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SOUTHEY'S

COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

Second Series.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS.

EDITED

BY HIS SON-IN-LAW,

JOHN WOOD WARTER, B. D.

LONDON: LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1849.

** THOUGH THOU. IADST LADE Å GISTRAL 5ORITI

OF ALL THE BEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEW SO MUCH AS EVER LEARNING KNEN
YET DID IT MAKE THEE TRIST THYSELF THE LESS,
AND LESS PRESUME, AND YET WHEN BEING MOT D
IV PRIVILE TALK TO SPŁAK; THOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRAUGHT THOU WERT WITHIN; ASD PROT'D
TILAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHATVEN WIT COULD SAY.
HHICH SHOW'D THIOL' HADST NOT BOOKS AS MANY HALT,
TOR OSTENTATION, BUT FOR 'SE; AND TITAI
TUY BOUNTEOUS MEMORY WAS SUCH AS GATE
A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT GAT.
WITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHERETO THOU
HASI SET THY NOTES UNDER TIY LEARNED HAND,
AND MARK'D THEM WITH THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HORY
THE POINT OF THY CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAVD;
THAT NONE WOULD LINK, IF ALL THY LIFE HAD BEEN
TURN'D INTO LEISURE, THOC COULDST HAVE ATTAIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE PERI'S'D AND SEE
SO MANY YOLUMES THAT SO MUCH CONTAIS'D."

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

Devonshire.-"WELL•LANGUAGED DAXIL," as BROWNE calls him in his “ Britannia's PastORALS," was one of Souther's favourite Ppets::

JOIN WOOD VARTER.

Preface.

G &ITTLE prefatory remark is needed to the Second Series of ARIG the Common-Place Book of the late Robert Southep. DW Lalu Like the former volume it is complete in itself, and contains

eli 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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