gedacht,

honest means. Be no tinkling fool! Und wie wir 's dann zuletzt so herrlich Reason and good sense are expressed weit gebracht."

with little art. And when you are

seriously intent on saying something, is Arrange the foregoing quotatiou from it necessary to hunt for words? Your Goethe's Faust” in proper literal order speeches which are so glittering, in under the lines of the under-given prose which ye crisp the shreds of humanity, translation, and read carefully the sub- are umefreshing as the mist-wind

which whistles through the withered Go to! still sit together still to glue leaves of autumn.

Your petty piecework, dressing your Wagner.-Oh, God! art is long, and ragoût our life is short. Often, indeed, during From others' feasts, your piteous flames my critical studies do I suffer both in still blowing head and heart. How hard it is to From sparks beneath dull heaps of compass the means by wbich one mounts ashes glowing. to the fountain-head! and before he bas Vain wonderment of children and of got balfway a poor devil must probably apes, die.

If with such paltry meed content thou Faust.— Is parchment the holy well,

art; a drink from which allays the thirst for The pliant heart to heal he only shapes, ever? Thou hast not gained refresh- Whose words persuasive flow from ment if it gusbes not from thy own heart to heart. soul.

Wagner.- But the delivery is, sir, as Wagner.—Excuse me; it is a great

you know, pleasure to transport one's self into the A chief thing, and, alas! here I have spirit of the times—to see how a wise much to do. man has thought before us, and to Faust.-Be thine to seek the honest what a glorious height we have at last gain, carried it.

No shallow.sounding fool;

Sound sepse finds utterance for itself, Wagner.- Excuse me, sir, I heard Without the critic's rule. your voice declaiming

And if in earnest ye intend to speak, Belike some old Greek drama, and I What need for words with curious care came in

to seek? To profit by your learned recitation; Your speeches which so primly ye comFor in these days the art of declamation pose, Is held in highest estimation.

With which ye crisp the shavings of And I have heard asserted that a mankind; preacher

Are unrefreshing as the foges Might boast to have an actor for his wind teacher.

That through the sapless leaves in Faust.— Yes, when our parsons preach autumn blows. to make grimace,

Wagner.-Alas! our life is short, bat As in these times is no uncommon long the road

That to the goal of wisdom must be Wagner:- Alas! when a poor wight is trod; 80 confined

The thought at times damps all my Amid his books, shut up from all man- studies' ardour, kind,

And head and beart alike despair And sees the world scarce on a holiday, Ere we may reach the sources, what is As through a telescope, and far away: harder How may one hope with oratorial skill Than all the means to know that To bend the minds one knows not to help is there? his will?

And when scarce half the way behind Faust.- What is not felt uo force of art us lies, may gain;

The poor fagged devil willy nilly True eloquence must from the full dies.

Faust.—The musty parchment deem'st And with an innate, sweet persuasive thou then to be power,

case.

The well from which one draught The hearts of all that hear enchain.

may slake the thirst for ever?

heart pour,

spent ?

The quickening power of science Unless it flow all fresh from thine. fiud'st thou never,

Wagner -But 'tis delivery we find Until from thine own soul it gusbes free. That inakes the orator's success; Wagner. - And yet it seems most use- In this, too, that I'm far behind, ful to compare

I must, with much regret, confess. The times that once

were with the

Faust. To honest ends thine aim be tunes that are;

wrought, To see how wise meo tbought in Greek Play not the tinkling zany's part; and Roman ages,

Clear intellect and earnest thought And know how wondrous far advanced Express themselves with little art. our modern age is.

If earnestly on suying something bent,

Need time for hunting out for words be Wagner.- Excuse me, sir, your voice I heard just now

Your polished speeches that so coldly Declaiming-doubtless a Greek tra- sbine, gedy.

Where nature cut in shreds, you crisp It is an art that much I wish to know; and twine,

'Tis one we may at present protit by. Are unrefreshing as the breeze Men have I often heard declare

That brings the clammy mist along; A priest taught by a player inay be. That through the leaves the autumn sees Faust.-Yes, it the priest's himself a Hang dry and withered on the trees, player,

Sighs drearily the autumn song. As sometimes one may chance to see. Wagner.--Ah, God, the span of life is Wagner.—But if so closely in our brief! closets pent,

And art is long, and hard to find; We scarcely see the world save now The critic's toil, too, I with grief and then,

Feel injures oft both heart and mind. When on it but afar our looks are How hard it is the means alone to gain bent,

By wbich the fountain-bead one may As through a telescope our gaze were

attain! sent,

And then, before one gets but half so How by persuasion shall we govern high, men ?

'Tis likely that, poor devil, one may die. Faust.-If inward power you cannot feel, Faust - Is parchment, then, the holy

No search, no toil, will lead you right; spriog If from your soul it does not steal,

Whose draught for ever stills the And to your hearers' hearts appeal,

thirst ? Subduing them with new delight. Thou hast not known that cooling Sit at your task for ever if you will,

thing Combine and join, and tack together Unless from thine own soul it burst. still;

Wagner.---Your pardon; 'tis a pleasure Cook up your hash from others' feast, to be wrought, and blow

As 'twere, into the spirit of the past; Your worthless ciuders to a paltry glow. To see how a wise man before us Children and apes may wonder much, wrought,

If to such praise your taste incline; And to what height we have atBut others' hearts it ne'er will touch,

tais at last!

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