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QUARTERLY REVIEW Ꮃ .
JULY ģ: OCTOBER, 1859.
JOHN MURRAY, ALBEMARLE STREET.
Page I.-1. Leben des Erasmus von Rotterdam. Von Adolf
Müller. Hamburg, 1828.
1 II.-Annals, Anecdotes, and Legends: a Chronicle of Life
Assurance. By John Francis, author of “The History
58 III.-Popular Music of the Olden Times : a Collection of
Ancient Songs, Ballads, and Dance Tunes, illustrative
82 IV.-The Portrait of a Christian Gentleman. A Memoir of
Patrick Fraser Tytler, author of the History of Scot
land.' By his Friend the Rev. J. W. Burgon. 1859. 109 V.-Books:-1. Siluria. By Sir R. I. Murchison. Third
Dr. Buckland. Third Edition.
Supplement to Sir C. Lyell's Fifth Edition of his
Manual of Elementary Geology.
By H. D. Rogers, F.R.S. 3 vols., 4to. With 7 large
lesse, Ingénieur des Mines, Professeur de la Géologie à
the years 1853-56. By Sir W. Logan and others.
tralia). By A. R. C. Selwyu, Esq.
Parts 1 and 2. By T. Oldham, LL.D., and others.
Reports by R. Mallett, F.R.S., and J. W. Mallett,
British Association at Leeds (1858).
QUARTERLY REVIEW W.
Art. I.-1. Leben des Erasmus von Rotterdam. Von Adolf Müller.
Hamburg, 1828. 2. Nouvelle Biographie Universelle. Tome xvi. Art. Erasme. Paris, 1856.
LMOST all remarkable events, wonderful discoveries, mighty A
revolutions, have had their heralds, their harbingers, their prophets. The catastrophe, seemingly the most sudden, has been long in silent preparation. The earthquakė has been nursing its fires, its low and sullen murmurs have been heard by the sagacious and observant ear, the throes of its awful coming have made themselves felt; significant and menacing movements are remembered as having preceded its outburst. The marked, if we may so say, the epochal man is rarely without his intellectual ancestors : Shakespeare did not create the English Drama; how long and noble a line, Galileo, Copernicus, Kepler, foreshowed Newton! The Reformation, above all, had been long pre-shadowed in its inevitable advent. It was anticipated by the prophetic fears and the prophetic hopes of men; the fears of those who would have arrested or mitigated its shock, the hopes of those who would have precipitated a premature and, it might be, unsuccessful collision with the established order of things. More than one book has been written, and written with ability and much useful research, on the • Reformers before the Reformation;' but we will pass over the more remote, more obscure, or at least less successful, precursors of the great German, the English, and the French antagonists of the mediaval superstitions and the Papal Despotism. We will leave at present unnamed those who would have evoked a pure, lofty, spiritual, personal religion from the gloom and oppression of what we persist in calling the Dark Ages. There are two names, however, of surpassing dignity and interest, the more immediate and acknowledged barbingers of that awful crisis which broke up the august but effete Absolutism dominant over Western Christendom, and at once severed, and for ever, Northern and Southern, Latin Vol. 106.—No. 211.