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** THOUGH THOU. IADST BLADE A GENERAL 5(RITI

OF ALL THE DEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEIF SO MUCIL AS EVER LEARNING KNEI;
YET DID IT MAKE THEE TRIST THYSELF THE LESS
AND LESS PRESUME.-AND YET WHEN BEING Mor's
IV PRIVILE TALK TO SPEAK; THOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRAUGHT THOU WERT WITHIN; AND PROP'd
TILAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHITIVEN WIT COULD SAY.
WHICH show'D THIOL HADST NOT BOOKS AS MANY HAVE,
FOR OSTENTATION, BI'T FOR l'SE; AND TILAI
TUY BOUNTEOUS MEMORY WAS SUCH AS GATE
A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT GAT.
WITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHERETO THOU
HAST SET HY NOTES UNDER TILY LEARNED HAND,
AND MARK'D THEM WITH THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HOW
THE POINT OF THY CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAVD;
THAT NONE WOULD THINK, IF ALL THY LIFE HAD BEEN
TURN'D INTO LEISURE, THOC COULDST HAVE ATTAIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE PERUS'D AND SEEY
SO MANY VOLUMES THAT SO MUCH CONTAIN'D."

DANIEL. Funeral Poem upon the Death of the late Noble Earl of

Devonshire." WELL•LANGUAGED DAXIFL," as BROWNE calls him in his “ BRITANNIA'S PASTORALS," was one of Souther's favourite Poets

JOIN WOOD WARTER.

Preface.

PITTLE prefatory remark is needed to the Second Series of

the Common-Place Book of the late Robert Southey. Like the former volume it is complete in itself, and contains

matter equally curious, diversified, interesting, amusing, and instructive.

Considerable pains has been given to the Spanish and Portugueze extracts (some of the earliest, and some of the latest, of the gifted Collector's gleanings,) contained under the heading, SPANISH AND PORTUGUEZE LITERATURE; but the Editor is afraid, owing to the rarity of the volumes from which many of them are taken, that errors will have escaped his notice. Any corrections forwarded to him by competent scholars will be carefully attended to in a future edition.

It has not been thought advisable to disarrange the several packets which Southey had so laboriously put together, otherwise many extracts would have been transposed. For example, great portions of the Series headed Middle Ages, the Editor would have appended to Collections for English MANNERS AND LITERATURE.

It will be observed that the order of the Publisher's Prospectus has not been rigorously adhered to. On examination of the several papers it was found impossible. What is here omitted will be given in the shape of Fragments in the Fourth and last Series. The omissions are chiefly as regards East Indian, Spanish and Portuguese, American, and Miscellaneous, Geography.

I may end these introductory remarks with the words of Barrow: “The reading of books, what is it but consulting with the wisest men of all ages and all conditions, who thereby communicate to us their most deliberate thoughts, choicest notions, and best inventions, couched in good expressions, and digested in exact method ?”

JOHN WOOD WARTER.

VICARAGE, West TARRING, Sussex,

OCTOBER 29, 1849.

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