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“THOUGH THOU HADST MADE A GENERAL SURVEY
Daniel. Funeral Poem upon the Death of the late Noble Earl of
Devonshire._“Well-LANGUAGED DANJEL,” as Browne calls him in his “ BRITANNIA's PastoralS,” was one of Southey's favourite Poets.
JOHN WOOD WARTER.
A T is little that the Editor has to say on the appearance of the
Fourth, and concluding, Series of the lamented Southey's 5 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,