1829 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges

Robert Southey to Samuel Egerton Brydges, 14 November 1829; Brydges, Autobiography (1834) 2:264.



You have then done much, Sir Egerton, for which to be remembered, — far more than many of your contemporaries, whose reputations will fade as rapidly as they have flourished. And if you have fallen short of your own youthful aspirations, — who is there that has not, if he aspired at anything generous? Who that can afford to compare what he has done, with what it was once his ambition and his hope to do? Grey hairs bring with them little wisdom, if they do not bring this sense of humiliation.