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332 THE CANADIAN HISTORICAL REVIEW porary maps and prints, and drawingsof the masqueand the fort in Mr. C. W. Jefferys'shappiesthistoricalmanner. Mrs. Richardson's tianslation is a tourdeforce. She has succeeded in followingexactly both metre and rhyme through all their whimsical vagaries. • hus Neptune utters somesixty versesof unbrokenAlexandrines ; sixt'ritons follow inmetres varying from twelve toseven syllables, with assortedrhyme-schemes; and four Indians essayasmany species of lyric versification. The versionclingscloselythroughoutto the wordingof the original, and is at times so faithful as to make the English rhymes ridiculous. But theseare superficialblemishes,and Mrs. Richardsonis to be congratulatedon completingwhat she set out to accomplish--anEnglish version,exact in form and content, of the merry lines that old Marc Lescarbotcomposed in hasteto welcomehis returning chieftain. R. KEITH HICKS The First Canadian Christmas Carol: JesousAhatonhia, Huron Indian Carol (circa1641). By Father JEANDE BR•BEUF. Englishinterpretationby J. E. MIDDLETON, illustrationsby STANLEY F. TURNER. Toronto: Rous and Mann. [1927]. Pp. 15. Tins little bookis a masterpiece of book-production.It isdesigned asa gift book for the Christmasseason(and a very suitableChristmasgift it wouldbe for many persons);but it hasalsoan historicalsignificance. It contains, with anhistorical introduction, theFrenchversion,theliteral Englishtranslation,and an Englishinterpretationby Mr. J. E. Middleton , of a Christmascarolwhich,it is said,wascomposed for the Huron Indiansby the gallantFather Br•beuf about1641. The actualauthorshipof the carolmay perhapsbe opento question,sinceits attribution to FatherBr6beuf rests onlyontheoraltradition oftheHluron Indians at Lorette;but it isundoubtedly of an earlydate,and may well have been composed byBr•beufabouttheyear1641.Weknowthat Br•beuftaught the IndiansChristmas carols; andit isprobable that thisisoneof them. The originalversion contains little that isstriking;but Mr. Middleton's renderingin Englishis a charrrdngpieceof work. W. $. WALLACE La Colonisation dela province deQuebec: Les Cantonsdel'Est, 1791-1815. Par l'Abb6 IVANHOi•CARON. •)u•bec: L'Action Sociale. 1927. Pp. ix, 379. PRIMARmY thisisa study, published with theimprimaturof thearchbishopof •)uebec,of early land grantswithin the EasternTownships of LowerCanada. It will bewelcomed by those whoknowtheauthor's ...

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ISSN
1710-1093
Print ISSN
0008-3755
Pages
p. 332
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-05
Open Access
No
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