The Pilgrim's Staff. Selected and Arranged by FitzRoy Carring- - ton.
(Duckworth and Co. 2s. 6d.)—This is one of those charming little anthologies we are always glad to welcome. The compiler -tells us in a graceful preface that his friends having asked him -for a volume of graver verse, poems divine and moral, to follow "The Queen's Garland" and "The King's Lyrics," he has collected from some three and a half centuries pieces that express all moods, from self-abasement to that faith in the divinity of the soul which can face unmoved the Great Unknown. He was the more willing as it gave him the opportunity of bringing into line those writers who are only read, perhaps, one day in seven. We -start with Spenser, and we conclude with Henley's defiant "Out of the night that covers me" and Stevenson's exquisite requiem, "Under the wide and starry sky"; so we have a sufficiently wide choice of religious and contemplative ideas and a no less instructive evolution of thought. A few portraits add to the attractiveness -of the volume, which is one of those satisfactory half-crown's: worths that lovers of good literature can newer grudge either for their own or a friend's table.