2 SEPTEMBER 1865, Page 22

Spells and Voices. By Ada Keyne. (Trubner.) — Qui " Claribel" non

odit, amet twt carmina, is all that we can say to the authoress of Spells and Voices, and we trust that the ladies do not understand Latin. Per- haps the present volume is a little more ambitious in style than the Fireside Ballads, but the meaning is not always so clear. We will give as a specimen the first and last verses of an address to the violet.

" Meek-brow'd fairy ! violet queen, Could we gaze on thee awhile, We should gather words, I ween, From the langauge of thy smile !" " Glist'ning dew-drop we have seen As a bright star in a tear Shining through the purple sheen, Like thine eyes, thou fairy dear !"