11 NOVEMBER 1876, Page 21

The Poetical Works of Ray Palmer. (Dickinson.)—Mr. Ray Palmer'a chief

compositions are hymns. Many of these seem to have met with acceptance, and one, "My faith looks up to Thee," has achieved a very considerable success. These compositions range over a considerable period ; we see one ascribed to the year 1804, and another dated seventy-one years later. A literary life so strangely extended is itself an interesting phenomenon. If Mr. Palmer has never attained any very high level, it must be allowed that he writes as well at the end of the seventy years as he did at the beginning. Possibly 1804 is a misprint.