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Dreams O' Hame
By James D. Law


Some of the poems included in Dreams o' Hame (Alex. Gardner) by Mr. James D. Law, have appeared before, but the bulk of them are new. They show at least that the old Doric has crossed the Atlantic, and that American Scotsmen still retain a tender affection for their old home. Mr. Law is a skilful versifier, and has a good deal of the poet in him. His poems in the Scottish dialect are preferable to his experiments in English verse. In his native dialect he is more at home, and the words seem to fit better to his thoughts. 'A Dream o' Hame,' both in its geographical and historical part, is exceptionally good, and shows that the author has the art of throwing off a vivid picture in a few words. The version of the first Psalm is interesting; but it will be hard to supplant the old version, now so completely interwoven into the religious thought of the country. Mr. Law has an abundance of quiet humour, and makes good use of it. The 'proem' is curious. On the whole, however, the volume we imagine, will find a wide circle of readers, and will be enjoyed.

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