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THOUGH THOU HADST 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 WHEN BEING Mov't
IN PRIVATE TALK TO SPEAK; THIOU DIDST BEWRAY
HOW FULLY FRAUGHT THOU WERT WITUN; 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 TIIAT
THY BOUNTEOUS MEMORY WAS SUCH AS GAVE

A LARGE REVENUE OF THE GOOD IT GAT.

WITNESS SO MANY VOLUMES, WHERE TO THOU
HAST SET THY NOTES UNDER THY LEARNED HAND,
AND MARK'D THEM WITH THAT PRINT, AS WILL SHOW now
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 “Brittania's PASTORALS," was one of Southey's favourite Poets.

JOHN WOOD WARTER.

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UNEXPECTED and accidental circumstances have entailed upon me the publication of the lamented Sonthey's COMMON-Place Book. Had it been committed to my hands in the first instance, I should probably have made an arrangement somewhat different: as it is, I carry out, as far as I am enabled to do, the arrangement which is detailed in the publisher's Prospectus.

I am the Editor of the present volume, complete in itself, from p. 203; and those who are conversant in literary investigation will make allowance for such errors as may have escaped me. As far as my limited reading, and the resources of a private library, permitted, I have investigated doubtful passages, and have corrected imperfect references. Nothing but reverence for the honoured name of Southey would have induced me, with my clerical calls and studies, to have entered upon the work. The difficulty of carrying it out only, shows the wonderful stores, the accumulated learning, and the unlimited research, of the excellently single-hearted, the devout, and gifted Collector. Most truly may it be said of him, in the words of Stephen Hawes, in his " PASTIME OF PLEASURE,” speaking of MASTER LIDGATE

" And who his bokes list to hear or see,

In them he shall find Elocution
With as good order as may be,
Keeping full close the moralization
Of the trouthe of his great intencion.
Whose name is registered in remembraunce,
For to endure by long continuance."

The headings of such passages as are not bracketed are the lamented Collector's; for the rest (in the quaint words of old Fuller, in his ABEL Redivivus) “ my own meanness” is responsible. I had likewise, in pre

paring the sheets for the press, added a few notes on difficult and doubtful
passages or expressions, but on consideration I crossed them out. One
or two inadvertently remain, which may serve as a sample of others.
The Index I have taken such pains with as I might.

The lines quoted on the fly leaf from Daniel, I have quoted in the new
edition of The Doctor, &c., in one volume ; but they seem, if possible,
more to the purpose here. The purity of his English weighs with me,
as it did with the lamented Sonthen.

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