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OR, THE

LITERARY MUSINGS IS

INSON

A CLERICAL REGLUSE.
Rer. Francist

is tacy

'He was 'a stricken deer that left the herd.'
His musings called he browsings, ruminations,
In language of the herd. To chew the cud
Is the suggestive sense of ruminations.
The study hath such, as the meadow hath,
And these were of them. But the ruminant
In study pent inclines to chew the cud
Of sweet and bitter fancies, and of facts
Sometimes both soluble and succulent,
And sometimes not.”

Nicias Foxcar.

Boston:
ROBERTS BROTHERS.

1871.

KD 8302

LIBRARY MAR 5 1541

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I HAD been looking in the morning at Lough's fine re

cumbent statue of Robert Southey—now laid out in white marble, within Crosthwaite Church. The impression of the old laureate's pinched features, and keen time-tried sorrowworn aspect, gave fresh force and feeling to those lines of his, which I happened to light upon in the evening, while turning over, with random listlessness, his miscellaneous poems,those tenderly retrospective lines, written by him in 1796, and headed,“ On My Own Miniature Picture, taken at Two Years of Age.Whatever contrast was suggested to the poet, then in the first flush of earliest manhood, between himself at three or four and twenty, and at tiny two,-how pathetically, to my remembrances, that contrast was now reinforced, by glancing at once from the monument of an over-worked veteran to the miniature of a little child.

And I was once like this ! that glowing cheek
Was mine, those pleasure-sparkling eyes ; that brow

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