German prison camp. Something of the fine sharp spirit of the field is gone and the languor of confinement seems to brood upon the pages. Yet the book contains some poems equal to anything which Mr. Harvey has written and one certainly superior. This, the last poem in the book we may quote in full THE BUGLER. God dreamed a man Then, having firmly shut Life like a precious metal in his fist, Withdrew, his labour done. Thus did begin Our various divinity and sin· For some to ploughshares did the metal twist, And others-dreaming Empires-straightway cut Crowns for their aching foreheads. Others beat Long nails and heavy hammers for the feet Of their forgotten Lord. (Who dare to boast That he is guiltless ?) others coined it: most Did with it-simply nothing. (Here again Who cries his innocence ?) Yet doth remain Metal unmarred, to each man more or less, Whereof to fashion perfect loveliness. For me, I do but bear within my hand (For sake of Him, our Lord, now long forsaken) A simple bugle such as may awaken With one high morning note a drowsing man That wheresoe'er within my motherland The sound may come, 'twill echo far and wide Like pipes of battle calling up a clan. Trumpeting men through beauty to God's side. Verse such as this would compensate for a deal of light metal, and a poet who can write it should have many volumes of the real stuff of poetry before him. The Bubble and Other Poems," by Willoughby Weaving. B. H. Blackwell, Oxford. 4s. 6d. net. Pp. 146. Mr. Weaving's new poems are undoubtedly imaginative, and contain much real beauty. But there is a good deal in this volume which will assuredly not add to his reputation. One feels at once that many of the poems lack the sense of music and of clarity. The poet is labouring at his craft: but succeeds only in setting the pearls of his thought beyond reach. Artificiality, paradox and archaic forms of expression mar several of his finest passages. "Cusp-smother," "Pleated Crass," "Very rinsey-sweet," Glode," Chode," Brast," Latten rain, are examples in which the book abounds. Such verses as : Prodigal 0 the winds how they plash amid the branches Beautifully destroying the indestructibly fair! Or rushing in odorous invisible avalanches And crushing and curdling with glow-clots the petalous air could have been clothed simply and intelligibly in the quiet beauty which Mr. Weaving holds at his call when he writes- And silence like a fall of leaves goes by and in The Ship In her tall sails the breezes sing Before her dance the snowy seas A fragrance past imagining, A wealth beyond all estasies. She beareth neath her dazzling sails, For she is deep with treasure stored The music of all nightingales Is hung upon her straining cord." "Eucharist," Birthday," Skylark," At the Shedding of Blood," King's Song," Spring Halos," To and the Three Sonnets show Mr. Weaving at his best. It will be a pity if he does not jettison his cargo of pedantry to let the fine ship of his muse go free. A. G. P-J. The Adult School Lesson Handbook, 1918. London, Headley Bros. Price 9d. As each succeeding year's Handbook comes out of the Press one is always inclined to describe it as the best yet issued, and to wonder how the high standard can ever be maintained. The Lesson Handbook for this year bears eloquent testimony to the thought and care which has been given to its preparation. We ernestly invite the attention of the leaders of our Sunday Schools in Wales to the Handbook, and would ask them to consider whether the salvation of the Sunday School as far as the adult classes are concerned does not lie in idopting a sheme of Bible study something on the lines of those set out in this Handbook. In these days when there is talk of Reconstruction on every hand, it is refreshing to find a scheme of study based on the Scriptures. The present Handbook contains a series of lessons on this all absorbing topic, such as The New Nation, the New Youth, the New Woman, the New World. We feel sure that the study of the series of lessons for 1918 by adult schools and others will help to a clearer vision of the ways and means through which a new social order is to bal built in which, in the words of John Burns, every man shall have a little pleasure, a little treasure and a little leisure. BOOKS RECEIVED "The Adolescent," by J. W. Slaughter, with introduction by J. J. Findlay. London Geo. Allen & Unwin. 2s. 6d. Pp. 100. The Way Forward," by Gilbert Murray, with Preface by Viscount Grey of Falloden. London Geo. Allen & Unwin. Pp. 43. "Our Sunday, What does it Mean?" by R. T. Smith, M.D. London Chas. H. Kelly. 6d. Pp. 44. Poems by Edward Thomas." London: Selwyn and Blont. 3s. 6d. Pp. 63. Three Centuries of Treaties of Peace," by the Right Hon. Sir Walter G. F. Phillimore, Bart., D.C.L. London: John Murray. 7s. 6d. Pp. 221. Some Imagist Poets, 1916." London Constable. Pp. 96. The Principle of Industrial Administration," by G. E. Toogood. London A. Brown & Sons, Ltd. Is. Pp. 56. Douglas Hyde," by Darmid 0. Cobthaigh. Dublin Maunsel & Co. 3s. Pp. 131. The Gate of Remembrance," by Frederick B. Blond. Oxford B. H. Blackwell. The Treasures of Coal Tar," by Alexander Findlay. London Geo. Allen & Unwin. 4s. 6d. Pp. 137. The Common Weal," by W. Cunningham, D.D., F.B.A. London Cambridge University Press. 2s. 6d. Pp. 117 The Revelation of England Through her Poetry," by Professor Hugh Walker. London: Humphrey Milford. Is. Pp. 17. "The State and the Child," by W. Clark Hall. London Headley Brothers. 2s. Pp. 195. The Limits of Pure Democracy," by W. H. Mallock. London Chapman & Hall. 15s. Pp.397. 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