8 AUGUST 1885, Page 24

The chief feature of Merry England is a poem by

Mrs. Meynell (Miss Alice Thompson), entitled, "The Modern Poet." It is of

unusual merit; quite equal, we think, to the best of her collected poems. Mrs. Urquhart urges some of the characteristic doctrines of her late distinguished husband, under the Jefferson Brick-like title, "Bloodshed." Her paper is a thoughtful and interesting one. The Editor's essay on Sir Henry Taylor, as "A Poet in Colonial Office," with its eloquent tribute to the character and talents of Mr. Aubrey de 'Fere, is one of the best articles that has yet appeared in this magazine.