The Works of Charles Lamb (1857)
General Books LLC, 2009 - 468 pages
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1857 edition. Excerpt: ...the following, as evincing his unchanged friendship, may not unfitly be inserted here. The residue, being more severe on Lamb's critics than Lamb himself would have wished, may now be spared. Charles Lamb, to those who know thee justly dear For rarest gemus, and for sterling worth, Unchanging Irieiulship. warmth of heart sincere, And wit that never gave an ill thought birth, Nor ever in its sport infix'd a sting; To us, who have admired and loved thee long, It is a proud as well as pleasant thmg To hear thy good report, now borne along Upon the honest breath of public praise: W e know that, with the elder sons of song, In honouring whom thou hast dehghtvdstill, Thy name shall keep its course to atter days. This year closed upon the grave of Hazlitt. Lamb visited him frequently during his last illness, and attended his funeral. They had taken great delight in each other's conversation for many years; and though the indifference of Lamb to the objects of Hazlitt's passionate love.or hatred, as a politician, at one time produced a coolness, the warmth of the defence of Hazlitt in " Elia's Letter to Southey" renewed the old regard of the philosopher, and set all to rights. Hazlitt, in his turn, as an Edinburgh Reviewer, had opportunities which he delighted to use, of alluding to Lamb's Specimens and Essays, and making him amends for the severity of ancient criticism, which the editor, who could well afford iIn; genial inconsistency, was too generous to exclude. The conduct, indeed, of that distinguished person to Hazlitt, especially in his last illness, won Lamb's admiration, and wholly effaced the recollection of the time when, thirty years before, his play had been denied critical mercy under his rule. Hazlitt's death did not so much shock Lamb at...
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