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LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1851.

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"HOLCH THOL TALSI DI AGERAL SURI!!

OF ALL THE BEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEW SO MUCH AS EVER LEARNING KVEW:
YET DID IT MAKE THEE TRUST THYSELF THE LESS,
AND LESS PRESUME.- AND YET WHEN BEING MOV'D
IN PRIVATE TALK TO SPEAK; THOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRALGHT THOL WERT WITHIN, AND PROV'1)
THAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHATEVER HIT COULD SAY.
IVHICH SHOWD THOLIDST NOT BOOKS AS MANY HAVI.
TOR OSTENTATION, BUT FOR USE, AND THAT
TITY BOUNTEOUS MEMORY WAS SUCH AS OAIE
A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT (AT.
WITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHERFTO TITOU
ILAST SET THY VOTES UNDER THY LEARED HAND),
AAD MARK DTILM WITU TIIT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HO1
111E POINT OF THE CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAND;
THAT NOVE WOLID TILK, IT ALL THY LILE HAD BEEN
TIRN'D INTO LEISURE, TIJOI (OILDST LAVE ITTIIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE PERL'S'D AND SELV
SO MANY VOLUM'S TILAT SOUTH CONTAIN'n."

DANIEL. Funeral Poem upon the Death of the lute lobie Earl of

Devonshire.-“ WELL-LANGUAGED Daniel," as BROWNE calls him in his “ Britannia': PASTORALS," was one of Souther's favourite loets.

JOHN 1000 ICARTER.

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S A ST is little that the Editor has to say on the appearance of the De Fourth, and concluding, Series of the lamented Southey's

Common Place Book. Possibly to some, it may contain

3 the most interesting portion of the whole,—as Daniel says, “ the tongue of” his “ best thoughts,”—to others, deeper thought, and original ideas, may be less interesting, and they may long for the olla podrida of the earlier portions. But, to all, even to general readers, there is no doubt but that the Series now presented to the Public is in every way most interesting, and there is, in his Manna, to adopt a saying of the Rabbi's, something to suit the taste of all.

In a letter written July 11, 1822, there occurs the passage following, and in it is shewn that “ besetting sin—a sort of miser-like love of accumulation” – to which the Reader owes the volumes now brought, with no little labour, to completion. “Like those persons who frequent sales, and fill their houses with useless purchases, because they may want them some time or other; so am I for ever making collections and storing up materials which may not come into use till the Greek Calends. And this I have been doing for five and twenty years! It is true that I draw daily upon my hoards, and should be poor without them; but in prudence I ought now to be working up those materials rather than adding to so much dead stock.” Life and Correspondence, vol. v. p. 135.

From these stores, as hinted, these Common Place Books are derived,—but much, very much, is left behind,-besides that contained in the wondrous collection for the HISTORY OF PORTUGAL,—not to be understood except by those who know the private marks of the Author. Enough, however, has been given to shew the vast collections of this unrivalled scholar, and the comprehensive grasp of that gigantic intellect,

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