The Best Letters of Charles Lamb eBook

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  “She dwelt among the untrodden ways
  Beside the Springs of Dove,—­
  A maid whom there were few (sic) to praise,
  And very few to love.

  “A violet, by a mossy stone
  Half hidden from the eye,
  Fair as a star when only one
  Is shining in the sky.

  “She lived unknown; and few could know
  When Lucy ceased to be;
  But she is in the grave, and oh,
  The difference to me!”

This is choice and genuine, and so are many, many more.  But one does riot like to have ’em rammed down one’s throat.  “Pray take it,—­it’s very good; let me help you,—­eat faster.”



September 24, 1802

My Dear Manning,—­Since the date of my last tetter, I have been a traveller, A strong desire seized me of visiting remote regions.  My first impulse was to go aod see Paris.  It was a trivial objection to my aspiring mind that I did not understand a word of the language, since I certainly intend some time in my life to see Paris, and equally certainly never intend to learn the language; therefore that could be no objection.  However, I am very glad I did not go, because you had left Paris (I see) before I could have set out.  I believe Stoddart promising to go with me another year prevented that plan.  My next scheme (for to my restless, ambitious mind London was become a bed of thorns) was to visit the far-famed peak in Derbyshire, where the Devil sits, they say, without breeches. This my purer mind rejected as indelicate.  And my final resolve was a tour to the Lakes.  I set out with Mary to Keswick, without giving Coleridge any notice; for my time, being precious, did not admit of it.  He received us with all the hospitality tality in the world, and gave up his time to show us all the wonders of the country.  He dwells upon a small hill by the side of Keswick, in a comfortable house, quite enveloped on all sides by a net of mountains,—­great floundering bears and monsters they seemed, all couchant and asleep.  We got in in the evening, travelling in a post-chaise from Penrith, in the midst of a gorgeous sunshine, which transmuted all the mountains into colors, purple, etc.  We thought we had got into fairy-land.  But that went off (as it never came again; while we stayed, we had no more fine sunsets); and we entered Coleridge’s comfortable study just in the dusk, when the mountains were all dark, with clouds upon their heads.  Such an impression I never received from objects of sight before, nor do I suppose that I can ever again.  Glorious creatures, fine old fellows, Skiddaw, etc.  I never shall forget ye, how ye lay about that night, like an intrenchment; gone to bed, as it seemed for the night, but promising that ye were to be seen in the morning.  Coleridge had got a blazing fire in his study, which is a large, antique, ill-shaped room, with an old-fashioned organ, never played upon,

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