All freely acknowledge the great superiority of Dean Trench's work on the Parables to any other on the subject in the English language. Unsurpassed by none in depth of spiritual insight or in truly evangelical sentiment, it is nu rivaled by any in elaborateness and critical value, or in familiar and felicitous use of the labors of others, ancient and modern. The author would seem to have left well-nigh nothing unexamined that could by possibility throw even a side-light on his theme. To the Christian student, the book is as invaluable as it is delightful. But the size and consequent cost of the work have kept it beyond the easy reach of very many, and both size and cost are objections the more fatal — to multitudes of laymen especially — in that nearly, if not quite, one-third of the book is in the shape of notes in other languages — Greek, Latin, French, and German. It must be confessed, too, that the style, excellent as it is in some respects, is often lacking in conciseness and simplicity.