3 DECEMBER 1904, Page 41

& Beowulf" and other pieces in " Vitellius, Ch. XV."

of the Cotton Collection. Professor Cook's edition of the poem is already well known in the United States, and we are glad to see it reproduced here in this very convenient and accessible shape. The story is an adaptation of the Hebrew legend of Judith and Holofernes, and is told by the poet with much vigour. Professor Cook has modified his views as to the date and occasion, holding now that the 'poet had in his mind, not Judith of France, but Ethelfreda (daughter of King Alfred), "a much more suitable and worthy heroine" than the French Princess.