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The Collected Letters of Robert Southey Part 4: 1810-1815

2665a. Robert Southey to Grosvenor Charles Bedford, 29 October 1815 [Latin]⁠* 

Ecce, mi amice, adsum
Res quapropter vere glad sum;
Sic, ut credo, legens es
Quia est jucunda res.
Post trajectum dolorosum
Super æquor ventuosum
(Me miser, erat tota nox
Una vomitandi vox!)
Mare iracundum spit-us
Super Anglicanum littus,
Illic foundi gaudio summo
Tuam literam cum nummo.
Restamus, domo nunc Vardoni
Socii, viatoris boni;
Unde cras, si bene speedo,
Forsan rursus te videbo.
Amorem meum tuæ Matri
Da Miss-Pagæ, atquê fratri.
Hancx epistolam missivam
Classicalem et festivam,
You cum multis aliis may put, –
Vale, O dilectum caput!

Greenwich. Sunday night. 29 Oct. 1815


Notes

* Address: To/ G. C. Bedford Esqr/ Exchequer/ Westminster.
Postmark: 7 o’clock/ OC 30/ 1815 NT
Endorsement: Octor. 29. 1815. Greenwich/ Macaronic
MS: Bodleian Library, MS Eng. Lett. c. 25
Previously published: John Wood Warter (ed.), Selections from the Letters of Robert Southey, 4 vols (London, 1856), II, pp. 430–431. BACK

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