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SOUTHEY'S COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

Fourth Series.

ORIGINAL MEMORANDA, ETC.

SOUTHEY'S
COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

Fourth Series.
ORIGINAL MEMORANDA, ETC.

EDITED

BY HIS SON-IN-LAW,
JOHN WOOD WARTER, B.D.

LONDON:
LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1851.

270.4.go.

" THOUGII THOI' HADI MAD} 4 GENERAL SURVIN
OF ALL THE BEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEW SO MUCILAS EVIR LEARNING KVIW;
YET DID IT MAKE THEE IRI'ST THYSELF THE LESS,

AND LESS PRESCM.AND YET WHEN BEING MOV'D

IN PRIVATE TALK TO SPEAK; THOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRAGIT THOU WERT WITHIY; AND PROD
THAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHATEVER WIT COL'ID) SAY.
WHICH SHOW'D THOL HLADST NOT BOOKS AS MANY HAVI,
FOR OSILXTATION, BLI FOR USE; AND THAT
THY BOUNTEOUS VIMORY WAS SUCH AS GAVE
A LARGE REVENCE OF THE COOD IT GAI.
HITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHEREIO THOU
HAST SET HY NOTES UNDER DIY LEARXID HAND,
AND MARK'D THEN WITH THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HOW
THE POINT OF TUY CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAND;
THAT NONE WOULD THINK, IT ALL THY LIFE HAD BEEN
1U'RV'D INTO LEIST'RE, THOI COLLDSE HAVE AITAIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE PERUS'D AND SETY
80 MANY VOLU31 ES IHAT SO MICH CONTAIN'D."

DANIELFuneral Poem upon the Deuth of the late Noble Earl of

Devonshire.-“WELL-LANGUAGED DAVIEL," as BROWNE calls him in bis “ BRITANNIA'S PASTORALS," was one of Southevis favourite Poets.

JOHN WOOD ARTER.

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S T is little that the Editor has to say on the appearance of the

Fourth, and concluding, Series of the lamented Southey's T V E 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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