Charles Lamb and His Friends

Charles Lamb and His Friends

Charles Lamb and His Friends

Charles Lamb and His Friends

Excerpt

"Memory is the power to gather roses in Winter," runs an old English saying. In the life of Charles Lamb memory gave warmth and sunshine and humour and happiness that radiated from him to all who knew him. His were the qualities that were not affected by time nor tarnished by use. His life was not "like a star that dwelt apart"; rather his was the life in a great city where he loved the people and the streets with their silent meanings, where nothing was too small or too common to be interesting, where lay the daily task he did not allow to dim his brave spirit. To catch that enduring spirit in words, in old literature, in friends, howsoever ill-appearing, was a lasting possession to Lamb, for the world was good to him. It was no easy place but it could be sweet and courageous. "Every heart that has beat strong and cheerfully has left a hopeful impulse behind it in the world," wrote R. L. S. in his brave "Æs Triplex." So it was with Charles Lamb.

Fortunate is the reader who comes upon this lovable character in early years and can go with him along the road of life's experiences. That way leads to a happy land where bloom the choicest qualities of human nature.

To see Charles Lamb as he was to himself and to those who knew him has been the purpose of this book. It seemed best to present him in his different relationships and in reference to his favourite interests, rather than to follow the years of his life in a strict order that possessed less significance. And to understand him the reader, it was thought, would appreciate generous quotation from an author whose writing was so intimately a part of himself.

Anyone who aspires to write about Charles Lamb must ac-

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