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WE trust that we have redeemed the pledge which we made to our Readers in the commencement of our New Series—that, without altering the constitution of our Magazine, we would endeavour to make it embrace a larger circle of Literature, and enter into more diversified subjects of inquiry. We have used our best judgment in the selection of the articles submitted to us; and we believe that, in the last year, there will be found few communications admitted into our pages, which have not been recommended by the usefulness or elegance of the information which they afforded.
In the revival of Anglo-Saxon Literature, we congratulate ourselves on a long-neglected branch of learning shooting forth with unusual vigour, and rising as it were out of the very heart of our historic and antiquarian researches. We expect that many valuable documents connected with our early poetry and history, will be drawn forth from the obscurity in which they have lain, and illustrated with that learning and skill which will leave all former competitors far behind. Beowulf has been edited with a scholar's talent; and we hope that La3amon will ere long confer still further honour on its well-informed and accomplished editor.
Proferet in lucem speciosa vocabula rerum;
In Classical Literature little has been published that calls for our observation; and therefore we have been able to pay the more attention to many old and neglected volumes of Poetry, which, besides their intrinsic value, throw a light on circumstances connected with our language, manners, and history.
Every thing relating to the Antiquities of our country has been diligently remarked and collected by us; and if we have been altogether silent on the subject of Politics, it has arisen from a conviction that it enters far too deeply and prejudicially into our present Literature, and by its temporary and overpowering attraction, draws the general mind away from the quiet and unobtrusive paths of useful learning. Our present plan has been formed, after much consideration, as most suitable to the general demand; and in the execution of it we have endeavoured to collect materials of intrinsic and sterling value. If, in our Review of New Publications, we sometimes linger too far behind the expectations and anxieties of the author, it has arisen from a wish to do that justice which can alone be afforded by a calm and deliberate perusal. In our desire to commend, when a work of genius or solid learning is before us, we may perhaps sometimes extend our observations beyond the room which we could prudently spare; and a delay may arise, from our anxiety to state the reasons with fulness and impartiality which govern our critical decisions. We hope, however, that there is little just cause of complaint on that head. Concerning the miscellaneous nature of the materials which must of necessity be collected in a Magazine like our own, the proportion which each subject should respectively occupy can never be defined with precision: a mutual and liberal concession will be made by our different readers,