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SOUTHEY’S COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

ffourth Series.

ORIGINAL MEMORANDA, ETC.

SOUTHEY’S

COMMON-PLACE BOOK.

BOOK.

ffourth Series.

ORIGINAL MEMORANDA, ETC.

EDITED

BY HIS SON-IN-LAW,

JOHN WOOD WARTER, B. D.

BO

LONDON:

LONGMAN, BROWN, GREEN, AND LONGMANS.

1851.

270.4.go.

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OF ALL IHE BEST OF MEN'S BEST KNOWLEDGES,
AND KNEW SO MUCHAS EVIR LLANNING KVEW;
YET DID IT MAKE THEE IRI'ST THYSELF THE LES,
AND LESS PRESUME. AND YET WHEN BEING MOV'!)
IN PRIVATE TALK TO SPEAK; THOU DIDAT BEWRAY
HOW FILLY FRAIGHT ruou WERT WITHIN; AND PROP'D)
THAT THOU DIDST KNOW WHATEVIR WIT COL'I.1) SAY.
WHICH SHOW'D THOU HLADST NOT BOOKS AS YAVY HAVT,
FOR OSIENTATION, BUY FOR I'RE; AND THAT
THY WOUNTEOUS VIMORY WAS SUCII AS GAVE
A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT GAI.
HITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHEREIO TION
HLAST SET HY NOTES UNDER DIY LEARNED HAND,
AND MARA'D THEM WITH THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW HOW
THE POINT OF TITY CONCEIVING THOUGHTS DID STAND;
THAT NONE WOULD THINK, IF ALI THY LIFE HAD BEEN
il'RV'D INTO LEISURE, Thor cou'lpST HAVE AITAIN'D
SO MUCH OF TIME, TO HAVE Peru's'D AND SETS
SO MANY VOLLJES ITIAT SO MUCH CONTAIN'D."

DANIEL Funeral l'oem upon the Deuth of the late Noble Earl of

Deronshire.-" \'ELL-LANGUAGED DAVIEL.," as BROWNE calls him in his “ BRITANNIA'S PASTORALS," was one of Souther's favourite Popis.

JOIS TOOD ARTER.

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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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