1819 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Southey

Jeremiah Holmes Wiffen, 1819; The Brothers Wiffen, ed. Pattison (1880) 29-31.



His study was surrounded with books; two oreries stood in the windows; his table of manuscripts before him; a sofa beside, on which we sat. Above the fireplace, his own portrait in profile, and Edith Southey, with blue eyes and chesnut hair, Coleridge, his Mother, Kirke White, a pencil profile of William Wordsworth, and a miniature of three of his beautiful daughters, taken in their childhood.... The study of the Poet, looks on one side down upon a grass-plat in his garden, surrounded by roses, and other flowering shrubs, and trees, and looks out upon Keswick, and a glimpse of its lake; of this, a fine view might be created by felling one of two trees, whose boughs hang over the window; but this, he said, he was not inclined to do, as he should be unwilling to lose their noontide shadow. On another side, it commands a prospect of Cawsey Pike and its brotherhood of mountains.