Adams, formerly Fellow of New College, the chair being taken by
Mr. Marriott of the same college. It may be remembered that, about
a year ago, Mr. Adams pointed out, in a lecture before the Royal
Literary Society, a great number of resemblances between the
characters of the hieratic or priestly alphabet of Ancient Egypt,
and those of the Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Basque, Sanskrit, Runic,
and other languages, the form of the characters being almost
identical, though their phonetic values, for the most part, differed
in the different languages. For the transference of sound—for in
the lecturer's view the sound varies, not the letter—Mr. Adams
was unable to account at the time; but since then he has followed
up the principle laid down by the great Champollion, and claims
now to have made such an application as will account for the
majority of alphabetic values. The importance of the principle,
if fully established, is of the highest kind; for, as the lecturer
observed, the art of writing is so intimately bound up with ancient
languages and ancient religions, that if we can discover a single
origin for the former, we are not improbably on the high-road to
the primaeval source of the latter."
ZENOBIA; OR, THE FALL OF
A TRAGEDY IN THREE ACTS.
Once a "Week.
"' Zenobia' is a scholar-like work, full of passages of great vigour
and beauty, and sparkling throughout with perfect gems of poesy.
The interest continues unflagging to the very fall of the curtain."
" The tragedy is marked throughout, but especially in the last act,
by passages of singular beauty and power; and while the frame-
work of the drama reminds us frequently of ' Hamlet,' the diction
and imagery are those of a true poet, who might almost, if he had
lived at the same epoch, have been deemed not unworthy to con-
tend with Shakespeare himself."