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“Surge igitur et fac: et erit Dominus tecum.”
No. LXXIII.-AUGUST, 1849.
(NEW SERIES, NO. XXXVII.)
CURZON'S MONASTERIES IN THE LEVANT.
Visits to Monasteries in the Levant. By the Honourable ROBERT
CURZON, Jun. 8vo. pp. 449. 1849. Murray : London.
Our first literary acquaintance with Mr. Curzon was through the Quarterly Review of December 1845, in a notice of the MSS. then lately imported from Egypt, with the recovery of which that gentleman was not remotely concerned. Mr. Curzon had furnished the writer of that very interesting Review with a narrative of his visit to the Monasteries on the Natron Lakes in 1837, which is repeated, with some unimportant variations and additions in the volume now before us. Having formed our estimate both of the writer's animus and of his literary qualifications from that brief narrative, we hailed with mixed feelings the announcement of the volume lately published. We felt certain that it would be a clever book, and highly entertaining: we knew that his observation was keen and acute, his perceptions clear, his descriptive powers considerable; and, consequently, that he could be the author of no ordinary book : But we had huge misgivings as to his capability of understanding the subject to which this volume is expressly devoted — “Monasteries in the Levant.” It is a most tempting title; but it is so especially because “the Monasteries” may be naturally supposed to comprehend the monks : and a really good book on the monastic discipline of the oriental churches, and the monastic lives of oriental ascetics is a desideratum in Ecclesiastical Literature. But, we say, our previous acquaintance with Mr. Curzon had led us to believe that he was not precisely the person to tell us what we wanted to know about the Monasteries of the East. We were not quite free from apprehensions that he might tell us much that we had rather not know-something that might reflect little credit on