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1862

SOUTHEY'S COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

fourth Series.

ORIGINAL MEMORANDA, ETC.

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LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMA NS.

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1850.

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THOUGH THOU IADST MADE A GENERAL SURVEY
OF ALL THE BEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEW SO MUCH AS EVER LEARNING KNEW;
YET DID IT MAKE THEE TRUST THYSELF THE LESS,
AND LESS PRESUME. AND YET WIEN BEING MOV'n
IN PRIVATE TALK TO SPEAK; THOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRAUGHT THOU WERT WITHIN; AND PROV'D
THAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHATEVER WIT COULD SAY.
WHICH SHOW'D THOU HADST NOT BOOKS AS MANY HAVE,
FOR OSTENTATION, BUT FOR USE; AND THAT
THY BOUNTEOUS MEMORY WAS SUCH AS GAVE
A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT GAT.
WITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHERETO THOU
HAST SET THY NOTES UNDER THY LEARNED HAND,
AND MARK'D THEM WITII THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HOW
THE POINT OF THY CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAND;
THAT NONE WOULD THINK, IF ALL THY LIFE HAD BEEN
TURN'D INTO LEISURE, THOU COULDST HAVE ATTAIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE PERUS'D AND SEEN
SO MANY VOLUMES THAT SO MUCH CONTAIN'D."

Daniel. Funeral Poem upon the Death of the late Noble Earl of
Devonshire.-—“

:-“WELL-LANGUAGED DANIEL,” as Browne calls
him in his “ BRITANNIA'S Pastorals," was one of Southey's
favourite Poets.

JOHN WOOD WARTER.

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Preface.
T is little that the Editor has to say on the appearance of the
Fourth, and concluding, Series of the lamented Southey's
Common Place Book. Possibly to some, it may contain

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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