27 OCTOBER 1866, Page 22

Literary Pearls, Strung at Random. By R. A. M. With

an introduc- tion by Samuel, Lord Bishop of Oxford. (Rontledge ; Howell, Liver- pooL)—There was something about Queen Emma, of the Sandwich Islands, that seems to have moved the Anglican heart profoundly. Whether it was the romance of the locale, or some vague idea of a future rivalry with the great Roman institution in the comprehension of races, or the competition with American dissent, that gave the stimulus, there is no doubt that the Hawaiian mission has received an attention in high clerical and fashionable circles that is quite remarkable. The volume before us is the latest evidence of this interest. Somebody has taken the trouble of collecting a number of anecdotes and sentiments, printed them in a pretty shape, got the Bishop of Oxford to write a preface in his most decorative style, and devotes the profits that may arise from the sale to the Hawaiian mission, " as a tribute of respect to Queen Emma, for so nobly leaving her island home." We shall leave the Bishop to explain the impression that the collection has made upon him, with the expectation that in so doing we shall best promote the inte- rests that the compiler is anxious to serve. "Look when and where thou wilt in this volume, and say whether one bath not been before thee gathering for thy delight the flowers as they burst into their beauty,— violets, whose fragrance then mayest enjoy without groping on the banks on which they creep,—glorious rosebuds, gathered for thee without the guardian thorn wounding thy searching hand. Yes, examine this volume, and say if the fields have not indeed yielded to the reaping- hook their golden treasures, and if the sheaves do not stand ready for thy ingathering in the open fields before thee." The Bishop is enthu- siastic; but Queen Emma and her mission relieved pleasantly the shadows that at times depress him, and the rebound may perhaps be traced in his appreciation of this modest effort in the cause of the good Queen.